There’s nothing better than spending a holiday watching movies all night with your friends, and Halloween is no exception. But what troubles me about Halloween is that everyone is always in a mood for horror films, but what about people like us who get scared way too easily and just can’t stand the suspense? Well, you needn’t worry any longer, cause here’s a list of the 20 best non-horror Halloween movies that are perfect for teenagers (or for scaredy-cat adults like me!).
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#20. The Watcher In The Woods
Without a doubt, The Watcher in the Woods is the perfect scary movie for teens! This 1980 family horror film tells the story of a family and the strange supernatural events that they live through after they move to their new country home.
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Even though you won’t find any blood or gore, the terrifying happenings that these young girls witness will certainly send shivers down your spine. A creepy old lady who lives in the woods, blindfolded children who appear in the mirrors… it’s got all it takes for a spooky Halloween night!
The first animated film in this list, Paranorman is a mystery-adventure film that follows the life of Norman, an ordinary tween middle school misfit. But there’s something unusually creepy about him: he can speak to the dead!
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We soon find out that Norman lives in a town that was cursed by witches in the past, and so he and his friends must fight against ghosts and zombies to protect their town and loved ones. It’s kind of like the Netflix version of Sabrina, but a little less scary.
#18. Wait Until Dark
It doesn’t hurt to relive some of the greatest classics every once in a while, so why not spend your Halloween night watching Audrey Hepburn’s most terrifying thriller film ever? Wait Until Dark has all it takes to freak you out!
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This mystery film is about a blind woman whose life is threatened when a man in search of a heroine-stuffed doll breaks into her apartment. It’s not long before she realizes the stranger wants to kill her, and that’s when the suspense really begins! Fasten your seat belts, you’re in for a terrifying ride!
#17. The Village
When the movie begins, you come to think that it’s the story of an idyllic rural village where people are safe and happy. However, you soon begin to sense that something ghastly and eerie exists in the middle of the woods that surround the town.
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Throughout the story, a series of haunting events will test the lives and beliefs of the villagers, and they’ll have no choice but to face a group of creepy red-hooded creatures that nobody knows what they are. I assure you that this mystery-thriller film is perfect for your Halloween night!
#16. The Spiderwick Chronicles
If you’re one of those people who enjoys a good mystery or adventure film but gets scared easily, then this is the movie you’re looking for. The Spiderwick Chronicles tells the story of three siblings who embark on a thrilling adventure when they find a locked chest and a book that reads “Do Not Read” inside a secret room. Can you guess what happens next?
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Obviously, these three kids commit the naïve mistake of opening the book (who wouldn’t!), causing terror and mayhem as a bunch of ogres, goblins, and other creepy supernatural creatures come to life. Will these kids manage to bring things back to normal? Watch it yourself and find out!
If you’re past your 20s, then I’m 100% sure you’re familiar with this film, but since there are many millennials out there reading this article, I’m gonna say a few words. Released in 1975, Jaws is an adventure-thriller film about the attempts of a group of three men to find and kill a terrifying white shark.
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I’m not gonna lie, a bit of blood is shed, but it’s nothing compared to most of today’s horror and gore films. Also, even though the movie isn’t all that scary, it has the creepiest music ever made. It’s an oldie but goodie!
#14. Clue, The Movie
Clue is a popular murder mystery board game in which the players must find out who committed the murder, what weapon he used and where the crime took place. But what many people don’t know is that as a result of its massive success, a film and a musical were released as part of the franchise.
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Released in 1985, Clue, The Game is one of the best mystery crime films out there. You can imagine how the plot goes: six guests are invited to a giant mansion for dinner when one of them is killed, and they team up to find the truth. Are you ready? Scaredy-cats, beware!
Released in 1986, Labyrinth is a thrilling fantasy-adventure film that will surely entice tweens, teens and adults alike. It follows the steps of Sarah, a 16-year-old girl who gets jealous of her baby step-brother when she realizes he’s the one who gets all the attention.
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When Sarah wishes her brother to be taken away by goblins, Goblin King Jareth answers her prayers and steals him, and this is when the creepy part begins. Sarah is given 13 hours to solve a complex labyrinth if she wants to rescue her baby brother, but she must face all sorts of chilling obstacles along the way.
#12. Monster House
Released in 2006, Monster House is an animated adventure film that is scary enough to terrify toddlers and young kids, but not so scary for tweens or teens. In other words, it’s the perfect teen Halloween film!
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The movie begins when a couple of young boys and their babysitter notice that super creepy things are going on at one of the houses in their neighborhood. They have no better idea than to go inside, but they are shocked and horrified when they find out the truth. What was the truth? See it for yourself, I won’t spoil it!
I’m sure we were all thrilled when they announced this year that a remake of Jumanji would be released, but what’s best than to rewatch our favorite classics? This 1995 film does have its share of mystery and suspense but don’t you worry, it has it’s comedic side as well!
