Halloween is upon us and for many, that means scary movies, sugar overload, and intentionally frightening everyone around. For many others, though, all the blood and guts and monsters is just too much. Not everyone likes to feel scared or creeped out! For the rest of us, there are still ways to get into the spirits and be a little creepy without actually being scared! Check out my top five (ish) favorite Halloween movies:
1. Anything stop animated by Tim Burton: Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton has a knack for making creepy movies that stop just short of being too creepy. His stop animation is beautiful and can absolutely be enjoyed simply for their artistry. Another similar film (not by Tim Burton) is Coraline.
2. Harry Potter Series
Not technically Halloween movies, I know, but there’s magic and mystery and suspense throughout the series – especially in the later films – so, I say they still count.
3. Shaun of the Dead
This is my favorite Simon Pegg film! It’s a take-off of Dawn of the Dead and is actually pretty hilarious. Definitely a good starter zombie film – even my Mom watched it!
4. Classic horror movies: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Blob
The great thing about really old movies is that you can totally see the strings and the makeup is terrible and the stories aren’t really all that scary. It’s fun to step back into the way things were and think about how different the world must have been.
5. Sweeny Todd
If you are ready for a tiny bit of scariness and don’t mind musicals, this is totally the Hallo-weenie (see what I did there?) movie for you! *grin* There’s buckets of blood, but it’s all pretty fake looking and the music really drive the scenes. So good!
Have a happy, safe, and only-slightly-scary Halloween everyone!