Halloween can be a tough time for those of us not brave enough to emerge from the security of our duvets when the horror films make an appearance at the long treasured movie nights with our roommates. But never fear my fellow faint-hearted people, I have made us all a list of some non-scary movies to keep us and our roommates happy this Halloween.
1) The Witches (1990)
This film scared me shitless when I was a kid but now it’s one of my favourite films of all time. It’s always on RTÉ 1 at Halloween and sometimes even Christmas so you’ve no excuse not to sit down and watch it. It always goes down a treat in my house and if you’re forced to babysit your neighbours kids (as I was one Halloween), just stick this on and make sure the kids think that you’re a witch who might just turn them into a cockroach if they don’t go to bed on time. (You can thank me later for that one!)
2) Casper (1995)
A true classic. No Halloween movie bucket list is complete without Caspar the Friendly Ghost. Not at all scary for us weenies in the audience.
3) Halloweentown (1998)
Hands down, one of the best movies to come out of Disney Channel. Watching it again now is a little cringe worthy but personally I think that makes it all the better. From shite acting to the most un-scary monsters imaginable, this one is sure to have you emerging from behind your duvet and actually laughing instead of crying in a corner.
4) The Addams Family (1991)
Yet another Halloween classic. Somehow each time I watch this film I relate more and more to Wednesday Addams. She also makes the perfect last minute Halloween costume for all you lazy scumbags who left it to the last minute. Black wig, dress, shoes. Done. You’re welcome.
5) Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
For all the unfortunate souls who are forced to endure Christmas chat from their roommates in September, this is a nice way to bridge the gap between Halloween and the festive season. Hopefully, it’ll make the Christmas vibes seeping into your house a little more bearable.
6) Scary Movie(s) (2000 – 2013)
Okay so I’ll admit that these films can be a bit hit and miss. I know some people love them and others hate them. Personally I like them and they made me brave enough to try watching an actual scary movie. Unfortunately that is a venture that I will not be repeating. I find it better to watch something that makes fun of the horrors rather than a horror itself.
7) Ghostbusters (1984)
If the song doesn’t get stuck in your head for at least two days a year, you’re obviously not watching the film enough. So shut up, sit down and make sure you know who you’re gonna call if there’s something strange in your neighbourhood. (Sorry)
8) Wallace and Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
With 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and an Oscar in its pocket, you can’t go far wrong with the cheese mad Wallace and his very good doggo Gromit as they tackle the pesky Were-Rabbit and win the affections of Helena Bonham Carter who in my eyes is the queen of the screen and is a good enough reason on its own to watch this film.
9) Literally Any Harry Potter Movie (2001 – 2011)
So I know the Harry Potter films aren’t really Halloween films but from witches and wizards to ghosts and goblins, you still get a Halloween-y vibe from these films which is why they are on this list. And they’re also a total crowd pleaser so I’m sure your horror buff roommates will excuse you for choosing any of these over Chucky.
10) Hocus Pocus (1993)
Do I even need to explain this one? Just watch it.
So there you have it. All you weenies have no excuse now to cower away from movie night with your roomies this weekend. Happy Halloween!