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10 Spooky (But Not Scary) Movies for the Halloween Season

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The Halloween season is just around the corner, and everyone deserves the fun of watching a spooky movie with their friends and family, not just the horror fans.

The Halloween season is just around the corner, and everyone deserves the fun of watching a spooky movie with their friends and family, not just the horror fans.

Another Halloween at home is just around the corner, which means that we film fanatics have ample time to revisit our seasonal favorites all over again.

But not everyone enjoys slasher flicks, stories of demonic possession, or gory creature features, and if that's you, this list is for you!

Check out this list of ten movies that are fun and spooky, but not scary. Perfect for parties, movie nights with friends, and date nights!

A promotional image from the 1987 family adventure movie, The Monster Squad.

A promotional image from the 1987 family adventure movie, The Monster Squad.

1. The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad is The Goonies (1985) meets Ghostbusters (1984) with maybe a sprinkle of Jumanji (1995).

Join a ragtag team of misfits who may be the only hope a small town has at fighting against not just one, but all of the classic movie monsters, when they are accidentally unleashed on a small suburban town.

What would you do if you were told you would inherent magical abilities on your next birthday?

What would you do if you were told you would inherent magical abilities on your next birthday?

2. Teen Witch (1989)

Social outcast Louise is a witch. She just doesn't know it yet.

But after a psychic reading turns out to be true, she inherits her magical powers on her sixteenth birday.

So what do you think Louise will do with her gift?

Solve world hunger? Create peace among nations?

Not before becoming the most popular girl at her high school.

Creepshow might be a bit too creepy for the kids, but adults will enjoy its corny scares, played more for laughs than screams.

Creepshow might be a bit too creepy for the kids, but adults will enjoy its corny scares, played more for laughs than screams.

3. Creepshow (1987)

A collection of bite-sized stories in the style of pulpy tales from the Golden Age of comic books, Creepshow packs a ton of gags and mild scares in its two hour run time.

And for those horror geeks out there, you have to see Stephen King's cameo as a farmer who transforms into a beer-guzzling plant monster.

A thoughtful look at black representation in horror films as told by black film critics, filmmakers, and academics.

A thoughtful look at black representation in horror films as told by black film critics, filmmakers, and academics.

4. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror looks at the relationship between African-Americans and the development of the horror genre.

As told from the perspective of a collection of black film experts, the documentary digs into problematic representations of black people in horror, as well as the ways that black filmmakers, writers, and actors helped develop the genre for the better.

You wouldn't think that a movie based off of a theme park ride would be so delightfully spooky!

You wouldn't think that a movie based off of a theme park ride would be so delightfully spooky!

5. Disney's Tower of Terror (1997)

Ever wanted to watch The Shining (1980), but would rather do without the week of sleepless nights?

Try Disney's Tower of Terror a tame, made-for-television movie starring a young Kirsten Dunst. She portrays the niece of a tabloid journalist who is researching the strange events that occurred at the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Halloween Night 1939, which led to the death of a rising child star.

Creepy, fun, and ending with a satisfying battle between good and evil, Disney's Tower of Terror is a light take on the abandoned hotel genre.


A young Elliot Page appears in this Canadian children's Halloween movie about what can go wrong while surfing the web.

A young Elliot Page appears in this Canadian children's Halloween movie about what can go wrong while surfing the web.

6. I Downloaded a Ghost (2002)

It's 2002. Internet forums were all the rage, teens rushed home from school to chat on AOL, and two kids click a link that opens up a doorway to the other side?

This is the premise of I Downloaded a Ghost, a Canadian family movie about two kids who are stuck with their new paranormal prankster until they help him find his way back to the afterlife.

Starring a young Elliot Page, years before he would become a top Hollywood actor!

Before Twilight (2008), there was the far more epic tale of a small town kid meeting a group of friendly vampires.

Before Twilight (2008), there was the far more epic tale of a small town kid meeting a group of friendly vampires.

7. The Little Vampire (2000)

Everyone knows how it feels to be the new kid in town. It can be tough to make friends, especially when the only kid that's nice to you sleeps all day in a graveyard, fights the constant urge to suck your blood, and has to sneak you around his undead parents.

The Little Vampire is a spooky adventure film about the extent one unlikely hero will go to stand up for his friends when nobody else will.

Ever wondered what goes into building the nation's most elaborate haunted attractions?

Ever wondered what goes into building the nation's most elaborate haunted attractions?

8. Haunters: The Art Of The Scare (2017)

Learn more about the minds behind some of America's most elaborate haunted attractions in the documentary Haunters: The Art of the Scare.

Get a behind the scenes look at how "haunters" bring their terrifying visions to life with practical effects, hand made sets, and a ton of passion for the craft.

Jack Black plays R.L. Stine in the 2015 blockbuster movie Goosebumps.

Jack Black plays R.L. Stine in the 2015 blockbuster movie Goosebumps.

9. Goosebumps (2015)

You might remember R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books giving you nightmares as a kid, but the 2015 family-friendly adventure film of the same title is packed with more laughs than scares.

Featuring all of the classic Goosebumps characters, including the iconic evil ventriloquist doll Slappy, this film is a nostalgia trip for anyone who enjoyed the books or television show from the 90's.

Mark Patton played the leading role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)- a film with a complicated legacy that pushed the actor into obscurity over the years.

Mark Patton played the leading role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)- a film with a complicated legacy that pushed the actor into obscurity over the years.

10. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019)

This documentary takes a close look at the complicated legacy of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), a box office flop that's controversial subtext ruined the budding career of leading man Mark Patton.

Haven't seen any of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies? No worries. This documentary gives you all of the context you need to understand the impact this film made on a generation of LGBT horror fans, and how actor Mark Patton was able to reclaim his role in the iconic film franchise.

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