There’s so many great movies to watch this time of year, and even though I love to watch a good horror film, I get scared so easily. Instead of giving yourself nightmares with gore and vicious jump scares, here’s some animated movies to help you get in the Halloween mood.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This classic is fit for both Halloween and Christmas. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown (no, not that Halloweentown), is tired of the same Halloween traditions every year. He stumbles upon Christmastown, and he plots to kidnap Santa Claus so he can take over a new holiday.
- Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
This movie came out the same year I was born, and I remember watching this VHS tape on repeat. Mystery Inc. heads to a haunted island in search of real ghosts, and they discover some terrifying secrets.
- Corpse Bride (2005)
Tim Burton is the king of Halloween movies, and this film proves it. Victor is arranged to marry a young woman named Victoria. When he’s wandering the forest prior to the event, he’s dragged down to the land of the dead by Emily, a young bride who was murdered on her wedding day.
- Monster House (2006)
Three kids suspect a house in their neighborhood is haunted after witnessing people going into the house and never coming out. They set out to destroy the house before Halloween night to save unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.
- Coraline (2009)
This is my absolute favorite Halloween movie, and I watch it every year. Seriously, I never get tired of it. Coraline Jones moves into a new house and discovers a small hidden door that holds an alternate universe. At first, everything in this world is better and Coraline can’t get enough. At least until her other family wants to keep her with them forever.
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Count Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania is a great place for monsters to go when they need to get away. He’s planning a huge celebration for his daughter that is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of a human boy who ends up developing feelings for the birthday girl.
- ParaNorman (2012)
Young and bullied Norman possesses the ability to speak to the dead, who are far nicer to him than that of the living. One day Norman’s crazy uncle warns him of a curse that will raise the dead as zombies and terrorize the town, and it’s up to Norman to save everyone.
Happy Halloween, witches! Enjoy your spooky season with some spooky movies.