I do love Halloween, but I hate being scared - something that does not go hand in hand on paper. What a predicament, I hear you say, whatever do you watch? Why, animated and children's movies my dear! I've picked a selection of films that even I can sit through so they can't be that scary.
"A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse" (IMDb). I watched this last year (I think) and I really enjoyed it! From the cover and general first impressions I wasn;t too excited, okay, but once I'd actually watched it, I loved it. Funny and very well put together.
This one is a little creepy, based on Neil Gaiman's book Coraline is a wonderful stop motion film. "An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets" (IMDb). Neil Gaiman has an amazing imagination and I love Coraline, it has such a creepy feel but is so wonderful at the same time.
Frankenweenie is a lovely twist on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; "Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences" (IMDb).
Hocus Pocus (1993)
"After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all" (IMDb). I can't believe this film is almost as old as me and I still love it, definitely one to watch with that catchy musical number in there too.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
"Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept" (IMDb). And the very last one on my list make a smooth transition from Halloween movies to Christmas movies!