When Nabisco starts putting out limited-edition Candy Corn Oreos, you just know Halloween’s around the corner! That means the air’s getting a tad bit nippier, the chocolate intake is on the rise, and costumes are being snatched up faster than eyes of newt at a witches social.
Halloween. The time of year when hockey masks are associated with slasher films. But not all Halloween-themed movies have to be super duper scary. You don’t need to be a fan of blood, guts, and gore to enjoy a good “scary” movie.
Let’s put aside all the slasher/torture horror movies like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Saw. Instead, we’ve come up with a list of 10 Fun Movies to Watch This Halloween! So get yourself a killer DVD or Blu-ray player, fire up the popcorn, and dive into these treats!
Shaun of the Dead
Okay, so there are zombies in this one, but any film that stars hysterical British actor Simon Pegg has a better chance of making you laugh than scream. See what happens when super slacker Shaun is confronted with trying to get his ex-girlfriend back and deal with his mom all while fighting off a horde of flesh-eating zombies.
One of Mel Brooks’ funniest and most memorable films, this monster movie parody will have you quoting lines for days on end. Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) who wants nothing to do with his grandfather’s legacy. That is, until he inherits grandpa’s castle and soon discovers details to all his experiments.
Bill Murray, Twinkies, and Woody Harrelson with a baseball bat. It’s like enjoying a really great game of whack-o-mole! Besides mixing suspense with loads of humor, Zombieland offers some incredibly helpful advice: How to survive a zombie outbreak!
Evil Dead 2
When it comes to the King of B Movies, nobody sits on the throne better than Bruce Campbell. And Evil Dead 2 is his shining moment. After Ash and his girlfriend Linda visit a secluded cabin in the wood’s they accidentally call up some demonic forces which result in one crazy battle that includes a shotgun, chainsaw, and yes, even a flying eyeball. Okay, so this one has a few gory and frightening scenes, but no slasher-type ones. And the over-the-top craziness of it all will have you laughing far more than shuddering.
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! If you know what happens when you say his name three times fast, then you already know how much fun this ghost-filled Tim Burton film is, starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis.
When New York City’s got your back and Ray Parker Jr.’s blasting your soundtrack, there’s nothing stopping you from busting ghosts! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and company kick the ectoplasm to the curb in arguably the bestest, funniest ghost-filled movie ever.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Yes, it’s a Christmas movie but it takes place in Halloween Town. Tim Burton’s kooky tale of the pumpkin-headed Jack Skellington is truly a visual delight. This entertaining tale sees the King of Halloween Town discover Christmas Town and decide to get all his monstrous friends to put on that holiday instead.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It’s tough to beat Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts gang, especially when it comes to Halloween. This classic cartoon trades spookiness for unforgettable one-liners like, “All I got was a rock.”
Saturday the 14th
Before the Scary Movie franchise, there was this cult-classic. As terrifying as Friday the 13th can be, Saturday the 14th is full of monsters, oddities, laughs and just all-around insanity. If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favor and unearth a copy.
Ernest Scared Stupid
No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. There is indeed an Ernest movie on this list. And it’s genuinely full of harmless fun. Know what we mean? Jim Varney’s lovable oaf of a character Ernest P. Worrell somehow releases an evil troll on Halloween and must stop it from destroying the entire world. Cue the zany hi jinks.