Nostalgic, nightmare-free Halloween movies to binge this fall

Mackenzie Sullivan, Life and Arts reporter

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the October 11 flipbook. 

Want to get into the spooky spirit without needing to hide under the covers afterwards? Enjoy these wholesome Halloween throwbacks, perfect for cozying up with a warm beverage and fuzzy blanket. 

Halloweentown

Available on Disney+ 

From magic to giant pumpkins, this 1998 Disney film consists of all things Halloween. After following their grandmother home, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) and her siblings discover their witch ancestry and the existence of Halloweentown, home to supernatural creatures. When Halloweentown faces peril, Marnie and her family put their newfound heroic abilities to the test. Seen this one already? Good thing there’s four movies in the series. 

Twitches 

Available on Disney+

Separated at birth, twin sisters Alex and Camryn (Tia and Tamera Mowry) reunite and realize they both harbor witchy abilities. They must work together to save their home, a magical realm called Coventry, from a force called the Darkness. Follow up this twin-tastic tale with the sequel, “Twitches Too.” 

Ghostbusters

Available to rent on Amazon Prime

After three quirky scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their fellowship at Columbia University, they form a team called the “Ghostbusters’’ and set out to rid the city of paranormal beings. Business begins to boom, but the team faces trouble when an angry ancient god appears. 

Hotel Transylvania

Available on Hulu with Starz Add-on

Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) opens up Hotel Transylvania, a luxury resort for the paranormal, to lock away his daughter and provide a vacation destination for other monsters. When a human discovers the hotel and falls for Dracula’s daughter, Mavis  (Selena Gomez), chaos ensues as Dracula juggles running the resort and watching over Mavis’ budding romance.

Frankenweenie

Available on Disney+

Though not a scary movie, “Frankenweenie” will elicit tears. After the tragic death of his canine best friend Sparky, Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) sets out to bring him back to life. Victor successfully resurrects Sparky, but things quickly get out of hand when Victor’s classmates try to do the same with other dead animals.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Available to rent on Amazon Prime

The Mystery Gang reunites for a trip to a remote island to investigate the legend of Moonscar, the ghost pirate. However, they get more than they bargained for when they discover zombies are on the island as well. Ruh-roh!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Available on Apple TV+, livestream from the PBS app Oct. 24

A wholesome Halloween movie binge wouldn’t be complete without this nostalgic classic (or Snoopy’s cuteness). Charlie Brown (Peter Robbins) and the Peanuts crew excitedly prepare for Halloween festivities, with the exception of Linus (Christopher Shea), who decides to instead wait for the mystical Great Pumpkin to arrive.