Halloween Movies That Won’t Scare You Senseless: 10 Picks for Scaredy Cats

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy in 1993's "Hocus Pocus" Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Gather round, scaredy cats! These films bring the spirit of Halloween to life — without the horror, the screams, and the gore. Us Weekly rounds up 10 beloved movies to watch this season that won’t scare you senseless, from the funny antics of the Hocus Pocus sisters to the bizarre ways of the Addams family.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Bless you! This Halloween classic is centered on three witch sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who are brought back from the dead in witch-friendly Salem, Mass., on Oct. 31. Their resurrection, however, comes with unwarranted mischief, and a group of heroic young kids (and a furry friend) come together to stop the evil yet hilarious trio.

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The Witches (1990)

The film adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s beloved tale tells the story of a young boy who comes across a wtich convention. After hearing about their evil plan, he attempts to disband their diabolical mission at the risk of being turned into a mouse. The film itself is slightly hair-raising at times (all hail the venerable Anjelica Huston!) but is overall a beloved Halloween classic.

Halloweentown (1998)

It gets a little spooky in Halloweentown, but it’s a charming place filled with magical memories. In the beloved ’90s made-for-TV classic, the heroine Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) is tasked with saving her mother Gwen (Judith Hoag) and grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) from dark, evil forces infiltrating the sleepy village. In order to do this, Marnie and her siblings need to hustle and gather the ingredients that will bring Merlin’s Wand to life — before it’s too late.

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The Addams Family (1991)

In this case, the same old Thing is absolutely perfect! Based upon the Charles Addams-created cartoon of the same name, this beloved Halloween classic tells the story of the wealthy and totally offbeat Addams family (lead by Gomez and Morticia Addams) as they try to sort of their bizarre lives in the everyday world. the film boasts of an all-star cast including Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, and more.

The Addams Family
The Addams Family Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Courtesy Everett Collection

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This romantic fantasy Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp is about a man named Edward, who has sharp shears in place of actual limbs. Despite his odd appearance, he is adopted by the Boggs family, and falls in love with one of the daughters, Kim (Winona Ryder). The dark but not-so-scary tale is the perfect way to toast Halloween and frosty fall evenings.

Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in “Edward Scissorhands”

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Bobs away! While Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween traditions.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Courtesy Everett Collection

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Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

Wingardium Leviosa! Watch J.K. Rowling‘s series on wizardry and the wonderful world of Hogwarts come to life in the Harry Potter movies, starring the delightful trifecta comprised of Daniel Radicliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). The movies feature plenty of quirky and funny scenes to offset the scary creatures that unexpectedly pop up.

Practical Magic (1998)

Company’s coming! This 1998 romantic dark comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman is a beloved classic in time for the spooky Halloween holiday. Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are witches who were raised to practice sensible sorcery, but the perks of magical powers come with (gasp!) a curse: Any man they fall in love with will die, while the lives of the sisters are threatened further by vengeful powers.

Practical Magic
Nicole Kidman and Winona Ryder in “Practical Magic” Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

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Teen Witch (1989)

Top that! Unpopular high school student Louise (played by Robyn Lively, Blake Lively‘s older half-sister) learns that she comes from a long line of witches, meaning she inherits her reincarnated powers on her 16th birthday. Louise uses her spellbinding abilities to become the most popular girl in high school, but realizes that her magic powers come with a price tag.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This creepy stop-motion animation classic from Tim Burton tells the tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who finds his way to Christmas Town and ensues major havoc.

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