If you want to get into the Halloween spirit but can’t stomach slasher flicks and find yourself wide-eyed in bed after watching anything spooky, try on these scaredy-cat friendly movies for size. Note: Although most of these movies are okay for adult wimps and come with a PG rating, some are PG-13 and definitely aren’t for little kids, namely The Witches, Edward Scissorhands and Return to Oz which have some creepy scenes.

Casper (1995)
James (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into a spooky mansion which is already occupied by Casper, the friendly ghost and his three three mischievous ghost uncles.

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

Twins Kelly and Lyn (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) are bummed when they discover they are going to lose their family home so they devise a plan to bring back their wealthy Aunt Sophia (Cloris Leachman) who was banished into a mirror by her evil twin sister Agatha (Cloris Leachman).

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Hocus Pocus (1993)
Max (Omri Katz) and his little sister Dani (Thora Birch) move to Salem and after a trip to the local haunted house with Max’s new crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw), the trio accidentally bring the evil and long-dead Sanderson witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) back to life.

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Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) discovers she is a witch and with the guidance of her grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) and help of her siblings, they stop the evil forces lurking in Halloweentown.

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The Addams Family (1991)
A man claiming to be Gomez’s (Raul Julia) long-lost brother Fester (Christopher Lloyd) arrives on the Addams’ doorstep. Some welcome him with open arms and others suspicious of his motives.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is taken away from his horrible life with his aunt and uncle to learn how to use his powers with other young wizards and witches at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he faces the wizard who killed his parents.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward (Johnny Depp), an unfinished scientific experiment, has scissors for hands and lives alone in a dark hilltop mansion until one day, Avon calls at his door. Humanitarian Peg (Dianne West) brings him into her suburban home where he falls in love with her daughter Kim (Winona Ryder).

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The Witches (1990)
Luke (Jasen Fisher) discovers a witch convention in the hotel he’s staying at while on holiday with his grandmother Helga (Mai Zetterling). The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) plans to turn children into mice and Luke must try and stop her and her evil group of square-footed witches.

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Return to Oz  (1985)
A creepy sequel to The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) finds herself back in the magical land but it’s fallen into the hands of evil. With the help of some new and old friends, she must restore peace and happiness to Oz.

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Labyrinth (1986)
Teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is sick of her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) and inadvertantly wishes the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) would take him away. When she realises what she’s done, she must travel through the Labyrinth, solve riddles and overcome obstacles to get him back.

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Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Lizzie (Phoebe Cates), controlled by her mother and unhappy with her pending divorce, comes across a childhood toy and frees her old imaginary friend Fred (Rik Mayall). She remembers all of the hijinks they got up to years ago and he helps her overcome her current problems.

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Halloween TV episodes
If you’re after something quicker than a full-length movie, there are so many Halloween TV special episodes and here are just a few of my faves:

“Halloween” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season 2, Episode 6
The gang is roped into going trick or treating and everyone who bought their Halloween costumes from Ethan’s Costume Shoppe turns into what they’re wearing.

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“A Halloween Story” – Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Season 1, Episode 5
Sabrina is forced to go to a Halloween party in the other realm so she sends a Sabrina clone to Harvey’s party in her place.

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“Halloween” – That ’70s Show – Season 2, Episode 5
After visiting their old burned down elementary school and finding their permanent records, the gang discover secrets about each other that should have stayed buried.

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“Greg Pikitis” – Parks and Recreation – Season 2, Episode 7
Lesley is determined to catch Greg Pikitis, a punk teenager who annually vandalises a town statue while Anne throws a Halloween party that is in danger of being epically boring.

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“Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” – Community – Season 3, Episode 5
After Britta gets the group’s results from a pscyh test she made them take, she believes one of them is a psychopath and tries to discover who it is by telling a horror story to gauge their reactions.

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“The One with the Halloween Party” – Friends – Season 8, Episode 6
Monica and Chandler throw a Halloween party where nobody can guess who Ross is, Chandler is stuck wearing a dorky costume, Rachel hands out candy to kids and Phoebe finds herself attracted to her sister’s fiance.

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What do you love watching at Halloween?

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