October is synonymous to spookiness. While for others, that means doing a test of courage and daring themselves to watch horror films, you really don’t have to terrify yourself to be in the spirit of the season. It’s no fun when you’re scared out of your wits. So take it easy and binge on these non-scary Halloween movies on your weekend marathons instead. We guarantee that you’ll have a great time and not be scared to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Suckers for romance should definitely watch Practical Magic. In this rom-com fantasy film, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman shine as sisters who come from a family of witches who face close-minded prejudice. The movie revolves around the two as they try to use magic to deal with a family curse where the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Though the film seems a bit cheesy and clunky here and there, it still sets a quirky and bizarre mood that’s perfect for this season.
Halloween is never complete without ghost stories. For scaredy cats, perhaps the tale of a friendly ghost is the best choice. Follow the adventures of Casper as he befriends a human girl named Kat. The 1995 film based on a comic is worth watching, not only because it’s one of the most iconic non-scary Halloween movies of all time, but because it’s a heart-warming film that everyone would enjoy.
Those unable to take in hair-raising plotlines but can take in a bit of gore will enjoy Zombieland. The zombie comedy revolves around a geeky kid trying to survive the apocalypse. While attempting to find a zombie-free sanctuary, he finds a family — and not to mention, love — in the company of three strangers he met along the way. Watch the film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin, just in time for the sequel coming in theatres this month.
For a different cultural perspective on the holiday, Disney-Pixar’s Coco is a must-watch. Set during the Mexican Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, the film follows Miguel, a 12-year-old who accidentally gets trapped in the Land of the Dead. Aside from giving you a glimpse of how Mexicans remember their dearly departed, Coco’s rich visuals also attempt to paint a thoughtful family narrative that tugs at your heart-strings.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Of course, if we’re talking about non-scary Halloween movies, who would neglect to mention The Rocky Horror Picture Show? The 1975 musical horror comedy based on a musical stage production serves as a parody and tribute to sci-fi and horror classics. In this cult-favourite, a young engaged couple has to seek help in a nearby castle owned by a mad scientist after their car breaks down. The world The Rocky Horror Picture Show offers is strange and outlandish, but its campiness and catchy songs are what makes it all the more enjoyable.
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