52 Best Disney Halloween Movies of All Time

Animated films with ghosts, cartoons and live action flicks you can stream on Disney+.

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The great thing about Disney is that they make movies for everyone. You can count on Disney to come through with family-friendly films that are as enjoyable for small children as they are for teens and adults. And you can also depend on the company to deliver the best scary movies for kids that are just the right amount of eerie without giving them nightmares. Even if you’re more into comedy, so many of the flicks we’ve listed here have just a good amount of humor to take your mind off of the other more sinister aspects of the plot.

We have animated cartoons like The Nightmare Before Christmas , scary films from the 80s, like The Bride of Boogedy , as well as Disney Channel classics like The Scream Team and the Halloweentown series . A lot of these movies are also easy to stream and available right on Disney+ .

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (2018)

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This kid-friendly zombie movie focuses on what happens when zombies integrate into a human high school. Zombie Zed and human cheerleader Allison's unlikely friendship may help them save their school.

Werewolf By Night (2022)

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After their leader's death, members of a mysterious monster hunter group enter a deadly competition to uncover a powerful relic. Through their journey, they end up encountering a terrifying monster.

The New Mutants (2020)

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Five teens with unique abilities are sent to a special institution for treatment. It is soon revealed that everything around them isn't what it seems.

Mickey's Tale of Two Witches (2021)

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In this film that's perfect for kids, Minnie and Daisy must undergo a series of four tests before they can graduate to become real witches. They learn the importance of working together and ultimately strengthen their friendship and their magic.

Growing Fangs (2021)

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This is more of a short film, but it still passes for spooky vibes. Mexican-American teen Val Garcia navigates keeping her half-vampire/ half-human identities from being exposed.

Can of Worms (1999)

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Mike Pilsbury is forced to save the world after his plea for aliens to come to Earth to take him away actually ends up happening.

Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

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The sequel to everyone's favorite Halloween movie is finally on Disney+. The Sanderson Sisters are back 29 years after someone lit the Black Flame Candle and are once again wreaking havoc on Salem.

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular (2017)

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In this short, Mickey's nephews challenge him to tell a scary story on Halloween night. The story he comes up with ends up being more terrifying than they expect.

Disenchanted (2022)

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If you're in the mood for a musical comedy, this sequel to Enchanted will do the trick. After 15 years of Giselle living happily ever after in New York City, she and her family move to the suburbs for a change of scenery. What she didn't expect is that suburbia has its own rules. Giselle then turns to magic to make her life more like a fairy tale, but her spell has unintended consequences.

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (2021)

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Travel to the dark side of the galaxy in this special holiday film that follows the events of The Rise of Skywalker . Poe, BB-8, Graballa and Dean must find a way back to their friends after they allow Darth Vader's servant Vaneé to lure them deep into his castle.

Descendants (2015)

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The children of Disney's most iconic villains are given a shot at redemption. The question is: will they turn from their wicked ways or seek to help their parents regain power?

Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

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In another short pick, a few bored ghosts decide to make a house call to visit the "Ajax Ghost Exterminators," Goofy, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. The group ends up being scared silly by their various pranks.

Escape To Witch Mountain (1975)

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Two young orphans are lured to the home of an evil millionaire who seeks to exploit their clairvoyant powers. As they are trying to escape they encounter a magical force that takes them on an unexpected journey.

The Skeleton Dance (1929)

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A quartet of skeletons come together and dance to the music of Edvard Grieg. Throughout their short performance, you will see plenty of gags and even some animals get in on the fun.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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If you haven't watched this flick before, you're seriously missing out. Max ( Omri Katz ), his sister, Dani ( Thora Birch ) and their friend Allison ( Vinessa Shaw ) explore an abandoned house and accidentally free three evil witches named Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson ( Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy ). The kids then must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop the Sanderson sisters from becoming immortal.

Frankenweenie (2012)

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A young boy attempts to bring his dog, Sparky, back to life after he is hit by a car. His success however, leads to unintended consequences for his small town.

Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)

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Inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions, Gonzo decides to spend the night among the grim grinning ghosts.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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While there continues to be a robust debate over whether this film is technically a Christmas or Halloween movie, we say it's great to watch any time of year. Pumpkin King Jack Skellington is bored of the same old scary features of Halloween Town, so he decides to explore the enchanting world of Christmas Town. And when he does, he is amazed at what he learns.

Coco (2017)

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A story of a young boy, Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician like his favorite idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel wants to prove his musical talent and finds himself in the Land of the Dead, meeting a trickster named Hector. Miguel and Hector embark on a journey to unlock the true story behind Miguel's family name. Although the Day of the Dead holiday doesn't have anything to do with Halloween, it's a fun movie to watch the night before the celebrations on Nov. 1.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

After showing an interest in magic, a young man is taken under the wing of a powerful sorcerer. What ensues is a journey he'll never forget.

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Disney has been a leader of fun for years, so it only makes sense that they would make some of the best Halloween movies for all ages to watch. Whether you're thinking of getting nostalgic with old favorites or looking for something new, but not so scary to watch, Disney totally has you covered with their list of Halloween movies. From big hits like Hocus Pocus to small and sweet Disney Channel originals like Twitches, you'll definitely find a movie here that is perfect for whatever spooky plans you have in mind. So, make some popcorn and gather your friends or family. These are the best Disney Halloween movies.

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The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Based off the iconic Disneyland ride, The Haunted Mansion quickly made new fans thanks its this incredible film. Eddie Murphy is a real estate agent who brings his family to go see a mansion in hopes of making a big sale. However, they are soon trapped in there because of a storm and suddenly discover the house's ghostly history.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and always tries to make each year even spookier than the last. But when he leaves the town and discovers a whole new world where it's Christmas everyday, Jack tries to bring the spirit of the new holiday to his town. Suddenly the evil Oogie Boogie comes up with a plan to kidnap Santa Clause and Jack must find a way to save Christmas for everyone before it's too late.

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Invisible Sister (2015)

Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard absolutely shines as Cleo, a science geek and outsider at her school where she is constantly compared to her much more popular older sister, Molly (Paris Leclerc). After successfully turning a moth invisible with her new science experiment, Molly also ends up accidentally getting affected by the new concoction and must find a way to turn herself back before she ends up stuck like that forever.

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Return to Halloweentown (2006)

Drama aside, this movie is all about Marnie and Dylan's wild experience at Witch University. If you haven't seen this one yet, make sure to watch the promo .

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Twitches Too (2007)

In this sequel, Tia and Tamera Mowry return as Alex Fielding and Camryn Barnes. They're not exactly on the same page given Alex is attending college and Camryn is playing with tiaras, but they're both convinced their biological father may actually still be alive. The theory is that he's residing in a place called The Shadowlands. To top it all off, Thantos (the girls' evil uncle) might be there, too, which means he is still a threat. There's so much drama and mystery, but it can all be fixed if the twin witches manage to pull off a spell during a solar eclipse.

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Halloweentown High (2004)

Marnie and a bunch of her friends from Halloweentown switch things up for the school year and attend a normal (by normal, I mean mortal) high school. But there's a catch! If anything goes wrong, meaning if anyone gets hurt because of their magical talents, Marnie's powers will be taken away. No pressure, right?

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Tower of Terror (1997)

This flick is coming in 12th place because it's not technically a DCOM. The horror movie based on the Tower of Terror ride at Disney World originally aired on ABC. It's about a down-on-his-luck journalist named Buzzy Crocker who just lost his job and now writes for a supermarket tabloid. He travels with his niece named Anna (a young Kirsten Dunst) to the Hollywood Tower Hotel that's believed to be haunted by five guests who disappeared in an elevator back in 1939. He's determined to get a story out of the myths (whether he has to fake it or not), but soon finds that the hotel IS really haunted and he and his niece have to figure out how to break the curse before they face the same fate as those who haunt the hotel!

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Girl vs. Monster (2012)

The night before Halloween, Skylar discovers that she's a fifth generation monster hunter and a monster called Demetria is determined to get rid of her before she can continue the family tradition. Skylar and her friends have to join together to defeat Demetria because Skylar totes has other plans for Halloween night—like singing with her super cute crush Ryan and his band.

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Now You See It (2005)

Allyson Miller knows that when she discovers the magician Danny Sinclair, he has what it takes to win the Mystic Max magic competition and become a star, except that Danny's majorly lacking the confidence it takes to win. On a mission to discover his confidence and the secrets hidden in the founding magician's mansion, Now You See It swiftly turns into the best G-rated psychological/magical thriller ever.

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Smart House (1999)

Okay, so it's not technically a Halloween movie, but what's scarier than your own state-of-the-art automated house turning against you? Yeah—nothing. And let's not forget its amazing costume scene—remember when Ben and his friends pretended to be a boy band and slam dunked the funk? Classic .

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The Scream Team (2002)

Ever wonder what Kat Dennings was doing before she was the star of her hit sitcom 2 Broke Girls ? Well, she was starring in this hilarious Halloween DCOM about a pair of siblings who team up with two clumsy ghosts to help their dead grandfather cross over.

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Under Wraps (1997)

Disney channel's very first Halloween DCOM, Under Wraps, is about three 12-year-olds who find a mummy and accidentally bring it to life. It's a bone -afied classic. Get it?

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

While Hocus Pocus was originally written as a DCOM, producers behind the scenes ultimately decided it worked better as a feature film release in theaters. So while it lost its ~official~ DCOM status, the classic Halloween flick still feels like one to you because it airs on Disney Channel, like, 1000 times whenever Halloween rolls around. The movie follows three teens named Max, Dani, and Allison from Salem, Massachusetts who accidentally resurrect the Sanderson sisters, three witches who were executed 300 years ago for practicing dark magic. Now, the witch sisters are determined to continue their reign of terror over Salem and Max, Dani, and Allison are the only people who can stop them with the help of an immortal cat named Thackery Binx.

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Phantom of the Megaplex (2002)

Something's fishy at the local cinemax—AKA, someone in a creepy, black cape is wreaking havoc around the theater. It's either the rumored "phantom," the ghost of the person who was trapped inside the old movie theater when it was demolished and who's now haunting the new theater, or one of the megaplex's employees pretending to be him. We're down with any Disney movie based loosely on hit broadway musicals, so this is definitely going in the top five!

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Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

When you're grounded on the night you've got tickets to the Headless Horseman concert or a Halloween date with your super cute BF, you'd be willing to do just about anything to get your mom out of the house so that you could go out and have some Halloween fun, right? Even if that means setting her up on a date with a vampire... Okay, maybe you wouldn't go that far—but when Adam and Chelsea Hansen accidentally do just that, the result is Halloween DCOM gold!

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Twitches (2005)

If you loved Tia and Tamara Mowry's hilarious classic '90s sitcom about two twins separated at birth who are reunited as teenagers, Sister, Sister , you'll love Twitches —because it's basically the same thing... plus, magic. In Twitches , the reunited twin sisters find out they're witches and must save the the magic kingdom where they were born and where their birth mother still lives!

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Don't Look Under The Bed (1999)

Don't Look Under The Bed has one thing that all the other Halloween DCOMs really didn't—it's actually scary. Besides dealing with more serious topics (like cancer), there's something about watching Frances' super cute imaginary friend Larry Houdini transform into a boogeyman right before our eyes that gave us nightmares for months after catching this Halloween flick! And clearly, Disney agrees with our assessment of Don't Look Under the Bed 's scary-factor. It no longer airs on the Disney channel, even during Halloween season, because parents complained it was too dark for their kids to watch!

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Halloweentown (1998)

There's no other option for the number one spot. Halloweentown brings the best parts of Halloween together into one movie: witches, spells, monsters, ghosts, family, and teenage angst (yes, Halloween can totally be angsty, especially for Marnie Cromwell). It's the one movie you can count on catching on the Disney channel every single year. And that's never going to change (at least not while Halloweentown stans have anything to say about it). It'll go down in history as a Halloween classic (along with all its sequels, of course).

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Spooky Buddies (2011)

In this Halloween film edition, watch your favorite talking pups go on an adventure like never before. With the help of their new friends the buddies must stop an evil warlock and his no-good hound before it is too late.

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Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)

In the second installment of the iconic Disney movie series Halloweentown , an angry warlock has taken hold of Aggie's spell book. With her spells in his possession, he threatens to turn everyone into whatever costume they are wearing at midnight on Halloween. It is up to Marnie and her grandmother Aggie to rescue their book and save the humans before it is too late.

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The Black Cauldron (1985)

In this ‘80s Disney animation, a villainous King seeks to possess the black cauldron's power but when a young pig keeper's assistant hears of the news, he and his friends set off on a journey to stop him. But can they reach him in time, or will the cauldron's evil prevail? You’ll just have to watch to see

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Bride of Boogedy (1987)

After ignoring a dire warning, the Davis family moves into their dream home. They quickly discover it is the favorite haunt of a 300-year-old spirit who has the face of grilled cheese. Watch as they attempt to fight the fright before discovering something that forces them to confront the ghostly Mr.Boogedy.

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Toy Story of Terror (2013)

This animated short was made just for TV. When Woody and the rest of the gang are held up at a roadside motel, members from the group start to disappear. Desperate to get to the bottom of this Woody and Buzz set out to solve this spooky mystery.

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Mostly Ghostly (2008)

Based on the book with the same title, Mostly Ghostly follows aspiring magician Max Doyle . When he meets two lost ghosts, he offers to help them find eternal rest in exchange for help in the love department.

