Halloween may be a month away, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get into the mood with these creepy but not scary Halloween movies on Netflix.
October is a magical sort of month where people go all in on witches, hayrides, hot apple cider, and a general sort of spooky vibe that people just latch onto. While everyone is usually all in on horror movies in the lead up to Halloween, there are some people who love the vibe, but just hate getting scared in general. While this is a totally valid worldview, it limits your viewing options this time of year.
So what are the best Halloween movies that aren’t that scary? Which films can you go all-in for that creepy, spooky, fun part of this time of year without leaving you with a deep need to turn all of the lights on in your home? From camp classics to just plain spooky classics, here are seven of the best Halloween movies for those who are just big scaredy cats at heart.
Why? Because you are very valid, person who looks to be spooky but doesn’t want to see a psycho killer murder everyone or have new nightmares about demons.
Halloween movies on Netflix that aren’t scary – 5. Anaconda (1997)
Welcome to a film that’s so dated, so amazingly over the top in its horror that it goes right around to be hilarious. Anaconda is an adventure-horror film that definitely should be watched in a group rather than solo. If only because the commentary that you get from your friends yelling at the screen would definitely enhance the experience. Anaconda is about a documentary film crew in the Amazon who is being hunted by a giant anaconda.
And it’s pretty much the most unintentionally hilarious thing that you’ll ever watch in your life. It’s pure late 90s over the top “I can’t believe someone actually greenlit this” goodness. Anaconda got mixed reviews when it was released, but spawned a series of films about giant killer snakes. It’s just so wonderfully dumb that you’ll forget that you should probably be scared while watching this, especially if you pick it for movie night.
Halloween movies on Netflix that aren’t scary – 4. The Babysitter (2017)
The genre for this film is horror-comedy, so if you don’t like horror in any form then maybe it’s not for you. But for the scaredy-cat who can swallow some horror so long as its over-the-top and funny? Then 2017’s The Babysitter is the Netflix Original movie for you. 12-year-old Cole (Judah Lewis) learns that his pretty babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving) is part of a demonic cult that gets to work after he goes to bed.
When Cole catches them, he has to survive the night in increasingly hilarious and gruesome ways as the stakes get higher and higher. It’s definitely more campy than scary. The deaths are just so over the top that they go around to being funny. Definitely more of a Sam Raimi sort of vibe to the proceedings. Just don’t watch the sequel, oh boy that’s the real horror show. Not because it’s bad, it’s just not very good.
Halloween movies on Netflix that aren’t scary – 3. The Witches (1990)
Adapted from the Roald Dahl novel of the same name, The Witches follows a young boy Luke (Jasen Fisher) and his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterlig), during a vacation at a English hotel where a group of witches led by Anjelica Huston’s Eva Ernst gather to kill children. After being transformed into a mouse, Luke and his grandmother have to figure out a way to foil the witches once and for all.
The scene were Luke gets transformed into a mouse is, admittedly, kind of nightmare fuel, but the rest of the movie is pretty great fun. While not doing great at the box office, The Witches is one of those films that has gained quite a dedicated cult following, which has grown with the addition of the film on Netflix. A remake of it is currently in the works with Anne Hathaway starring as Eva Ernst for 2021 film.
Halloween movies on Netflix that aren’t scary – 2. Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island (1998)
Ask any fan of Scooby-Doo what, objectively, is the best Scooby-Doo movie is and chances are that they’ll point you to Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island. Yes, this direct-to-video sequel is the best out of the three feature-length films that were made for a lot higher budget. It follows the five members of Mystery Inc reuniting after splitting up because they got tired of all the monsters being people in costumes.
Heading to a place called Moonscar Island, the Mystery Inc gang actually runs afoul of real monsters, actual zombies, and things just get hilarious and creepy following this. It’s considered to be the scariest Scooby-Doo film, but it’s also still Scooby-Doo so the frights are not bad. It’s fun more than freaky. Plus who doesn’t love Scooby Dooby Doo? People without joy in their lives or something.
Halloween movies on Netflix that aren’t scary – 1. The Addams Family (1991)
Nothing captures those Halloween vibes better than the 1991 version of The Addams Family. Based on the Charles Adams comics and the classic 60s sitcom of the same name, the film version is just as creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky as you could desire. From the pitch perfect cast that includes Anjelica Houston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci to the sheer darkly delightful fun of the film itself, The Addams Family has been a Halloween staple for years.
With good reason as well, it’s stylish and hilarious. Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Houston) are utter couple goals, especially if you and your bae are more creepy than cute. At core, it’s just a story about being yourself and finding your family. Heartwarming and spooky, it’s perfect for Halloween.