July 27, 2021

Movie Guru: The best non-horror Halloween movies

For everyone who’s spending Halloween at home this year, grab a big bag (or two) of trick-or-treat candy and celebrate with a weekend-long playlist of Halloween-ready movies. Horror flicks are the obvious choice for the holiday, but if you’re not a big fan of slasher flicks or late-night screams there are still plenty of options.

Spooky, but no horror

“The Addams Family”

Halloween isn’t Halloween without a visit to the creepiest, kookiest, spookiest family ever. Though there’s a fun 2013 sequel (“Addams Family Values”) and a pretty good 2019 animated film with the same title, my go-to pick is the 1991 Barry Sonnenfeld film. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen it, or if you’ve somehow missed it entirely, now is the perfect time for a visit.

Available on: Netflix, Amazon, for rent from a variety of other platforms

“Hocus Pocus”

This Halloween classic just keeps getting better with age. There’s some genuine danger here that might leave little kids on the edge of their seats, but the real treat for adults is watching Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy romp around having the time of their witchy lives. Add a cat that’s smarter than all the humans and Doug Jones in an early iconic role, and you have the perfect recipe for giddy, slightly ghoulish Halloween fun.

Available on: Disney+, for rent from a variety of other platforms

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