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There’s no denying that this Halloween will be different than our previous ones. Even though we might not be dressing up in lingerie with some form of animal ears and drinking a weird concoction of a smoking drink in a fraternity basement, we can still have the best night ever inside our homes snuggled up in Halloween pajamas, watching a spooky movie marathon.

If you’re like me and can’t deal with gore or horror, here are some nongeneric movies that you can binge on the 31st for a totally sleep safe night.

1. Hocus Pocus

[Winifred of Hocus Pocus makes an annoyed face at a party] Via Giphy
Starting out with a classic, Hocus Pocus will give you all of the spooky feels. Starring some of your faves, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Middler, and Kathy Nijimy, this film is about two young kids working together to stop evil witches from ruining their town. Not to mention it takes place in Salem, Mass, America’s spookiest town, where the witch trials took place in the 1600

2. Halloweentown

[Aggie and Gwen are working on casting a spell while holding hands in the pumpkin patch of Halloweentown.] Via Giphy
No words. Just so good. I don’t even need to explain it to you, just watch it.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

[An orange jack-o-lantern carved into a tree opens up to reveal a portal.] Via Giphy
We love a cross-holiday moment and this movie serves us just that. The combination of spooky Danny Elfman music, weird claymation vibes, and of course, Tim Burton will make you want to move to a town that never sees the light of day, marry a ghost, and make cute little monster babies.


4. The Addams Family

[Morticia Addams looks toward the screen with a confused and terrified face.] Via Giphy
If you think your family is weird, wait until you get a taste of The Addams Family. With character names like Morticia, Wednesday, Fester, and Pugsley, you know it’s going to be a good movie. Plus, I was Wednesday Addams for Halloween once, so I’m practically a part of the family anyways and can testify.


5. Addams Family Values

[Morticia Addams is saying “I’m just like any modern woman trying to have it all.”] Via Giphy
Only watch this movie AFTER you watch The Addams Family! If you watch this one first, I’m sorry, but I’m taking you to court. This movie is for anyone with a younger sibling who has plotted their mysterious disappearance after your parents brought them home from the hospital for the first time. Maybe it’ll give you some good ideas?


6. Hotel Transylvania

[Frankenstein looks at the screen and says “that was trippy.”] Via Giphy
Guilty pleasure much? If you really want to connect with your younger Disney self, check Hotel Transylvania out. If you need a vacation from the pandemic, check into Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania for a night. Totally 5-star service.

7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

[Buffy says “If the apocalypse comes, beep me.”] Via Giphy
If you are looking for a TV show binge instead of a one-night affair, this is your moment. Buffy gives off major feminist vibes as she is next in line to complete her family’s destiny to hunt down evil monsters and demons alike. Watch this for a good girl power boost with a spooky twist.


8. Sabrina The Teenage Witch

[Sabrina’s magical cat, Salem, is about to crash her car into a man while he screams and Salem loses control.] Via Giphy
This is for all of my college witches out there. If you’ve ever felt like you needed to conceal your magical powers when out in public, because you know, we’ve all been there, this series is out for you. Also consider Netflix’s new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.


9. Beetlejuice

[Beetlejuice stands in a graveyard with lightning wearing a creepy smile.] Via Giphy
Another Tim Burton film, do not watch this if you are averse to black and white stripes. The plot includes a classic neighborly qualm with a monstrous twist. Plus, Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara. Enough said.


10. Warm Bodies

[Two zombies walk away from a plane.] Via Giphy
Basically The Walking Dead, but make it romantic. If you’ve never been attracted to a zombie before, girl, do I have a surprise for you!


11. Young Frankenstein

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You just know this one. And if you don’t, just watch. Trust.

12. It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

[Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie Brown dressing up as ghosts and witches] Via Giphy
Oh, Charlie Brown. Poor kid. Pumpkins are just such a hazard for him.


13. All The Office Halloween-themed episodes

[A montage of Dwight Schrute wearing wigs and dramatically turning to face the camera.] Via Giphy
Dwight Schrute with a green face, a long wig, and boobs. It just gets me every time. Here are all The Office Halloween episodes in chronological order: S2EP5, S5EP5, S6EP8, S7EP6, S8EP5, S9EP5. You’re welcome.


14. Rocky Horror Picture Show

[Frank N’ Furter dances in lingerie on stage with a red curtain.] Via Giphy
Warning: if you are completely averse to musicals, avoid at all costs. This one is a bit niche, so let’s give an overview. Innocent Brad and Janet get stranded in their car, so they seek help at, yes, you guessed it, the murdery looking mansion. Filled with just a lot of weirdos, their night takes a turn for the scary. 


15. Ghostbusters

[Ghostbusters are in costume, setting off their machines into the air. The machines are emitting green and blue electric shocks.] Via Giphy
The ultimate wacky professors decide to leave their jobs to become… ghostbusters? Facing an appropriate amount of criticism from the normal people around them, a group of NYU professors set out to extinguish the supernatural. Classic man versus monster.


16. Twitches

[Twitches are playing around with water in matching blue button-down shirts.] Via Giphy
Twins, but make them witches. Yes, they need to save the world. Will they do it? Probably.


17. Coraline

[Coraline’s mother draws a line across the air to tell Coraline to smile.] Via Giphy.
Little old button-eyed Coraline finds a secret portal to a parallel universe. Her own family is even there! Except, it’s the creepy version of them. So, imagine you woke up to see your whole family with buttons for eyes. Yeah, that’s pretty much it.


