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If you’ve clicked on this article, you probably can’t handle horror movies. I can’t either (jumpscares are the bane of my existence), so I’m on a mission to forget the scary stuff for good. We all know the classic Halloween kids movies that won’t spook off our socks, but most of these movies will be for mature(er) audiences. The perfect recipe for an exciting and boo-free Halloween movie night!

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Rating: R

This cult classic has a bit of gore, tons of music, and some incredibly eccentric characters. It’s a musical comedy that just loves to be quirky. The story follows a young couple getting stranded and entering the peculiar mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. If you want to have a fun night with music, laughter, and dumbfounded delight, throw this movie on!

Warm Bodies (2013)

Rating: PG-13

Who doesn’t love undead romance? This comedy/romance film follows a zombie as he finds love and becomes a bit more alive – perfect for all us hopeless romantics! This movie is one of my guilty pleasures, and I’ve watched it more than a few times.

The Witches (1990)

Rating: PG

Ever wanted to turn all kids into mice? If so, this family/fantasy film is for you! An adaptation from Roald Dahl’s work, The Witches is entertaining for all ages. There’s also a 2020 film adaptation as well, if you’d prefer something a bit more modern.

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

Rating: PG-13

A musical comedy classic based on an off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors follows a nerdy flower shop assistant and a flesh-eating plant. I haven’t watched this movie yet, but you bet I’ll be seeing it as soon as midterms are over.

The Craft (1996)

Rating: R

This ‘horror’ film is just like Mean Girls – except about witches! Giving any sort of power to teenagers can often go awry, and this movie is testament to that. Dubbed as a horror, this one might be scarier than the others, so keep that in mind if you decide to watch it.

Fun Size (2012)

Rating: PG-13

Babysitting sucks – and so does losing the kid you’re responsible for. This comedy film follows a high-school senior as she hunts for her younger brother after losing him at a Halloween party, and the hijinks that follow!

Hubie Halloween (2020)

Rating: PG-13

Adam Sandler strikes again! This mystery/comedy movie follows an eccentric community volunteer as he gets roped into the investigation of a murderer – on Halloween. I loved this movie, and if you’re looking for some simple humor and easy laughs, you’ll get them with this movie!

Everyone seems to be stuck on horror when it comes to Halloween, but that doesn’t have to be the case. A horror-free Halloween movie night is achievable, and without being limited to the kiddie zone! There are tons more Halloween movies without the added element of terror you can watch, but this selection has some must-sees. Happy Halloween everyone!

Amy Cooper

York U '25

I am a second year at York University and am in my first year in the Film Media Arts BFA! I have special interests in fashion, theatre, psychology, and nature :)