I love getting into the holiday spirit for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Can't Watch Horror Movies?
If you're like me, then you can't watch horror movies. It's not that I don't like them. In fact, when I start watching one, I can't do anything else until I finish it. I'm so fascinated by it that I have to watch it all the way through. But once it's over and night falls, I find myself with insomnia, having to check all the dark corners of my house for any monsters or serial killers that might be hiding there. I drive my husband crazy when I do this.
So I avoid watching horror movies. It's exciting while I'm watching them, but not worth the fear afterward, and I don't like jump scares. I've convinced myself that if I get scared enough by a jump scare I could possibly have a heart attack, and while that's not probably true, I prefer not to risk it.
That's why I've found a ton of non-scary Halloween movies over time. There are some really bad ones out there, so I decided to only include the good ones. If you are curious about any of them and want to know more, you can click on the movie's title to watch its trailer. My list of Halloween movies includes:
- Live action movies
- Teen Halloween movies
- Kids' animated movies
- Movies for both Christmas and Halloween
I love the holidays at the end of the year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all awesome for me. I love getting into the spirit of those holidays. While you can decorate, bake, and do crafts as an adult, you can't do as much to get into the holidays as you could as a kid. So I prefer watching TV specials, reading books with holiday themes, and watching movies from the list below.
Live Action Halloween Movies
Some of these are family friendly, some of them are not. But none of them are scary, and all of them are Halloween themed!
Beetlejuice is the story of a mischevious, disgusting, but often hilarious ghost. It was made into a cartoon series (that I used to love to watch!) in the 90s.
Ghostbusters is exactly what it sounds like. It's a movie about a team of people trying to save the world by stopping some ghosts/supernatural creatures from opening a portal to their world and taking over ours.
There are three Ghostbuster movies. There are the two originals with mostly male casts and the new one, which starred a bunch of women. Personally, I enjoyed all three.
I loved the TV series and the books as a kid. Now it has a modern live action movie.
A town where everything is about Halloween, all year round. If you really like this one, there are several sequels as well.
This is a mystery about a town being terrorized by a werewolf, where everyone is a suspect and anyone can die. It's not scary at all. It's more like watching and trying to solve a murder mystery.
A movie based off of the bestselling novel created by Anne Rice.
A live action version of the cartoon. Casper is a friendly ghost, not a scary one.
Zombie apocalypse movie, but it stars hilarious British people. Most people who watch it will love it.
The American version of Shaun of the Dead. I loved this one, too. I watched it around the time when Hostess went out of business temporarily, which was when we all understood why someone would go on an epic quest to find a Twinkie.
The original comedic Halloween movie.
This was also made into a TV series on Netflix if you prefer that instead.
A children's live action movie about three witches terrorizing some teenagers and a child.
This one has a very creepy vibe, but it isn't a horror movie. It's just about a school for children with special abilities that frightens the general population.
This is a combination of a romantic comedy movie and a girl power movie about witches.
This is like a paranormal action movie. It's about a guy who comes back from the dead and is seeking revenge. It has an extra creepy vibe to it (without being horror) due to the fact that the actor who played the main character in the movie died while it was being filmed in a prop accident.
This one you might want to see in a live theater instead. It's a cult classic. If you decide to watch the movie version, there's both a 70s version and a modern day remake.
Based on a book that a lot of us remember reading as a child.
Halloween Teen Movies
While lots of teen Halloween movies are more on the horror scale of things, some Halloween teen movies focus on the angst of teenage years instead.
A story about some misfit teenagers who gain witch powers. The villain is pretty creepy, but the movie isn't scary.
Teenage, paranormal romance. This was the series of movies that launched that trend and made vampire romance novels popular to this day.
If you like Twilight, you will probably like this movie as well. It's also a romance story, but there are no glittery vampires, there are only witches.
The main character is a zombie and he winds up falling in love with a human girl. It's less disgusting than it sounds. It's actually really sweet and the book is even better!
This is a hilarious comedy about a teenage girl trying to survive Halloween.
This one has no Sarah Michelle Gellar in it, and it isn't as good as the TV Show, but if it wasn't for this movie, we wouldn't have the series.
Kids' Cartoon Movies
An easy way to find Halloween themed movies that aren't scary is by watching animated films for children. Most of these movies have sequels if you enjoy the original.
A movie about a haunted house, except it's a kid's movie. It isn't scary, and the house eats people instead of being filled with ghosts.
Paranorman sees creepy things other people can't and doesn't fit in with his classmates because of it. This is his story.
This one is sort of creepy, but not enough to actually be scary. It's about a girl who gets trapped in an alternate dimension where everyone's eyes are made of buttons and they all have scary secrets.
This is sort of a spin-off of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's about an undead bride, just like it sounds.
What if Victor Frankenstein was a kid and instead of reanimating a human, he tried to reanimate his pet? That's what this movie is all about.
I haven't seen this movie yet. It seems to be a kid's cartoon comedy movie about monsters staying in a special hotel just for them, but everything falls apart when one's daughter falls in love with a human.
This is a cartoon movie that humanizes the monsters that sleep under your bed and hide in your closet. It's very cute and funny.
This is a classic cartoon movie about Halloween.
These movies are extra special because you can watch them on either Christmas or Halloween. While they have spooky Halloween atmospheres, they actually take place on Christmas.
The King of Christmas wants to turn Christmas into a second Halloween. Lots of great music! It won a lot of awards.
A guy who lives his life with blades for fingers instead of regular hands. This is my favorite Halloween/Christmas movie.
The first movie takes place during Christmas, but there are several movies that take place during different times of the year and any of them would fit this list.
While none of the movies listed here are horror movies, not all of them are family friendly or safe for children to watch, so choose at your own discretion.
What is your favorite non-horror Halloween movie? Let me know in the comments below.
shela on October 10, 2019:
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