10 Best Halloween Movies That Are Scary, Not Scary

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October is usually synonymous with horrors and hauntings for Halloween lovers, but amidst all the guts and memorable slashers, sometimes you might just want to sit by the candlelight and watch something softer, frightening. Not terrifying.


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If you don’t want to worry about jump scares, kills, or endless amounts of fake blood, there are plenty of Halloween movies for all ages that won’t scare you, but sure will.

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“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Tim Burton-product The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop-motion horror musical that may not have any spooky scenes, but it certainly has plenty of spooky characters that reside in Halloween Town.

Between Jack Skellington, the head skeleton who poses as the Pumpkin King, his oddly beautiful ragdoll love interest, Sally, and the horrifying Oogie Boogie who wishes to take over Halloweentown, this film oscillates between Halloween hauntings and a merry Christmas.

“Ghostbusters” (1984)

Although there have been several remakes and adaptations of ghost hunters, nothing compares to the spooky special effects that brought everyone Slimer, the Dream Ghost and the Marshmallow Man.

ghost hunters premiered in 1984 and followed a group of men who go from cushy jobs to ghost hunters after finding a gateway to an evil dimension and taking it upon themselves to save New York City from rampaging ghosts.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ (2022)

Hocus Pocus is arguably not a film for the youngest of young eyes, and has its fair share of scary moments, from the depiction of the Salem witch trials to the Sanderson sisters’ pastime of killing children. But the 2022 sequel kept the nostalgia of the first time around while being more family-friendly.

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There may be no ghostly children or hangings, but it keeps the spooky vibes going with witches, spells and a black cat when the Sanderson sisters return to Salem 29 years after being defeated by Max, Allison and Dani.

‘Monster House’ (2006)

The monster house is an animated children’s horror film starring The Goldbergs Sam Lener, Hannah Montana alum Michael Musso and actor Steve Buscemi in a tale of three children’s journey to discover a haunted house that has come to life in their neighborhood.

When friends DJ, Chowder and Jenny learn that the neighborhood’s decrepit old house is not only haunted, but alive and eager to devour trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, the three come up with a plan to stop the monstrous house before that they’re next.

‘Jerking’ (2005)

Twin actor duo Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry resumed disney channel in the early 2000s, not only with Sister, Sister, but like the twin witches known as Alex and Camryn contractions.

After these twins reunite on their 21st birthday, they learn that their evil witch powers are stronger together when it’s up to them to save the world they were born into, where their birth mother resides. still.

“The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

Just like the iconic ride to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Haunted house maybe nothing like Bates Motel or The Overlook Hotel, but it’s certainly full of spooky songs and characters like the Hitchhiking Ghosts and Madame Leota.

When a real estate agent is tasked with selling a strange old mansion, he and his family discover that the mansion is haunted by its former master, butler, and servants, all of whom reside in the mansion as ghosts eager to break the curse. .

‘Corpse Bride’ (2005)

Tim Burton often adds just the right amount of scary to his movies and characters that make them not-so-scary Halloween hits, and 2005s. Corpse bride is no different.

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The film puts a new spin on arranged marriage when Victor is brought to the land of the dead by a murdered young woman who wants him all alone, leaving Victor’s fiancée, Victoria, stuck in a new arranged marriage with the evil Barkis.

“The Addams Family” (1991)

The Addams Family is a Halloween classic that the whole family can not only enjoy, but sing along and sing along to. Several adaptations exist, from the 1964 TV show to by Netflix Coming Wednesday series, but the 1990s film trilogy is arguably the most recognizable version of this creepy, cooky family.

Featuring Christopher Lloyd and Christine Ricci among the talents, the film followed the creepy family who get tricked by a man claiming he’s Gomez’s missing brother, Fester, but he’s really a con man trying to get his hands on the family’s fortune .

‘Beetlejuice’ (1988)

Perhaps the most well-known horror icon for not being a killer or a slasher, if you say this ghostly demon’s name three times, you can just summon his movie.

beetle juice is a horror-comedy with a cast of superstars that follows the spirits of a deceased couple who are trapped inside their home despite the arrival of a new family and decide to summon Beetlejuice to come and scare them away.

‘Halloweentown’ (1998)

Halloween Town is not just a DCOM; it’s a spooky classic and a must-have every Halloween. Less scary and scarier is the movie where Marnie Piper taught all millennials that “Halloween is cool.”

When Halloween-loving Marnie follows her grandmother to a place called Halloweentown, she learns Grandma Agie’s nasty secret about being a real witch and the hereditary powers she must learn to control in order to to help save the city from the evil Kalabar.

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