Alternative Films to Watch This Halloween

Hey guys!
I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary films. I mean, I’ve watched some horrors, like Let Me In, A Haunting At Silver Falls, Ginger Snaps and Carrie, but that’s pretty all I can bear. I’ve even avoided watching films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer because I think they’ll give me nightmares! I’m also not keen on blood and gore, and anything involving mirrors or spiders is an absolute no-no for me. I prefer to watch comedy horrors, fantasy films or mild horrors that make you jump once or twice, rather than full-on scare fests. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, so here are my recommendations for some alternative films to watch during Halloween:
1. Maleficent
Maleficent isn’t a film you would normally associate with Halloween, but it’s perfect to watch if you’re not into horrors since it combines magic, revenge and an evil villain. The cast is brilliant too: Maleficent features big names such as Angelina Jolie as the lead role, Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, Ella Purnell as the teenage Maleficent, and Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple as two of the ‘good’ witches.
Watch with: Family / The girls
2. Dark Shadows
Halloween isn’t complete without a Tim Burton film, and since most of you are probably aware of Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas, I thought I’d suggest Dark Shadows instead. This film was released in 2012 and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire who has just been set free after 200 years of imprisonment. He returns to his previous home, which is now occupied by his ancestors. Unfortunately, Barnabas is still haunted by Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), the witch who cursed him all those years ago.
Watch with: Family
3. Carrie
I was expecting Carrie to be really scary, but it wasn’t at all. There were only a couple of moments that made me jump, and I wasn’t phased by all the blood. I’d recommend watching the original 1976 Carrie with Sissy Spacek first, and if you enjoy it, then watch the 2013 remake with Chloe Grace Moretz. There are a couple of other remakes, including a sequel, but they’re a bit hit and miss.
Watch with: Friends / SO
4. Tuck Everlasting
Alexis Bledel is best known for her role as Rory in Gilmore Girls, but she’s also appeared in a number of films, one of which is called Tuck Everlasting. It’s a sweet movie about a girl who comes across an unusual family and falls in love with the youngest son.
Watch with: Family / The girls  
5. Gremlins
I love this film! Gizmo is so adorable! I know some people like to watch Gremlins at Christmas, but it doubles up as a Halloween film because it’s quite dark and violent.
Watch with: Friends / SO
6. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Who would’ve thought that you could watch Jane Austen at Halloween? Okay, so technically this wasn’t written by Jane Austen herself, but it is based on Pride and Prejudice. Lily James doesn’t disappoint as the protagonist, and there are plenty of gruesome creature to keep you entertained on Halloween.
Watch with: The girls
7. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko is more fantasy / psychological thriller than horror, but it’s still a good film to watch on Halloween due to its dark elements. Jake Gyllenhal plays a troubled teen who is haunted by visions of a giant bunny. Look out for Jake’s older sister Maggie, as well as Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore and Ashley Tisdale.
Watch with: Friends / SO
8. Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted is a childhood favourite. It stars Anne Hathaway as a girl who was visited by her fairy godmother when she was a baby and was cursed to be obedient. Unfortunately, her nasty stepsisters try to use this to their advantage. Ella Enchanted is filled with fairies and elves, and is perfect for a girl’s night in.

 Watch with: The girls
9. Teen Witch 
Teen Witch is a lighthearted flick in which Robyn Lively, Blake’s older sister, finds out that she is a witch. As Louise is a bit of an outcast, she immediately try to make herself popular and be noticed by Brad Powell, but she has to decide whether that is really what she wants or not.
Watch with: The girls
10. Ginger Snaps
This cult classic centres on two sisters who are obsessed with death. After one of them is bitten by a werewolf, their lives change forever. Ginger Snaps is a unique film that uses werewolves as a metaphor for puberty. I’ll admit it’s not really for the faint hearted, but I managed it so it can’t be that bad!
Watch with: The girls
11. Practical Magic
Practical Magic is one of the less well-known Halloween flicks, but it’s worth the watch. It deals with magic, witch craft and sisterhood, and features great performances from Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
Watch with: The girls
12. Life After Beth
In Life After Beth, Audrey Plaza is transformed into a zombie and causes havoc in an American town. Like the majority of the films on this lists, Life After Beth is more funny and silly than scary.
Watch with: Friends / SO
If you’ve watched these films already, it’s worth checking out Enchanted, Innocence, Warm Bodies, Red Riding Hood, Bewitched, The Moth Diaries, Heathers and The Craft, which are other tame fantasy / horror / thriller films I enjoyed. Oh, and don’t forget classics like Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family!
What are your favourite Halloween films? Let me know in the comments!
Hasta luego!

24 Comment

  1. I'm always looking for different things to watch over Halloween as I tend to go and watch the same things but you have some good options here so I'll be looking for these online during my day off tomorrow! 😀

    Emmie |

  2. I love Maleficent and Ella Enchanted – I haven't watched that in sooo long!! Now I need to again! These other ones sound brilliant too (not a horror/scary fan myself!), love the sound of Tuck Everlasting and anything with Sandra Bullock!!

    JosieVictoriaa // Travel, Fashion & Lifestyle

  3. Jen says: Reply

    I loooove teen witch- one of my faves. Love the music lol. And Malificent looks absolutely intriguing- I need to watch!! Thanks for the Suggs!!
    XX Jen

  4. I hate scary films so this is great for me! I was bullied into watching Carrie a few years back and I actually quite liked it it's not too scary – you're right! Thanks for sharing ! X

  5. Great list, aw remember being obsessed with the Gremlins when I was younger!! xox

  6. I love Ella Enchanted! Great post!
    Melissa X

  7. I'm not really a fan of scary films so this was a great post for me! I loved Ella Enchanted as a child too! X


  8. Morgs says: Reply

    I love this post Idea! Maleficent is such a good movie too <3
    Morgan |

  9. How did I forget how much I loved Ella Enchanted!
    I need to dig it out now.
    Emily-May xo

  10. LOVE gingersnaps & practical magic!!! XXX

  11. Is it bad that Gremlins terrified me as a kid??

  12. I love so many of the films you put on your list. Practical Magic in particular is so good!
    For someone like me who hates scary films this was perfect.

  13. Lovely post! I've yet to watch practical magic and Carrie! Great list though! I'll have to watch them today:)

  14. Ella Enchanted is one of my favourite movies! This is such a great list of movies – thank you so much for sharing, lovely!

  15. Thanks for sharing these. There's a few of them I've not yet seen (Where have I been?!), and I've not seen Gremlins in years! 😀

  16. Emma says: Reply

    I love Donnie Darko!! It's such a weird (but GREAT) film x


  17. I've had Maleficent on dvd for ages but still need to watch it! I love Ella Enchanted! Been so long since I watched it x

    Tiffany x

  18. Practical Magic is a favorite! I'd add Hocus Pocus to the list as well.
    Ashleigh | Mermaid on the Move

  19. I need to see some of these classics… but I love P&P&Z, Tuck Everlasting, and Practical Magic. Oh! & I totally forgot about Ginger Snaps… I really liked that one! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  20. I just love your list! I have watched most of this and also your alternates. I could say that the first movie for Carrie really gives a more spooky vibe than the remake since it would mean lesser tech and effect and more realistic feeling. Though I haven't watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but sure makes me curious. From a classic story to a one with zombies; it's definitely worth the time.

  21. Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Yes they are amazing films? Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Yes Maleficent is definitely worth the watch!

  24. Glad I'm not the only one who didn't find it that scary!

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