This coming Saturday it is Halloween. And with social activities being at an all time low for covid-19 (as it should be) we’re going to be doing things at home. And what better way to celebrate by watching some creepy and spooky tv shows and movies.
But not everyone of us are that drawn to be really scared and just prefer a tiny bit of spook. So I thought I’d give you a bit of a list for this. Things I’ve enjoyed over the years that aren’t overly creepy, yet still perfect for Halloween.
There was only one that would be able to start this list and that is of course Scooby. With the mystery and monsters it is perfect for Halloween but as Scooby was initially for kids it isn’t overly scary. And it being a cartoon does help. Scooby is adoring and totally is like all of us scaredy-cats with Shaggy. While the rest of the gang propel the story forward beyond hiding haha.
I’d especially reccommend the original series of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Scooby-Doo, Camp Scare, Scooby-Doo, Frankencreepy and the newest Happy Halloween, Scoob-Doo! I haven’t watched the last one but I’d imagine it is perfect for this time of year.
Another great cartoon to watch on Halloween is Gravity Falls. It is a paranormal mystery that follows twins that have to spend the Summer with their weird uncle Stan in Gravity Falls. But soon Dipper, one of the twins, finds a journal that describes some weird paranormal and supernatural things. Vampires, Dwarves, how to build a minimizer and so on. They try to figure out the journal and Gravity Falls. And soon they find out that their uncle Stan isn’t quite who he says he is.
It is an endearing and interesting cartoon that deals with different kind of topics like colonization, transexuality/non-binary, and feeling like you belong. Acceptance of who you are. And in the midst of that are the craziest things. It is so much fun to watch and the series has wrapped up. I wish there was more to be honest.
Goosebumps the Movie
I will admit that the original Goosebumps tv shows creeped the hell out of me as a kid. And I still think it is super creepy which is why I have the movie on this list and not the older tv show.
Goosebumps is of course based on the books by R.L. Stine. This movie does not pick one book to adapt but chooses a world where the characters of the books come alive and the teens need R.L. Stine’s help to catch them.
I think most of us will know the original Jumanji movie from 1995. And in recent years we got two new movies. I think the original Jumanji movie was the creepiest if I look back but with Robin Williams you know it is going to be funny as well.
The newer movies are less creepy I’d say but still carry on a partial feel of the movies. But they do stand on their own quite nicely. I think they’d be nice movies to watch during Halloween, to get in a right mood.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is an interesting story of Jack Skeleton who decides that after years of Halloween he wants something else. He get sucked into Christmas Town and decides that this is what he wants. But should he?
I think this is the best of both worlds. You get some Halloween and for the Christmas lovers you get to start Christmas a little early.
Corpse’s Bride is another Tim Burton movie that fits in greatly with the Halloween vibes. Victor messes up his marriage rehearsal and flees into a nearby wood. There he practices putting a ring on the finger of his loved one but the branch turns out to be the finger of the murdered Emily who now claims to be his wife. One can imagine this creating quite the creepy vibe. The colors are also very blue and gloomy.
And lastly I want to point you in the direction of Coraline. Coraline is based on the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Coraline moves into a new apartment with her parents, something she is not pleased with. She meets her new neighbors and a black, weird cat that just keep on appearing out of nowhere. But nothing seems fun. A mouse leads her to a portal at night where she finds the Otherworld, with her Other mother and Other father. But is that really a place she’d want to stay?