Best Halloween movies to watch for non-horror fans

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Spooky season is officially here, and that intends tons of pumpkins, apples, candy, ghosts, bats, and different things that spell bump successful nan night. There will beryllium Halloween parties going connected aliases you whitethorn beryllium taking small ones trick-or-treating nan nighttime of Halloween. Regardless, location are plentifulness of spooks to spell around!

One of nan champion ways to observe Halloween is besides by watching Halloween-themed movies. But typically those impact scary aliases scary movies, which not everyone is simply a instrumentality of. If you want to watch a Halloween movie that’s a spot much tame and enjoyable for everyone, including small ones, present are immoderate awesome options.

Most of these movies should beryllium disposable connected streaming services for illustration Disney+, Max, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount Plus, and Hulu.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas.The Nightmare Before Christmas Disney

One of Tim Burton’s astir beloved classics, The Nightmare Before Christmas is 1 of my (and galore others) individual favorites. It’s nan communicative astir Jack Skellington, nan “Pumpkin King,” of Halloween Town, who has grown tired of nan yearly Halloween celebrations and wants to do thing new. He discovers a mysterious doorway that leads to Christmas Town, wherever he is captivated by what he’s seen and wants to bring nan thought of Christmas backmost to Halloween Town to “improve” it, alternatively than understand it.

This is simply a classical Halloween movie that tin besides beryllium watched up done Christmas.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The formed of Hocus Pocus.Disney

Another classical Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus. This movie follows nan Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches, who are resurrected by mishap by a teenage boy successful Salem, Massachusetts, connected Halloween night.

Hocus Pocus is afloat of good, campy fun. The Sanderson sisters each person their ain unique traits and personalities that adhd charm to nan movie, and of course, there’s a talking achromatic feline named Binx, arsenic good arsenic a magical monster book and zombies. It’s everything you’d want for a Halloween movie, and it’s a awesome family film.

Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy guidelines successful a convenience shop successful a segment from Hocus Pocus 2.Disney

Now, we can’t mention nan original Hocus Pocus and not make mention of nan sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, which came retired 29 years aft nan first movie. The original actresses for nan Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler arsenic Winnifred, Sarah Jessica Parker arsenic Sarah, and Kathy Najimy arsenic Mary) reprise their roles and bring nan aforesaid comedic charm from nan first movie.

Hocus Pocus 2 dives a spot much into nan backstory of nan Sanderson sisters, pinch astir of nan attraction connected Winnifred Sanderson. A group of teenage girls accidentally resurrect nan Sanderson sisters pinch nan Black Flame Candle, and Winnifred wants to get revenge connected a nonstop descendant of Reverend Traske, who banished Winnifred successful 1653 Salem.

While Hocus Pocus 2 whitethorn not beryllium arsenic overmuch of a cult classical arsenic nan original film, it’s still a nosy and silly family movie that fits successful perfectly for nan Halloween season.

Coraline (2009)

Coraline crawls done a acheronian tunnel.Laika

Another stop-motion animated movie that’s bully for nan play is Coraline, which was besides produced by Tim Burton but directed by Henry Selick.

In Coraline, nan communicative involves a young woman named Coraline who ends up discovering an perfect alternate beingness conscionable down a concealed doorway successful her caller home. However, while it seems cleanable astatine first, it really hides thing much acheronian and sinister.

Coraline is besides based connected Neil Gaiman’s novella, though location are immoderate differences betwixt nan two.

Coco (2017)

Miguel successful Coco.Disney/Pixar

While it isn’t rather Halloween, nan Mexican vacation Day of nan Dead is beautiful overmuch Halloween-adjacent, and Coco is an fantabulous movie astir it.

In Coco, a 12-year-old boy named Miguel is accidentally transported to nan Land of nan Dead. In bid to get backmost to his family successful nan world of nan surviving and reverse his family’s prohibition connected music, he needs to activity thief from his deceased great-great-grandfather. But his great-great-grandfather whitethorn not beryllium who he claims to be.

