Halloween films that won’t give you a fright!

These are the films that I will be watching on the run up to Halloween. As much as I love the adrenaline rush of watching a true horror film, I certainly sleep better once I have watched a more family friendly Halloween themed movie. There are loads out there that are great to watch with the family, or just for those of you that love Halloween, minus the frights. I have compiled my favourites, and would love to know if you’ll be watching any of these too.

Casper & Coraline – Perfect for younger ones.

Casper the Ghost is one of my childhood favourite spooky films. It’s definitely more of a comedy than a spook fest. I was 6 when this film came out & I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect mix of friendship, comedy and young romance. Plus, Christina Ricci was already my Halloween dream after playing my one of my favourite fictional characters ever in a movie – you’ll see who soon.

Spooky Rating – 1

Casper Movie

Coraline is the weird and wonderful animation of a young girl who finds her way to an alternate world via a room in her new house. Seeing as it’s an animation you would think it was a kids film, however, there are definitely scenes in this that freaked even me out. Coraline loves this new world, until she meets all alternate family & neighbours, who have buttons for eyes, and want to trap her there forever. I loved this film and it’s probably one of my favourite animations outside of Disney ones. Fun fact, this film was directed by the same guy who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick.

Spooky Rating – 1.5

Coraline Film

Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family & Ghostbusters – Halloween Classics

Hocus Pocus is Hocus Pocus. Need I say more? Really? It is so epic-ally brilliant that if you have never seen it, then … I am speechless. It’s a 90’s movie so I grew up watching this. I think this is what sparked my love of Halloween and Sarah Jessica Parker. Three sassy witches are brought back to life 3 centuries later, and want to stay alive forever. They need to feed off the children in the town in order to do this. It sounds so much worse than it is. It’s comical, witty, modern (for the time), and is a costume & set lovers dream.

Spooky Rating – 1

Hocus Pocus Film

The Addams Family is such a classic film, and one that has a big place in my heart. I grew up watching re-runs of the TV series, and as a child I had really long hair, I would brush it all forward and pretend to be Cousin It. My Papa would always joke with us and give us kisses up the arm like Gomez would do to Morticia. When the movie came out in the 90’s is cemented the hilarious quirks this freaky family had. And did nothing for curbing my need to be Wednesday Addams (thanks to, Christina Ricci).

Spooky Rating – 1.5

The Addams Family Film

Ghostbusters is one of those cult films that is going to be loved forever. Watching it nowadays, the special effects are questionable, but it is still brilliant. It is one of my husband’s favourite films. I haven’t seen the remake to it, with the female cast, yet. If you have, is it as funny? I feel like this movie, The Addams Family & Hocus Pocus are Halloween essentials, they’re the equivalent of Christmas films in December.

Don’t let your Halloween pass without watching them.

Spooky Rating – 1

Ghostbusters Film

Practical Magic and Dark Shadows – We’re getting darker.

Oh how I love Practical Magic. The cast in this film is mega for me, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Stockard Channing, to name just a few. I speak to a lot of people who still haven’t seen this film, and you really must. It’s one of the more grown up films out of my non-frightening list. Two sisters, who are witches, live their lives close together, until as they grow older, they grow apart. They’re brought back together when Kidman’s character needs help with an Ex lover, that she has killed. Banishing him to the spirit world goes wrong, and his spirit comes back with a vengeance. It is so worth a watch, as despite the magic side to it, it is so heartwarming and brilliant.

Spooky Rating – 2

Practical Magic Film

Dark Shadows is the most recent movie I’m including in my Halloween Film list. It stars Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabus Collins. It begins in the 18th Century and sees the Collins family move from LIVERPOOL (yes, right here guys), to Maine, USA. They’re a rich family and thus Barnabus is a bit of a playboy. He breaks the heart of a witch (Eva Green), who curses him in to a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later he escapes and wakes up in the 1970’s. The awesome cast and costumes make this film what it is. I really enjoyed it, but again would rate it as maybe not-one-for-the-kids.

Spooky Rating – 2

Dark Shadows Film

Have a Spook-Tastic Evening

You’ll find me over the next week watching these in the evenings, along with all the sweets I’ve actually bought for Trick and Treater’s. I think I’ll be saving one of them for Halloween Night. Which one do you think I should save? If you watch any of them let me know, and let me know what your favourite Halloween themed films are too. I hope you’re still enjoying Film Friday’s.

Lots of ghouls & pumpkins,

Jessi xoxo

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  1. October 23, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    You’ve picked out some of my all time faves from when I was a kid! I’d totally forgotten about Practical Magic and Casper though! Due a re-watch!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • jessiloublog
      October 27, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      Practical Magic just never gets old. And Casper still makes me laugh, pretty sure I should of grown out of this film haha!

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