Hello little beasties!
Halloween is fast approaching and I’m all about a good movie marathon. While I actually love scary films, I know there are many people who can’t handle the thrills and chills. There are so many good Halloween movies out there that aren’t scream-inducing, so I’m bringing you my ten best recommendations!
Casper is such a classic, and it is honestly such a sweet story. It’s about a friendly ghost, who peacefully haunts an old mansion. When ghost expert Bill Putnam and his daughter Kat move in, Casper quickly falls in love. Their relationship is complicated not only by his incorporeal state, but by his mischievous uncles and their spooky antics. If you’ve seen this one and love it, don’t miss the sequel-Casper Meets Wendy.
Addams Family Values
I absolutely love the Addams Family, all versions and I’m so excited to see the new addition. My favourite is probably Addams Family Values, featuring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston as Gomez and Morticia. And who could forget Christina Ricci as Wednesday? No matter which film you decide to watch, they’re spooky, ooky and kooky-without the horror. Better yet-have an Addams Family marathon and watch them all!
I’ve watched this every year on or around Halloween and it is still so good every time. After moving to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison, his sister Dani and their new friend accidentally awaken three ancient witches. The Sanderson Sister witches are bent on immortality, which spells disaster for the local children. Can Max, Allison, Dani and a helpful cat named Binx stop the witches before it’s too late? It’s such a fantastic film, with an incredible cast. If you haven’t seen it yet, just watch it!
This film is spooky, weird and so much fun. After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they get stuck haunting their country home, unable to leave the house. After the horrible Deetzes, along with their teenage daughter Lydia move in, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away to no avail. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a spirit whose “help” quickly becomes frightening for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. This is a must-see for me in the spooky season, so give this one a go!
Based on a soap opera of the same name, Dark Shadows is a fun film about a centuries old vampire who is awakened in 1972 to find his hometown very different than he remembers it. His once-great estate has fallen into ruin, and the remnants of his family are not much better. The film is funny, weird, and twisty and it’s just a good time to watch. The cast is incredible, featuring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s also directed by Tim Burton, which you know means it’s going to be great.
I want you all to know that I watched this specifically for this blog post. And truth be told-I loved it. After the death of his wife at the hands of humans, Count Dracula builds a fortress, where monsters can come and be themselves. Once a year, he throws a massive party for his daughter Mavis. Disaster strikes when, on Mavis’ 118th birthday, a human unwittingly joins the party and falls in love with Dracula’s daughter. This film was so cute and although it’s meant for children, I genuinely enjoyed it.
This film is weird, but also really wonderful. And what else would be expected from Tim Burton? Basically it tells the tale of Victor, who is engaged to Victoria, but gets dragged to the underworld by Emily, the corpse bride. Emily was murdered by her betrothed, and now wants to marry Victor. He must find a way to get back to Victoria before she marries the nefarious Barkis Bittern. It’s a really interesting story, and I actually really like this one.
The Little Vampire
I must have watched this a million times as a young kid, because my little sister absolutely adored it. After moving to Scotland with his parents, little Tony struggles to make friends at his new school. He ends up meeting a kid vampire named Rudolph, and they become bezzie mates. But soon, Rudolph and his family’s life are threatened by a vicious vampire hunter. Tony must find the courage to save his friend and defeat the hunter. The film is so sweet and endearing, and honestly, should rate higher on everyone’s radar.
This is another Halloween film I always manage to find a way to watch every year, and it never gets old. The movie follows Marnie and her kid siblings, as they follow their eccentric grandma home to Halloweentown, and discover they come from a long line of powerful witches. Trouble looms in the supernatural town, and only Marnie and her family can fight it. This film is just so fun and wonderful, I highly recommend it.
Nightmare Before Christmas
Finally we have this cult classic-and it is so worth every single minute. What’s great about this film is that you can watch it basically from Halloween until Christmas, and it fits the season. The film follows the sotry of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, who is bored of his life of scaring people. He discovers Christmastown, and the misadventures begin. The film is such a throwback to my childhood, and I absolutely love it with all my heart.
For all my non-scary Halloween lovers, I hope this list gives you some options for that inevitable movie marathon. There are so many good Halloween films, but they don’t have to be scary! What are your favourite non-horror Halloween films? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!