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Maleficent (2014)

Learn the backstory behind one of the most sinister Disney villains. Once a pure hearted young girl Maleficent turn to the dark side after a terrible betrayal. After battling woth the invading king's successor she curses his daughter only to learn she might be the key to saving her people.

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Frankenweenie (2012)

When a young Frankenstein's dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring him back to life through an elaborate science experiment.

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Mickey's House of Villains (2002)

It’s Halloween at the house of mouse! When the Disney villains decide to make an appearance, it is up to Mickey and his friends to keep them from taking over.

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Monsters Inc. (2001)

This movie is an absolute classic. In a city run by children's screams it couldn't be more fitting to watch on Halloween. Children are toxic to them but when a child breaks through into their world, two monsters, Mike and Sully quickly learn that thing might not be as they seem.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

The unlikely group of an apprentice witch, a cynical conman, and three kids join forces to search for the missing ingredient in a magical spell. If they succeed, they might just help Britain in World War II.

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Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

When a modern day sorcerer stumbles upon a young protege who show magical promise, he just might be the key to saving Manhattan from a dark force.

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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

This movie will remind you of your childhood. Join Pooh and his friends in the hundred acre woods for a Halloween adventure.

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Coco (2017)

Miguel dreams of being a musician but his family has banned music for generations. When Miguel finds himself in colorful Land of the Dead he embarks on a journey to finally uncover his family's history.

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Into the Woods (2014)

Watch as the stars of everyone's favorite fairytales including Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, come together in this fantastical movie about a magical quest.

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

In the second part of this two-part film, Ichabod travels through the town of Sleepy Hallows on Halloween, a place known for its ghostly reputation.

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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

When James spills magical crocodile tongues and giant peach grows in his yard. Climbing inside to investigate he embarks on a magical journey that he never could've predicted.

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20 of the best Disney Halloween movies

Ghosts, zombies, witches, oh my!

Disney is no stranger to a holiday flick . Over the decades, Disney has released a host of movies to help viewers get into the Halloween spirit. While some films have become cult classics as time has passed, others have gained immediate popularity and spawned several sequels for fans of the franchises.

To get into the spooky mood, here's a list of some of Disney's best Halloween movies, with many streaming directly on Disney+.

‘Hocus Pocus’ (1993)

In “Hocus Pocus,” several hundred years after their deaths, the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) are brought back from the dead for one night only by Max Dennison, a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts. Max, his little sister Dani, and his crush, Allison, race against the clock to get rid of the three witches, forever.

The cult classic film received a sequel nearly two decades after the first installment. “Hocus Pocus 2” came out in September 2022, bringing back Midler, Parker, and Najimy for another round of magical hijinks.

‘Halloweentown’ (1998)

In the 1998 film “Halloweentown,” Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds) visits her family — daughter Gwen Piper and grandchildren Dylan, Marnie and Sophie — in the human world from the supernatural world called Halloweentown. Unbeknownst to Dylan, Marnie and Sophie, they come from a powerful family of witches. When Marnie finds out about her powers on her 13th birthday, she also learns that the Cromwell family has to fight a battle against the forces of evil to save the human world from being taken over.

In subsequent years, Disney released several more installments of the series, including “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge” in 2001, “Halloweentown High” in 2004, and “Return to Halloweentown” in 2006.

‘Zombies’ (2018)

In Seabrook, a power plant explosion causes half of the town to turn into zombies. As a result, a wall is constructed to quarantine the zombies from the unaffected population. At Seabrook High School, students are thrown for a loop when students from Zombietown transfer to the school. Both groups of students are presented the challenge of working together in an effort to celebrate their differences and prove a sense of unity.

Disney also released two more films in the franchise, including “Zombies 2” in 2020 and “Zombies 3” in August 2022.

‘Twitches’ (2005)

Tia and Tamera Mowry helped bring alive the popular children’s book series “Twitches” by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld. When twin sisters Alexandra and Camryn reunite on their 21st birthday, they have to use their magic to save their kingdom from the forces of evil.

“Twitches Too” premiered in October 2007 and followed Alexandra and Camryn as they continue to work in tandem to strengthen their magical powers.

‘Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire’ (2000)

Siblings Adam and Chelsea Hansen have their plans canceled when they get grounded by their mother. In an effort to get their mom out of the house, they set her up on a date with Dimitri so they can sneak out of the house. Everything is going smoothly until their younger brother, Taylor, realizes that their mom went on a date with a vampire after witnessing Dimitri turn into a bat.

‘The Haunted Mansion’ (2003)

Based on one of Disneyland’s most popular attractions, “The Haunted Mansion” follows real estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) after he is accused by his wife of neglecting their two children. Jim decides to take his family on a vacation, but when they take a detour to stop at a mansion that he has been tasked with selling, the Evers family discovers that the home is haunted by ghosts who need some assistance breaking a curse.

20 years after the original movie premiered, a reboot directed by Justin Simien was released in 2023. 

‘Girl vs. Monster’ (2012)

In “Girl vs. Monster,” 15-year-old Skylar accidentally frees a dangerous monster that puts her family at risk. All the while, she discovers a big secret about her and her family — she’s a 5th generation monster hunter. Skylar and her friends have to work together to capture the monsters again and save her parents from creatures seeking their revenge.

‘Frankenweenie’ (2012)

A young Victor Frankenstein is an outsider at his school, but he has one friend by his side: Sparky, his dog. When Sparky dies, he is given an idea by his science teacher to bring Sparky back to life. Victor’s experiment is a success, but when other students follow in his footsteps to bring back other animals to life, there are big consequences that follow.

‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’ (1949)

This animated film adapts two classics, split into separate segments. In “The Wind in the Willows,” Mr. Toad finds himself desiring yet another fad, going to great lengths to attempt to get a car. In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Ichabod Crane falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel and gets caught in a love triangle with Brom Bones. However, Ichabod has a bigger fear — the local legend, the Headless Horseman.

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” toes the line between Christmas and Halloween. Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king of Halloweentown. However, when he finds himself bored with scaring people, he accidentally discovers Christmastown. Jack gets familiar with the community and scenery and finds himself plotting to kidnap Santa Claus so he can take over Christmastown.

‘Phantom of the Megaplex’ (2000)

When 17-year-old Peter Riley gets a part-time job at the local megaplex, things get a little strange. After it’s announced that the theater will host a premiere of a big movie, Peter and his friends get excited by the prospect of major celebrities in attendance. On the big night, Peter has bigger problems on his hands, including a broken popcorn machine, equipment malfunction and staff members disappearing.

‘Under Wraps’ (1997)

Right before Halloween, Amy, Marshall and Gilbert accidentally revive a mummy they discovered in their neighbor’s basement. The group of 12-year-olds race against the clock in an attempt to return the mummy — who they have named Harold — back to his resting place before midnight on Halloween.

“Under Wraps” received a reboot in 2021, with its sequel “Under Wraps 2” premiering in 2022.

‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’ (1999)

Frances Bacon McCausland doesn’t believe in the supernatural. That is until she comes face-to-face with the boogeyman under her bed. When pranks are played around the neighborhood, Frances is blamed until she realizes the real culprit — the boogeyman.

‘Monsters, Inc.’ (2001)

James P. Sullivan — better known as Sulley — and Mike Wazowski are best friends and roommates. The dynamic duo work at Monsters Incorporated, a scare factory where Sulley is one of the top scarers. After Sulley and Mike take a visit to the human world to scare Boo, she finds herself where humans never go — Monstropolis.

In 2013, Disney and Pixar released the prequel “Monsters University,” telling the story of how Sulley and Mike came to be best friends.

‘The Scream Team’ (2002)

After Frank Carlyle dies, his son Richard begrudgingly returns to Steeple Falls to handle his father’s affairs, including attempting to sell his hardware store. Richard’s children, Ian and Claire, soon discover that their grandfather’s hometown is a purgatory for ghosts who can’t move onto the afterlife until they have redeemed themselves, but he hasn’t made it.

All the while, Zachariah Kull, who was burned at the stake 200 years prior, begins to steal spirits to gain power in order to exact revenge on the town.

‘Invisible Sister’ (2015)

When Cleo is working on a high school science project, she accidentally creates a vapor that turns a moth invisible. At least, that’s what she thinks. As it turns out, Cleo accidentally turned one other living being invisible — her older sister, Molly. Cleo and her friends have to work fast to find a cure to make Molly visible again.

‘Tower of Terror’ (1997)

On Halloween in 1939, five people walk into an elevator at a hotel but never come out. Decades later, reporter Buzzy and his niece, Anna, go to the hotel to investigate the mystery. It’s there they meet an elderly woman, Abigail, who tells them a secret about the hotel — if they can discover one belonging from each of the five people who disappeared, they can be freed from the hotel. 

‘Escape to Witch Mountain’ (1975)

When orphaned siblings Tony and Tia Malone’s psychic powers attract the attention of millionaire Aristotle Bolt, he kidnaps them with the intention of exploiting their powers for his own financial gain. With the help of Jason O’Day, Tony and Tia are able to escape and avoid Bolt while they begin to discover where they are truly from.

“Escape to Witch Mountain” was followed by the sequels “Return from Witch Mountain” in 1978 and “Beyond Witch Mountain” in 1982.

‘Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?’ (2008)

Max Doyle is an aspiring magician who discovers two lost ghosts, Nick and Tara, haunting the basement of his house. He agrees to help them find eternal rest and, in return, they help him win the heart of the most popular girl in school, Traci. When their magic makes them a target of Pheas, an evil apparition, they have to stop his plan to free himself and his minions on Halloween.

‘Mr. Boogedy’ (1986)

Carlton Davis, a novelty salesman, moves his family into a new home in Lucifer Falls, New England, on a gloomy night. Upon arrival, they are warned by an old man that the house has a tragic history and to be wary of the Boogedy Man. As strange incidents arise in the house, the family writes them off until they discover that their house is actually haunted by inhabitants from three centuries prior.

“Mr. Boogedy” was followed by a sequel in 1987 called “Bride of Boogedy.”

Francesca Gariano is a New York City-based freelance journalist reporting on culture, entertainment, beauty, lifestyle and wellness. She is a freelance contributor to TODAY.com, where she covers pop culture and breaking news.

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35 Best Disney Halloween Movies to Watch on Disney+

September 6, 2022 //  by  Brandi Lyons //   Leave a Comment

When it comes to Halloween movies, the Disney Halloween movies are some of the most iconic. The Disney company has been making creepy, cute, and fun Halloween movies for decades.

But how do you know which ones to watch during the creepiest month of the year? Well, we’ve compiled a list of the best Disney Halloween movies, along with some other Disney and Disney Channel movies that are just downright too creepy not to mention on a Halloween movie list!

If you are heading to Disney At Halloween , these are some great movies to watch to get you in the spirit! Especially if you are visiting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party where you will meet some famous Halloween characters!

You’ll have enough movies to watch at least one a night during October as well as a few more to binge, so get your popcorn and candy ready to enjoy this ultimate list of Disney Halloween movies! And all of these are readily available for you streaming on Disney+.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Let’s kick the month off with a classic and scary tale that is a Disney fan favorite.

While the story of Mr. Toad is a little creepy, this movie from 1949 is on the list because of the tale of Ichabod Crane. Based off the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, Ichabod moves to Sleepy Hollow. He hears of the tale of the Headless Horseman and starts to fear for his life. Even though he falls for the town beauty and has won over the townspeople as their new schoolteacher, he can’t escape the fear from the frightening tale!

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Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire

For movie two, let’s do something a little more fun!

This fun movie aired as a Disney Channel Original Movie in 2000, and features a mom played by Caroline Rhea, who most will recognize from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and a man who might be a vampire played by Charles Shaughnessy from “The Nanny.” The Hansen children may regret forcing their mom out of the house and on to a date when they realize he might just be a vampire – and they have to save their mom!

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Escape to Witch Mountain

For movie three, we chose an old Disney movie from 1975 that everyone may not be familiar with.

While not necessarily a “Halloween movie,”  Escape to Witch Mountain has a lot of supernatural elements and some thrilling parts. Two orphans with powers have to figure out who they are and discover the mystery of their past. Along the way they have to escape an evil millionaire who wants to use them and exploit their powers.

This is such a great vintage film, and definitely one of the best old Disney Halloween movies.

two children in front of ufo Disney Halloween movies

Halloweentown

For movies 4-7, let’s settle in and watch a Disney Channel Original Movie series about a family of witches! These are Disney Channel Halloween movies that must be watched every year, and have a huge cult following.

Released in 1998 was the first movie, Halloweentown. It features Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Aggie – a good witch! – who takes her grandchildren with her to Halloweentown. Granddaughter Marnie finds out on her 13th birthday that she too is a witch and has to learn how to use her powers in order to save the town from an evil force.

pumpkin, building, three children and witch on broom Disney Halloween movies

Halloweentown II Kalabar’s Revenge

Another Halloween movie from the Disney Channel, the second Halloweentown film brings back Grandma Aggie and her grandchildren. This time, they return to Halloweentown to save it from an evil warlock. Grandma Aggie’s spellbook has been stolen, and it’s up to Marnie to rescue the book and bring magic back to Halloweentown.

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Halloweentown High

The third film in the series,  Halloweentown High , Marnie tries to incorporate her magical friends with her mortal life, and ends up facing off with the evil Knight of the Iron Dagger. Join her on a quest to save her mortal high school, her magic, and possibly the mortal world!

halloweentown high movie cover

Return to Halloweentown

The last film in the series may not be the favorite, but  Return to Halloweentown , does wrap up the series quite nicely.

