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Poll: Not Scary Ghost Stories - Which Is Your Favorite?

Instead of a list of scary ghost stories for Halloween, how about a list of ghost stories that were never meant to scare? Or may have some scary moments in them but that the main object of the film was not meant to be scary? Maybe just play around with the ghost and spirits theme a bit. Here is a list of films that were mostly comedies, some romantic, mystery, and even a musical. And true, most of them are in black and white, and are comedies but that goes to show that this concept existed before Beetlejuice (1988) and Ghostbusters (1984) and done with comedians like Bob Hope, ‘Abbott and Costello’, ‘Martian and Lewis’, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, and even Cary Grant who could get more laugh per minute than Micheal Keaton with special effects. Which one is your favorite?

If you got any to suggest for this list, investigate this haunted mansion. (Most of the films have that or a castle. Just plain suburban haunted houses, hospitals, and insane asylums are in the minority here.)

Make Your Choice

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    Ghost Town (2008)

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    Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

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    Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Casper (1995)

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    Ghost (1990)

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    High Spirits (1988)

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    Ghostbusters (1984)

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    Ghostbusters (2016)

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    Ghostbusters II (1989)

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    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

    This is one of the best romantic films of its era. I don’t know how good the remake was. Yes, this film was remade.
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    The Ghost Breakers (1940)

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    Blithe Spirit (1945)

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    Topper (1937)

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    Topper Returns (1941)

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    Ghost Dad (1990)

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    The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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    Scared Stiff (1953)

    (It is a remake of The Ghost Breakers (1940).)
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    A Christmas Carol (1951)

    Like it or not, this is a ghost story.
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    Carousel (1956)

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    The Frighteners (1996)

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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    The Cat and the Canary (1939)

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    Hold That Ghost (1941)

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    The Time of Their Lives (1946)

    Lou Costello is the ghost and Bud Abbott is the psychiatrist who is the great great great grandson something of the man who betrayed Lou in the American Revolution.
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    Rebecca (1940)

    A suspenseful and mysterious ghost story without a ghost. The memory of Rebecca is the ghost.
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    The Uninvited (1944)

    This is more of an intense suspenseful gothic romantic mystery than a scary ghost story. It is very good too. A must see for ghost story and horror fans.
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    Coco (2017)

    They may appear as skeletons but they are spirits.
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    Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

    There is a 1940 Robert Montgomery film of the same name but it is a murder mystery and not nearly the same as this one.
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    Wuthering Heights (1939)

    Suggested by MarioJacobs
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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    1, Angels (second class) are spirits. 2, Clarence says that he had died in the undershirt he was wearing. Suggested by Breumaster.
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    The Bishop's Wife (1947)

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    A Guy Named Joe (1943)

    Inspired by Pencho15’s suggestion of “Always”. This is the original film.
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    Always (1989)

    Suggested by Pencho15
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    Just Like Heaven (2005)

    suggested by Pencho15
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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

    Suggested by Pencho15

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