Halloween is coming up, and that means it’s time for some Halloween fun. The candy, the costumes, and the friends are all part of this beloved holiday. And who can forget the scary Halloween stuff that often comes with the package?
But not everyone likes getting spooked. All of those Halloween thrills are sure to make your Spire device go into overdrive sending you notifications to calm down. Out of all of the scary Halloween traditions, horror movies are the worst: They scare you during the movie and often for days after.
You love the magic of Halloween, but not so much the fearing for your life part. You want the Halloween fun without the heart palpitations.
And we couldn’t agree more. Here at Spire, we are all about enhancing your sense of well-being by helping you relax. And while some acute stress isn’t the end of the world, it’s always better to protect your heart and your mental health by avoiding things that cause anxiety and fear.
While we can’t promise that your neighbor won’t startle you by jumping out in front of you dressed as a ghoul, we can promise you a scare-free Halloween movie night. We put together a list of eight non-scary Halloween movies.
These movies bring together the skeletons, witches, ghosts, and other magical creatures we love from Halloween without sending you to bed with all of the lights on and a baseball bat at the door (just in case).
1. “Hocus Pocus” (1993)
This ‘90s cult classic was a hit when it came out and is sure to delight you on October 30 of this year as well. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as evil witches, this movie gained a loyal following during the years following its release on VHS.
If you were a ‘90s kid, you may have already enjoyed this film. It’s well worth seeing the film again through the eyes of an adult.
The movie starts in the year 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts where three sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, are convicted of practicing witchcraft and sent for execution. Prior to facing the stake, Winifred declares a curse promising that when a virgin lights a black candle, the three witch sisters will return.
In 1993, 300 years later, a teenager named Max Dennison arrives in Salem and struggles to adjust to his new home. On Halloween, seeking to impress a girl from class, Max breaks into the home where the three witch sisters used to reside. There, he finds a black candle and lights it. Sure enough, the three witches return.
From there on out, it’s a non-stop, fun-filled chase as the witches pursue Max and his friends. Max and his buddies work together to outrun, outwit, and outlast the evil trio and their magical arsenal with hilarious and heartwarming results.
2. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
This animated movie came to be known as one of Tim Burton’s most brilliant films. The movie is another cult classic that is a must-watch for lovers of both Halloween and Christmas.
The movie is set in Halloween Town, a spooky, creepy village where all of the Halloween monsters reside.
This particular Halloween, the pumpkin king Jack Skellington is bored with the same old scary routine. He leaves town and delves into the woods with his dog, Zero, where he discovers a clearing of trees with different doors representing various holidays.
The Christmas Tree door attracts his attention and he enters into the cheery world of Christmas. Jack Skellington is so enamored by Christmas that he shares it with the citizens of Halloween Town and tries to create Christmas Town.
The result is an enchanting mashup of Halloween and Christmas, complete with playful dialogue and hilarious misunderstandings as Halloween creatures try to do Christmas.
3. “Casper” (1995)
If you’ve always thought that ghosts are friends, not foes, you’ll love this film. This Disney movie has had a lasting impact, which is clear from the continued use of Casper as a Halloween costume and trope every year. This romantic comedy is sure to please everyone in the family.
Casper is a friendly ghost who lives in an abandoned haunted mansion with his three obnoxious, ghostly uncles: Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso. He’s been lonely and wishing for a friend for over 100 years.
Everything changes when Carrigan Crittenden, the mansion owner, and her partner Paul hire a ghost therapist name James Harvey to remove the ghosts from the mansion. The therapist brings along his equally lonely teenage daughter Kat, with whom Casper falls madly in love.
A classic star-crossed lovers tale, the two cannot be together since one is a ghost. The film is a light-hearted and heartwarming story of how Casper attempts to come back to life in order to be with Kat.
4. “The Addams Family” (1991)
The ‘90s produced lots of classic Halloween films, and “The Addams Family” is no exception. It’s a comedy packed with Halloween aesthetic and great acting.
The Addams family are an odd but tight-knit and wealthy family. For 25 years, a beloved member of the Addams family, Uncle Fester, has been missing. An evil doctor finds this out and devises a plan to get the Addams’ money by introducing them to an imposter Uncle Fester.
The plan backfires when fake Uncle Fester adapts well into the strange family, placing the evil doctor’s plan at risk. Will his scheme succeed? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
5. “Beetlejuice” (1988)
Here’s yet another comedy from the golden era of Halloween movies. “Beetlejuice” stars Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as Adam and Barbara, a happily married couple who are completely normal, except for the fact that they are dead. They carry on as before, decorating their home and doing other couple activities.
Their lives (deaths?) are disturbed when a living family moves into their home, which they are technically haunting since they are ghosts. They dislike the loud, rambunctious family and try to scare them away.
Instead, the family uses the haunting as an opportunity to open the home up for tourism. Adam and Barbara seek the help of a people-exorciser called Beetlejuice to drive the family out, only to have their efforts backfire. The movie is fun and surprising throughout and is sure to keep you entertained until the end.
6. “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)
While this movie is certainly not scary, get your tissues ready. This dark fairy tale is sure to get the waterworks started.
The story centers around Edward Scissorhands, a man created by a kind but misguided inventor who died before being able to complete him. Instead of retrofitting Edward with hands, Edward is left with scissors in the place of hands. Edward lives a lonely existence in his creator’s old mansion at the top of a hill.
One day, a local Avon saleswoman named Peg knocks on the door of the historic mansion where Edward is living. She takes a liking to him and invites him into her small town community and home. Edward initially gets along with everyone and even falls in love, but his scissor hands come in the way of all of his relationships.
The movie is heart-wrenching and brilliantly acted thanks to the casting of Johnny Depp as Edward.
7. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
Avant-garde for its time, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a lavish musical that pushes boundaries. Although this sexy film may not be appropriate for young children, it uses the Halloween aesthetic in a novel way and inspired many similar movies after it. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a story of creation, love, hate, adventure, and sex.
The story begins in Denton, Ohio as boring engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss travel and accidentally meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. The crazy scientist has just created the perfect sex symbol, a flaxen-haired man named Rocky Horror. The film follows Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Rocky Horror as they go through an extravagant, sexual, and kinky night that you are sure to remember.
8. The Harry Potter Series (2001–2011)
If you’re looking for a non-scary Halloween movie binge, look no further than the Harry Potter series. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re sure to have heard of Harry Potter. Originally an extraordinarily popular young adult book series, the film adaptation was wildly successful. You may even see a few trick-or-treaters dressed in Hogwarts outfits on Halloween night.
The series is about a young boy named Harry Potter who lives with his abusive aunt and uncle. Harry is an orphan and has nowhere else to go until he receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He finds out that he is a wizard, and that his parents were wizards as well. What’s more, he finds out that their deaths were wrapped up in one of the greatest calamities that has ever hit the wizarding world.
Harry leaves his aunt and uncle’s home to enter the parallel world of magic, which exists within reach but hidden from the normal world. He makes friends, learns magical skills, and discovers an amazing new world. He also becomes involved in a period of darkness in the wizarding world, where the same forces that caused the death of his parents are threatening all witches and wizards again.
This is absolute must-watch for any fans of fantasy and Halloween, but the movies get darker as they go on. Stick with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for your scare-free Halloween movie night.
Celebrate a Non-Scary Halloween
Halloween has so much to offer beyond fear. There are so many films that focus on the fun surrounding Halloween and skip the horror and gore. These films are sure to make you scream…with delight and pleasure.