Zombies, Witches, Ghosts, and Vampires – 20 Spooky But Not Scary Halloween Movies

Halloween is such a fun time of year. There are so many decorations, treats and movies to enjoy! Even if you aren’t into anything too scary! For years I was terrified of Halloween because I hate scary movies and haunted houses. Now, I’m all about the spooky and not so scary! There are so many fun Halloween activities that aren’t frightening. So pop some popcorn, grab the apple cider and sneak some candy from your kids’ treat stash and enjoy watching some not scary Halloween movies!

family friendly halloween movies

1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

A teenage boy, desperate to impress a girl, accidentally releases a trio of witches into the modern world. A fun Halloween movie with the perfect level of spookiness for the season. (Watch on Disney Plus)

2. Harry Potter (1997 – 2007)

An orphaned boy discovers that he is a wizard. He’s whisked into a fantastical world full of other wizards, witches, goblins, trolls, and unicorns. All 8 movies follow Harry as he grows up and fights against dark magic. (Watch on Peacock Premium)

3. Halloweentown (1998)

A young witch goes to visit her grandma in Halloweentown. She must help her grandmother save the town when the citizens start acting odd. What could be more perfect for Halloween than a Disney Channel movie called Halloweentown? (Watch on Disney Plus)

4. Twitches (2005)

Twin sisters, who happen to be witches, must reunite on their 21st birthday to save their kingdom from dark forces. This fun Disney Channel Original movie stars Tia and Tamara Mowry. (Watch on Disney Plus)

5. ET (1982)

An alien becomes stranded on Earth and needs the help of a young boy named Elliot to return home. Part of the movie takes place on Halloween night. That makes it perfect for Halloween. (Watch on Amazon Prime)

6. Casper (1995)

A friendly young ghost haunts his family’s mansion in Maine. He befriends a teenage girl that moves into the house. This movie is a 90’s Halloween classic. (Rent on Amazon Prime)

7. What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

This mockumentary horror-comedy is about a trio of vampire housemates living in the modern-day. They struggle with everyday problems like paying rent, splitting the household chores, and dealing with roommates. Along with where their next meal is coming from. (Rent on Amazon Prime)

8. Ghostbusters (1984)

Parapsychology experts decide to open a business as ghost exterminators. When they discover a doorway to another dimension they have to figure out a way to close it and save New York City. The original film consists of a cast of male ghostbusters. There is also a 2016 version with female ghostbusters. And Chris Hemsworth. (Rent on Amazon Prime)

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A skeleton named Jack Skellington from a place called Halloweentown discovers Christmas. He becomes obsessed and tries to take over as Santa Claus. However, he puts more of a creepy, spooky twist on the Christmas traditions. (Watch on Disney Plus)

10. Warm Bodies (2013)

An odd zombie apocalypse romantic comedy. R is not fully human, but not fully zombie. He saves a girl from other zombies and then starts to fall in love with her. (Watch on Hulu)

11. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

What’s the one thing that could make Pride and Prejudice better? How about some zombies?! This movie is so fun. It is full of direct passages from Pride and Prejudice, but also a ton of zombie slaying. (Rent on Amazon Prime)

12. The Addams Family (1991)

Another 90’s spooky classic. This dark comedy is based on the 1960’s sitcom about a creepy, spooky, and all-together ooky family. This morbidly funny movie is perfect for Halloween. (Watch on Hulu)

13. Zombieland (2009)

I love zombie comedies. They take a terrifying concept, like the zombie apocalypse, and turn it into something fun. Zombieland is just that, a fun story about some of the last humans left after a zombie virus infects the world. They have a lot of adventures and eventually become a makeshift family. (Rent on Amazon Prime)

14. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

This Disney spooky comedy is based on the ride The Haunted Mansion, located at both Disneyland and Disney World. It stars Eddie Murphy as a real estate agent tasked with selling a spooky old mansion. The mansion is, of course, haunted. It’s full of mystery, spooky characters, and a lot of fun details from the ride. (Watch on Disney Plus)

15. Twilight (2008 – 2011)

The Twilight Saga has made a comeback lately! It’s about an awkward girl that moves in with her dad in a little town in Washington state. She falls in love with a vampire and becomes caught up in a supernatural world. (Watch on Netflix)

16. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This movie has always creeped me out, even though it’s not necessarily scary. The concept of a guy that doesn’t really talk with scissors for hands is just weird. But it is a great Halloween watch! (Watch on Hulu)

17. Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

Another Halloween Disney Channel Original Movie, this time about vampires. This movie asks the age-old question, what would you do if your mom was dating a vampire? (Watch on Disney Plus)

18. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003 – 2011)

Pirates of the Caribbean may seem like an odd choice, but it’s full of curses, the undead, and creepy characters. To me that makes it a great choice for spooky but not scary Halloween viewing! (Watch on Disney Plus)

19. Underworld (2003 -2016)

An epic franchise about the ancient war between vampires and werewolves. Plus, some forbidden love. Underworld is considered dark fantasy and could definitely be considered scary to some. My gauge is if you watched Vampire Diaries, then you can totally watch Underworld. (Watch on Netflix)

20. The Mummy (1999)

This movie is an epic adventure about a mummy that is released from an ancient tomb to take out revenge on the world. It’s equal parts exciting, creepy, and kind of funny. Basically, mummies were one of the few creepy supernatural creatures missing from this list. (Watch on HBO Max)

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