8 not-so-spooky Halloween movies for the family

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Halloween doesn’t have to be about nightmare-inducing movies. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly Halloween movie or you just don’t like horror films, here are eight Halloween movies to help you celebrate the most colorful season of the year.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Of course we have to start with a classic. This short 25-minute show takes the Peanuts gang from the comic pages and puts them on the big screen. In the show, Linus hopes to be visited by the Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.

“Hocus Pocus”

When the Sanderson sisters hit the screen in 1993, they put a spell on the Halloween loving community and gained a spot as one of the annual must-watch Halloween movies. Watch as the Salem witches — who were hung in 1693 — come back to life after a boy reawakens them by lighting a candle. Are the witches back for good? Well, they are at least back in select theaters during October for the movie’s 25th anniversary.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

What’s this? When Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, stumbles upon Christmas Town, he is smitten with the holiday. He recruits the residents of Halloween Town to put on a Christmas celebration instead of Halloween, but the residents can’t get the holiday just right. And “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is currently streaming on Hulu as part of Huluween.

“Harry Potter”

While the eight-film Harry Potter series isn’t technically dedicated to Halloween, the theme of the wizarding world makes it a perfect fit for a Halloween binge-watching session. See the “Boy Who Lived” discover his own power and fight “He Who Must Not Be Named.” Truth be told, the movies get darker and scarier the further you get in the series, so some of the later movies may not be appropriate for younger children.

“Hotel Transylvania”

Count Dracula created a place for monsters to find safety and solitude from hateful humans, but more importantly, Hotel Transylvania protects his daughter, Mavis, from the outside world. When an unexpected human guest shows up at the hotel, Dracula has to do with the unwelcome guest.

“The Addams Family”

Whether you are looking for the full-length movies or a TV series, the creepy and kooky Addams family embodies Halloween. Find the the mysterious workings of the eccentric family with the quirky tales. The 1964 TV series is streaming on Hulu as part of Huluween.

“Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2”

In 2002, the Mystery Inc. gang hit the screen as a live-action film. The meddling kids reunite and travel to an island resort to investigate strange happenings. Netflix is currently streaming “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2.”

“Double, Double Toil and Trouble”

Throwback to the age of the Olsen twins. At a time when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were part of the sitcom favorite, “Full House,” the twins also acted in movies, including “Double, Double Toil and Trouble.” In the film, the twins attempt to save their parents from their greedy aunt with the help of magic and some strange friends. The film is streaming on Hulu as part of Huluween.

Bonus

Multiple Halloween films — both scary and not-so-spooky — are streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Netflix has a few original animated movies they added this year including “Super Monsters Save Halloween” and “Gnome Alone.” Amazon Prime is streaming both “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II.”


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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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