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Funny Horror Movies for Halloween

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Halloween movies are bite your nails and hide your face scary. Some Halloween movies are actually quite hilarious, with maybe just a tiny touch of scary mixed in. These are some of my favorite PG rated Halloween movies that are sure to get a chuckle from young and old alike.

Ghostbusters (1984, PG) & Ghostbusters 2 (1989, PG)
Rated PG for mild language, mild supernatural violence, scary scenes and sexual innuendo.

The original Ghostbusters movie generated two of the most famous lines of all time: “Who you gonna call?” Answer: “Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” It also spawned a television cartoon series “The Real Ghostbusters,” a top ten hit for Ray Parker, Jr. appropriately titled “Ghostbusters” and their very own line of toys. We learned from this movie that “ghosts” can actually slime us live people and that the Ghostbusters have contraptions (proton packs and ghost traps) that can catch the ghosts. The Ghostbusters have a “pet” ghost that goes by the name of Slimer. In addition to the slimy ghosts, a giant Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man makes an appearance towards the end of the film. The stars for Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore), Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz).

On a side note: My family saw the real, live “Ghostbusters” at Universal Studios Florida in the 1980’s, and while our youngest son was getting all their autographs we almost lost my oldest son (he was 8 at the time) as he went running away down the street to catch Slimer who was riding in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ car. Our oldest also dressed up like the Marshmallow Man for Halloween.

Beetlejuice (1987, PG)
Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

This movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter(Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

The Haunted Mansion (2016, PG)
Rated PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language.

Eddie Murphy stars in this flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

Casper (1995, PG)
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

Teen Wolf (1985, PG) & Teen Wolf Too (1987, PG)
Rated PG for mild language, thematic elements and teen drinking.

Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is a high school loser on a basketball team that never wins, has a crush on Pamela Wells (Lori Griffin), the cutest girl in school, who is dating Mick McAllister (Mark Arnold), the most popular hunk in school. Something odd happens to Scott one night when he is at a party with best friends Boof (Susan Ursitti) and Stiles (Jerry Levine), he starts turning into a werewolf! Being a werewolf is a hard secret to keep, especially when the transformation happens in the middle of a basketball game which takes his game – and popularity – to a whole new level.

The Goonies (1985, PG)
Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

What young boy (or girl) doesn’t at one point in their lives dream of finding a pirates treasure map and going on an adventure to find the buried treasure? These young guys in Oregon and their families are about to be evicted from their homes to make way for the new country club that is going in unless they can come up with an outrageous amount of money. Two of the boys, Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brandon Walsh (Josh Brolin) are brooding in their home when Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Data (Ke Huy Quan) drop by. In their boredom, they decide to explore Mikey’s dad’s attic where he keeps all of the rejected museum items. There, they find a map showing where the kids can find pirate One Eyed Willie’s buried treasure on the coast. The “Goonies“, as they call themselves, follow the mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

Little Monsters (1989, PG)
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

A child’s worst nightmare comes alive when young Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) discovers there really is a monster named Maurice (Howie Mandel) under his bed. Brian quickly discovers that this monster cannot be exposed to bright light and blackmails him into teaching him how to sneak into other houses and causing all the mischief you swore wasn’t our fault when you were younger. Little Monsters is the coolest movie for kids to watch. It has everything in it – imagination, fun, excitement and a monster under the bed.

Ghost Dad (1990, PG)
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This is a very ghostly and silly comedy that’s fun for the whole family. Elliot (Bill Cosby) is a widower with three children who goes into a coma after an accident. During this time, his spirit leaves his body and turns into a ghost who can roam around but can only be seen in the dark. His children figure this out and fix up a spot in the house where they can visit their ghost dad.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991, PG)
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

Ernest, our favorite lunkhead, accidently releases an evil demon from its sacred tomb that then goes on a devastating rampage of the town. It’s up to the bumbling Ernest and his faithful dog Rimshot must save the town from total destruction. “Ernest Scared Stupid” is loaded with uproarious hilarity, and a host of outrageously kooky characters!

Sources:

Motion Picture Association of America Film Ratings
Ray Parker, Jr
Beetlejuice
Casper
Ernest Scared Stupid
Ghost Dad
Ghostbusters
The Goonies
Haunted Mansion
Little Monsters
Teen Wolf

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