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Top seven Halloween movies for people who don’t like scary movies

During this month of October, I have noticed the same types of articles on my social media feeds. These articles focus on the following: politics, survival tips for the fall semester and scary movies people should watch to get them in the scary, Halloween mood. In regards to the last subject, some people absolutely love movies that send shakes and shivers up and down their spines.

I, for one, am NOT that type of person.

I do not like scary movies. No matter how bizarre or unrealistic the scary movie is, I will believe that it is based on a true story. The last scary movie I saw was Lights Out, and I only saw three minutes of it before running out of the theater. Needless to say, it is hard for me to be able to read those lists without feeling a bit left out.

To the fellow scary movie haters out there, you are in luck! Here are movies that can get you in Halloween spirit without giving you nightmares!

1. HOCUS POCUS

Okay, so Hocus Pocus is a classic. Why is it a classic? For many different reasons! It has a great story line, goofy characters and talking cats. Throw in Bette Midler singing “I Put a Spell On You” at a Halloween dance, and you got yourself the perfect Halloween movie to watch with family, a date, or just your girlfriends… without worrying about losing sleep.

2. IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN 

Sure, it may be a “kids’ movie.” However, there is something wonderfully nostalgic about watching a kids’ movie for Halloween. It reminds you of what it is like to go trick-or-treating and to believe in great pumpkins. Charlie Brown is always a wonderful character for the holidays, and Halloween would not be the same without him, Snoopy and the Great Pumpkin!

3. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

This may not seem like a typical Halloween movie… but then again, why isn’t it? There are ghosts, pumpkins and witches. In this particular Harry Potter movie, they even celebrate Halloween with food buffets and intruding trolls. Harry Potter is great for fans, fantasy lovers and those craving the Halloween spirit without the Halloween scares.

4. THE ADDAMS FAMILY

They are creepy… They are kooky… They are the Addams family! The Addams Family movie is a lot of fun, and you get to spend some time with the greatest family of all time! You also do not have to worry– all the small scares in this movie are fun.

5. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? I don’t know! What I do know is that the Nightmare Before Christmas is a creative, innovative movie that shows us the mind of Tim Burton. It also has some great songs that will get stuck in your head.

6. GHOSTBUSTERS (Either the new or the old one)

I will be honest… I have not seen the new Ghostbusters. I love the concept of it, which is women being badass and taking out ghosts without the help of men. I just am afraid the jokes will ruin the classic Ghostbusters for me. I thoroughly encourage readers to see either movie. They are not scary, and you can decide which film is better.

7. HALLOWEENTOWN

The best. The classic. My childhood. You just do not get any better (and less scary) than Halloweentown. I have heard from so many college kids that this movie is their favorite. This is a Disney channel favorite that you will ALSO watch for years to come… without creeping you out.

BONUS MOVIE

You will be able to see Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween on October 22! Watch the trailer for a movie with a lot of treats and few tricks.

Lauryn Rosinski is a senior at Kent State University. She is currently studying public relations, and she is hoping to work in the public relations or event-planning fields when she graduates. She would also enjoy blogging or free lance writing in her spare time. At Kent State University, along with being a writer for Her Campus, she a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, a campus tour guide and an employee at the Kent Plaza Theatre. Lauryn is incredibly excited and grateful to work with such talented people at Her Campus, and she looks forward to reaching out to Her Campus followers!
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