Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top 5 Not So Scary Halloween Movies

scared man holding popcorn
You are about to enter a terror-free zone. Tales that frighten and ghosts that scream are not allowed. Only friendly zombies are invited to our low-key, fun, and not so scary Halloween movie night.

Halloween isn't a holiday we celebrate in the usual way at our house. We don't go for the horror, the rattling chains, or the mares that terrorize the night. Instead, we have a celebratory party filled with fun, food, and fantastical tales of the bizarre and macabre. Why? Because that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, we like it, uh-huh uh-huh!

After Halloween dinner is over, we grab a bowl of candy corn, top it with a few popcorn balls, and set up camp in our movie pit. Yes, our favorite way to spend the Halloween evening is curled up on the couch with a not so scary Halloween movie.

Our Top 5 Favorite Halloween Movies That Fright and Delight

There's a stack of movies that we shuffle through for our Halloween movie night entertainment. Movies range from vintage classics to modern mayhem. Here's a short 3 minute clip from our favorite movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Marilyn Manson, as the backup band, singing This Is Halloween.

Here are our five favorite Halloween movies. If you see a movie you like, click on the cover image to be taken to Amazon's website. Here, you can rent the video through Amazon Instant Video. You can also purchase the movie as either a DVD , Blue-ray, or streaming online video with digital download.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

We love Tim Burton's sense of scary humor and think this is one of the best animated feature films created by a computer. The love story between Jack and Sally is so endearing. There's nothing better than a wicked happily ever after.

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Rental - 3-day viewing period.

The Wizard of Oz
(75th Anniversary Edition by L. Frank Baum)

This is a classic that we've watched every year since we were tiny children. There's something about following the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow. There's an adventure around every corner. And, when I watch this movie, I dream of owning a pair of ruby red slippers.

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Rental - 24 hour viewing period.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(Remastered Deluxe Edition)

Another classic from our childhood. Every year we wait for the Great Pumpkin and every year we miss him. But Linus is never discouraged and confidently waits for the return of the Great Pumpkin.

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Tell us you don't love singing along to the Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker, Jr. Come on, tell us and see what happens. And it's the music that makes this spooky movie so much fun. You'll be toe tapping to a ghostly beat from beginning to end.

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Rental - 24 day viewing period.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

We love this movie because of The Headless Horseman song which features the voice of Bing Crosby. This song will scare every Ichabod Crane as he makes his lonely ride home on Halloween night. Being chased by the haunting Headless Horseman.

Purchase - Stream instantly and download to 2 locations.
Rental - 3 day viewing period.

We hope you enjoyed this selection of Halloween movies that will entertain, delight, and not fright your family and friends. What's your favorite not so scary Halloween movie?

Posted by Coletta Teske
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  1. Excellent reviews of our Halloween movie favorites Coletta! We do the same thing each year. After the trick or treaters stop coming to the door for the night, we start watching a Halloween movie. Usually, it is It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! As a matter of fact, I don't remember when it was a different movie. A bit of a tradition there, I guess. I do love the other movies you have featured. Perhaps, we need a week of nightly candy corn and movies :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed our movie picks, Cynthia! We're not sure what the protocol is in our new neighborhood, so don't know what we'll be doing with the little trick-or-treaters. But, yes, a movie and junk food. The perfect Halloween delight!

  2. Your top pick is one of my all time favorite Halloween movies as well. The Nightmare Before Christmas is such fun. But I have to add both of the Addams Family movies to my favorites list.

    1. The Addams Family movies are fun. Thank you for adding your favorites to the list. I must add a few new movies to our routine.

  3. Ah, Ghostbusters is such a fun movie for Halloween. Great list of 'not-scary' movies here. :)

  4. Great Picks for Halloween movies. I love it is a great Pumpkin Charlie Brown but Ghostbusters is a good choice too!

  5. Thanks for sharing your not so scary movie picks for Halloween. And among the list that you have mentioned, Wizard of Oz, Charlie Brown, and Ichabod were the ones I have watched, a lot of times, when I was still a kid. And if I get to watch them again to today it will definitely bring back childhood memories on how we spent Halloween with family.


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