The most searched-for 'spooky kids movie' in Minnesota is... E.T.?

A telecom company put together a state-by-state list of Halloween favorites.

Yep, you read that right. Minnesota kids apparently love to get scared by Steven Spielberg's classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

That's according to a national ranking from Frontier Communications Company, which put out a list called "Your State's Favorite Spooky Kids Movie (That You Can Stream Right Now)" this week.

It shows the most searched-for scary kid flick in each U.S. state. The company says they used Google Trends – a tool that shows internet search data – to make the map.

Minnesota kids certainly aren't alone in loving E.T. during the Halloween season; the beloved 1982 flick is also the favorite in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

That's 12 states – an impressive showing for everyone's favorite alien, but not as impressive asThe Nightmare Before Christmas. It's the "spooky kids movie" of choice in a whopping 19 states. 

"It’s safe to say that from coast to coast, families like The Nightmare Before Christmas the most," Frontier says.

So why does Minnesota love E.T. during Halloween?

It certainly seems like a surprising choice, given the other movies that made the list – including monster-themed hits like The Witches, Corpse Bride, and Hotel Transylvania 2. 

The St. Cloud Times took serious issue with Minnesota's favorite, saying, "sorry, you're all wrong" about the feel-good E.T. 

While "undeniably great," Times writer Alyssa Zaczek says, "'E.T.' is not a spooky kids movie."

That's true, for the most part. IMDb classifies the movie in the "Sci-Fi" and "Family" genres, so it's not immediately what comes to mind when you think of classic Halloween fare.

But in E.T.'s defense, it does have some spooky scenes – remember the part when the astronauts show up? In case you don't remember how traumatizing it is, watch the scene right here:

By the way, you can stream E.T. right now on Netflix.

Next Up

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba beats the clock to give Wild sixth straight win

Dumba scored as overtime came to a close for another Wild victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Bradley Beal terrorizes Timberwolves in loss to Wizards

Beal and the Wizards handed the Wolves their seventh straight defeat.

Marcus Carr / Gopher basketball

Gophers tourney hopes take another blow with loss to Nebraska

Marcus Carr scored a career-high 41 points, but Minnesota is still winless on the road.

St. Paul police

St. Paul police arrest teenage boy in carjacking crackdown

This comes amid a dramatic spike in Twin Cities carjackings.


Snow latest: Twin Cities set for up to 4 inches

A narrow system will travel across Minnesota overnight.

Blake Fredrick / Lake City Basketball

Lake City boys basketball player signs contract, honored on senior night

Frederick had a special call-up to the Tigers' varsity basketball team.


Man dies after being shot outside home near Grove City

He was found outside a home in Acton Township.

Screen Shot 2021-02-27 at 9.39.00 AM

Teen wounded in 'accidental shooting' in Moorhead

The 18-year-old was shot in the abdomen.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Another absurd night for Kaprizov as his legend grows

Kaprizov scored a crazy wrap-around goal in the Wild's victory over the Kings.


The Zombie Pub Crawl is hosting a week of undead fun

Dress up your dog, meet Jason, and run for your life.

Watch 'Night of the Living Dead' this Halloween – because you basically own it

Here's why you never have to pirate this classic – and where you can watch it right now.

Here are this year's most popular Halloween costumes

Hint: If you want a unique costume, don't be Harley Quinn.