The best Halloween films for people who hate scary films

The best Halloween films for people who hate scary films

I used to love a good scare but since marrying a man who has a lower scare threshold than our 3 yr old daughter due to, in his own words, having highly sensitive reactions 😂, my scare threshold has plummeted. Being unable to watch any scary content my senses seem to have also become highly sensitised and consequently I now have absolutely no interest whatsoever in being scared out of my wits. So, over the years, I have whittled down the films that we can both watch without checking behind every door and under every bed before going to bed with the lights on full 🙈.



Not going to lie, I still won’t say ‘Beetlejuice’ three times out loud 🙊. This film is cray cray but totally brilliant.


Practical magic

Never have I wanted to be woken up by the sound of midnight margaritas so much, oh and have magical powers too 😄. Romance, magic, sisterhood; so much to love about this film. She put the lime in the coconut…

Practical magic

Hocus Pocus

Is it even Halloween if you haven’t watched Hocus Pocus and fallen a little bit in love with Max? Possibly the best Halloween film ever!


(The original) Buffy The Vampire Slayer film

This film is up there with Hocus Pocus as one of my all time favourite Halloween flicks. I wanted to be Kristy Swanson in this film for so long. She’s so darn cool. Watch this film if you loved Sweet Valley High and Clueless.

Buffy the vampire slayer

The Addam’s Family – Currently available on Netflix

What can I say? Such a classic! I aspire to have a relationship like Gomez and Morticia 😆. Interesting fact, Oliver once dressed as Lurch (complete with Thing) for a New Year’s Eve party.


The Corpse Bride – Currently available on Netflix

A tale of two worlds embroiled in love, marriage, betrayal. Tim Burton magic.


Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters 2 is currently available on Netflix

The way Peter Venkman deals with the Dana/Zuul possession is a skill I think we should all take with us through life. This film is so so brilliant.


Ghostbusters (the remake)

This film is really enjoyable with nods to the original but has it’s own charm. But honestly, I’ll recommend anything that has Chris Hemsworth in 😜.

Ghostbusters answer the call


Quite possibly the cutest Halloween film. I had the biggest crush on Casper when this film came out. Fun fact – The guy who played Casper starred in the original Final Destination.


Warm Bodies

Loved the book and loved the film 💗. It’s a love story with zombies but not at all what you’d expect.

Warm bodies

If your scare tolerance is roughly the same as a toddler’s then…

Monster’s Inc

Ok, so probably a 2 on the scare factor. Whaaaaat? Randall is pretty scary and I have a pretty low scare threshold now! Just love all of the characters. I could listen to Boo giggle all day long.

Monster Inc

Hotel Transylvania – Currently available on Netflix

Poppy and I love this film. Basically, Count Dracula runs a hotel for the super natural to take a weight off from scaring people. He also has a daughter who wants to see the world but he tries to keep her safe. They get an unexpected who shakes things up! Really sweet and a great story.

Hotel Transylvania

Did I miss any classics out?

Run Jump Scrap




  1. October 17, 2017 / 10:05 am

    I am someone who hates scary films, being scared etc. Growing up I loved hocus pocus and how unscary it was. 🙂 x

  2. October 17, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    These are brilliant film picks! I had almost forgotten the classics like Beetlejuice! Will definitely have to see these again. Thanks for the list. #TwinklyTuesday

  3. October 18, 2017 / 4:09 am

    Yes to all of these!!! I think it’s time to introduce my girls to the Corpse Bride! I finally got them into Hocus Pocus and Casper…. I think thats the natural progression? lol

  4. October 18, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    we’ve been watching the Hotel Transylvania tv series every morning lately. My daughter has always liked creepier stuff. I think we’ve hit everything on this list! #bloggersbest

  5. October 18, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Nice list! I just watched Hocus Pocus a couple weeks ago – not for the first time, just for the first time of the season. Definitely a classic. I don’t mind scary things too much but I do appreciate these Halloween-esque films that aren’t too terrifying.


  6. October 19, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    These are brilliant. I love The Addams Family and Beetlejuice. Such classics!! Need to watch now. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest

  7. October 24, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Great list. I’ve only recently introduced my eldest to Beetlejuice. Really weird to watch it through her eyes. You’ve reminded me of a few others that should be on our list. Thanks for sharing.

    • frannythompson
      October 26, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      I can’t wait for mine to watch Beetlejuice, so weirdly brilliant What did your eldest think of it? X

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