My Favorite Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies

  • October 1, 2018
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 I have always loved the whole concept of Halloween, even when I was little.

Granted, it had much more to due with the candy and knocking on doors for treats than what I appreciate about the season as a “grown up”. I used to love getting dressed up–at one point, I was definitely a devil, Perdita from 101 Dalmations and even a queen–how appropriate. I can vividly recall two ugly, terrifying masks my dad would wear every year to scare trick-or-treaters who approached our door, an ugly Wolfman and one that I’d rather forget. Image result for halloween is cool GIF

Basically, I am Marnie–Marnie is me.

As if tradition, even if I’m not going out to celebrate in the costume merriment, I always manage to pay homage to the quasi-holiday with movie marathons of my favorite movies. Since horror will NEVER be my genre of choice and I am one of the jumpiest people you will ever meet, I stick to movies that are…more family friendly. If you’re looking for some movie choices to add to your own not-so-scary-Halloween movie marathon, you’re in the right place. 

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Halloweentown (1998) 

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Halloweentown is one movie I make sure to catch every Halloween (or Harvest) season. I mean, who doesn’t love a good 90’s throwback? From start to finish, this movie is funny, light-hearted and brings back the best feelings of nostalgia. And okay, who else secretly hoped that their grandmother would reveal that they were really a family of magical beings?

RIP Debbie Reynolds

I’m still waiting for my magical powers to kick in—maybe it’s really at 30 and not 13—I’ll keep you all posted. Fingers crossed! 

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001) is another favorite of mine, because all the classic characters are back and the storyline gets real interesting. All the magic is disappearing from Halloweentown and no one knows why—plus everyone around Marnie and her siblings, start to change. It’s up to them to figure out why. This movie is both cheesy and super endearing, and it was a great end to the series. 

I say ENDING because, although there is a Halloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown, I refuse to acknowledge those movies. I mean, really? They should have just stopped at I & II. But that’s none of my business. 

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

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This is my favorite Disney Channel Original Movie throwback. I fondly remember, after a night trick-or-treating with my friends, sitting together trading chocolate bars and watching this gem of a movie. The basic plot is that these three kids (mainly the two older ones, because it’s really the youngest one that had the MOST sense!) try to set their mom up on a date so they can go and enjoy a night out with friends. Only problem is, they’ve unintentionally set their mom up on a date with…you guessed it: a vampire. I know, right? Super realistic.  

This movie is so nineties it’s ridiculous, but that’s kind of what makes it THE BEST. 

Plus, hello—Aunt Hilda from Sabrina is in it, so you can’t really go wrong. 

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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I think we can all agree that this movie recommendation goes without saying. Hocus Pocus is most likely at the top of everyone’s favorite Halloween movies list—and if it’s not, I can tell you without uncertainty—they’re doing it wrong. 

Hocus Pocus is a classic, not only because it’s filled with an awesome cast of hilarious women—Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker (pre-Carrie Bradshaw days)—but also because it’s filled with one liners that get pulled out each and every Halloween season and there’s honestly never been a movie like it since. 

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Plus, that last scene with Binx the cat and Dani—it always gets me right in the feels. 

Paranorman (2012)

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If you know me, you know cartoons and I mix very well. ParaNorman is a newer film (2012) and is probably my favorite Halloween movie of ALL time. Yes, I went there. I can’t even tell you why exactly, besides the fact that it’s brilliantly made and witty to the core—and so unexpected. Of course, you may guess the ending to the story in a broad sense, but I can promise that you’ll never quite get it right if you’re just assuming. It is one movie that you need to see for yourself and experience at least once—or maybe even, ten times—this Halloween season. 

Coraline (2009)

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Coraline, Coraline, Coraline. I don’t know why I decided to type that three times, it just seemed appropriate. Like I said, cartoons and I go way back. This particular film is stop-motion animated, which is insane—watch it and you’ll see what I mean—and beautifully done as well. I’m always fascinated by stop motion animators and the time and effort they put in to make something so beautiful and, to me at least, effortlessly so. Coraline is originally a book and its screen debut portrayed the curious, and at times, snarky character of Coraline so well. You definitely fall in love with the characters and their quirkiness throughout the movie. 

