These Are the Best Halloween Movies to Watch If You're Scared of Everything
There's no shame in being an adult who can't handle scary stuff. Some of us just have a lower tolerance for suspense, gore, ghosts and ghouls. But as soon as the leaves start to turn and daylight hours begin to wane, everyone around us dives head-first into Halloween mode, burdening us faint-hearted folks with the task of dodging scariness at every turn.
So, how can you get into the Halloween spirit when you're a bonafide scaredy-cat? First of all: Own it. And second, get up to speed on all the excellent Halloween-centric entertainment that is not scary at all. Read on for our favorite Halloween movies, that are festive and fun, but won't give you nightmares.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Wait—is Charles M. Schulz secretly responsible for the basic-girl obsession with all things pumpkin? You can't officially get in the mood for fall until you watch this quintessential Peanuts feature. It's the perfect substitute for the typical scary Halloween movie, and chances are the whole family will be into it—kids included!
Name a more iconic trio than the Sanderson Sisters ... we'll wait. Winnifred (played by Bette Midler), Sarah (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy) have had the sassy witch archetype on lock since this movie debuted in 1993. The second October hits, it's officially acceptable to watch weekly. Heck, we are down to watch it all year long!
If you grew up during the golden age of the influential art that was Disney Channel original movies, then this Halloween favorite is probably still near and dear to your heart. There's really nothing better than kids partaking in trans-universal travel and saving the world, all before bedtime. It's totally unrealistic and employs some of the worst visual effects ever, making it absolutely precious and a forever classic. Plus, anytime Debbie Reynolds stars as an eccentric grandmother, you know you're in for a good time!
Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! Golden Globe-winner Michael Keaton stars as the (kind of) namesake "bio-exorcist" in this classic Tim Burton–helmed flick. While a few images of mangled dead folks and ghouls could be perceived as disturbing to youngsters, the fantastical costumes and crass jokes makes it more of a dark comedy than a scary experience.
... Or Have a Tim Burton Marathon
Tim Burton is the undisputed champion when it comes to cinematic gothic fantasies. He's responsible for directing and/or writing such classics as the aforementioned favorite Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, just to name a few. And whether his productions are animated or live action, they're always just creepy enough to feel Halloween appropriate—minus the obvious guts and gore of typical horror movies.
If the very thought of being terrorized by demonic little critters is enough to keep you up at night, then maybe this isn't a good choice. But if you can get past that detail, you might find some comedic relief in this vintage flick about cuddly Furby-like creatures who unexpectedly transform into scary, slimy monsters.
No shade to the all-girl remake that came out earlier this year, but sometimes you just want the original! This funny flick will have you laughing out loud and also supplied with lots of ghostly characters, in keeping with the Halloween vibe. But comedic legends Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, and even Sigourney Weaver offset any creepiness with plenty of LOLs. Who ya gonna call?
This particular iteration of the story of Casper the Friendly Ghost is a fan favorite. It's light-hearted, fun, and drums up all the nostalgic feels. Not to mention: Casper + Kat (Christina Ricci) might just be the greatest love story of our time. P.S.: We're talking about Casper in his human form, played by '90s dreamboat Devon Sawa.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
If you haven't yet seen this campy cult classic, the time has come to give it a watch. It stars young Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Tim Curry, and is the source of countless songs and pop culture nuggets that still persist today. "Time Warp," anyone?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Addams Family Values
The creepiest thing about this movie is the cobweb covered gothic mansion that serves as its backdrop. It's funny through and through—even the plot that sees Uncle Fester (played by Christopher Lloyd) narrowly escaping murder attempts by his gold-digging fiancée Debbie (played by Joan Cusack).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A teenage girl who slays vampires? Count us in! We're so here for this feminist statement, especially since it comes in the form of a campy, dark comedy. Also, we're forever grateful that it spawned the beloved Sarah Michelle Gellar–starring TV show of the same name.