Seven Not-So-Scary Films to Watch on Halloween


I’ve pointed out before that while I absolutely love Halloween, I’m a bit of a Hallo-wimp. I love creepy and atmospheric, Gothic, kitsch, or paranormal but horror movies full of blood and gore are really not my thing. I did absolutely love the new Haunting of Hill House though, but I had the lights on all night.

So, here are seven brilliant films (or six and a short series) you can watch over the next few evenings to get you in a Halloween-light mood.

Practical Magic (1998)

I love sister witches Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman). They both have very different approaches to magic (and just about everything else) but this is such a beautiful story of sisters and of women coming together to kick evil’s ass. Plus: the aunts, oh the aunts, I could watch an entire movie. I love this film!

Gary Hallet: Did you or your sister kill James Angelov?

Sally Owens: Yeah, a couple of times.




The Craft (1996)

A tad scarier than Practical Magic, The Craft is basically the occult meets Mean Girls. I loved this movie as a teenager. It’s a real cult classic, and I think there’s a reason so many YA witch books use it as one of their comparison titles. Iconic.

Lirio: When you open a flood gate, how do you undo it? You unleash something with a spell, there’s no undoing. It must run it’s course.


The Lost Boys (1987)

Another classic, full of iconic moments and so much eighties-ness. This is a vampire movie where the vamps are definitely the bad guys. It’s a lot of fun.

Max: I told you never to come in here. Wild kids.
Lucy Emerson: Oh, they’re just young. We were that age, too, once. But they dress better.



Zombillenium (2017)

What if Disneyland Paris was owned and operated by vampires, werewolves and zombies. There’s a not-too-subtle Edward Cullen villain and a zombie workers union. Very cute.




Spirited Away (2001)

Sen gets suckered into indentured servitude in a supernatural hotel. The animation is beautiful and the story is enchanting. There’s a good reason this is often considered as one of the very best Studio Ghibli films.

“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” – Zeniba



Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

An absolutely adorable Studio Ghibli film. Kiki, a young witch, sets out for the big city and starts a small parcel delivery service to support herself. She get’s into various adventures with some interesting characters. Probably lesser known than Spirited Away, but one of my personal favourites.

Jiji: You’d think they’d never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before.


Little Witch Academia.

A beautiful (and sadly short) series. What if Hogwarts was an all-girls school and Voldemort didn’t constantly get in the way of lessons? Completely enchanting.

Akko: I don’t care about ancient history, I didn’t come here to become one of those moldy old witches. It’s no fun at all. I wanna be a cool witch like Shiny Chariot.




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