Halloween movies that aren’t scary for the scaredy-cats who hate scary movies
BY REBECCA DZIDA
OCTOBER 16, 2017
Want to have a Halloween movie night, but don’t want to be afraid of the dark? Here is a list of Halloween movies that aren’t scary.
They won’t make you flinch at every creak in your house or cry yourself to sleep. No horror films, no slashers, no thrillers. Just pure fun, spooky, Halloween glee.
What happens when a virgin lights the black-flame candle on Halloween night? Well, you might just wake up Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters. The three witches need to suck the lives out of little children to stay young and beautiful forever. Oh, and they sing a great rendition of “I Put a Spell on You.” The definitive Halloween movie, and the greatest of all time.
A tribute to monster classics and arguably Mel Brooks’ and Gene Wilder’s best, this film chronicles what happens when Victor “Fronkensteen” finally claims his rightful destiny as the grandson of infamous Victor Frankenstein. This time, he teaches his monster to sing and dance to “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and it’s fantastic.
‘WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS’
When you live together for hundreds of years, you really get to know each other’s quirks. This mockumentary depicts the lives of roommates Viago, Deacon, and Vladimir. They are vampires living in New Zealand, who must navigate their hunger for their rosy-cheeked human friend, the disdain for the local werewolf pack, and the cleaning up after the last orgy. From the minds of Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi of Flight of the Conchords.
‘THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS’
A Halloween classic that also doubles as a Christmas classic, this gorgeous Tim Burton film explores what happens when Jack Skellington of Halloween Town takes over Christmas. The scariest this list will get. The artwork and songs are cool but creepy, and the Oogie Boogie is a villain you don’t want to cross.
Parapsychologists tackle the spooky in New York City with big guns. Whether you want to watch the iconic original 1984 film with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson or the 2016 reboot with kickass women Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, you won’t be ‘fraid o’ no ghosts after watching.
‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’
In 1991, The Addams Family arrived on the silver screen to great acclaim. This creepy, kooky family tries to incorporate the suburban into their maccabre lifestyle. Remember, Girl Scout cookies do not have real girl scouts in them. Lastly, the chemistry between Anjelica Huston and Raoul Julia who play Morticia and Gomez sizzles.
‘THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW’
Do the time-warp again to watch this cult classic that spoofs horror movies as a young couple seeks shelter at the house of corseted Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who pulls a Frankenstein to debut his gorgeous creation Rocky. Catchy songs and endless opportunities for commentary, the original 1975 Rocky Horror is decidedly weird but a must-see at least once.
A recently deceased couple enlists the help of a poltergeist named Beetlejuice to boot a family out of their house. Another cult-classic, and one of Michael Keaton’s most memorable performances. Let’s not forget the unexpected song-break at the dinner table. (Breaking out into song seems to be a theme for these Halloween movies.)
A teenage girl who moves into an old house with her paranormal expert father meets a friendly ghost named Casper, who haunts the house along with his ghostly uncles. We all wanted a friend like Casper when it came out in 1995, had a crush on Devin Sawa as the real-life boy, and cried at Bill Pullman’s grief. A deep but warm-hearted movie based on the old cartoon series.
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