Join Marnie (played be a new actress) as she attends the prestigious Witch University in Halloweentown and learns that she can’t use magic there. She has to figure out to make it so everyone can use their magic again, and to save the town before its 1000-year Anniversary Celebration.

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Spooky Buddies

For a fun Halloween movie that even the littlest of Disney fans will enjoy, the eighth movie on our list of best Disney Halloween movies is sure to please!

This 2001 movie features the adorable talking buddies as they dress up for Halloween and explore a mysterious mansion. These cute puppies work together with a friendly ghost to defeat a warlock that is threatening their town.

This movie is just so cute and is a great Disney Halloween movie for kids.

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James and the Giant Peach

For movie 9, visit a world created by famous author Roald Dahl.

While not a “Halloween movie,”  James and the Giant Peach is creepy enough to be watched during the month of October and end up on this list. James escapes a very creepy spider and meets some other human-sized bugs while on his adventure. The imagery and animation most will recognize as the work of Tim Burton, and some of the scenes are fairly disturbing – especially when this is supposed to be a children’s film.

This is a great movie to watch during the month of October, because it’s truly a scary Disney movie.

james and the giant peach cover

Frankenweenie

For movie 10, let’s stay with Tim Burton and watch a fun parody of Frankenstein .

In the 2012 film  Frankenweenie , Victor loses his dog Sparky and decides to bring him back to life. He finds out quickly that it may not have been the best decision, as the newly reanimated Sparky wreaks havoc on the town! This is an adorable take on the story of  Frankenstein , and the animation is classic Tim Burton, which is why it landed on our list of best Disney Halloween movies.

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Girl vs. Monster

Let’s travel back to the world of Disney Channel Halloween movies for movie 11.

Released in 2012,  Girl vs. Monster features a young girl named Skylar who finds out that her parents are monster hunters – then accidentally releases on of the monsters they’ve captured! She realizes that she too must become a monster hunter, tries to recapture the monster, and save her parents and town all before Halloween!

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For movie 12, uncover the real story of Disney’s most iconic – and misunderstood – villain.

Angelina Jolie turns into the perfect Disney villain for the live action movie from 2014. It explains how Maleficent became the villain we all know her to be but shows that the story we know from the tale of Sleeping Beauty may not be the real one. The visuals, costuming, and makeup in this movie are out-of-this-world, and that alone helped it land on our list of best Disney Halloween movies.

angelina jolie as maleficent

Maleficent Mistress of Evil

For movie 13, let’s follow up with the sequel to Maleficent .

Maleficent and her goddaughter, Aurora, have an amazing relationship, but outside forces are starting to threaten the strength of it. Aurora is engaged to be married, the evil Queen Ingris (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) is trying to start a war, and Maleficent finds the relationship with Aurora tested by these things. This 2019 film is a great follow-up to the first film, and again we were blown away by the visuals and costuming.

Available on Disney+.

angelina jolie as maleficent Disney Halloween movies

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

Join some ghosts for a little old school fun for movie 14.

This old Disney Halloween movie is from 1980, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining or spooky! Ghosts at a 100-year-old boys-only academy team up to save the school from being demolished. They help a 13-year-old cadet whose aunt is trying to rob him and buy Buxley Hall just to destroy it.

This is a fun, sometimes campy, movie that features some great acting and ghosts caught up in tradition, and definitely one of the best Disney ghost movies.

ghosts of buxley hall

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

For movie 15, watch one of the newer Halloween movies from Disney Channel.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S premiered on the Disney Channel in 2018 and features a world where a device has been created by the government that keeps zombies from craving brains. Zombies and humans are put in the same high school, and human cheerleader Addison and zombie football player Zed fall in love, hoping to bring together the humans and zombies at their high school.

This fun musical is a nice break from some of the creepier movies on this list and is a great choice for those who love musicals based on high school life.

z-o-m-b-i-e-s cover

Join twin witches for some magical fun for movie 16.

Real life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry star in  Twitches , a Disney Channel Original Movie from 2005. Twin witches were separated at birth but reunite on their 21st birthday, only to find out that their powers are stronger when they are together.

This fun movie is based off of the  Twitches book series, great for all ages, and has become a Halloween classic and that’s why it’s landed itself on our list of Disney Halloween movies.

twitches cover

Twitches Too

The Twitches are back for more magic for movie 17.

Tia and Tamera return for  Twitches Too , a 2007 film. The twitches learn more about each other and more about their powers, and the try to live somewhat normal lives. But they must band together to defeat an evil force that threatens the magical land of Coventry. This fun follow-up will delight lovers of the first film and those who like magical movies.

two young women in front of castle Disney Halloween movies

The Scream Team

For movie 18, join a team of ghosts trying to save the day.

Released in 2002 as a Disney Channel Original Movie, this Disney Halloween movie features Ian and Claire, two children who accompany their dad to his hometown of Steeple Falls. They go for their grandfather’s funeral, and they find out that not only do ghosts exist, but their grandfather’s spirit can’t rest! They must work together with some friendly ghosts to defeat an evil entity, save the town, and help their grandfather.

children and ghosts Disney Halloween movies

Don’t Look Under the Bed

For movie 19, join us for the movie called the scariest Halloween movie from the Disney Channel.

Don’t Look Under the Bed makes our list of best Disney Halloween movies because it could possibly be the scariest on this list! Released as a Disney Channel Original Movie in 1999, the film follows Frances on a quest to figure out who has been framing her for pranks around town. She teams up with her brother’s imaginary friend – but nothing is what it seems.

This movie has some truly scary scenes, and also deals with a lot of more mature themes like death and cancer. It’s an amazing movie, but a thing of nightmares, so this one might be better left for the older kids and adults. This is one of the rare situations where a film on this list could be considered a Disney horror movie.

scared children on a bed DIsney Halloween movies

The Haunted Mansion

To lighten the mood after the last movie, film at number 20 is funny and entertaining from start to finish.

Based off of the iconic Disneyland and Disney World ride,  The Haunted Mansion film from 2003 is a fun interpretation of the mystery that surrounds the 999 happy haunts on the ride. Starring Eddie Murphy as a real estate agent who can’t stop working, this film shows what happens when you don’t spend enough time with your family and the trouble you can find yourself in!

Jennifer Tilly plays the helpful Madame Leota, and the family has to solve a mystery and break the Gracey curse in order to save themselves. The cast and story of this movie couldn’t be better, and lovers of the ride will enjoy how many details were inspired by the ride. This movie had to end up on our list of best Disney Halloween movies.

man with ghosts over a creepy old mansion Disney Halloween movies

The Black Cauldron

Movie 21 is Disney’s darkest animated film.

The Black Cauldron, released in 1985, isn’t necessarily a “Halloween movie,” but that doesn’t stop it from ending up on our list. The movie features young pig keeper Taran on a quest to defeat the (extremely terrifying) Horned King, and to stop the evil instrument known as the Black Cauldron.

This movie is often criticized for its frightening and dark scenes, and the Horned King is a thing of nightmares. Those who love darker stories and classic animation will enjoy this creepy and heroic adventure, and this is one of the best Disney scary movies.

the black cauldron

Mr. Boogedy

For movie 22, watch as a family finds out their dream home isn’t what they expected.

Released as a made-for-tv film in 1986,  Mr. Boogedy tells the story of the Davis family as they move into their dream home. They quickly find out it’s haunted by a 300-year-old ghost named Mr. Boogedy, and have to confront him in order to enjoy their lives.

This is a pretty silly and fun comedy, and it is a fun film that helps break up some of the seriousness of the other movies on our list of Disney Halloween movies, as well as it’s a great Disney ghost movie.

creepy man with nasty skin and hood Disney Halloween movies

Phantom of the Megaplex

Movie number 23 is a loose parody of The Phantom of the Opera.

Another fun Disney Channel Original Movie, the 2000 film Phantom of the Megaplex follows Pete and his co-workers as they investigate strange happenings at the movie theater where they work. It’s up to them to discover if the phantom is real or if someone is trying to scare them off.

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Into the Woods

Join us for a musical for movie number 24 that turns fairy tales on their heads.

Into the Woods is based off the Broadway musical of the same name and is a film adaptation of the musical. Released in 2014, the film turns classical fairy tales upside down and intertwines them. Meryl Streep has a standout performance as the witch, and the start-studded cast is amazing in this dark and beautiful musical.

The movie sums up what happens if you venture into the woods and is a dark tale that all ages will enjoy, making it a must see on our list of Disney Halloween movies.

girl in red cape walking through woods Disney Halloween movies

The movie for number 25 doesn’t deal with Halloween, but is fantastic must-see.

Coco was released in 2017, and follows young Miguel as he tries to become a musician and find out about his family’s history. He must travel to the land of his ancestors to find out these secrets, and allows him to truly understand their traditions.

While this isn’t a Halloween movie, it does deal with the Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. This holiday celebrates ancestors and shows respect and is very different from the concept of Halloween. This touching film is cute, sentimental, and features fun music that will delight all ages. It had to make it onto our list of Disney Halloween movies because it explains how another culture celebrates at that time of year.

boy and skeleton playing guitars in front of colorful background Disney Halloween movies

Muppets Haunted Mansion

If you’re looking for a laugh this Halloween season, look no further than  Muppets Haunted Mansion at movie number 26 .

Join Gonzo and Pepe the Prawn as they attempt to spend the night in a – very familiar – haunted mansion. Gonzo runs into several familiar famous faces throughout the night, as well as fans of the  Haunted Mansion ride are sure to recognize their favorite characters and scenes as well!

This is a cute, campy Halloween film that is great for all ages and is one of the funnier Halloween movies on Disney Plus.

muppets in front of mansion with gates and ghosts

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

While movie number 27 isn’t a Halloween movie, it is about a witch, so we think that counts!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks  is a classic film starring Angela Lansbury as she navigates becoming a witch, taking in three small children, and dealing with a world war! This is a fun, feel-good movie, that even has some surprise animated elements. Plus, there’s a flying bed!

We think this is a great movie to watch for spooky season and is one of the best old Disney Halloween movies. Kids of all ages will love it, and it’s definitely one of the most underrated Disney films as well!

5 people flying on a bed over animated animals

This award-winning movie is a look into the life of Cruella De Vil and explains how she became the villain we know from  101 Dalmatians. 

The costumes, use of color, and hair and makeup in this movie are outstanding, and it’s not just a visual treat but an amazing movie. We really love how Disney is showing us the backstory of their most infamous villains, and  Cruella is a great addition.

This had to make it on our list of Disney Halloween films since it’s all about a villain and toes the line between comedy and crime movie.

woman in black and white cruella disney halloween movies

Descendants

Extremely popular amongst teens and tweens,  Descendants is all about the children of the Disney villains of our childhoods.

This musical fantasy movie features children of famous Disney villains getting a chance at living good lives away from their villainous parents and getting to attend the fantastical Auradon Prep – in the world of Belle and the Beast.

This is a fun twist on the fairy tale characters and villains, and teens especially will enjoy the coming-of-age aspects of this film. Plus, this series has a cult following and the villainous touches make it perfect for our list of Disney Halloween films.

teenagers dressed as villains disney halloween movies

Edward Scissorhands

While not a Disney movie,  Edward Scissorhands is streaming on Disney+ so it had to be included on our list of Halloween movies for Disney.

This classic Tim Burton film about romance and fantasy still holds up after over 30 years and is such an amazing film. The score, the acting, and the cinematography is so great in this film, and we just couldn’t leave it off the list.

Because it does have some more serious themes, and a higher rating than most of the movies on this list, it might be best left for teens and adults to watch this one. We are definitely grateful to Disney+ for adding this on, and now it can be considered a Disney monster movie.

man with wild hair and scissorhands disney halloween movies

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This is another movie that Disney+ has added to their streaming service that we are thankful for, especially with Halloween around the corner.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is based off the book of the same name and is a fantasy movie about a world where strange and unusual children live in a special home together. Jake has heard stories of this home from his grandfather and has the chance to visit due to an unfortunate event.

This is another Tim Burton film, and the cinematography and visuals are stunning – even if the movie isn’t as good as the book. This is definitely one of the creepier movies on the list and can be considered a scary Disney movie.

woman with weird children in front of house and trees disney halloween movies

Can of Worms

This science fiction film isn’t the only film on our list of Halloween movies from Disney to feature aliens, but it is the funniest one that has aliens in it.

Mike is a football player who feels like he doesn’t quite fit in, and in fact, he feels like he’s an alien. After an accident while playing football, things start to get a little weird and he feels like he might be right!

This is a fun coming-of-age film that features aliens, a Halloween party, and, well, a lot more aliens. Little ones will love this film, and it’s one of the best choices for Disney Halloween movies for kids.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

A list of Halloween movies from Disney wouldn’t be complete without this twisted film from Tim Burton.

The Nightmare Before Christmas may feature a different holiday in the title, but it’s absolutely appropriate for Halloween. Join Pumpkin King Jack Skellington as he finds out that Christmas exists and tries to bring it back to the town of Halloween.

This movie is an amazing display of animation, and the iconic score by Danny Elfman makes this movie.  The Nightmare Before Christmas is a must-watch during October.

the nightmare before christmas movie

Hocus Pocus

Our list of Disney Halloween movies on Disney Plus could really only boil down to one movie: Hocus Pocus !