18. Corpse Bride

[The camera zooms in on Emily in her wedding dress and veil, staring into the distance and smiling while butterflies fly around her.] Via Giphy.
Okay, last Tim Burton film, I promise. Similar to Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll want to marry a dead person after watching this. In the best way possible. 

19. Coco

[The camera zooms in on a skeleton wearing a decorative sombrero and making a shocked face.] Via Giphy
This is definitely not what you’d consider a typical Halloween movie. However, it does take place on Dia De Los Muertos, which is celebrated the day after Halloween in Mexico, so in my book, it’s still Halloween-worthy. Coco explores death as a colorful and magical universe, and it might actually soothe that existential dread that perpetually lives inside you!


20. Bewitched

[Samantha reaches into a gauntlet and spreads little pink pieces into the air while casting a spell.] Via Giphy
Ugh. Samantha and Darrin. She’s magical, he’s not. Even though you’re probably not in a relationship with a witch, we’ve all experienced our friends and family being a little too involved in our own relationships. If only we had witch powers to zap them out of the house just like Samantha.

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21. Zombieland

[Tallahasee and Columbus cheer a shot glass and a bottle of whiskey together in a car. Columbus throws the content of his shot glass out the window.] Via Giphy
It’s just some survivors from a zombie apocalypse. Just thought I’d include this for my zombie fans out there.


22. Clue

[The cast of clue is whispering together and then they quickly turn to face the camera and smile.] Via Giphy
Has your favorite board game ever come to life? No? Well now’s your chance. Hopefully, they’ll make a Cards Against Humanity movie next.


23. The Witches

[The grand high witch takes off her cape on stage and applause ensues.] Via Giphy
There’s a remake of this movie coming out on October 29th with Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, but you can always enjoy the classic before then! In case you ever need a reminder to not spy on a National Witches Convention, here it is. No, but seriously, if you are looking for a sign to not go spy on some witches, here it is. Don’t do it. You might turn into a mouse. 

24. Practical Magic

[Sally and Gillian blow out candles and then turn to look at each other.] Via Giphy
Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman), who have avoided magic in all areas of their lives are forced to learn about the unfortunate repercussions of being magical after a tragic death. All while taunting their local police officers. Rebellious queens.


25. Death Becomes Her

Madeline and Helen look at the camera saying “please” in unison in a creepy way.] Via Giphy

Two women who have been fighting for the same man their entire lives have been struggling against their wrinkles and sagging skin for years. After they both discover a magical potion that guarantees eternal life and beauty, they both fall for it a little too easily. What ensues is some supernatural activity that all takes place in a cobwebbed, cobblestoned, magical castle with Halloweeny lighting.


26. What We Do In The Shadows

[One of the vampires levitates over his patient in his dentistry office.] Via Giphy
Who doesn’t love a good mockumentary? What We Do In The Shadows tells the story of four vampires living in Staten Island, trying to act normal in daylight. And of course, avoiding garlic.


27. Edward Scissorhands

[Edward trims a bush that is shaped like a dinosaur with his hands.] Via Giphy
Poor Edward just wants to be loved. Only one problem, his hands are blades. Join him on his journey of learning how to hold Winona Ryder’s hands without slicing her open.


28. Shaun of the Dead

[Shaun licks the wrapping of an ice cream cone with his friend on the couch.] Via Giphy
Let’s be real, Shaun is a little bit of a loser. What does a man need more than a zombie invasion to toughen him up and prove to his girl he’s what she has been waiting for? 


29. The Vampire Diaries

[Damon and Salvatore look at thee screen and say “What are you doing?”] Via Giphy
If Ian Somerhalder’s dazzling eyes and Paul Wesley’s gorgeously groomed eyebrows and windswept hair aren’t enough for you to watch this series, I don’t know what is.


30. Once Upon a Time

[Snow White looks confused and frustrated as she beckons with her hands.] Via Giphy
In a small town in Maine where all fairytale characters are trapped with no memory of who they are, one little boy tries to save them. With mysterious spells, green bubbling potions, and misty woods, your fantastical dreams and Halloween fears will collide into one big cauldron of never-ending binging.

31. The Twilight Zone

[Rod Sterling introduces The Twilight Zone by looking directly at the screen.] Via Giphy
The Twilight Zone is a puddle of everything from superstitious stories, comedy, and weird instances. I’m not really sure how to tell you what you’ll feel like after watching The Twilight Zone, but that’s the fun of it.

I know you might not have the highest of hopes for Halloween, but I guarantee it doesn’t have to be the absolute worst holiday you’ve ever experienced. Grab a few friends, stock up on the shittiest candy you can find, and start up that TV.

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  • Aliza Schuler

    Aliza Schuler is a sophomore student at American University studying Film and Media Arts and Creative Writing. When she's not adapting her personality to be more like Jess from New Girl, she's advocating for women's rights, swimming in the ocean, doing yoga, skiing, or working on a craft kit from Etsy. Your favorite in-house comic, Aliza specializes in making jokes at all the wrong times. Apart from school, she advocates for people in period poverty and writes satire for her university newspaper. No matter the circumstances, you can always find her biking around Northern California in her ridiculously kiddish watermelon helmet.