I’m a big baby when it comes to surprises or things that make you jump—and this movie has its fair share of surprise moments. But overall, I would watch this movie again and again, just for the cool animation and fun storyline.

Hint: the Other Mother gets real weird. 


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There you have it! My not-so-scary Halloween movies of choice. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to pop some popcorn and start marathoning today. 

What Halloween classics did I miss?

Tell me what your go-to Halloween movies are in the comments below!

30 Comments
  • Anne-Charlotte

    Only new of these films 😊

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      I hope you watch at least one and fall in love with it! And then watch it every Halloween after that!

  • Jen

    How fun! There are several of these I haven’t seen! I’m looking forward to checking them out!

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Thanks, Jen! I have a feeling you’re going to love ’em!

  • Lauren

    Yessss! Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are two of my favorites! I forgot about Mom has a date with a vampire! I’m not the greatest fan of scary movies so this was a good reminder! Thanks!!

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Same, girl! There are some really good ones out there that I didn’t even list–there are options for us scaredy cats who still like to celebrate the season!

  • Michelle

    Love this list! I can’t do scary movies haha

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      I hear you, girl! Glad you found this list helpful 🙂

  • Annaliese

    Yikes how bad is it I haven’t seen any of these? Haha! I am not a scary movie person at all so I avoid a lot of Halloween movies, but so good to know about all these!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Not bad at all–that just means you get to catch up, my friend! I’m so glad you have some new movies to check out–you’re going to love them!

  • jenna | the urben life

    Halloweentown is my all time fave but I watched Hocus Pocus for the FIRST TIME last year and loved it! Excited for my upcoming not-so-scary Halloween movie binge haha

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      I cannot wait for you to enjoy these movies! You’re going to have a fantastic movie marathon–I already know it 🙂

  • Logan

    Halloweentown is one of my favorites! I also love Casper💕 (I’m a big baby when it comes to scary movies).

    Xo Logan
    https://peculiarporter.com

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Oooh, I forgot about Casper–that one is a great movie too! I am too, friend–luckily, there are a lot of great, fun movies for us to enjoy the season too!

  • Amanda Alvarado

    I love these, too! I don’t do scary movies lol

    – Amanda
    http://www.amandadalvarado.com

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      I hear you! I love movies that have the spirit of Halloween, but in a fun way!

  • Aryanna | Rosé & Chambray

    Yes! I love Halloween and the movies it brings. Hocus Pocus is by far my favorite, but so also love the Mary Kate and Ashley movie Double, Double, Toil and trouble 😍😂 Great picks though!

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Yes, I totally forgot about MK and Ashley’s movie! Thanks for the addition to the not-so-scary list 🙂

  • Alissa Berry

    Thanks for the memories! I had forgotten about some of these.

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Of course! There are some awesome, fun Halloween movies out there–I hope you enjoy!

  • Britni

    Love this list! Hocus Pocus is my all time favorite. I’m such a scaredy cat, so I’m all for all these movies. You can’t forget about the Addams Family movies- they are awesome!

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      You’re so right, Britni! Thanks for the reminder–of course, that’s a classic!

  • Hayden

    I love those classic DCOM movies! Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown are i c o n i c.

    Hayden // http://www.hautetableblog.com/2018/10/best-fall-scarves.html

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      YAAAAS, they are CLASSICS for sure! Thanks for reading, Hayden!

  • Halee

    Great list! We will be watching a lot of these this season with our kids. Thanks for reminding me about all the 90’s classics from Disney!

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      I’m so glad to hear that Halee! They’re going to love them–they’re all very entertaining without being too scary for little ones! The perfect spooky treat for Halloween movie nights!

  • Hayden

    I was searching for a post like this! I’m so not a scary movie lover and I wanted a comprehensive list of movies to watch. I think I’m going to watch one every night on the lead up to Halloween.

    Hayden // http://www.hautetableblog.com/2018/10/2018-halloween-costumes.html

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Yes, please! So glad I could help–have an awesome movie marathon for me!

  • Carissa

    Thank you for sharing these! I’m going to have to watch some of these for Halloween 😛

    http://www.carissalam.com

    • Leighann

      Leighann

      Of course! I’m so glad you’re going to watch them and I hope you enjoy!!

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