Not A Horror Fan? These Halloween Movies Will Be Right Up Your Street

"I ain't afraid of no ghost!" Good for you… some of us are though.


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Halloween is nearly here, which means bone-chilling films designed to make you scream…Yay. If you’re like us, this is not you’re cup of tea. No, we’re more into cute pumpkin decorations than having the bejeezus scared out of us and sleeping with one eye open for a month.

Well, fear not (literally) cause we’ve got a survival guide of the best Halloween films for those of us who hate scary movies.

Jennifer’s Body

Starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. The film has become a cult classic, following friends Jennifer (Fox) and Needy (Seyfried) after Jennifer is turned into a demon. It might sound scary, but this film doesn’t go too heavy on horror.

There are some jump scares but nothing too extreme. And the fantastic costuming should take your mind of anything too creepy. Seriously Jennifer’s pink and red heart hoodie has a cult following.

What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary following several vampires who share a flat together in Wellington, New Zealand. Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie van Beek. What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious take on the undead designed to make you laugh instead of scream.

Watching these centuries-old vampires get used to the modern world is perfect for Halloween night.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is essentially a rom-com…just with zombies. It’s perfect because the supernatural elements mean we can claim it as a Halloween film without any of the horror. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and Lio Tipton, it follows R (Hoult), a zombie who begins to fall in love with Julie (Palmer), a human.

Inspired by Romeo and Juliette, Warm Bodies will have you saying “aww” instead of screaming “ahhhh”.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is a fantasy horror comedy film, but the fantasy and comedy elements outweigh the horror. Although there are some mild jump scares to take note of, it’s nothing too intense. Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, and Eva Green.

Dark Shadows follows an 18th-century vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp), as he awakens in the 1970s and returns to his family’s home. If you’re into a campy, fun film, this is for you.

Mean Girls

Ok, so calling Mean Girls a Halloween film might be a bit of a stretch, but it is the perfect time of year to watch. With the classic “October 3” moment and the iconic Halloween costumes in the film, we feel like watching Karen say “I’m a mouse, duh” actually on Halloween, ok!

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Tim Meadows, and Tina Fey. Focusing on Cady (Lohan), who moves to a new school and befriends the popular girls.

Hocus Pocus 

Hocus Pocus is the ultimate Halloween throwback. And seeing as it’s technically a children’s film, the scares shouldn’t hit you too badly. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, and Thora Birch.

Chance are you already know the plot, but for those poor souls who’ve never seen it, Hocus Pocus follows 3 witches that are accidentally brought back to life and must be stopped to save all the children in their town.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A remake of the classic Jane Austen novel but this time, the Bennet sisters are fighting Zombies. It’s definitely low on the spooky scale, the scariest thing in this film is probably the jump scares or the zombie make-up, but it’s pretty light on horror.

Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. The film follows the Bennet sisters as they deal with romance and life during a zombie apocalypse.

Words by Sláine McKenna

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