This film from 1993 could arguably be the most iconic Halloween movie. It shows up on tv every year, and it’s extremely quotable and memorable.

Join Max, his sister, and his crush as they try to defeat the Sanderson Sisters – three witches Max accidentally brought back to life – and keep them from stealing the souls of the children in the town. With the help of a talking cat, Max and company go on a Halloween night adventure that cannot be missed!

Sanderson sisters from hocus pocus

Hocus Pocus 2

Thankfully Disney is bringing back the Sanderson Sisters on September 30th, 2022!

Hocus Pocus 2 comes to us almost 30 years after the original was released and has the roles of the Sanderson Sisters will be reprised by the original actresses.

This time, 3 high school students must stop the return of the witches to the town of Salem and save themselves and their town on Halloween night. We CANNOT wait to watch this, and lovers of Hocus Pocus will be happy to add this to their list of Halloween movies from Disney. We know this will automatically be one of the best Disney Halloween movies.

three witches in robes disney halloween movies

We hope this list helps you decide what to watch this Halloween season, and that some of your favorites were mentioned. We also hope you’ve found a few new fun or creepy Disney Halloween movies that you’re looking forward to watching this October. And maybe even some Disney Halloween costume inspiration!

What’s your favorite Disney Halloween movie? Did it make our list? Let us know in the comments!

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53 Best Disney Halloween Movies for a Frightfully Fun Night of Streaming

They're perfect for those who prefer some not-so-scary movies!

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Start planning your Halloween movie marathon by checking out the funny Halloween movies on this list. They strike the perfect balance between silly and scary, with a kind-hearted witch for every bad boogeyman. You can't go wrong with any of the movies from Disney Channel's Halloweentown franchise, and picks like Hocus Pocus will never get old, either. Younger kids will love Halloween-inspired cartoons while your tweens will get a thrill from some of the spookier Disney films. (Fun fact: Don't Look Under the Bed is one of the only Disney "horror" movies ever made.) To put it simply, there is something on this list for absolutely everyone! This collection of the best Disney movies about Halloween is perfect for you and your family this season.

Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2

Uh oh, the Sanderson sisters are back—and they don't like that they've been dead for almost another 30 years. Watch as the infamous trio aim to cause havoc on a new generation of teens in the town of Salem!

Growing Fangs

Growing Fangs

When you're half vampire, half human—no one can know. Val, a spunky teenage girl, has had to live with that struggle her entire life. But her identity now runs the risk of being unveiled when her human BFF tries to visit her at her monster-only school.

Mickey's Tale of Two Witches

Mickey's Tale of Two Witches

Minnie and Daisy may be sweet, but that won't stop them from trying to gain their witch certificate! Watch as the duo train to pass the test of all tests so that they can become full-on witches.

The New Mutants

The New Mutants

Five teenagers have led relatively normal lives until the day that they discovered their magical abilities. Not knowing what to do with them, they are sent to an institution that will help them navigate this new change.

Werewolf by Night

Werewolf by Night

A crew of monster hunters have faced the scariest of creatures—but when their leader dies, the entire game changes. Now, they must engage in a deadly competition to find the group's next leader.

Willow

An evil queen is no match for a newborn with a destiny to rule. It's up Willow Ufgood to protect her at all costs, so that she can fulfill what she was born to do.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

It's official: Zombies are no longer dangerous and don't want to eat your brains! That means high schools are now required to enroll the once forbidden monsters—having human teens and zombie teens coexist within the same halls.

Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

Tony and Tia are two orphan kids who have had a rough start to life. Once they discover their magical powers, they realize they're one step closer to finding their true origin. That's if, however, they can avoid the presence of an evil billionaire who wants to exploit them.

Cruella

If you ever wondered why Cruella de Vil is the way she is, this flashback of a story shows exactly why. You'll see Emma Stone play the iconic Disney villain, and learn all about her roots.

Muppets Haunted Mansion

Muppets Haunted Mansion

The Muppets are always getting themselves into some trouble, but this time—things get a little frightening. Watch as the crew enters a haunted mansion, and their mission to escape it.

Lonesome Ghosts

Lonesome Ghosts

Four ghosts are having the time of their lives as they haunt the lives of Mickey, Goofy, and Donald. Once things get a little more serious, the trio must figure out how to beat the ghosts at their own game.

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

Buxely Academy is a school with old traditions, and the ghosts that haunt it will make sure it stays that way. So when a new change suggests that the once all-male school will soon be co-ed, their spirits are a little ruffled.

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie

Everyone knows Selena Gomez as Alex Russo—the sassy, spunky, and hilarious teen born into a half wizard, half human family. This flick follows Alex and her quest to become the family wizard while on vacation with them. Yes, things get a little heated amongst them all!

Mr. Boogedy

Mr. Boogedy

Mr. Boogedy will not leave his first home—even after death! So when the Davis Family begins to move in, he'll make sure they'll be out of there in no time.

Under Wraps

Under Wraps

When three young friends accidentally awaken a resting mummy, they realize he's a lot nicer and warmhearted than they could have ever expected. Still, you shouldn't mess with the dead—which the youngsters soon find out. If they don't return him back where he came from before midnight, they'll suffer some horrifying consequences.

Halloweentown

Halloweentown

Follow the adventures of Grandma Aggie, Marnie, and the rest of the gang in their fight against evil in what may be is definitely the best Disney Halloween movie of all time. Enjoy it while snacking on your fave Halloween candy !

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular

When Mickey tells a scary story, he means it! Get in the Halloween spirit with this short starring Mickey, his nephews, and Goofy.

Twitches

Based on the popular Twitches book series, Tia and Tamera Mowry star as twins who were separated at birth. They reunite on Halloween 21 years later when they discover they share the same magical powers.

Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire

Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire

The Hansen siblings all had Halloween party plans—until they got grounded. Determined to get their mother out of the house, they encourage her to go on a date with a mystery man so they can sneak out unnoticed. However, their excitement turns to horror when they realize Mom's new beau might have a taste for blood.

Spooky Buddies

Spooky Buddies

Everyone's favorite pups are back in the fifth installment of the Disney Buddies franchise. Join the Buddies on their Halloween adventure as they try to save the world from some very bad dogs.

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It's a tough balance to strike trying to find something suitably spooky for the kids to watch over Halloween that won't completely scar them for life. But you need look no further. There are plenty of Halloween movies and shows on Disney Plus to stream and we've compiled a list of the best creepy delights.

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Disney's streaming service has an excellent selection of TV series, short-films, feature-length movies and October 31-themed specials, all available through its Halloween Collection hub. 

This includes brand-new Disney Plus Originals like the Muppets Haunted Mansion and fantasy series Just Beyond, in addition to creepy classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas – which was initially “too dark and scary” to be released by Disney.

There’s enough grisly entertainment and spooky fun here amongst Disney Plus' best shows to keep both young and older viewers happy this Halloween, and below we’ve rounded up 10 of the very best movies and TV shows on Disney Plus for all you ghouls and goblins to enjoy.

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Just Beyond (2021)

This recent addition to Disney Plus promises lots of creepy mysteries with a twist in the tale. It’s an anthology series based on horror fiction writer R.L. Stine’s graphic novel of the same name, and features eight episodes in which school-age teens confront theater-dwelling ghosts, secret societies and alternative dimensions – something like a Young Adult take on The Twilight Zone. 

It boasts a fantastic pedigree of actors well versed in the horror-fantasy genre too, including McKenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home), Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play), and Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House). Expect a gleefully weird show packed full of quick wit, suspense, and supernatural beings that lurk “just beyond the world you know”.

Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)

In development hell since the 1990s, three decades later and the Muppets finally have a hallowed Halloween special. Based on Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion, it follows Gonzo the Great and Pepé the King Prawn as they blow off Kermit’s Halloween party to spend 24-hours at the titular mansion, so Gonzo can prove his daredevil reputation is still intact. If they survive the night, they are free to leave. If not, they’ll be trapped there forever!

Of course, Muppets Haunted Mansion has some brilliant celebrity cameos. Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) appears as a limo driver whose passengers never book a return trip, Danny Trejo cameos as a graveyard spectre alongside caretaker Darren Criss, and Taraji P. Henson plays a murderous widower looking for her next husband/hatchet job. It’s entertainingly spooky, with some spirited (!) songs featuring your favorite felt friends, including Miss Piggy as Madame Pigota and Fozzy Bear – the latter booed off stage for cheesy jokes like, “What happens if you don’t pay your exorcism bill? You get re-possessed!” Waka waka!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Produced by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated stop-motion classic. One-part pitch black fantasy and one-part candy-colored stocking stuffer, it’s guaranteed enduring appeal by ingeniously blending together our two favorite holidays, with a soundtrack full of memorable songs like ‘This is Halloween’ and the rapturous ‘What’s This?’.

Disney initially distanced themselves from the film, distributing it through subsidiary company Touchstone Pictures instead. They felt the story of a melancholy “Pumpkin King” stumbling upon Christmastown, kidnapping Santa and commandeering the beloved holiday with the help of Sally the Rag Doll (Catherine O’Hara), mad scientist Dr Finkelstein, and the bug-filled Oogie Boogie (Ken Page), might alienate their core audience.

But the answer to the opening lyric, “Boys and girls of every age, don’t you want to see something strange?”, proved to be a resounding YES, because the movie became a sleeper hit and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects – a first for an animated film.

What If…Zombies? (2021)

Even MCU fans get a Halloween-themed monster mash-up. The animated anthology series What If…? explores what would happen if major events in the MCU movies occurred differently. And for episode 5, that involves Hank Pym entering the Quantum Realm and coming back with something worse than a cold.

Yes, inspired by the Marvel Zombies comic series, we get to see Iron Man, Captain America and more as shambling, ravenous brain-munchers, while the remaining Avengers attempt to quell a zombie apocalypse. Luckily, Peter Parker is available with a tongue-in-cheek video tutorial on how to survive (tip 1: wear long sleeves).

Featuring the vocal talent of Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany and Evangeline Lilly, anything goes in this animated, alternative dimension. Which makes for a fun, fast-paced and gory addition to the MCU, with an increased quota of carnage rarely allowed in a live-action entry.

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

“Three ancient hags versus the 20th century.” That’s a pretty neat summation of this supernatural comedy from Kenny Ortega, which opens in 1693 as a trio of witches are executed for draining the life from Salem’s children.

300 years later and they’re resurrected by cynical teen Max Dennison after he tries to impress a girl on Halloween. This gives Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy respectively) 24 hours to enchant a child and regain their vitality. But first they have to contend with a bewildering modern world and deceptively dressed trick or treaters.

It’s a brisk, entertaining blend of hocus pocus and OTT, colorful characters, including Winnie’s zombie ex-lover Billy Butcherson (played by Hellboy’s Doug Jones). Midler’s rendition of “I Put A Spell On You” is a movie highlight, while the sight of an airborne Kathy Najimy straddling a vacuum cleaner never fails to raise a smile. There’s a Disney-produced sequel in the works too, so prepare to be bewitched again next Fall.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes (1990 - present)

Since 1990 the Halloween-themed episodes of The Simpsons have been giving us an extra dose of gore with our guffaws, and Disney Plus has all 31 specials ready to stream. They’re often the highlight of each season, in which Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa appear in three or more tales of sublimely stupid terror.

They lampoon everything from slasher flicks, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Psycho, literary classics like Harry Potter and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, to science fiction series such as The Twilight Zone. And, proving that nothing’s off limits in a Treehouse of Horror episode, they recently delivered a demented take on Toy Story (dubbed “Toy Gory”).

Yet probably everyone’s favorite is the first segment of Treehouse of Horror V (“The Shinning”) in which Groundskeeper Willie tries to save The Simpsons from their father’s homicidal rage after they’re stranded together in a haunted hotel. “No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy!” Either way, they’re all brilliant, binge-worthy, and guaranteed to break your funny bone.

Trick or Treat (1952)

This charming 9-minute short from Walt Disney Productions is full of macabre whimsy and has a moral all children can agree on when it comes to trick or treating: “better not be stingy or your nightmares will come true!”

Taking place on Halloween night, Huey, Dewey, and Louie knock at their uncle's house dressed in ghoulish disguises and anticipating sweet treats. Instead, Donald Duck gleefully places firecrackers in their bags and douses them with water before retreating in quacking hysterics. All the while, an actual witch named Hazel has observed these events, and decides to intervene on behalf of Donald's dejected nephews. Thus ensues an battle of wills between the two, with the powerful Hazel hounding the belligerent duck with an enchanted fantasia of household items.

Directed by animation legend Jack Hannah, who’s been credited with developing the character of Donald Duck, this is a good-natured hoot for all ages, featuring an excellent score and exuberant animation.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949)

Bringing Irving Washington’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to life is this animated double-feature. However, you’ll want to fast-forward to around the 36-minute mark if you plan on skipping the Wind in the Willows segment that opens the film.

Ichabod’s story is both jaunty and suspenseful. The lanky oddball arrives in a small village outside of Tarrytown to take up the position of schoolmaster, and quickly falls for the charms of Katrina Van Tassel. His luck in love, however, is resented by the bullish Brom Bones, and not long after the town’s big Halloween celebration, Ichabod finds himself pursued by the headless horseman, “looking for a top to chop”.

