28 Non-Scary Halloween Movies Perfect for Getting You in the Trick-or-Treating Mood

Grab your popcorn, it's time for a movie marathon!
28 Non-Scary Halloween Movies Perfect for Getting You in the Trick-or-Treating Mood
28 Non-Scary Halloween Movies Perfect for Getting You in the Trick-or-Treating Mood

There’s nothing like celebrating the ~spooky season~ by snuggling up on the couch with friends and a big bucket of popcorn and diving into all the Halloween classics. But, if horror movies aren’t your factor, picking a flick to get you into the autumn mood can appear pretty difficult. Basically each Halloween film was created to scare the socks off you, but spending an evening awake after watching one could not likely sound appealing. So, in case you don’t love scary movies, but you still want to enjoy a Halloween-themed film night with your pals, check out these 20 non-scary Halloween movies that can get you ready to trick-or-treat, without scaring you half to death.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Director: Jonathan Levine
Writers: Isaac Marion (based on the novel by), Jonathan Levine (screenplay)
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Genres: Comedy | Horror | Romance
Country: USA | Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 98 min
Release Date: 1 February 2013

If you’re looking for a Halloween rom-com, look no further than Warm Bodies. It’s about a zombie who falls in love with a living girl and it’s adorable!

Now You See It

Now You See It

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Writer: Bill Fritz
Stars: Aly Michalka, Johnny Pacar, Frank Langella
Genres: Drama | Family | Fantasy | Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 83 min
Release Date: 14 January 2005

A young man gets invited to join a competition to find the next greatest magician, but soon finds out that not everything is as it seems.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers: Charles Addams (characters), Caroline Thompson | 1 more credit »
Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Genres: Comedy | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English | Italian | French
Runtime: 99 min
Release Date: 22 November 1991

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, they’re all together kookie … so they’re perfect for Halloween! The Addams Family is the perfect Halloween comedy for your movie marathon!

Zombieland

Zombieland

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English | Spanish | French
Runtime: 88 min
Release Date: 2 October 2009

In an attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) travels with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) fighting zombies and attempting to find some sort of relief from the chaos.

As a bonus, if you watch Zombieland this Halloween season, you’ll be prepared to watch Zombieland: Double Tap.

Coco

Coco

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)
Writers: Lee Unkrich (original story by), Jason Katz (original story by) | 4 more credits »
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Genres: Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Music | Mystery
Country: USA | Mexico
Language: English | Spanish
Runtime: 105 min
Release Date: 22 November 2017

Although technically not Halloween, this sweet Pixar film takes place during Dia De Los Muertos and follows a young boy Miguel who hopes to become a musician against his family’s wishes.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Michael McDowell (story), Larry Wilson (story)
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Genres: Comedy | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 92 min
Release Date: 30 March 1988

After dying in a car crash, Adam and Barbara Maitland learn they have to stay in their house for 150 years, which they’re fine with, at least until their house is sold to the Deetz family, whom they take an immediate disliking toward. To remedy the situation, the Maitlands hire Beetle Juice to scare the Deetz away, but Beetle Juice gets distracted when he starts wooing the Deetz daughter in order to marry her and return to the land of the living.

Don’t Look Under the Bed

Don't Look Under the Bed

Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Mark Edward Edens
Stars: Erin Chambers, Ty Hodges, Robin Riker
Genres: Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Horror
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min
Release Date: 9 October 1999

It may be considered the scariest DCOM of all time, but let’s be honest, if you still jump during Don’t Look Under the Bed, maybe you shouldn’t be celebrating Halloween at all.

Goosebumps

Goosebumps

Director: Rob Letterman
Writers: Darren Lemke (screenplay by), Scott Alexander (story by)
Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Horror
Country: USA | Australia
Language: English
Runtime: 103 min
Release Date: 16 October 2015 (USA)

A young teenager tries to get R.L. Stein’s help when his famous Goosebumps books start coming to life.

Fun Size

Fun Size

Director: Josh Schwartz
Writer: Max Werner
Stars: Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler
Genres: Adventure | Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 86 min
Release Date: 26 October 2012

Fun Size is the perfect Halloween comedy if you’re looking to laugh while eating all of your trick-or-treat goodies. It stars Victoria Justice as Wren, who is forced to babysit her little brother on Halloween. When he does missing, she must skip the party of the year in order to find him, but things get super complicated super quickly.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Director: Jim Sharman
Writers: Richard O’Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Genres: Comedy | Musical
Country: UK | USA
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min | 98 min
Release Date: 31 August 1975

Rocky Horror is the ultimate cult classic Halloween flick that you’ll want to watch every single year after your first watch. While it might not be super scary, its songs are so catchy that you’ll find yourself doing the “Time Warp” for the rest of spooky season.

ParaNorman

ParaNorman

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Writer: Chris Butler
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Genres: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 92 min
Release Date: 17 August 2012

Norman doesn’t really have many friends, preferring to hang out with the ghosts he could see and talk to, but when a witch’s curse threatens his town, he must jump into action to save everyone.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Genres: Action | Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 105 min
Release Date: 8 June 1984

After losing their research grants, Ego, Ray, and Peter, open Ghostbusters and soon find themselves investigating the possession and abduction of a woman that Peter is interested in. And, if you finish this movie and want more, there’s always the remake!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation)
Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
Genres: Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 76 min
Release Date: 29 October 1993

When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, finds himself in Christmas Town, he decides to kidnap Santa and take over the holiday, turning the joyous time of year into one filled with shrunken heads and skeletal reindeer!

