5 Movies to Watch This Halloween That Won’t Keep You Up At Night

I love a good festive movie, but when it comes to Halloween movies, there aren’t very many that I will watch. I really don’t enjoy being scared, too much suspense, or gore, so most of the films that come out at this time of year are definitely off my list. However, there are a few that I can handle, and actually enjoy watching, so I thought I would share them with you today.

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Edward Scissorhands. This delightful movie has the trademark slightly strange (sometimes creepy) Tim Burton tone to it, which makes it perfect for this time of year. I watched it recently and was reminded why I love it so much. It’s unique, quirky, and a little bit corny. Plus nobody does a movie score like Danny Elfman.

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The Ghost of Mr. Chicken. With Don Knotts, you know you’ll have a laugh. I remember the first (and maybe the only time?) I watched this movie. One year when I was about six or seven, my parents (who aren’t big fans of Halloween — perhaps that’s where I get it from) decided that one Halloween we would turn off our lights so no one would come by (actually that happened most years) and we watched this awesome movie while eating my dad’s famous popcorn.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. While this one may not be centred around Halloween, it has its fair share of Halloweenesque characters, like witches, wizards, trolls, and I believe this film is the only one in the series that actually has a Halloween scene in it. But really, you don’t need an excuse to watch Harry Potter, right? Actually, just watch the whole series. That’s probably a better way to spend your weekend, isn’t it?

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The Nightmare Before Christmas. Another Tim Burton classic. This movie is especially great because you can watch it at Halloween and Christmas, and it’s still perfectly acceptable. The strange characters of Halloweentown will make you wonder what goes on in Burton’s mind (don’t spend too much time on that though), and Elfman’s beautiful score will make your heart happy. And if you grew up in Calgary, it will remind you of the Haunted House at Calway Park, right?

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Teen Wolf. I know, I know another one that isn’t technically a Halloween movie. Michael J. Fox turns into a werewolf, which is all kinds of awesome, corny goodness. Plus, you’ve got to love how bad the 80’s effects are — that alone will keep you entertained. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not the best movie out there, but it’s a good choice when you want a little cheese added to your celebrations. And really, don’t we all love Michael J. Fox circa 1985?

What movies do you love watching this time of year? What’s your favourite Halloween classic?

 

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