10 movies and TV shows to watch if you love fall but want alternatives to spooky Halloween horror season

Reese Witherspoon wearing bunny ears in "Legally Blonde."
Reese Witherspoon mistakenly wears a costume in "Legally Blonde."MGM Studios
  • Fall can be tough for people who don't own cat ears or want to rewatch "Hocus Pocus."

  • But there are movies and TV shows that feature the autumn aesthetic without supernatural elements.

  • We rounded up some options to help you kick off the season in a non-spooky fashion.

"Good Will Hunting"

Good Will Hunting
"Good Will Hunting" is set in Boston.Miramax

The film has majestic fall foliage. It was filmed in parts of Cambridge and Toronto.

"Mona Lisa Smile"

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Julia Roberts plays a professor who refuses to conform.© 2003 Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"Mona Lisa Smile" is set at the prestigious Wellesley College and was filmed on the campus. It's full of beautiful sequences with the students and their professor (Julia Roberts) doing cute fall activities.

"Legally Blonde"

Selma Blair as Vivian Kensington and Matthew Davis as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde
Selma Blair played a preppy mean girl in "Legally Blonde."MGM

"Legally Blonde" didn't actually film at Harvard Law School, where it was set. Still, the University of California, Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, and Rose City High School in Pasadena, California were totally believable locations throughout the seasonal changes of Elle Woods' first year of law school.

"When Harry Met Sally"

When Harry Met Sally Billy Crystal Meg Ryan
"When Harry Met Sally" is the perfect rom-com to curl up on the couch with in fall.Castle Rock Entertainment / Columbia Pictures

Is there anything that says "welcome to fall" more than watching two people who don't know they're in love with each other stroll through a park as the leaves change?

"500 Days of Summer"

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"500 Days of Summer" takes place in Los Angeles.Searchlight Pictures

The wardrobe is seasonless and the architecture is superb.

"Sweet November"

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Fall is a character in this sweet but somber romance.Warner Bros.

Charlize Theron teaches Keanu Reeves to live in the moment during a cozy "November" in the remake of the 1968 original.

"Gilmore Girls"

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The fictional Connecticut town of Stars Hollow is a fall-lover's delight.Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Not only does this series revolve around the academic school year, it is full of fall-themed events like the "Founders Firelight Festival" and "End Of Summer Madness Festival." Plus, it takes place in a fictional small Connecticut town — impeccable autumn vibes.

"Gossip Girl"

Gossip Girl
"Gossip Girl" centers on a group of privileged teens on New York's Upper East Side.CW

Even if you are not that emotionally invested in the sex lives of rich teens, the Central Park scenes and fall fashions make it worth a rewatch.

"Everwood"

Everwood
"Everwood" is also the name of the fictional Colorado town where the show takes place.Wb

Set in the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado, the show literally takes place inside a snow globe. The Utah mountains, where the show was filmed, are beautiful and it is full of  charming fish-out-of-water stories. Plus, who doesn't want to see the beginning of the evolution of Chris Pratt from teen dunce to action star?

"Dawson's Creek"

Dawson's Creek
"Dawson's Creek" aired from 1998 to 2003.Warner Brothers

The first few seasons of this teen drama could be considered an ode to "sweater weather."

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