Want to watch a scary movie on Halloween and still be able to sleep without a light on by mid-November? If you like a good scare but would rather skip the nightmares that can come from overdosing on blood and gore, check out one of these light-on-horror but heavy-on-fun films.
13 Halloween movies that won’t scare the living crap out of you
Let the Right One InDon’t get us wrong, vampires are scary. Even when they come in cute, little-girl-shaped packages. Swedish horror film Let the Right One In (and its English-language remake Let Me In) has its spine-chilling parts but they’re tinged with sweetness. Bonus: some awful bullies get more than their just desserts.Magnolia
Shaun of the DeadIf the inevitable zombie apocalypse ranks among your top fears, this is one film that may actually assuage them. Tagged as “A romantic comedy. With zombies.” Shaun of the Dead tempers horror with humour and a happy (ish?) ending to boot.Rogue Pictures
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterDisclaimer: this is not a good movie. But it is an exceedingly stylish one with an original premise and epic battle scenes. Our main criticism is that for a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it could be a bit more tongue-in-cheek. Nevertheless, it’s fun, Halloween-y, and we promise you won’t be petrified.Fox
ZombielandA movie that looks on the bright side of a zombie invasion by proposing this uplifting idea: if the undead invade, your chances of meeting Bill Murray increase significantly (that is, if both you and Bill Murray manage to remain uninfected). This movie is 80 per cent fun and 20 per cent sharp scares and close calls.Sony
Evil Dead IIOne of the best-loved horror movies of all time, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II is a total gore-fest of the slapstick variety. It's a satire that makes its way onto “Best Horror” and “Best Comedy” lists all the time. We credit the purposefully cheesy visual effects, including protagonist Ash’s awesome chainsaw hand.DEG
An American Werewolf in LondonFrom the director that gave us Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" video, The Blues Brothers and Coming to America, An American Werewolf in London is a monster movie that’s been praised for being smart, funny and frightening — and it stops just short of making you want to hide your eyes.Universal
Little Shop of HorrorsWhen a horror film is helmed by Muppet master Frank Oz and stars loveable Canadian comedian Rick Moranis, it’s safe to assume that it won’t stick around to haunt you ‘til New Years. Interestingly, Little Shop of Horrors is one of those rare remakes (the first one debuted in 1960) that outshines the original.Warner Bros.
ArachnophobiaTerror strikes a small town when a new breed of eight-legged insect arrives unannounced and decides to stay for dinner. Dinner, of course, is human. Unless you have a real fear of spiders (or nail guns), this movie probably won’t give you nightmares, but it might make you double-check your shower before getting in.Buena Vista
Jennifer's BodyThis black comedy/horror film has its fair share of gore but the acting and plot are so intentionally campy that even during its darkest moments, the movie is never too far from a good-humour-restoring laugh.Fox
The World's EndGood idea: pub crawl. Not so good idea: pub crawl in a town taken over by alien androids — unless you’re basing a movie on that premise...then it’s a GREAT idea. From the same team that brought us Sean of the Dead, The World’s End blends horror with a hefty dose of humour.Focus Features
Buffy the Vampire SlayerIn which Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) play vampires hell-bent on blonde Valley Girl destruction. Need a distraction from the scarier parts? See if you can spot Ricki Lake, Ben Affleck, Seth Green and Hilary Swank playing bit parts in this movie.Fox
Watcher in the WoodsThis movie is scary…for a Disney film. Which is to say that one of the scariest things about it is that its child star, Kyle Richards, grew up to be a Real Housewife. Come to think of it, that’s pretty frightening. (For more Disnified terror see the studio’s version of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.)Buena Vista
BeetlejuiceFor when you really just can’t handle the horror, go for a Tim Burton movie that’s equal parts silly and spooky. For every scary, Dali-esque, sand-worm-filled limbo world there’s a haunted dance scene set to an undeniably cheery tune.Warner Bros.