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Young Frankenstein, 1974

Young Frankenstein, 1974

Yeah, well, it is what it is. Some of us are wimps. We don’t like to be scared out of our minds or enjoy the gut-wrenching feeling of absolute fear. We don’t want to sleep with the lights on or be afraid to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. So sue us.

But! We still love Halloween! Pumpkin carving, dressing up, passing out candy, and watching some of the best, most fun, Halloween & Halloween-ish movies ever!

So, here is my list of the top 15 Halloween-time movies to watch, for those of us who don’t like scary movies:


1.) It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
A classic! The 1966 movie has messages about hope, faith, and friendship that are still incredibly relevant today. The film follows the Peanuts gang hanging out and being adorable whilst celebrating Halloween. I truly feel this film has something for everyone.
Linus convinces Sally to accompany him to the pumpkin patch on Halloween night to watch the rise of The Great Pumpkin while everyone else goes trick-or-treating. It’s adorable and hilarious.
From Charlie’s Brown’s “I got a rock,” to Linus’ “You didn’t tell me you were gunna kill it,” this movie has some of the most quotable Peanuts lines of all time
My personal favorite:
Linus: You don’t believe the story of The Great Pumpkin?! I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
Sally: Welcome to the 20th century!


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2.) Hocus Pocus
Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, this is one of the most popular Halloween movies of all time. Hocus Pocus is about three witches who are resurrected by a virgin. Then, the virgin, his little sister, and the girl he’s crushing on big time, as well as Binx the cat-who-used-to-be-a-boy, have to figure out a way to get rid of these ruthless witches who plan to take the spirits of little children in order to keep themselves young.
Okay, when I write it out like that, it sounds kinda dark but, I promise, it’s actually a whole lotta fun!
P.S. I could listen to Bette Midler sing, “I Put a Spell on You,” any time of the year!



3.) The Harry Potter films
Hey! The Harry Potter films totally count as Halloween-type movies! Witches, goblins, snakes – well, one big snake– giants, dragons, and a werewolf?! Pick any of them! Or, better yet, marathon it and watch them all!
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, the films follow young Harry and his best friends as they attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learn to use their magical powers to fight evil, fall in love, find out what friendship is really about, and more!



4.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This 1992 film is an amazingly fun movie. Starring Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, and Donald Sutherland, the film follows teenage spoiled princess turned vampire slayer, Buffy, as she fights to save the world from impending doom.
It’s an amazing 90s film. You’ll dig it.



5.) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Rhett & Scarlett, Han & Leia, Jack & Sally! This Tim Burton cult classic features the voices of Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara. The animated film follows Jack Skellington as he works to discover and redefine his role in Halloween Town. Tired of being all-Halloween-all-of-the-time, Jack decides to give the whole Santa Claus/Christmas thing a whirl!
It’s a lot of fun and it will get you pumped for Christmas! And the music is fabulous. Gotta love that Danny Elfman.



6.) Corpse Bride
Another Tim Burton movie! Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, this animated film is about an engaged man, Victor (Depp) who, through no fault of his own, finds himself “married” to a Corpse Bride (Carter) instead of his intended betrothed. Oops.
Furthermore, the film takes place in the 1800s which is pretty cool. I like that it’s an animated film that exposes children to a different time period.
It’s a fun movie for the whole family with intriguing animation and cute songs!



7.) Frankenweenie
And yet another Tim Burton film! Ah, that creepy dude never lets us down!
The 2012 animated feature is about a young boy, Victor, who tries to bring his dog, Sparky, back to life via a science experiment.
The film features the voices of Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, and Winona Ryder.



8.) Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
Is he standing behind me?! Damn. Oh well, this movie is another throwback. AND another Tim Burton film! “Seriously?!” you just yelled at your computer screen.
I know. But, at least he’s dependable.
This movie is about a recently deceased couple who realize their dream home is going to be ruined by the new owners. Well, they can’t have that! So they hire Beetlejuice to scare them away.
Beetlejuice stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, and Winona Ryder.