Coco is simply a beautiful movie, and it will surely propulsion connected your heartstrings too.

The Book of Life (2014)

The formed of The Book of Life 2014 movie.20th Century Fox

Another bully animated movie astir nan Day of nan Dead is The Book of Life produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez.

In The Book of Life, you’ll travel nan communicative of a man named Manolo, who must determine betwixt pursuing his bosom aliases going on pinch nan expectations of his family. But earlier he tin take his path, he’ll request to spell connected an escapade crossed 3 unsocial worlds and look his biggest fears.

The Book of Life is simply a beautifully animated movie that nan full family tin enjoy.

The Haunted Mansion (2023)

The main formed of Haunted Mansion pinch ghosts looming down them.Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

If you’re a instrumentality of The Haunted Mansion attraction astatine respective Disney Parks, including Disneyland successful Anaheim, California, past The Haunted Mansion (2023) is simply a nosy film. While it was released successful theaters successful nan mediate of summer, it’s a movie that is overmuch much fitting this clip of year.

In The Haunted Mansion, a expert named Gabbie (played by Rosario Dawson) and her son, Travis (Chase W. Dillon) move to Gracey Manor successful bid to move it into a furniture and breakfast. However, they soon observe that nan full spot is haunted by ghosts. In bid to exorcise nan ghosts, Gabbie brings together a squad of misfits. However, it turns retired that it’s not conscionable regular ghosts successful nan house, arsenic there’s nan evil entity, nan Hatbox Ghost.

The Haunted Mansion is simply a nosy and campy movie that’s besides filled pinch references to The Haunted Mansion thrust astatine Disneyland. It besides gives nan celebrated Hatbox Ghost immoderate backstory, which should delight Haunted Mansion fans.

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams Family 1991 film.Paramount Pictures

You can’t person a Halloween movie database without including nan Addams family, tin you? While nan fictional family has been astir since nan 1930s, they didn’t person a movie until 1991 pinch The Addams Family.

In nan 1991 The Addams Family movie, we travel on pinch nan bizarre and macabre, yet aristocratic Addams family who reconnect pinch who they judge to beryllium a long-lost relative, Gomez’s brother, Fester Addams. However, it turns retired that an evil expert who learned Fester Addams had been missing for 25 years created a clone Fester to infiltrate nan Addams family successful bid to bargain nan Addams family fortune.

The Addams Family has been astir for a agelong time, arsenic they’ve go a staple successful popular culture. The Addams Family movie is simply a bully classical movie to popular connected for immoderate spooks without being excessively scary. And if you’re still craving much of this kooky, spooky family, cheque retired nan Netflix bid sequel Wednesday, starring Scream VI‘s Jenna Ortega arsenic nan titular heroine.

Frankenweenie (2012)

Frankenweenie movie still.Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Everyone’s heard nan communicative of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, right? It’s a classical that spawned nan greenish Frankenstein monster that we traditionally deliberation of each Halloween season. Well, Frankenweenie (2012) pays homage to that while besides being a parody astatine nan aforesaid time.

In Frankenweenie, we travel nan communicative of a boy named Victor Frankenstein who mislaid his champion friend, Sparky, a bull terrier. He uses energy to resurrect his dog, but his peers soon observe what he’s done and want him to resurrect their dormant pets arsenic well. The consequence of reviving everyone’s dormant animal friends? Spooky mayhem!

It should beryllium noted that Frankenweenie (2012) is simply a full-length remake of a Tim Burton short movie that came retired successful 1984.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Johnny Depp successful Edward Scissorhands.20th Century Fox

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton beautiful overmuch spell hand-in-hand, and Edward Scissorhands was nan movie that started it all.

Edward Scissorhands is considered a imagination gothic romance film, which makes it a bully prime for Halloween. The communicative revolves astir Edward Scissorhands, an unfinished artificial humanoid pinch scissor blades alternatively of existent hands since his creator died earlier he could complete him. Edward gets taken successful by a suburban family and yet falls successful emotion pinch nan teenage daughter.

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