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9 Offbeat Halloween Recommendations For People Who Hate Horror Movies

It doesn’t have to be all blood, guts and gore.

We put aside the horror movies and instead found the best movies​ and TV shows for Halloween (including a couple of the best Netflix series, which we totally love).

1. Coraline (2009)

A curious 11-year-old. Dark blue hair. 'Coraline' whisks you off into to a world mystery and suspicion. With gorgeous artwork and a quietly brilliant soundtrack, it’s perfect for a low-key Halloween evening.

2. Stranger Things (2016 - )

Rediscover the 80s with the nostalgia-ridden Netflix series that showcases some seriously talented actors. With synth music and a compelling plot, following the ever-elusive Eleven and her friends makes for the perfect Halloween-marathon viewing.

3. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Roald Dahl knew how to create a new world. In 'James and the Giant Peach', we're transported to a place of equal creepiness and excitement. Between the wicked aunts and eclectic bugs, we see a whole lot of Halloween in this childhood classic.

4. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Eddie Murphy plays Jim Evers, a real estate agent who takes his family on a vacation to an insanely creepy residence. With buckets more humour than most in the genre, 'The Haunted Mansion' is the best family Halloween movie you could pick.

5. The Addams Family (1991)

An undeniable classic, 'The Addams Family' introduces us to some of the most iconic figures in Halloween dress-up history. A must-watch for all ages for fun frights without the gore.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The older sister of 'Coraline', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' was the original artsy Halloween movie, with a distinct style and whimsy that we haven't seen since Dr Seuss. Indulge in this to see one of the most iconic movies in the genre in action.

7. Riverdale (2017 - )

With a similar vibe to 'Stranger Things', 'Riverdale' takes nostalgia down the murder mystery route, as a school of barbarically well-dressed teens get caught up in a serious crime. Watch for the drool-worthy aesthetics and the mystery: but be warned, it's almost impossible to watch in small doses.

8. Halloweentown (1998)

We're getting some Harry Potter vibes from this girl-discovers-she's-a-witch movie. Easy to watch and fun for pretty much all ages, Halloweentown is an easy-going Halloween movie to chuck on while you wait for the trick-or-treaters.

9. Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996 - 2003)

Hear me out on this one - 'Sabrina the Teenage' Witch is a surprisingly entertaining show with enough humour to keep everyone entertained, making it ideal to watch in the days leading up to Halloween. It's Salem the Sarcasm Fuelled Cat (not his official name)  that highlights to show for us.

Happy Halloween everyone. For more Halloween recommendations, you can download the itcher app.

Hey, I’m Kerry. I began writing aged 4, when I wrote a moving retelling of the classic fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk.
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