Disney’s eleventh animation, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad is artfully executed and boasts toe-tapping songs, with bouncy lyrics like “ghosts are bad but the one that’s cursed, the Headless Horseman, he’s the worst.” Plus, it’s narrated by Bing Crosby! But when Ichabod travels through the murky glen in the dead of night, thinking every hooting owl is an apparition? That’s genuinely nerve-wracking.

  • Frankenweenie (2012)

Tim Burton brought the majority of his Corpse Bride (2015) animators and crew on to produce this feature-length stop-motion remake of his 1984 live-action short. That film – also called Frankenweenie (and also on Disney Plus) – actually got Burton fired from Disney for “wasting company resources,” at a time before he was a household name.

Shot in striking black and white, Frankenweenie is a love-letter to the sci-fi genre, specifically the Universal Pictures classic Frankenstein. In the movie, Victor is an avid science enthusiast whose closest companion is his bull terrier Sparky. So, when Sparky is hit by a car, his grief leads him to reanimate the family dog in his makeshift laboratory. And it works! But once his fellow pupils get word, they’re clamouring for Victor to bring their pets back from the dead too.

Frankenweenie is a dream for Burton fans: dark, idiosyncratic, and populated by bizarre characters. Plus, it reunited him with regular collaborators like Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood).

Growing Fangs (2021)

Episode three of the Disney anthology Launchpad Presents is a fantastical tale about Mexican American teen Val Garcia, who's got a secret she’s been hiding from her friend Jimmy. She’s a vampire! And she’s half-human too. But she’s struggling to reconcile these distinct identities.

That means being able to go out in the day, but having to wear factor 10,000 sunblock, and having to hide evidence of her human nature while among the werewolves and wizards at Monster School. Because, popular opinion dictates – and its shared by her schoolgirl crush Elsie Fang – that mortals are violent, stupid and unpredictable.

Written and directed by Ann Marie Pace and starring Keyla Monterroso as Val, it’s an imaginative and warm-hearted short about diversity and the complexities of identity. Comforting Val when a test reveals her dual human/vampire nature, the school nurse affirms: “I’m a witch. I’m tall. I’m Muslim. And I am fabulous.” Here here!

All the Halloween movies and TV shows on Disney Plus available to stream

While we've picked out the most notable Halloween movies and TV shows on Disney Plus, there's plenty more readily available to stream. Whether you're after something seriously spooky, or a creepy tail to suit the little ones, here's a full list of everything you can watch on Disney Plus this Halloween.

Movies and Series:

  • Bride of Boogedy
  • Can of Worms
  • Don’t Look Under the Bed
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Girl vs. Monster
  • Gravity Falls
  • Halloweentown
  • Halloweentown High
  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Invisible Sister
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
  • Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire
  • Mr. Boogedy
  • Phantom of the Megaplex
  • Return to Halloweentown
  • Spooky Buddies
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Scream Team
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Twitches Too
  • Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (I - XXX) and The Simpsons Horror Collection

Shorts and Specials:

  • Captain Sparky Vs. The Flying Saucers
  • Frankenweenie (1984)
  • Lonesome Ghosts
  • Mater and the Ghostlight
  • The Legend of Mor'du
  • Toy Story of Terror!
  • Trick or Treat
  • Vampirina Ghoul Girls Rock!

Haunting Episodes:

  • WandaVision - “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
  • What If...? - “What If...Zombies?!”
  • The Muppet Show - “Vincent Price”
  • Behind The Attraction - “The Haunted Mansion”
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse - “Houseghosts”
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse - “Once Upon An Apple”
  • Prop Culture - “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
  • Earth To Ned - “Night of the Living Ned”
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol - “Pol-Tergeist”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Scared Silly, Trick or Treat, and a Home Wrecking Rodent”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Tricks & Treats, Costume Party and Baby Monsters”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Halloween Classics, Magic Mishaps, and Spiders”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Halloweenies and Creepy Crawlies”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Halloween, Instant Karma, and Scared Stupid”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos - “Halloweenies 2012 and Second Guy Bites It”

Disney Channel Halloween Episodes:

  • A.N.T Farm - “Mutant Farm”
  • Big City Greens - “Blood Moon Part 1 / Blood Moon Part 2”
  • Bunk'd - “Camp Kiki-slasher”
  • DuckTales (2017) - “Terror of the Terra-firmians!”
  • Even Stevens - “A Very Scary Story”
  • Girl Meets World - “Girl Meets World of Terror”
  • Good Luck Charlie - “Scary Had a Little Lamb”
  • Goof Troop - “Hallow-Weenies”
  • Gravity Falls - “Summerween”
  • Hannah Montana - “Torn Between Two Hannahs”
  • Jessie - “The Whining”
  • K.C. Undercover - “All Howls Eve”
  • Kim Possible - “October 31st”
  • Lab Rats - “Night of The Living Virus”
  • Liv and Maddie - “Haunt-A-Rooney”
  • Lizzie McGuire - “Night of the Day of the Dead”
  • Mickey Mouse (Shorts) - “Ghoul Friend”
  • Phil of the Future - “Halloween”
  • Phineas and Ferb - “Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror” (Part 1 and 2)
  • Raven's Home - “Switch-Or-Treat”
  • Recess - “Terrifying Tales of Recess”
  • Shake It Up - “Haunt It Up”
  • Sonny With A Chance - “A So Random Halloween Special”
  • Star vs. The Forces of Evil - “Hungry Larry/Spider with a Top Hat”
  • Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure - “The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth”
  • That's So Raven - “Don't Have a Cow”
  • The Proud Family - “A Hero For Halloween”
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody - “Ghost of 613”
  • The Suite Life On Deck - “Sea Monster Mash”
  • Wizards of Waverly Place - “Halloween”

Disney Junior Halloween Episodes:

  • Doc McStuffins - “Boo-Hoo to You! / It's Glow Time”
  • Doc McStuffins - “Hallie Halloween / Don't Fence Me In”
  • Doc McStuffins “Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin / Hide and Eek!”
  • Fancy Nancy - “Nancy's Costume Clash / Nancy's Ghostly Halloween”
  • Goldie & Bear - “Witch Cat is Which? / Trick or Treat Trouble”
  • Handy Manny - “Halloween / Squeeze's Magic Show”
  • Henry Hugglemonster - “Halloween Scramble / Scouts Night Out”
  • Henry Hugglemonster - “Huggleween Moon”
  • Imagination Movers - “A Monster Problem”
  • Imagination Movers - “Haunted Halloween”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates - “Escape from Ghost Island / The Island of Doctor Undergear”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates - “Night of the Golden Pumpkin / Trick or Treasure!”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates - “Phantoms of Never-Nether Land / Magical Mayhem”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates - “Pirate Ghost Story / Queen Izzybella”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates - “Tricks, Treats and Treasure! / Season of the Sea Witch”
  • Little Einsteins - “A Little Einsteins Halloween”
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers - “Goof Mansion / A Doozy Night of Mystery”
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers - “The Haunted Hot Rod / Pete's Ghostly Gala”
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - “Mickey's Monster Musical” (Part 1 and 2)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - “Mickey's Treat”
  • Miles from Tomorrowland - “Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula”
  • Muppet Babies - “Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth-Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes”
  • Out of the Box - “Trick or Treat”
  • Puppy Dog Pals - “Return to the Pumpkin Patch / Haunted Howl-oween”
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West - “The Great Hallow”
  • Sofia the First - “Cauldronation Day”
  • Sofia the First - “Ghostly Gala”
  • Sofia the First - “Princess Butterfly”
  • The Lion Guard - “Beware the Zimwi”
  • Vampirina - “Hauntleyween / Frankenflower”

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The 13 Best Disney Halloween Movies and TV Shows

This list has a Disney Halloween classic for everyone.

Spooky season is here! Nothing says “spooky season” quite like snuggling and watching a scary movie with someone you are comfortable frightening half to death. (Also, what are our other options this year?) Disney has you covered, for every age range and demographic. These are our very favorite Disney Halloween movies, TV shows, and specials for every ghoul, ghost, or goblin in your house. Many of these are available on Disney+ or DVD, but if there's a title you want to check out and it's not there, you may have to, er, get creative with how you watch. But we trust you. Do the right thing. Mickey is watching. No pressure.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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A low-key, often forgotten Disney classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes should be added immediately to your annual Halloween rotation. (There’s a DVD that’s still available.) British director Jack Clayton had wanted to turn the Ray Bradbury story into a movie since the late 1950s, when Gene Kelly became interested in the property (presumably in playing the villainous Mr. Dark). The project became available once more in the early 1980s, and Clayton jumped at the chance to finally see the project through. Bradbury wrangled his unruly screenplay, about a demonic presence (eventually played by a young Jonathan Pryce ) that brings a mysterious carnival to a small New England town, to a more manageable length. What’s even more miraculous about Something Wicked This Way Comes is that it survived a particularly brutal post-production process that saw the movie delayed by 2 years, expensive reshoots conducted, and a new score (by the great James Horner ) implemented (the original score by Georges Delerue was eventually released and is also very awesome). For all of that behind-the-scenes trouble, the movie is still a super creepy blast. And, for bonus Disney trivia, the town square that you see at the end of Muppet*Vision 3D in Walt Disney World is actually the set from Something Wicked This Way Comes .

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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A movie that deserves to be on every Halloween must-watch list, Disney or otherwise, Hocus Pocus is the little movie that could. It started out as a pitch from horror director Mick Garris (who called it Disney’s Halloween House ) and was at one point going to be a co-production with Steven Spielberg ’s Amblin. By the time the movie reached theaters, ten years after it was originally purchased, the tone had softened and stocked with Disney stalwarts like director Kenny Ortega (who would go on to shepherd the High School Musical franchise) and Bette Midler (who starred in a ton of movies for the studio in the 1980s and 90s). Released in July, to take advantage of kids being out of school, it was a box office bomb – it debuted in fourth place and by the second weekend was out of the top 10 altogether. Which is a shame, because the movie is really great and weird and funny (yabos remains a euphemism for breasts we have not heard before or since). Its story about a trio of witches who return on Halloween and run amok, amok, amok makes for an oddly timeless Halloween favorite. (It also helps that it’s gorgeously shot by The Rocketeer cinematographer Hiro Narita .) And in the years since its release, it’s become a full-on powerhouse, led largely by annual Halloween airings on Disney Channel and ABC that have blossomed into a full-blown cornerstone of Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween programming schedule. There’s even a full-on stage show at the Magic Kingdom’s hard ticket Halloween event every year (not this year obviously). Like the witches in the movie, Hocus Pocus might have been prematurely put to rest but they’re back and better than ever baby.

Gravity Falls (2012-2016)

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Alex Hirsch ’s wonderful original animated series (which ran on Disney XD and Disney Channel) might be set in a seemingly endless summer vacation, but its emphasis on the otherworldly and its generally spooky (if not outright scary) tone make it a perfect Halloween watch. Gravity Falls , if you’ve never seen it, follows twins Dipper ( Jason Ritter ) and Mabel ( Kristen Schaal ), who go to visit their weird great-uncle Stan (Hirsch) for the summer at his wacky roadside oddities museum. While the museum itself is filled with fake nonsense, they soon realize that the town of Gravity Falls is much stranger. The show is full of hidden symbols and elaborate mythology that never gets in the way of the storytelling. And occasionally it’s very freaky. Watch season 2 opener “Scary-oke,” about a zombie outbreak at a karaoke party, to see just how far they could push things. Also, they managed to fit in an actual Halloween episode in with the terrific “Summerween” from season 1. But really, just watch the whole series – it’s on Disney+! – what Hirsch and his collaborators were able to accomplish in just two short seasons is pretty stunning. This kind of complex, multilayered, highly emotional storytelling has become a hallmark of Disney Television Animation in recent years, and it all started with Gravity Falls .

Toy Story of Terror! (2013)

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In the years following the release of Toy Story 3 , the characters were kept alive through a series of “Toy Story Toons” and a pair of holiday specials, all of which helped keep the franchise alive before their return in last year’s excellent Toy Story 4 . Toy Story of Terror was the first holiday special and it is awesome.

Paying homage to the “spooky motel’ subgenre of things like Psycho and Vacancy (and saddling Jesse with a Hitchcockian fear of enclosed spaces), the special concerns the toys being stranded in a motel for a night after Bonnie’s mom’s car gets a flat tire. Something mysterious starts abducting the toys one by one, and it’s up to the survivors to figure out what is going on. It’s a ton of fun and the first half of the special (or so) has some genuinely creepy moments as an unseen force makes off with our beloved characters. Written and directed by Pixar vet Angus MacLane and featuring all of the voice actors from the movies (including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ), it’s a perfect burst of Toy Story Halloween fun. It is also fairly important in the Toy Story mythos for turning Combat Carl and Combat Carl, Jr. (both voiced by Carl Weathers ) into an actual character (the Combat Carl, Jr. gag in Toy Story 4 is a scream). Toy Story of Terror is still aired pretty regularly on ABC. If it pops up this year, don’t miss it.

