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17 Non-Scary Halloween Movies For The Weak At Heart

This one goes out to all my fellow wimps.

It’s that time of year again — when those with an affection for horror are given free reign to openly discuss their passion without judgment.

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But for those of us who enjoy sleeping at night and do not take pleasure in psychologically traumatizing ourselves (it took me two years to look in a mirror again after Black Swan) here’s a list of 17 happy Halloween movies to enjoy.

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1. Halloweentown (1998)

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Another cult classic that always begs the question: is Kimberly J. Brown annoying or endearing? The movie is delightful either way.

2. Scooby-Doo

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There are a plethora of Scooby-Doo options to keep the gang satisfied. "Scooby-Doo" comes in original cartoon form, revamped cartoon form, the 2002 live-action version, the live-action sequel, and Scrappy-Doo spinoffs.

3. Casper (1995)

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Nothing is more Halloween friendly than a literal friendly ghost. Casper delivers. He makes you want to hug his transparent self.

4. The Addams Family (1991)

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A family of moody, highly sarcastic, eccentric humans who make jokes about death? It’s possible they invented Halloween. This one feels self-explanatory.

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

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Everyone always raves about A Charlie Brown Christmas but don’t take for granted that Charlie Brown makes for fantastic Halloween company as well.

6. The Witches (1990)

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Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this story is about a little boy who has to stop an evil band of witches from turning children into mice. But, important note: English witches, which somehow makes them less scary.

7. Twitches (2005)

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It’s hard to go wrong with Tia and Tamara Mowry, especially when they’re not only twins, but twins with magic.

8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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If you’re feeling brave and don’t plan on watching this movie alone at night, then this horror/comedy could be the perfect choice. The late Luke Perry stars as a teen love interest.

9. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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A delightfully, cheesy Disney movie about a family whose vacation goes awry. Plus, there’s nothing like Eddie Murphy’s laugh to cleanse the soul.

10. Beetlejuice (1988)

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It’s Tim Burton, so naturally, the plot centers around two ghosts. But they are two ghosts who just need help being scary.

11. Monster House (2006)

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TBH, for a children’s animated comedy it’s a bit creepy… but it does take viewers on a fantastic journey, complete with a happy ending.

12. The Goonies (1985)

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We love an '80s movie about a group of tween boys taking on corporate America that also involves an underground treasure. It stars a young Josh Brolin.

13. Ghostbusters (1984)

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I bet you were wondering when this one would pop up. Of course a comedy movie with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd fighting ghosts in jumpsuits is an appropriate choice for Halloween viewing.

14. Twilight (2008)

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Nothing is more frightening than watching Robert Pattinson leap around the woods with Kristen Stewart clinging to his back. (On second thought, this might need to be re-categorized in the horror section...)

15. E.T. (1982)

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E.T., or as I like to call it, "the movie that made Drew Barrymore famous," is eerily heartwarming — (if that’s a thing). At one point in the movie the characters literally dress up for Halloween.

16. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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Friendly monsters and an adorable 3-year-old that toddles around after them is the key to Halloween happiness, folks.

17. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Possibly one of the best non-scary Halloween movies available (minus the soul-sucking of poor Emily Binx). Buckle up for a full cast of Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and the adorable cat form of Binx. It’s also very much a '90s flick so prepare for nostalgia.

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