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The scaredy-cat's guide to scary movies

When you want all of the fun (and only some of the fright).

If you're like us and had to sleep with the light on for a month after watching Bird Box, fear not: It's possible to find flicks with more jokes than jump scares. Want to ease into a fright film fest, one scream-worthy scene at a time? From the chill to the, well, chilling, tune into this spooky szn marathon.

Hocus Pocus 2 πŸ‘»
Witches, spells and zombies, oh my! This not-so-scary sequel to the iconic OG has costume inspo galore, plus cheugy jokes and sing-alongs that'll have you laughing out loud (and performing impromptu karaoke) with your BFFs. 

Nightbooks πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
Ready to face monsters and magic without your heart leaping out of your chest? With a few mild weeks, creepy-yet-cute energy and just one hair-raising scene to get past, this fantasy flick won't keep you up at night.

Gremlins πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
They may look adorable, but these cuddly creatures get fanged and fierce when wet. Yes, it's got minor gore, a minimum of 17 jump scares and one freaky fountain scene—but this '80s throwback is beloved for a reason. (Just don't blame us if you find yourself giving your guinea pig the side-eye later.)

Coraline πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
The cult classic remains a spooky staple for its sinister storyline: A young girl discovers a parallel universe she loves...until her "other family" tries to make her stay forever (by, eek, replacing her eyes with buttons). The twists and turns will keep you hooked—as long as you can handle the terrifying Other Mother.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
The supernatural characters coming out of a storybook will make the monsters under your bed seem tame. This flick is truly creepy with grotesque CGI and nightmarish scarecrow scenes. If you're trying to level up your fright factor, this is the perfect pick.

A Quiet Place πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
Shhh: This chilling yet captivating film will have horror fans on the edge of their seats...and everyone else darting out of the room. Every sound from a whisper to a footstep is terrifying as you take in the post-apocalyptic plot. Get ready to grab your bestie's arm the entire time *and* know that you've officially become a scary movie girlie.

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by Allyson Coy and Haley Kramer | 10/1/2023