“Runaway Brain” (1995)

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One of the harder things on this list to find is “ Runaway Brain ,” a brilliant 1995 theatrical short that played in front of A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (internationally, it played before A Goofy Movie the following year) and one that made people so uncomfortable that Mickey wouldn’t return to the theatrical short space until “ Get A Horse ” nearly 20 years later. In the short Minnie is tired of Mickey sitting around and playing videogames; she implores him to do something and so, to pay for a vacation for the two of them, he volunteers to work for a mad scientist named Dr. Frankenollie ( Kelsey Grammer , the character named after two of Walt’s Nine Old Men – Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston ). Mickey’s brain winds up being placed in a brutish, monstrous body while the monster’s brain goes inside Mickey turning into a snarling fiend (see above). Beautifully animated (in part by the Walt Disney Animation outpost in Paris), the short has a wonderful sense of manic energy and comic timing. But the short’s darker tone, complete with a reference to The Exorcist , and a sequence where it could be construed that Mickey (with the monster brain) is trying to, er, rape Minnie, quickly got it sequestered in the Disney Vault. (It was released on home video, once, as a collection of Mickey Mouse color shorts. The DVD is now long out of print.) It is a shame that it has been treated so unfairly. It’s brilliant and very, very fun and should probably be on Disney+ with the appropriate disclaimer about outdated material. 90s Mickey deserves it.

Tower of Terror (1997)

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While most will reach for Eddie Murphy’s The Haunted Mansion when it comes to Disney-movie-based-on-a-theme-park-attraction-but-also-is-a-Halloween-movie, but we suggest you seek out Tower of Terror instead, a made-for-TV movie that fits all of that criteria but is way more fun. Based on the recently opened attraction at what was then Disney-MGM Studios, part of the sprawling Walt Disney World complex outside of Orlando, Florida, the film originally aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney on October 26, 1997. Stocked with a surprisingly starry cast, led by Steve Guttenberg as a tabloid journalist and Kirsten Dunst as his daughter, who are tasked with investigating the mysterious disappearance of a Shirley Temple -style child star in a spooky Hollywood hotel. (The original attraction, later replicated at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea, had a connection to The Twilight Zone ; that tie is missing here.) Spookier than you’d probably expect, Tower of Terror also has the unique distinction of filming inside the attraction that it’s based on, something that none of the other theme-park-to-film-adaptations can claim.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

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True, only half of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (the half that adapts Washington Irving ’s “ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ”) is applicable for Halloween. But what a half it is. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” section, narrated and voiced by Bing Crosby , which gives it a jazzy campfire (or maybe it’s Las Vegas lounge with a fireplace) feel, is iconic and totally Halloween-y. From the fall-in-New-England setting to the unforgettable sequence of the Headless Horseman chasing poor schoolteacher Ichabod Crane across the covered bridge, flaming pumpkin in hand.

And if the movie looks like people were killing themselves over it, they were. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston said that a handful of Disney animators quit after production concluded, fed up with how demanding Walt was. (No shit.) In the years since it was originally packaged with “The Wind in the Willows,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” segment has aired on television and become packaged as part of various annual Disney Halloween specials. Plus, the Headless Horseman has become a huge part of the seasonal celebrations at the Disney Parks (not this year, of course) but the spirit of a demonic, decapitated hellion still gallops through our heart.

Frankenweenie (2012)

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Back when Tim Burton was a bored animator, working on uninspiring Disney films like Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron , he busied himself with “extracurricular activities” sanctioned by Disney but far outside of what he was supposed to be doing. All of these projects are worthy of Halloween, whether it’s the stop-motion marvel “ Vincent ” or his Kung Fu version of “ Hansel and Gretel ” that was so profoundly bizarre that it was only aired once, on the Disney Channel, on Halloween night at 10:30 pm. But easily the most Halloween-friendly is Frankweenie , a 30-minute live-action featurette about a young boy who resurrects his beloved dog.

When Disney got the finished film, they didn’t know what to do with it, intending to pair it first with a re-release of The Jungle Book and later a re-release of Pinocchio . Both planned releases were subsequently canceled, and it only saw the light of day after Burton became a Hollywood bigshot with the success of films like Beetlejuice and Batman . And most improbably, just like Victor’s beloved pooch, it returned to life as a black-and-white stop-motion animated feature, directed by Burton with an expanded script by John August . (Both versions are available on Disney+.) The new Frankenweenie , utilizing some of the same puppets from Burton’s similarly fabulous The Corpse Bride , wisely elaborates on the original featurette, giving Victor’s classmates their own pets and the means to bring them back from the great beyond, which gives the entire movie an unhinged, manic energy that the short was lacking. This one is just the right amount of intense for the younger viewers.

“DTV Monster Hits” (1987)

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DTV, for those too young to remember, was a series of “music videos” played during the early days of The Disney Channel, when it was a premium station and therefor needed shorter, filler content to go where commercials normally would. Essentially they would be short montages of classic Disney animated shorts, reconfigured and set to the beat of a popular song (either of the moment or more “classic”). These actually aired until 2002. And while there were several holiday specials (including a dog-centered Valentine’s Day episode) – “ DTV Monster Hits .” The special originally aired on October 30, 1987 and was a compilation of Halloween-adjacent pop songs set to the usual assortment of classic Disney clips. If you’ve ever thought, You know, classic Disney animated short “ Lonesome Ghosts ” would be way more entertaining if Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters theme was playing in the background , well, this hour-long special is for you.

Hosted by the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror (played by Jeffrey Jones ), “DTV Monster Hits” is notable for bringing back voice acting legend June Foray to play Witch Hazel from the famous Huey, Dewey and Louie short “ Trick or Treat ” and for the occasionally insane choice of clips to accompany certain lyrics, like “I hear a-hurricane’s a-blowin’” from Creedence Clearwater Revival ’s “Bad Moon Rising” using footage from classic Mickey cartoon “ The Band Concert .” It’s also fun to see them play clips from more recent Disney fare from the period (including The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective ). If Halloween parties were an actual thing this year, this would be a fun one to put on and let play. It’s full of Hallo-bangers and awesome clips. What a blast.

Halloweentown (1998)

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Halloweentown , which spawned a veritable franchise of Disney Channel Original Movies, has become an annual must-watch (it was just announced as part of the Freeform 31 Days of Halloween programming line-up). And it is perfect for the season – just look at the name. It’s the tale of some young kids who follow their witchy grandmother (played by a very game Debbie Reynolds ) back to an alternate Halloween-ified reality where everyone is a ghoul, ghost, or creature (also the cab driver is a talking skeleton so they’ve got that going on). It is arguably the DCOM equivalent of Hocus Pocus – one that is so synonymous with the holiday that you just have to watch. But also let this fill in for your favorite Halloween-adjacent DCOM, whether it’s The Scream Team or Twitches or Invisible Sister or Zombies or Girl vs. Monster or … The list, in other words, goes very long. They’re all sweet-and-cheesy delights. Just choose wisely. And start with Halloweentown .

Deep Rising (1998)

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Disney has occasionally flirted with out-and-out horror, although few have been as successful as Deep Rising , a tale of aquatic terror from The Mummy ( Brendan Fraser not Tom Cruise ) filmmaker Stephen Sommers . Initially the movie is set up like a heist movie or a high seas disaster along the lines of The Poseidon Adventure , but it quickly transforms into something gooier and much scarier. Treat Williams , channeling Kurt Russell , is a sardonic, vaguely futuristic sea pirate hired by a band of mercenaries to board a lavish new cruise ship; Famke Janssen is the femme fatale still on board after something attacks. (Janssen was a last-minute replacement for Claire Forlani , who was cast and who shot for a few days before clashing with Sommers.)

This was clearly a test-run for Sommers’ jokes-and-scares formula he perfected with his two Mummy movies, although this one is shaggier and far bloodier. (It’s all pretty goofy but little kids should probably sit this one out.) The production was marred by an unnecessarily lengthy post-production process, partly because Disney insisted Sommers use the in-house visual effects house (Industrial Light & Magic eventually came on and bailed them out) and partly because they had no idea how to market an R-rated action/horror/comedy hybrid. The delays led to the movie, initially slated for a Halloween release date, opening in late January. While initially dismissed as a box office bomb, appreciation for the film has grown over the years and Kino Lorber recently released a features-packed special edition Blu-ray very much worth trick-or-treating for.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

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It’s astounding to think about now, but Disney released four movies starring Jim Varney as lovable rube Ernest P. Worrell. The final film in the Disney-backed series, and the one that convinced them not to re-up their contract with the talented comedian, was Ernest Scared Stupid . This is a shame because Ernest Scared Stupid is really, really great. From the opening sequence, which has Ernest reacting to classic black-and-white B-movie monsters, to the surprisingly sophisticated creature effects (there are, of course, destructive trolls) to whatever Eartha Kitt is up to, this feels like a charmingly loony TV special that somehow managed to wind up in movie theaters (perhaps by black magic or the intervention of trolls).

The plot has something to do with an ancient curse and trolls that turn children into wooden figures (or something). Honestly it doesn’t really matter. There are a bunch of great gags, anchored by Varney’s commitment to the character (at one point his dog gets turned to wood and Varney muses, “What am I supposed to call him, Splinter?”) Is this the most sophisticated thing you can watch this Halloween? Absolutely not. Currently it holds a truly abysmal 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But it’s streaming for free on Amazon Prime and will distract you from the unending hellscape of our current reality for a cool 91 minutes. What more could you really ask for Vern?

Disney’s Halloween Treat (1982)

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Disney has a fine tradition of Halloween specials that package together clips from various spooky animated shorts and features, usually with a loose framing device that gives it a narrative shape. (“DTV Monster Hits” is a variation on this only with the clips inexplicably set to Daryl Hall ’s lone solo single hit “Dreamtime.”) This goes back to at least 1977, when “ Halloween Hall O’ Fame ” aired as an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney , with Jonathan Winters playing a security guard at the Walt Disney Studios who comes into contact with a talking jack o’ lantern (also played by Winters), who plays the guard various clips. But they perfected the formula in 1982 with “ Disney’s Halloween Treat ,” an episode of Walt Disney that perfectly collected a bunch of creepy clips and even had an ear worm-y theme song composed by the great John Debney .

The special was “hosted” by a jack o’ lantern puppet voiced by Hal Douglas , who set up each clip with a sinister hiss. This would include everything from clips from movies to bits of various shorts. If you were a child of the 80s you probably remember that song or that pumpkin. This might be because elements of the special were reused or recycled for years to come; a 1990s re-airing of the special, now called “ A Disney Halloween ” and expanded to include more material (don’t worry, the theme song remained), was introduced by then-CEO Michael Eisner , with Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween finery and a very bad joke about how Goofy is dressed like Eisner. This version sadly doesn’t have the pumpkin host. He might have gotten smashed.

Best Disney Halloween Movies, Ranked

Disney Halloween movies are classic. From Halloweentown to Hocus Pocus, here are the best ones.

Disney movies have a way of making us feel nostalgic and bringing out our inner child. For movie fans who want to get immersed in all the autumn vibes but don’t necessarily love horror films, Disney Halloween movies are a perfect choice. With a wide variety of stories to pick from — from sisters who are secretly witches in Hocus Pocus to a hidden magical world where goblins, skeletons, and vampires roam free — there is a spooky Disney film for everyone.

Update September 23, 2023: Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it is time to start making plans, so this article has been updated by Amira Abdel-Fadil to include even more Disney films to check out this Halloween.

For parents looking for a good Halloween viewing for the whole family and want something spooky but not too scary for the young ones, Disney has plenty to offer. Disney+ has made it even easier with so many classics just a button away and now will offer subscribers the newest film, Haunted Mansion , on October 4, 2023. Without further ado, here are the best Disney Halloween movies to watch this season, ranked.

11 Monster, Inc. (2001)

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Monster, Inc. was directed and co-written by Pete Doctor. The Oscar-winning film zooms in on Monsters Incorporated, a scare factory that harnesses energy from the screams of children by going through portals back and forth. However, the city of monsters is separated from the city where humans reside. One day, top scarer Sullivan accidentally arrives with a baby girl named Boo, who is not supposed to be in the Monsters world.

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With children known to be toxic and dangerous for the monsters upon physical contact, is this really a good thing? On top of that, with Sullivan having rivals and evil lurking in the corner, Sullivan and his best friend, Mike, must make sure she gets back home safely. Warm, funny, and inventive Monster, Inc. is a beautiful take on facing one's fears and facing capitalism.

10 Maleficent (2014)

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In 2014, Disney released Maleficent , the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the titular villain's perspective. Angelina Jolie stars as the equally evil and misunderstood fairy who is set on cursing a child, Aurora, portrayed by Elle Fanning. This film is beautiful and just spooky enough to be considered a Halloween movie as well as being perfect for audiences who like iconic Disney stories. In addition to Jolie's impressive performance, the film has whimsical costumes and sweeping music, including Lana Del Rey's cover of "Once Upon a Dream."

9 Cruella (2021)

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Another fan-favorite Disney story remade from the villain's point of view was the 2021 comedy/crime Cruella . Emma Stone is one of the most successful and beloved actresses of her generation, winning her first Academy Award for her role in La La Land at just 28 years old. Her involvement in Cruella heightened expectations for the entire project, and her performance of the youthful and determined Cruella de Vil did not disappoint.

Cruella was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, winning in the former category. The movie was such a hit that a sequel, Cruella 2 is currently in the works. Halloween is all about lavish costumes, and Crullea will certainly inspire some great Halloween looks while embracing one of Disney's best villains.

8 Twitches (2005)

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Tia and Tamera Mowry star as the iconic twin witch sisters, Alexandra Fielding and Camryn Barnes in Disney's Twitches . The film follows the two girls who were separated at birth and finally meet one another on their 21st birthday. If finding out you have a secret twin sister wasn't weird enough, the young women also must come to terms with the fact that they were born in an alternate magical universe and witches are very much part of their reality. Alexandra and Camryn go on a wild and dangerous journey to save their birth mother and discover their birthright.

