Happy Halloween to everyone! It’s that time of year where ghosts and ghouls run the night as others sit safely at home eating way too much candy from their designated trick-or-treater bowl. I love giving trick-or-treaters the choice between two bowls of candy. One is filled with Hershey, Snickers, and Kit Kat candy bars while the other overflows with Smarties, Nerds, and everything sugary. Both bowls are a dentist’s worst nightmare and my dream come true. While I enjoy Halloween candy, I love Halloween because encourages playful fun and self-expression.
While there is the possibility for horror in Halloween, there is also the opportunity to experience the general silliness that comes with dressing up and eating way too many sweets. If you are looking for fun, gore-free Halloween movies to watch on the day of witches and warlocks, sit back, unwrap that king-size Crunch bar, and enjoy reading my top 5 favorite gore-free Halloween movies.
5. The Haunted Mansion: “Get ready for the ride of your afterlife.” Eddie Murphy stars in this hilarious and chilling Disney Channel classic. Mystery, magic, ghosts, and family fun come alive in a riddle-filled haunted adventure. If you are looking for a fun, easy-to-watch family film, The Haunted Mansion is the perfect film for you.
4. Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? : Mostly Ghostly is a great film to watch with your kids after a long night of trick-or-treating. While they are busy sorting and trading candy bars, you all can enjoy watching this heartfelt and funny Halloween film about an aspiring young magician who can see ghosts. However, unlike the Sixth Sense, Mostly Ghostly actually has a happy ending.
3. Halloweentown: I could not decide which movie in this series was my favorite in the classic Halloweentown series, so I chose all of them. Each film is hilarious, heartwarming, and witty. Whenever I watch Halloweentown, I am instantly taken back to binge-watching them with my college roommates Halloween night while we handed out candy to excited trick-or-treaters. Overall, Halloweentown is a loving series that teaches you to be true to yourself and celebrate what makes each person unique.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton continues to stun audiences with his wild and wacky creations from the dreadful Oogie Boogie to the iconic Jack Skellington. While I was slightly scared of Burton’s creatures when I was younger, I enjoy watching them now. Burton’s creepy characters sing songs and dance around Halloweentown while Jack tries to steal Christmas. The Nightmare Before Christmas showcases two of my favorite holidays in a sinister, yet silly way.
1. Hocus Pocus: The infamous trio of witches of Hocus Pocus put a spell on a whole generation with their fantastic dance number and hilarious facial expressions. This classic, gore-free Halloween film has the perfect mixture of comedy and horror. The song “Come Little Children” frightened me as a kid and truthfully still frightens me today! Overall, Hocus Pocus is a film that is enjoyable for all ages because of its engaging plot and multi-leveled humor.
What was your favorite Halloween film when you were a kid? What are your favorite Halloween movies now? Let me know in the comments below!
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