The Craft

The Craft

Director: Andrew Fleming
Writers: Peter Filardi (story), Peter Filardi (screenplay)
Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell
Genres: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English | French
Runtime: 101 min
Release Date: 3 May 1996

Pretty much the spooky version of Mean Girls, The Craft follows Sarah as she enrolls in a new prep school and falls in with three girls who practice witchcraft. Soon, they begin conjuring up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them and, obviously, chaos ensues.

Bewitched

Bewitched

Director: Nora Ephron
Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine
Genres: Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
Country: USA
Language: English | Spanish
Runtime: 102 min
Release Date: 24 June 2005

An actor who is set to star in a remake of the beloved sitcom Bewitched believes that his new co-star is in actual witch and tries to figure out the truth.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writers: David Kirschner (story), Mick Garris (story)
Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Country: USA
Language: English | French
Runtime: 96 min
Release Date: 16 July 1993

Three-hundred years after being hung at the Salem Witch Trails, the Sanderson sisters return when three kids accidentally resurrect them. Laugh along as the three kids try to stop these witchy sisters from taking over Salem and and killing children in order to stay immortal.

Halloweentown

Halloweentown

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Writers: Paul Bernbaum (story), Paul Bernbaum (teleplay)
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 84 min
Release Date: 17 October 1998

Obviously Halloweentown is on this list! It’s the perfect non-scary Halloween movie! Plus, there are so many sequels meaning it’s perfect for a movie marathon.

Twitches

Twitches

Director: Stuart Gillard
Writers: Melissa Gould (teleplay), Dan Berendsen (teleplay)
Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 86 min
Release Date: 14 October 2005

Twitches is an all time Disney classic starring Tia and Tamara Mowry of Sister, Sister fame. Camryn and Alex were separated at birth when their home was taken over by the darkness. On their 21st birthday, the two find each other and learn of their magic powers. Together, they try to save their world before it’s too late.

Death Note

Death Note

Director: Adam Wingard
Writers: Charley Parlapanides (screenplay by) (as Charles Parlapanides), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay by)
Stars: Nat Wolff, LaKeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley
Genres: Action | Crime | Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English | Japanese | Spanish
Runtime: 101 min
Release Date: 25 August 2017

A teenager discovers a mysterious notebook that allows him to write the name of anyone and end their life. But when a special task force forms to find who is behind these strange deaths, he must find a way to not get caught with the help of a death god.

Invisible Sister

Invisible Sister

Director: Paul Hoen
Writers: Billy Eddy (teleplay by), Billy Eddy (television story by)
Stars: Rowan Blanchard, Paris Berelc, Karan Brar
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min
Release Date: 9 October 2015

Molly and Cleo may be sisters, but they’re total opposites. When Molly starts to go invisible thanks to Cleo’s science experiment, Cleo must try to figure out how to reverse the affects before they turn permanent at midnight.

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers: Peter Baynham (screenplay by), Robert Smigel (screenplay by)
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg
Genres: Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA | South Korea | Canada
Language: English
Release Date: 28 September 2012

Dracula runs a hotel for monsters with his daughter, Mavis, but when Jonathan, a human comes to stay there, Dracula tries to kick him out, only to realize Mavis and Jonathan have fallen in love.

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Writers: Tim Burton (characters), Carlos Grangel (characters)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Genres: Animation | Drama | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance
Country: USA | UK
Language: English
Runtime: 77 min
Release Date: 23 September 2005

There are so many Tim Burton movies on this list because he is the king of great Halloween movies. This one is about Victor, who accidentally marries a corpse bride, forcing him to decide between staying married to her or leaving her for his former fiancé, Victoria.

Matilda

Matilda

Director: Danny DeVito
Writers: Roald Dahl (book), Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)
Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson
Genres: Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 98 min
Release Date: 2 August 1996

All foster child Matilda wants is to go to school, but her foster parents won’t let her. Finally, after a string of unlucky events, they find a school for her with a very mean headmaster. It is there that Matilda learns she has telekinetic powers and she must learn to use them for good in order to survive school and her foster parents.

9

9

Director: Shane Acker
Writers: Pamela Pettler (screenplay by), Shane Acker (story by)
Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover
Genres: Animation | Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 79 min
Release Date: 9 September 2009

A group of small group of rag dolls must try to survive and bring humanity back after a robot wipes out every living thing on earth.

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

Director: Rob Minkoff
Writer: David Berenbaum
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
Genres: Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 99 min
Release Date: 26 November 2003

On their way to a family vacation, Jim Evers has his family check out a mansion he’s trying to sell, but when a storm keeps them from continuing their journey, they must stay the night. That’s when they encounter two former lovers who died before they get married and the Evers must help them, and the other ghosts in the house, to break a curse.

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire

Director: Uli Edel
Writers: Angela Sommer-Bodenburg (novel), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay)
Stars: Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: Germany | Netherlands | USA
Language: English
Runtime: 95 min
Release Date: 27 October 2000

This feel good movie is about a little boy who befriends a vampire as the two search for a magical amulet that can turn the vampire, and his family, into humans.

Coraline

Coraline

Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman
Country: USA
Language: English | Russian
Runtime: 100 min | 105 min
Release Date: 6 February 2009

Coraline spends a lot of time alone at home after her parents move from Michigan to Oregon. It is in her new house that discovers the Other World, which includes Other Mother and Other Father, who spend more time with her than her own parents. When Coraline realizes, though, that the Other World is not as it seems, she must attempt to make her way back home to her real parents.

Casper

Casper

Director: Brad Silberling
Writers: Joseph Oriolo (characters), Sherri Stoner
Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty
Genres: Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min
Release Date: 26 May 1995

A young girl befriends a lonely ghost after moving into the very house that he haunts.