7 Under Wraps (1997)

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In Under Wraps , three 12-year-old friends discover a three-thousand-year-old Egyptian mummy and accidentally revive it in the days before Halloween. While they initially feel terrified of what they've done, they discover that the mummy is kind and really needs their help. They must return him to his sarcophagus before midnight on Halloween, or else he will completely vanish and will be unable to reunite with his long-lost love.

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The friendship and banter between the three friends are entertaining, and the mummy's encounters with the humans are interesting and fun. This movie is not without some gore, but it's warm and adventurous, which makes it a perfect Halloween pick this season!

6 Phantom of The Megaplex (2000)

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Phantom of The Megaplex is an amusing movie that is a spin on the classic Phantom of the Opera story but inside a movie theater. A young man has recently started working at a cinema and gets excited about a night where they will premiere a major feature film which celebrities will be attending. He also invites his friends over.

However, on the night, bizarre occurrences started to happen. Will they find the mystery behind the broken popcorn machine and disappearing staff? With a bit of suspense, comedy, and characters who feel like family to each other, Phantom of the Megaplex is a Disney classic that's perfectly suited for Halloween.

5 Frankenweenie (2012)

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Directed and co-written by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is about a boy willing to go to great lengths to revive his dead dog (Sparky). A science nerd at heart, he teams up with his science teacher to carry out an experiment aimed at resurrecting his dog. However, even though the experiment proved to be successful despite Sparky looking eerie, their secret experiment gets revealed, and now others are carrying it out too, but this time, it has disastrous consequences. The stylish black and white animation is atmospheric, with some creepy character designs that fit right into the Halloween mood.

4 Haunted Mansion (2023)

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Haunted Mansion is the latest take on the classic ride fans know from the Disney resorts. While the film was previously made in 2003 as The Haunted Mansion, the latest incarnation that was released in theaters in July 2023 and will arrive on Disney+ in October 2023 is a great Halloween watch for the whole family. It serves as a good introduction to the horror genre for young kids as it is spooky and can get very dark but is never too scary. With a great cast that includes LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Hantuned Mansion will likely be a Halloween classic for years to come.

3 Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Hocus Pocus is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved Disney Halloween movies ever. From the story to the costumes and the incredible cast, which includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, and Thora Birch. It's incredible to think that the tale of the Sanderson sisters came out almost 30 years ago, in 1993. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, and follows three evil witches, the Sanderson sisters, who try to wreak havoc on Halloween night. A sequel to the film Hocus Pocus 2 , directed by Anne Fletcher, was released on Disney+ in September 2022.

2 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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With a 95% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 82% score on Metacritic, The Nightmare Before Christmas is arguably one of Disney's most critically acclaimed Halloween movies. The stop-motion animated film directed by Henry Selick was originally released in 1993 and stars Danny Elfman and Schitt's Creek star Catherine O'Hara as Jack Skellington and Sally.

One of the most exciting and interesting parts of this film is that it could be considered both a Halloween and Christmas movie since it is centered around both holidays. The project has been so popular it has been rereleased in theaters during Halloween for years and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

1 Halloweentown (1998)

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Coming in at number one on our list of the best Disney Halloween movies is possibly the most beloved and successful Disney Halloween franchise, Halloweentown . This is a Disney Channel movie classic that would constantly be airing during fall in the 2000s. People loved the story of Marnie Piper, Aggie Cromwell, and all the creatures in Halloweentown so much that they went on to make three films after the original one, including Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Return, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown .

The original film took the idea of a world dedicated to Halloween all year round and made it into a fully fleshed-out world that mixed fantasy, comedy, and family. This movie is a must-watch during the Halloween season.

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1. Into the Woods (2014)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Anna Kendrick , Meryl Streep , Chris Pine , Emily Blunt

Votes: 147,245 | Gross: $128.00M

2. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder , Catherine O'Hara , Martin Short , Martin Landau

Votes: 116,215 | Gross: $35.29M

3. Girl Vs. Monster (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A teen girl goes on a mission to recapture a dangerous monster that she accidentally released before it can do harm to her parents.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Olivia Holt , Kerris Dorsey , Brendan Meyer , Katherine McNamara

Votes: 3,643

4. Twitches (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Twin witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry , Tamera Mowry-Housley , Kristen Wilson , Patrick Fabian

Votes: 9,502

5. Twitches Too (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair.

Votes: 5,694

6. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

When a young girl living with her secret witch mother learns she too is a witch, she must help her witch grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Debbie Reynolds , Kimberly J. Brown , Judith Hoag , Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 21,116

7. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young witch and her grandmother work together to foil the plans of a wicked warlock's son before he can use powerful spells to create chaos in the world.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Kimberly J. Brown , Judith Hoag , Daniel Kountz , Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 10,505

8. Halloweentown High (2004 TV Movie)

TV-G | 82 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A girl in a magical world bets her family's magic that nothing bad will happen when kids from Halloweentown attend high school in the mortal realm.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Kimberly J. Brown , Debbie Reynolds , Judith Hoag , Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 8,485

9. Return to Halloweentown (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Family

Marnie and Dylan are going to follow their dreams to go to college, at Halloweentown University, which is also known as Witch University.

Director: David Jackson | Stars: Sara Paxton , Judith Hoag , Lucas Grabeel , Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 7,575

10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Eddie Murphy , Marsha Thomason , Jennifer Tilly , Terence Stamp

Votes: 56,502 | Gross: $75.85M

11. The Scream Team (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Richard Carlyle returns to Steeple Falls with his two kids, Claire and Ian, after his father dies. Not having a good relationship with his dad, Richard wants to sell the hardware business ... See full summary  »

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Mark Rendall , Kat Dennings , Robert Bockstael , Eric Idle

Votes: 1,432

12. The Poof Point (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A bad experiment makes two inventors younger and younger.

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Tahj Mowry , Dawnn Lewis , Mark Curry , Raquel Lee

13. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Two kids set their mom up on a date with a vampire!

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Matt O'Leary , Laura Vandervoort , Myles Jeffrey , Caroline Rhea

Votes: 5,029

14. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Family

A young man working at a cinema on a special premiere night discovers that the films being shown are full of strange and eerie occurrences.

Director: Blair Treu | Stars: Taylor Handley , Corinne Bohrer , Caitlin Wachs , Jacob Smith

Votes: 3,919

15. Don't Look Under the Bed (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

A teen enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who's framing her for his dastardly deeds.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Erin Chambers , Ty Hodges , Robin Riker , Steve Valentine

Votes: 3,685

16. Under Wraps (1997 TV Movie)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

Three curious teenagers and one very confused mummy collaborate through some risky adventures, with a race against time to reunite the mummy with his lover from 4,500 years ago.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Adam Wylie , Mario Yedidia , Clara Bryant , Ken Hudson Campbell

Votes: 3,336

17. The Wonderful World of Disney (1997–2023) Episode: Tower of Terror (1997)

Unrated | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.

Director: D.J. MacHale | Stars: Steve Guttenberg , Kirsten Dunst , Nia Peeples , Michael McShane

Votes: 4,092

18. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A teenage boy named Max and his little sister move to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler , Sarah Jessica Parker , Kathy Najimy , Omri Katz

Votes: 155,050 | Gross: $44.34M

19. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Catherine O'Hara , William Hickey

Votes: 372,418 | Gross: $75.08M

20. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Mary Grace Canfield , Richard Davalos , Jake Dengel , Jack Dodson

Votes: 10,502 | Gross: $8.40M

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Best List of Disney Halloween Movies to Watch in October

This list of Disney Halloween movies on Disney+ is full of fun (and not-so-scary) stories for your next family movie night. It’s the perfect way to get into the spooky season!

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Halloween is a fun time for kids of any age. But if you have little ones at home, finding kid-friendly movies for the Halloween season isn’t always easy. Luckily, Disney has a variety of family favorites perfect for October movie nights! 

Disney Halloween Movies

Whether you’re searching for movies featuring witches, ghosts, or ghouls, Disney has a movie for you! And the best part about these kid-friendly Halloween favorites is that there’s something for everyone in the family.

The little ones will love the silly stories in each of these Disney movies, while the adults can enjoy the spooky storylines and funny jokes!

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1. Hocus Pocus

No Disney Halloween movie list would be complete without Hocus Pocus ! After a virgin ignites the black flame candle, the Sanderson sisters are brought back to life. In search of immortality, the witches go on a hunt for the souls of the town’s children in this classic Disney Halloween movie.

Hocus Pocus also has better quality sets, costumes, and actors. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are the 3 witches.

We also have Hocus Pocus snacks, trivia, and crafts to make the night extra special!

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We also love these no-bake Binx Black Cat cookies!

There will also be a Hocus Pocus reunion this fall, and it’ll be available on the streaming service.

2. Halloweentown

Starring Kimberly J Brown and Debbie Reynolds, Halloweentown has to be one of the best Disney channel original movies! It’s cute, spooky, but not quite a scary movie.

When a brother and sister follow their eccentric grandmother to her home in Halloweentown , they find out that witches, monsters, and ghouls are real in this fun Disney flick. The drama occurs when they have to fight the forces of evil before it takes over the town.

We also have a great, Halloweentown-inspired hot cocoa recipe for an epic movie night!

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3. Halloweentown II

In this sequel to the classic Disney Halloween film, a boogeyman steals a spell book and wreaks havoc in Halloweentown. It’s up to Marnie Piper and her siblings to rescue the book and save the human world in Halloweentown II . 

4. Halloweentown High

When the teenagers in Halloweentown want to attend high school in the human world, they try to put their magic on hold in Halloweentown High .

5. Return to Halloweentown

After earning a full scholarship to Witch University, Marnie (now played by Sara Paxton) heads back to the iconic town to learn witchcraft. But she soon finds out that practicing magic outside of Halloweentown is forbidden in Return to Halloweentown .

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6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

In The Nightmare Before Christmas , Jack Skellington is the king of Halloweentown. But he’s grown tired of the same scary routine, so he heads to Christmastown to take over Santa’s job and turns the happy holiday into a spooky celebration.

Make it an evening with DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Decor & Crafts or Jack Skellington brownies !

7. Haunted Mansion

While on road trip with his family, a real estate agent decides to make a detour from the trip to check out a newly listed property. The family becomes trapped in the Haunted Mansion and are forced to work together to break the curse over the house. This classic stars Eddie Murphy.

8. Monsters, Inc.

In a world powered by screams, Monsters work in a factory called Monsters Incorporated to harness the fear of children. But when a human child mistakenly enters the monster world, two friends must work together to save her.

9. Monsters University

This prequel to Monsters, Inc. follows Mike and Sully during their college years at Monsters University when they meet and become pals while participating in the annual scare games.

This fun animated musical, Coco , centers around the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead. After being magically transported to the land of the dead, a young boy helps a deceased relative make it back to the land of the living.

11. Maleficent

Learn the story of one of Disney’s most iconic villains in this live-action adaptation of Maleficent this Halloween.

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12. Toy Story of Terror

While on a trip with Bonnie and her mom, the toys make a stop at a roadside hotel. As the night goes on, the toys begin to disappear, prompting the others to search for the mystery behind the haunted hotel in Toy Story of Terror.

13. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

Winnie the Pooh and his pals go on an adventure in the hundred acre wood to find the gobloon. It’s a creature that only comes out on Halloween, in Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween movie — a fun movie perfect for little ones.

14. Twitches

Tia and Tamera Mowry play twin teen witches in Twitches — a kid-friendly Halloween take on the classic TV show Sister, Sister about twin sisters.

15. Mickey’s House of Villains

On Halloween night, Disney’s most famous villains take over Mickey’s show and turns his club into the House of Villains .

16. Spooky Buddies

The dog buddies come together once again in Spooky Buddies to help save the town from an evil warlock — all while wearing adorable Halloween costumes.

17. Cruella

The villain from 101 Dalmatians shines in the new film about fashion and revenge. 

Grab our favorite Cruella-themed Snacks here!

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18. Frankenweenie

When young Victor Frankenstein’s dog is hit by a car, he uses his scientific knowledge to bring his pet back to life in Frankenweenie , a Tim Burton animated comedy.

To go along with night, we also have a Frankenweenie menu and fun activitiees!

19. Under Wraps

This updated remake of a Disney Channel original movie follows three tweens after they awaken a mummy. The group of friends must keep the mummy Under Wraps while they return it to its resting place before Halloween to prevent a catastrophe.

20. Phantom of the Megaplex

On the night of a big movie premiere, strange things begin to happen at the megaplex. The odd happenings make the employees start to wonder if there’s a ghost haunting the movie theatre in Phantom of the Megaplex .

21. Escape to Witch Mountain

Two children with magical powers go on an adventure to discover the truth about their past in this Disney classic, Escape to Witch Mountain.

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22. Muppets Haunted Mansion

When Gonzo is challenged to spend one night in the haunted mansion, he brings all his muppet friends (and a few celebrity guests) along for the ride in Muppets Haunted Mansion .

23. LEGO Start Wars Terrifying Tales

Celebrate the dark side of the Star Wars galaxy with this Halloween LEGO special, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales .

24. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

This Halloween film combines two classic fairy tales — The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with the headless horseman.

Love these ideas? We also have a full list of the best family movies to watch in October that aren’t scary , too!

