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Have you ever felt left out of the Halloween festivities because you just can’t stand all the horror movies constantly playing on TV? Us too. Just because we don’t like blood and guts or and we don’t think slasher movies are “thrilling” doesn’t mean we should be deprived of the holiday spirit.
Here’s to the people who love cute witches and friendly ghosts: Check out our favorite non-terrifying Halloween flicks.
The new all-lady reboot came out earlier this year, and you can’t really go wrong when you put Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon all in one movie. Regardless of what kind of Halloween movie night you’re planning, Ghostbusters should be at the top of your list.
Halloweentown and Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (yes, there’s two more movies in the series, but they don’t count) are the perfect movies to marathon if you want to feel festive but still be able to sleep at night. Friendly witches and funny-looking goblins help out all sorts of other creatures in a place where the Halloween decorations never get taken down.
I mean, come on. It’s impossible to cower with terror during a Charlie Brown movie, even it is Halloween-themed. So stir up a cup of pumpkin spice apple cider, grab that candy corn, and hit the couch. Basically, Charlie Brown and the gang enjoy a “cute” version of Halloween while Linus waits around for the Great Pumpkin! How exciting and totally not scary!
The movie centers around young kids and a cat trying to get rid of three witch sisters who were brought back to life in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Sounds a little spooky, but it’s basically a comedy. It’s no Charlie Brown film, but it made by Disney—so how scary can it really be?.
A couple gets a flat on the side of the road during a storm and are forced to seek help at the nearest sign of civilization. They stumble upon the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter; a mad-scientist who’s created a household of wacky characters. This show is fun, funky, and only creepy in the best way.
Who doesn’t love this wild bunch of spooky relatives? Morticia and her clan is the perfect addition to your list of mild Halloween movies to marathon this October. You’ll get to see some great costumes and spooky songs with none of the bloody murder scenes or demon possessions! Bonus!
A normal 16-year-old girl gets witch powers on her birthday and uses them to gain popularity (and a cute boyfriend, of course). But she ends up finding out that getting what you wish for isn’t as great as she’d imagined it would be. This movie incorporates Halloween-y things like witches and spells, but sticks with the high school stereotype plot to keep the spook-level below zero.
A ghost movie that won’t give you the heebie-jeebies? Yes, please! Casper’s three ghost buddies plot their scary and evil pranks for Halloween night, and he doesn’t want any part of it. Instead, he decides to dress up like a real live boy and try his hand at trick-or-treating! His costume isn’t all that great, and only one group of kids accepts him. Casper, along with his newfound pals have to put a stop to the bad ghosts’ spooky tricks! Riveting, right?
Though there’s murder involved, the killer’s particularly friendly, and the killed come back to life. The main character’s right hand is possessed and doomed to kill, and the otherwise nice guy kills his two best friends. Don’t worry, they both come back as smart-ass zombies who make fun of him for not being able to hit on the cute girl-next-door. If you like comedies but still want to feel included in the Halloween movie festivities, this one’s perfect for you.
Two twins (who also happen to be witches) are reunited on their 21st birthday after being separated since birth. The sister witches (Tia and Tamera Mowry) realize their powers and are transported to a different realm to escape from the “Darkness.” This movie has a creepy plot line, but it’s pretty mild for a witch-flick (it’s Disney, guys; you’re safe). If you’re in the mood to celebrate sisterhood and Halloween, this movie’s exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Yet another movie about witches from the same family, this one’s got Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman! One of the girls’ boyfriends dies, and they decide to learn more about their powers to resurrect him. But they have to be careful not to bring about any suspicion from the town police.
A normal, rather boring guy, Shaun works at an electronics store and lives with his best pal Ed. His girlfriend constantly nags him to grow up, but doesn’t realize what she’s asking for. Shaun is forced to be a man when he has to protect Liz from the town’s zombie apocalypse! If you want to watch a zombie movie but not be scared to step foot outside of your house, this one’s for you.
The tale of the Headless Horseman, as told by Disney, is definitely one of the more humorous on the list. Ichabod Crane comes to town as the new head schoolmaster and somehow (with his lanky looks) woos all the ladies, including Katrina. The man who was pursuing her gets super jealous and decides to try to ruin Ichabod. With a Halloween party scene and spooky nighttime horse ride, this animated comedy/thriller is wonderful for us with weaker stomachs.
Air Buddies with a Halloween twist? Hell yes. What says opposite of horror film better than a movie about puppies? Nothing. These cute little retrievers take a “spooky” adventure through a haunted mansion, but all you’ll be able to do is “aww” at the cute. Grab your pets, some cute ghost-shaped chocolates, and snuggle up for the least scary Halloween movie on this list.
Honestly my favorite on the list, there are tons of Scooby-Doo movies. Each is about a group of various stereotypical teenagers and their talking dog solving mysteries. They’re a little spooky, but only as bad as an animated film can be. The group always catches the villain, so you can always count on a happy ending.