If you’re anything like me, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. The costumes, the spooktacular decorations, the fun vibe of the season. However, while I love celebrating holidays with thematic movies, the fact is I’m too chicken for horror films. So I’ve made this list of fun Halloweeney movies that don’t include scares!
Scaredy cats, unite! Here are 8 flicks for you to get into the mood of the season without having nightmares afterward.
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A campy “horror show,” this musical is a must during the scariest night of the year. The settings are spooky and ridiculous, the story’s fun and transgressional and the songs are catchy. It’s always a good time to do the Time Warp!
2. Young Frankenstein (1974)
The mother of horror comedies, Mel Brooks’ take on the Mary Shelley is another Halloween classic. Highlights include the horses neighing at Frau Blücher and Igor’s hunchback gag. Plus, it’s always a true joy to watch greats like Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, and Marty Feldman.
3. Shaun of the Dead (2005)
A zombie comedy like no other, this Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg collab might be the best of the Cornetto trilogy. It has everything: relationship advice, family gatherings, and more than one piece of advice on zombie apocalypses. Highlight? That slo-mo scene to the beat of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
4. Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
A 50s romantic comedy might seem like an odd choice for a Halloween list, but hey, it has witches! Vertigo duo Kim Novak and James Stewart meet again for a tale of romance between a witch and a mortal. In this Bewitched-like world, witches throw underground parties as magical speakeasies. Extra points for having Jack Lemmon, plus the bride of Frankenstein herself, Elsa Lanchester.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
You might wonder whether you should watch this stop-motion classic on Halloween or Christmas, to which we say – why not both? Sing along to Oogie Boogie as he threatens Sandy Claws, and let all worries slip away. Halloween Town deserves a visit around October 31st!
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
No list of Halloween movies is complete without this supernatural comedy. Gathering some of the funniest people ever to work on film, every second is gold. There are too many amazing parts, but personal favorites include the green slime and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
7. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The third musical on this list and the second Rick Moranis film, there’s no Halloween without Audrey II. Horrific, hilarious, ridiculous; Little Shop of Horrors is pretty wild. Every second that killing plant is on screen is pure gold. The soundtrack by Disney masters Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is also incredible.
8. Beetlejuice (1988)
You didn’t think I’d forget about this Tim Burton classic, did you? Michael Keaton’s first big movie and one of his best-known roles, Beetlejuice is one of everyone’s favorite Halloween movies. It’s got ghosts, undead bureaucracy and the coolest rendition of Harry Belafonte’s “The Banana Boat Song.” Also, I’ve now said Beetlejuice three times, so good luck with that.