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The film follows the steps of two young kids who discover and play a magical board game – kind of like Stranger Things, right? – when they suddenly release a man who had been trapped for years as well as many dangers and monsters. Obviously, these dangers can only be stopped if they finish the game, but will they? Find out by watching the film this Halloween!
If you were born in the 90s or the 2000s, then I’m sure you grew up reading the Goosebumps books. These horror novels are usually children and teen’s first approach to literature, and guess what? Now this franchise has its own movie, too!
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Can you think of a better way of honoring your childhood by watching this mystery film over and over again on the very night of Halloween? Author R.L. Stine actually stars in the movie, and he’s actually the villain. He keeps his daughter trapped in his house until her school friends come to rescue her, and they must fight against the evil demons that are set free.
#9. The Corpse Bride
The Corpse Bride is the first of many Tim Burton films included in this list. The film is about a shy young man who is practicing his wedding vows but accidentally marries a corpse who rises from her grave.
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This confusing situation triggers a series of thrilling events, but the best part of the film is Tim Burton’s perfect yet creepy animation. A dead-looking woman who wakes up from her grave? How much Halloween-ish can it get?
I think all of Tim Burton’s animated films are Halloween-ish, though especially Frankenweenie. Let’s start with the fact that the main character of the film is a weird dog covered in bruises who looks as if he were dead. How creepier can it get?
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Don’t you worry though, cause the film is more adorable than it is creepy. The story is about a young boy who attempts to bring his late dog back to life through a weird yet powerful science experiment. Don’t try this at home, kids!
#7. The Mask
I remember freaking out every time I saw Jim Carrey playing this eccentric green villain when I was a child, but don’t you worry, cause The Mask is more of a comedy and fantasy film than a horror one!
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Any teenager is sure to laugh his or her head off with this bizarre film, which tells the story of a bank clerk who mysteriously transforms into a maniac superhero every time he wears this green mask. It’s also a great idea for a Halloween costume!
Directed by Henry Selick (the mastermind behind The Nightmare Before Christmas), Coraline is a mystery-fantasy animated film that kids and adults alike should watch. Do you know what it’s about?
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It tells the story of Coraline, an adventurous and rebellious 11-year-old who finds a secret passage behind her living room wall, which leads her to a creepy fantasy world which proves to be an idealized version of her frustrating life. However, this parallel fantasy world holds haunting secrets and sinister creatures. I won’t spoil the rest, you should see it for yourself!
#5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the film adaptation of the last of the Harry Potter books, and it’s divided into two parts, both equally fantastic. It’s a bit creepier than the other 6, as it features Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they try to destroy the Horcruxes and fight against evil.
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To be honest, all the 8 Harry Potter films are perfect for binge-watching on a Halloween night, and not just the last ones. From the three-headed dog Fluffy to the giant killer serpent, and from the ghastly Dementors to the evil Lord Voldemort, the franchise is filled with terrifying characters that will lighten up your Halloween.
If you thought that Ghostbusters was a terrifying ghost story, you couldn’t be wronger! This 1984 classic follows the steps of three former parapsychology professors who decide to set up a ghost removal business. Yeah, it’s as bizarre as it sounds.
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If you get scared easily, don’t you worry! Even though the film has its fair share of suspense, the ghosts are far from scary. Plus, the ghostbusters are one goofier than the other, so you’ll probably find yourself laughing from beginning to end.
#3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This spooky yet comedic stop-motion film is one of the greatest non-Disney animated classics ever. It revolves around an eccentric skeleton-like creature named Jack Skellington, who is in charge of organizing Halloween each year.
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One day, he escapes his Halloween world and sneaks to Christmas Town. He is so fascinated by Christmas Town’s colorful and joyous spirit that he attempts to bring Christmas to his home town, causing mayhem and confusion along the way. The tracklist is amazing, by the way!
One of Tim Burton’s greatest cult classics, Beeteluice is a fantasy-comedy film that every teen must watch. You may think it’s a ghastly horror film, but it’s actually just a naïve and bizarre fantasy movie, so don’t miss it!
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The film revolves around a dysfunctional family who moves into an enormous mansion in the countryside, only to find themselves harassed by the spirits of a deceased couple. Oh, is it necessary to clarify that Day-O is the most hilariously bizarre song of all time?
#1. Rocky Horror Picture Show
You may think it’s a horror film because of its name, but Rocky Horror Picture Show is actually a hilarious comedy musical film that never grows old. It was released in 1975 but became a cult classic as the years went by, and it’s still regarded as one of the best musicals to this day.
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The film tells the story of a recently engaged couple whose car breaks down in an isolated area, and while they’re looking for help, they come across a seemingly haunted mansion. They soon discover that the mansion is the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, an alien transvestite. If you’re in for a perfect blend of creepiness and bizarreness, then this is your choice!