Every year, without fail, Halloween rolls around and suddenly the streets are littered with terrifying trolls, monsters, and gremlins begging for candy from complete strangers in masks. In addition to being the traditionally safest time of the year, it's also the spookiest time of the year with horror movies on standby in every theater and on every major network and streaming service. If you're someone who hates being scared, but you still want to take part in the festivities this Halloween, you need to look into some of these horror movies to watch that aren't scary.
Understandably, when one thinks of a "horror" movie the literal first word that comes to mind is horror; while it is the case that many films in this genre are intentionally terrifying, there are some films that are much less scary, indeed, even downright watchable. On the other hand, there are those "horror" films that are so campy they could pass for comedies. Regardless of what you're entertainment preferences are, these scary movies are guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit without leaving you in a state of terror. Who knows... if you're really brave, you might even be able to watch them with the lights off.
The Final Girls (2015)
In this "comedy/horror" film, Taissa Farmiga plays Max Cartwright, a girl who gets transported into into an '80s slasher film after her mother, the actress who starred in the film, dies. Once in the film, she is reunited with her mother (in character as Nancy) and, together with the rest of the group, they must fight off the insane machete-slinging killer, Billy.
Scariness factor: 2/5 — you'll jump here and there, but you won't soil your good undies.
If you're into the living dead, Zombieland is definitely the way to go for you. This "horror" movie focuses on a group of people trying to get to a Los Angeles amusement park, the only obstacle: Zombies have taken over America and they could be infected at any moment. If you're looking to laugh more than you cringe this Halloween, queue up Zombieland. Bonus points to this one for its heartwarming ending.
Scariness factor: 1/5 — you won't be scared, but you'll crave a deep friend Twinkie after it's over.
By far the scariest "horror" movie on this list, Scream follows one girl, Sidney Prescott, as she is terrorized by a local serial killer who uses popular horror movies to play games with his victims. It's definitely bloody, and has plenty of scares built into it, but don't be too scared — this slasher flick has its fair share of comedy and campy dramatics, too.
In case the original Scream isn't enough for you, the film has launched 3 sequels, countless parodies, and an MTV spinoff series.
Scariness factor: 4/5 — would not watch with lights off.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Next up we have another comedic take on the classic "horror" genre. In The Cabin in the Woods, five college students spend the weekend in a secluded... get ready for this... cabin in the woods where they have no means of communication with the outside world (obviously). While there, they fall victim to attacks by a family of backwoods zombies controlled by two underground technicians running a mysterious experiment. It's definitely got it's jumpy moments, but, for the most part, this is a comedy.
Scariness factor: 3/5 — if you don't like the thought of the living dead feasting on human flesh, maybe skip this one; otherwise, this is basically a SNL skit marketed as a horror flick.
Beetlejuice is a cult classic, and probably the most recognizable film on this list. The movie hilariously follows a sleazy ghost who is hired by a ghost couple to help get rid of some pesky humans who moved into their vacant home after they died. It has it's very mildly dark moments, but, TBH, this is a comedy and it's perfect for those looking to get in the ooky spooky Halloween mood without traumatizing themselves.
Scariness factor: 0.5/5 — this is better suited to be the movie you watch AFTER you watch a scary movie so you can sleep easier, just don't say Beetlejuice three times in a row.
There ya have it, ya ghouls and goblins, the scariest non-scary movies you can watch this Halloween to remind yourself that even wimps can celebrate Halloween.