Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Not So Scary Movies & TV Shows I Love to Watch during Spooky Season


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Halloween Freebie, so since I’ve already shared some spooky season books in a previous TTT post this year, I decided it would be fun to share some of my favorite things to watch during spooky season.  Now I’m a big chicken, so please keep that in mind as you peruse my list.  You won’t find any Freddy Kreugers or chainsaw-wielding Jasons on there!  My Halloween tastes lean toward the fun, silly, fantastical, and only slightly spooky variety.  Who knows if the clips will actually play or not by the time this post goes live, but I’ve tried to share the official trailers for each of these in case, by some chance, you haven’t seen them before.

10 Not So Scary Movies & TV Shows

I Love to Watch during Spooky Season


1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial


2. Hocus Pocus


3.  Hocus Pocus 2


4. Beetlejuice


5. The Nightmare Before Christmas


6. Ghostbusters


7. The Addams Family


8. Any of the Harry Potter Films


9. Practical Magic


10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


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Question:  Do you have any spooky season favorites you like to stream every year?

50 replies
  1. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    I’m with you on not reading/watching any overly spooky things. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Addams Family! I remember watching Beetlejuice as a kid and being totally freaked out though—not sure I’ve watched it again ever since 😂

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Yes to Ghostbusters – I will watch that any time of year! Tom and I like to watch Goosebumps (the movie with Jack Black that came out a few years ago) – it’s so much fun, especially for readers of the Goosebumps books!

  3. Lark
    Lark says:

    I love your Halloween movie choices! Charlie Brown is such a classic, and I never get tired of watching Ghostbusters or Practical Magic. 😀

  4. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    “You won’t find any Freddy Kreugers or chainsaw-wielding Jasons on there” LOL! I would have been very shocked if you listed scary movies 😀 I love this list, great movies. I have not watched Hocus Pocus 2 yet.

  5. Cholla
    Cholla says:

    Love your list! So many memories from these movies, too. Convinced my (now) 22-year-old daughter to watch Beetlejuice for the first time a couple years ago and it’s now one of her favorites.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  6. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I am probably one of the only people who has never seen Hocus Pocus, but I have seen all the rest (quite a while ago though). I think all Charlie Brown shows are a must at some point in ones life.

  7. Cindy Davis
    Cindy Davis says:

    I don’t have scary/spooky movies to stream each year. Our kids were always scared and now I don’t like scary stuff so we haven’t watched anything related to Halloween. Have a great week.

  8. Jo
    Jo says:

    I tend to go with Harry Potter more for Christmas than Halloween, I think because it’s always on TV in the UK at Christmas, so I’ve always related it to that more!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      We watch HP at Christmas too. I think there’s usually a Harry Potter marathon on one of the channels here during the holidays.

  9. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I don’t do the scary/slasher movies either. Nope! I’ve never seen Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas (they just never appealed to me) but I think I’ve seen all the rest. ET is such a classic. And the HP movies are always fun to watch.

  10. Carla
    Carla says:

    What a great list. I have already watched both Hocus Pocus movies and Nightmare Before Christmas. I will have to see if I can find Beetlejuice. I haven’t seen it in years.

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