5 Halloween Movies Without the Horror

This October we celebrated “Horror Month” on the Full Sail Blog. Today we’re wrapping up a series of features and interviews celebrating the best in horror entertainment.

There have admittedly been some really great stories on the blog for Horror Month in the past few weeks. I’ve even contributed a couple myself. But, I have a confession to make: I am not sad at all to be saying goodbye to Horror Month today. Because to me, the idea of an entire month of horror is, well, horrifying. Sure, I can handle the gore, but I hate the anxiety of waiting for – and knowing – that something is about to terrify me. Scary movies stress me out. I won’t watch them.

But Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! Seriously. You may think I am contradicting myself a little by saying that I love Halloween but hate horror, but I will disagree with you. I love coming up with creative costumes. I love eating Halloween candy. I just skip the scary movies. And the haunted houses.

So, since I’ve endured a month reading about modern horror, classic horror, creepy graphic novels, and scary video games, they’ve agreed to let me make my own Horror Month list. So I present to you: 5 Great Halloween Movies without the Horror. These are my Halloween classics. Enjoy!

Hocus Pocus
This cult classic – about a trio of witches resurrected for one night on Halloween –  wasn’t very popular when it was originally released in 1993, but has since become a Halloween favorite. (I love it so much that my friends and I are dressing up as the Sanderson Sisters this year.) Also, bonus points for featuring a talking black cat as one of the movie’s main characters.

Casper is a ghost that doesn’t want to scare anybody, hence making him my favorite ghost of all time. The 1995 live-action remake of the “Casper The Friendly Ghost” cartoon stars Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and a family of computer-generated ghosts. It was the first movie to be named after a completely computer-generated character.

Addams Family Values
Many prefer the original Addams Family, but I love the sequel, where the Addams’s try to save Uncle Fester from a gold digger named Debbie. The ensemble cast features quirky performances from Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack, and Christina Ricci, who makes her second appearance on this list.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This must-see Halloween staple is not even remotely creepy. Charlie Brown’s friend Linus may be the only one who believes the Great Pumpkin actually exists, but I’m with him. Originally aired in 1966, ABC re-broadcasts it every Halloween.

Probably the scariest of the not-so-scary movies on my list, this Steven Spielberg-produced “horror” film is way more comedy than it is creepy. Gremlins is generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) with influencing the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as it was too violent to be PG, but not violent enough for an R rating. Mogwais are adorable.