Halloween is the most wonderful time of year in my opinion, with some of my favourite movies being about the holiday. What’s better than curling up with a pumpkin spice latte and watching a childhood favourite movie during spooky season? From witches, vampires, and time-travelling bunny rabbits, here are 10 Halloween movies that aren’t scary to watch this Halloween.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies
10. Hotel Transylvania
The first not-scary Halloween movie is Hotel Transylvania. Hotel Transylvania takes place on Mavis’s 116th birthday (which is still young for vampires) as she tries to fight for the freedom her overprotective dad, Drac, won’t give her.
The Hotel Transylvania movies are silly, and I don’t feel very nostalgic towards them because it came out in 2012 when I was 16 but I still enjoy them nonetheless. The first one is still my favourite, I love their portrayal of Drac and all the other spooky creatures.
9. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko isn’t really considered a Halloween movie, but it is to me. This one of these Halloween movies that aren’t scary is on the creepy side, so if you’re looking for something that more spoopy than spooky, this might not be the Halloween film for you.
The cult classic starring a very young Jake Gyllenhaal centres around a disturbed Donnie who is tasked with saving the world. With time travel, a Halloween party, and the very disturbing Frank the rabbit, I don’t know why it’s not more popular.
8. Corpse Bride
Tim Burton had to feature on this best Halloween movies list!
When Victor can’t get his marriage vows to his arranged wife-to-be, Victoria, he takes a walk in the forest to cool off, where he accidentally proposes to our corpse bride, Emily. The golden trio of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter made yet another gem with corpse bride. A detail I love about this is how much brighter and more vibrant the land of the dead is, and the message at the end is beautiful.
Frankenweenie is Tim Burton’s take on Frankenstein, as when a young Victor’s (not the same Victor from Corpse Bride) dog passes away he succeeds in bringing him back, but at what cost. This Halloween movie isn’t scary but it is so bittersweet, sad, and might make you cry.
6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This is the third time Rocky Horror has come up in a blog post because it’s just so iconic, as one of the best rock musical movies, and for it’s Halloween-y songs. The musical follows Brad and Janet’s loss of innocence when their car breaks down by Dr Frank-N-Furher’s mansion, a mad scientist trying to build a man for himself. It’s hilarious, catchy, and oh-so-Halloweeny, and a film everyone needs to watch at least once in their life.
5. The Addams Famiy Family Values
The sequel to the first Addams Family movie sees Wednesday and Pugsly send to summer camp by their new gold-digger, black widow nanny, Debbie, who’s out to seek Fester’s fortune. Although the Addams’ being scammed out of their fortune was pretty much the plot of the first film, the atmosphere is different in this one as we see the kids out of the mansion and wrecking havoc at summer camp. Wednesday really shines in this one with quotes such as:
Morticia: ‘Wednesday’s at that very special age when a girl has only one thing on her mind.’
“Amanda: ‘Why are you dressed like that?’
Wednesday: ‘Like what?’
Amanda: ‘Like you’re going to a funeral. Why are you dressed like somebody died?’ Wednesday: Wait.”
4. The Addams Family
The Addams Family is one of the most iconic Halloween movies that aren’t scary of all time. For good reason!
The first Addams Family movie is about Fester, or rather, an imposter of Fester, returning to the family. However, Morticia starts to grow suspicious when he can’t seem to remember details about his life.
This movie is basically a glimpse into my future goth life.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I actually prefer to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas on November 1st but it made the list because the first half is very Halloweeny. Afterall, November 1st is when we mourn Halloween but get to welcome Christmas.
When Jack the Pumpkin King grows tired of the same routine, he ventures out of Halloween Town where he discovers a door to Christmas Town and decides to claim the holiday as his own, however a skeleton Sandy Claw doesn’t go down well.
There is an ongoing debate about whether this Tim Burton Halloween film is a Christmas film instead – just watch it for both!
Halloweentown might not be one of the best Halloween movies of all time, according to other people, but this not scary Halloween film is a favourite of mine.
I remember being a child and waiting for Disney channel to play Halloweentown every year, and I still feel as nostalgic towards it. While the effects may not have aged well, and the plots a bit cringe-y for grown-ups, I still adore it. In fact, I’d love to see the real Halloweentown pumpkin in Oregon, where the resurrect it every year.
Halloweentown is about a young Marnie following her grandmother home after her overprotective mother forbids her from Trick-or-Treating and getting into the Halloween spirit. Marnie learns that she’s actually a witch and her 13th Halloween is her last chance to get trained as one, or lose her powers forever. Except, something’s not quite right in Halloweentown.
1. Hocus Pocus
The number one spot on this list of Halloween movies that aren’t scary no doubt had to go to Hocus Pocus. Like Halloweentown, I also looked forward to watching this movie every Halloween as a kid.
Set in the town of Salem, Hocus Pocus follows Max struggling to settle into life in Massachusetts after moving away from LA. When hearing about the Sanderson sisters he dismisses it as a load of “hocus pocus” and lights to black flame candle, which gives the three witches another chance at feasting on the children of Salem in the name of eternal youth.
Bonus watch: The Simpsons Tree-house of Horror episodes
I rewatch the first few Simpson’s Halloween Specials every year. Personally, I think the show as a whole went downhill after the movie came out, so I tend to stick to the episodes before 2007, which leaves us with masterpieces such as the Harry Potter themed “Wiz Kids”, “Nightmare Cafeteria”, and “The Devil and Homer Simpson” which sees Homer sell his soul for a donut.
What are your favourite Halloween movies that aren’t scary?