I hate scary movies. I’m a big old chicken and have absolutely no interest in being kept up all night wondering if someone’s creeping in the bushes. I get too little sleep to begin with, thank you very much. My husband happens to love a good scare, but he’s stuck trying to squeeze in episodes of American Horror Story while I get kids to bed or when I have to work at night.

But I also really don’t like to feel like I’m missing out—which is why when it gets to be Halloween time, I like to have a little arsenal of movies at the ready that won’t make me triple wrap my feet under the blankets and run into the girls’ room to check on them every time the cat moves.

I broke some of my favorites up into three categories…

12 not-so scary movies to watch this Halloween

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Not-So Scary Halloween Movies: Oldies But Goodies

Not-So Scary Halloween Movies | Oldies But Goodies

Frankenstein // Bride of Frankenstein // The Birds // Dracula

Not-So Scary Halloween Movies: Animated

Not-So Scary Halloween Movies | Animated

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown // Coraline // The Nightmare Before Christmas Casper (it’s at least partially animated)

Not-So Scary Halloween Movies: 90s Edition

Not-So Scary Halloween Movies | 90s edition

Edward Scissorhands // Hocus Pocus // The Addams Family // Practical Magic

Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.