9.) The Witches of Eastwick
This 1987 film, starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer is not one to be missed! My husband introduced me to this one a few years ago and I loved it.
It’s so much fun. And it’s perfect for a Date Night or a Girl’s Night!
The Witches of Eastwick is about three, single best friends (Cher, Sarandon, and Pfeiffer) who are all missing something in their lives. And, when Daryl Van Horne (Nicholson) shows up, things get very magical and freaky.



10.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The greatest movie ever made about transsexuals in Transylvania! …Wait.
Well, whatever, this musical is a whole lotta fun. You’ll be doing The Time Warp for days!
And it totally works for Halloween! The costumes are KILLER!
The 1970s cult-classic musical is about a sweet and innocent newly engaged couple whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. They then find themselves asking for help at the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. And, needless to say, things get weird… and awesome… and highly sexual.
WARNING: The only negative thing about this film is that, by comparison, Tim Curry will make you feel really crappy about the way you look and walk in heels. He. Kills. It.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show stars Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf.
Bonus Note: If you ever come across a theater playing it, GO! People love to dress up and throw toast at the screen! Seriously. Look it up if you don’t believe me!


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11.) Shaun of the Dead
I actually love this movie! There is a lot of blood and it definitely gets freaky at times. But it’s too funny and ridiculous to be scary! This movie is about Shaun, the most unlikely of heroes, and how he fights to win back his girl and save his friends and family from zombies.
Shaun of the Dead stars the hilarious Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kate Ashfield. And it’s a great, non-scary movie to watch if you want to enjoy the whole zombie thing but still be able to sleep that night.



12.) Ghostbusters I & II
YES!!!!!!!!!! Talk about amazing classics! Ghostbusters I & II stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver!
These films are about a gang of professors turned Ghostbusters who fight to save the world from, you guessed it, ghosts! These movies are so much fun!
I would definitely suggest busting out your old VHS and watching these babies this Halloween!
Plus, it will get you even more pumped than you already are for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, that hits theaters July 2016!



13.) The Addams Family and/or Addams Family Values
I totally LOVE the Addams family. These movies crack me up.
They are definitely a unique family. Probably, and hopefully, like none you’ve ever known. They are creepy and dark and absolutely hilarious!!!
The humor is so clever and quirky. You’ll love it. And Raul Julia (Gomez), Anjelica Huston (Morticia), Christopher Lloyd (Uncle Fester), and Christina Ricci (Wednesday), along with the rest of casts, are perfection.



14.) Casper
Oh Casper! Oh 1995! So many childhood memories just came flooding back to me.
This is a very funny movie about love, family, working through grief, and embracing life!
It’s actually a very beautiful film that illustrates some incredibly important, difficult life lessons to children in a genuine and joyful way.
Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his young daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci), move into a creepy old mansion where they find themselves sharing their spooky home with some ghostly friends.



15.) Young Frankenstein
THE BEST!!!!!!! You want a Halloween movie that will have you rolling on the floor with laugher?! This is the one.
Young Frankenstein is a Mel Brooks film from 1974. The film is about Frankenstein’s grandson, played by Gene Wilder. The grandson/doctor inherits his grandfather’s castle and all that comes with it, from his old experiments to Igor the hunchback. When he decides to continue on with his grandfather’s work, things get interesting… and hilarious.

So there you have it! Happy viewing! Hope you all have a very fun, safe, and Happy Halloween!

P.S. Do you think I missed anything? Are there any movies that you would’ve liked to see on my list? Leave me comments and let me know! 🙂

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Katherine Sangiorgio

Katherine is a proud UCLA grad turned freelance writer who enjoys writing about love, life, feminism, positive body image, and all things nerdy, shiny, and/or polka-dotted.
She loves to spend her free time kickin’ it with her crazy-awesome husband and their cat, Joey Tribbiani.
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