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Keep your eyes out for D isney Plus Hallowstream! It’ll be inside the app and offer a complete list of Disney halloween movies and television shows to help put you into the Halloween spirit!

But if you’re looking for Tower of Terror — it’s unfortunately not streaming anywhere.

Also – don’t forget the fun Halloween treats to make the night even more magical!

Once you’ve made it through this list of the best Disney Halloween movies, you should also check out our list of  81+ Best Halloween Movies!

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Hocus Pocus 2 is expected to explode onto screens with tales of magic and terrifying witches and several other Halloween flicks do exactly that.

The release of Hocus Pocus 2 sparked excitement from many Halloween fans, especially when it was announced that the sequel to the popular 1993 flick will be available to stream on Disney+ from the 30th of September.

This spooky franchise began with a tale about three quirky but vengeful witches and turned into much more through its ability to transport viewers to Salem to begin the countdown to October 31st. The spine-tingling sequel is expected to please both Horror and Disney fans as it indulges in the gothic era but here are ten Disney flicks guaranteed to give you the same frightening feels before its release later this month!

Lonesome Ghosts (Disney+)

Mickey trying to fight off the ghosts in Lonesome Ghosts

Lonesome Ghosts is one of the earliest Halloween-themed Disney movies to be made as well as one of the shortest, with a run time of 9 minutes. The movie follows Mickey, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they battle four ghosts who have occupied a haunted house and made their presence known by tricking Mickey and his gang.

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The film stays true to the wholesome vibes associated with Mickey Mouse by remaining playful whilst still containing ghosts, cobwebs, and lighting, all of which are commonly related to Halloween. Lonesome Ghosts does a lot within its short run time and has remained a favorite due to its high-quality animation that shocked viewers for its time as well as its charming story that never fails to get fans in the mood for Halloween and make them laugh.

Maleficent (Disney+)

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Maleficent is one of Angelina Jolie's best movies as she embodies a heartbroken fairy who seeks revenge on the very man that scorned her by cursing his daughter (who was actually played by Angelina Jolie's own child). The movie offers a different point of view of the much-loved story of sleeping beauty, encouraging fans to empathize with the terrifying femme fatale.

Despite being beautiful in real life, Angelina Jolie's appearance as Maleficent disturbed some viewers as they were entranced by her piercing eyes and threatened by her sharp horns. Ultimately the movie isn't listed as a Halloween watch, but her wicked appearance and vengeful ways, including many of the movie's fantasy elements, lean towards supernatural and mythical events synonymous with other Halloween flicks.

Haunted Mansion (Disney+)

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Nothing symbolizes Halloween like a haunted house and Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion brings that to life by making the confident realtor doubt his love for his job when he and his family visit the possessed property.

Haunted Mansion embodies the very essence of Halloween through its gothic location, low-key lighting, and its use of pathetic fallacy, which mirrors the fear the family feels. The movie employs a wide range of special effects to create freaky figures that encourage viewers to look out for the Evers family as they battle a series of cobwebs and jump scares, making it a must-watch movie for the spooky season.

Monsters Inc (Disney+)

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Monsters Inc is one animated movie viewers aren't scared to say made them emotional , with Mike and Sully proving that even terrifying monsters can have big hearts. The dynamic duo takes their work as scarers very seriously until they meet Boo on one of their shifts and soon lose all desire to create terror.

Monsters Inc may not have been marketed as a Halloween watch, but its menacing monsters led to it being pulled out on October 31st in many homes across the world. The lighthearted nature of its animated characters made it a relaxing movie for those easily scared fans. Its intricate animation design left some younger fans fearing that their wardrobe door would be opened by a monster not so nice as Sully or Mike!

Twitches (Disney+)

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Twitches is one original movie that dominated Disney Channel every October and is a much-loved movie for many 2000s kids who became entranced by twins Camryn and Alexandra. Based on the book, the sisters reunite after being separated for many years and soon discover they are capable of magic, allowing them to save their mum and kingdom.

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Although many of the effects within the film look dated now, the movie is littered with flashy transitions that invite its audience to accompany the twitches as they navigate their newfound powers. The film's mystical location perfectly captures its eerie plot that left many viewers questioning whether they themselves had magical powers, situating Twitches as a memorable staple in Disney's Halloween history.

Coco (Disney+)

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Despite being one of the few animated movies to deal with serious issues, Coco is also the perfect film for a Halloween-themed movie night. The main character Miguel loves to sing and defies his family's ban on music by continuing to create sweet harmonies, but that soon lands him in the land of the dead, where he learns some valuable lessons.

The movie explodes onto viewers' screens with its bold colors and energetic main character, hooking viewers in from the offset before honoring the celebration known as Día De Los Muertos. Although Coco wasn't meant to be a Halloween film, it certainly delivers a spooky yet soulful story that pleases Halloween fans through many candlelit scenes, ghost-like figures, and warm orange tones.

Frankenweenie (Disney+)

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Tim Burton is known for producing gothic stories littered with unique-looking characters and Frankenweenie is no exception to that, with the stop-motion animation living up to fans' already high expectations. The film tunes into the love owners have for their beloved pets when Victor brings back his dog by a bolt of lightning and a cleverly put-together laboratory.

The film pays homage to the Halloween classic Frankenstein and received high ratings from fans who stated that the movie helped to reimagine the typical spooky flick by creating a storyline they could relate to. Frankenweenie warmed viewers' hearts whilst staying true to Tim Burton's ghoulish film style by being filmed in black and white and still giving many fans the creeps.

Halloweentown (Disney+)

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Halloweentown continues to be well remembered and much loved by 90s children who were treated to this Halloween flick when it was released on Disney Channel before the introduction of its streaming service a few years ago. The nostalgic movie tells the story of a group of siblings who discover that their favorite Grandma is capable of magic that goes beyond just cookies.

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Halloweentown was praised by many fans for its ability to combine humor with scare tactics to produce a family-friendly freaky flick, sparking the start of the franchise. The movie caused many fans to feel nostalgic and reminisce over their own youth whilst also giving those perfect fall vibes through orange tones that were synonymous with its witchy storyline that showcased a love for all things velvet.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+)

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is terribly creepy despite being a children's movie and comes from the king of creepy himself, Tim Burton. There is a lot of controversy about whether the movie is a Christmas flick or a Halloween one, but considering that the main character's name is Jack Skeleton, who happens to be from Halloweentown.

The movie is one of Disney's most gory movies to date, with many of the characters taking themselves apart and others having worms coming out of their eyes. It is considered a popular watch for many horror fans due to its unique plot, interesting claymation and haunting soundtrack, The Nightmare Before Christmas may have given many fans nightmares but certainly earned its title as one of Disney's best Halloween movies.

Hocus Pocus (Disney+)

Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is the ultimate Halloween flick, and with its reboot being released this month, the original is expected to be rewatched by many childhood fans. The movie follows three witches who are accidentally resurrected by a young boy called Thackery and begin tormenting the town of Salem, but years later, the three sisters meet their match.

The film creates the perfect spooky atmosphere by employing low-key lighting that mirrors the autumnal colors and textures seen in the character's costumes. Hocus Pocus toys with many staples of Halloween, including witches, black cats, and magic, to create a spooky flick with a fall-like ambiance that has proven to maintain a loyal fanbase.

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41 Halloween Movies on Disney Plus You Can Watch All October Long

By Michella Oré

41 Halloween Movies on Disney Plus You Can Watch All October Long

Feel that chill in the air? Fall is here, which means it's time to let your inner spooky self shine. So order that pumpkin spice latte , paint your nails black, and start streaming all the Halloween movies on Disney Plus.

Yes, you read that right—some of the best entertainment options this month are on the family-friendly streaming platform. It's perfect for those who want to embrace the holiday without leaning too far into the frights. While films like Halloween and Friday the 13th are classic scary horror movies , one can only take so much slasher stress. Sometimes we need candy for the mind, not just the body and soul.

Enter Disney Halloween movies. The Disney Plus streaming platform has an impressive collection of spooky Halloween movies that fit the bill for all ages and scare levels, from low-budget made-for-TV originals to old-school classics. There's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (which some incorrectly believe is a Christmas movie) and 2003's Freaky Friday, starring scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and early-aughts icon Lindsay Lohan. Those feeling nostalgic for Disney Channel Halloween movies will find those as well. 

Another favorite among these Halloween movies on Disney Plus is Coco , the Pixar film inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead that's guaranteed to make you cry. And, of course, we can't forget the Disney original movie saga Halloweentown , in which another young, powerful witch learns the power of spells and attempts to bridge a couple of realms together in the process. So if you're looking for family-friendly or jump-scare-free spooky-season flicks or just want to revisit some hallmarks from childhood, you're covered. And don't sleep on the oldies, either. James and the Giant Peach always hits!

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Twitches

Twitches (2005)

On their 21st birthday, twin sisters Alex and Cam discover each other—and their magic powers, which are stronger when they work together. Starring Tia and Tamara Mowry , the Twitches form an unbreakable bond in their quest to restore Coventry, the magical dimension where they lived before being sent to Earth. They also defeat an evil presence known as The Darkness, who is hell-bent on taking their power, all while serving prime Y2K looks. 

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Twitches Too

Twitches Too (2007)

The duo are back at it again, this time juggling university and a risky mission to save their father, who's been trapped in the underworld since they were born. A case of mistaken identity, romance, and a royal wedding mix together for some shocking plot twists.

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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

This children's tale, inspired by Roald Dahl's book, takes some pretty dark turns. After losing his parents, who were eaten by rhinos, James is left in the care of his terrible aunts. A giant peach forms on the tree he accidentally creates after dropping a bag of crocodile tongues, and inside James finds a bevy of anthropomorphic bugs. Longing to see New York City, James sets off with his new friends, including a Mr. Centipede and Ms. Spider, where they face a series of harrowing encounters. 

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Frankenweenie (2012)

A young Frankenstein brings his best friend Sparky, a doting bull terrier, back to life and inspires his classmates to try their own hands at resurrecting the dead when word gets out. And so kicks off a string of science experiments involving animals gone awry, resulting in some pretty monstrous hybrids. Frankenweenie features voice performances from some of your faves, including Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder. 

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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

On the run from a wealthy millionaire who wants to control their psychic abilities and a mob that believes they are witches, orphans Tony and Tia discover the real story behind Witch Mountain is out of this world. The film will instantly take you into the ’70s, and you might recognize its young lead as the former Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards.

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Return From Witch Mountain (1978)

Desperate for a vacation, Tony and Tia take their flying saucer to Los Angeles. Once there, Tony is abducted, then hypnotized by Dr. Gannon, who witnesses the boy use his telekinetic powers and wants to use him as a scientific claim to fame. Tia and an unsuspecting group of rugged boys she befriends on the way set out to rescue him. Joining Kim Richards in the sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain are Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. 

Coco

Coco (2017)

Miguel is a gifted guitarist who dreams of being a professional musician despite his family's disapproval. In his quest to follow his dreams and perform at the Day of the Dead talent show held in his town, he unexpectedly takes a detour to the Land of the Dead and ends up learning a lot about family, love, and the power of art to unite people in the process. Warning: You will cry. 

Smart House

Smart House (1999)

One day historians are going to say that the Disney Channel original movie Smart House predicted the future. After winning a contest for a smart house, teen computer nerd Ben and his family move in to their new home run by a virtual assistant named PAT. Soon PAT starts to take on a mind of its own, and Ben must negotiate with the machine programmed to see itself as human. A house that can talk and has a mind of its own is scary already, but even more eerie in the age of smart tech.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Three witches are summoned from the dead to find out that Halloween is now a holiday and they've become a costume. As the Sanderson sisters scout for souls to suck in modern-day Salem while unleashing shudder-inducing spells—“dance until you die!”—Max, his younger sister Dani, and his crush Allison scramble to banish the witches for good. This film has a fiercely loyal following among millennials who grew up with it, and for good reason: It has iconic performances from Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who understood the assignment before everyone started saying that.

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Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

Hocus Pocus has became such a Halloween classic that a sequel was made for Disney+ nearly 30 years after the OG's premiere. This return to Salem has Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones all reprising their roles alongside new characters played by Whitney Peak, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, and others.

Streaming on Disney+ on September 30

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Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

That moment when you're blown away by a film? Priceless. Except if you're literally swept out of your seat by a gust of wind while watching a movie called Cyclone Summer . Crazy mishaps like this start happening at the megaplex, each inspired by the titles of movies being shown, and it's up to 17-year-old assistant manager Pete and his younger siblings to unmask the phantom behind them.

Maleficent

Maleficent (2014)

In this film, the other side of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, we get the backstory on the allegedly evil fairy Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie. Turns out there's a lot more to her casting that sleeping spell than being envious of the young Aurora, and we learn of the heartbreaking betrayal the black-clad antihero has endured.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Angelina Jolie returns—dark wings, diamond-cut cheekbones, and all—as the titular mistress of evil. As family ties collide, watch Maleficent fight for the right to raise Aurora as her own, despite the wishes of Prince Phillip's family. 

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Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

It's simple: Do a good deed, and he'll be free. But it is Captain Blackbeard's selfishness that gets the pirate cast in spiritual limbo by his wife (who just so happens to be a witch) in the first place and proves to be a challenge to overcome, even in the afterlife.

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Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

Frances excels in school and considers herself fairly reasonable—that is until strange things start happening around town and she's framed for them. Her mysterious new friend Larry, who is invisible to adults, tells her the bogeyman is the one behind it all, and the two set out to get to the bottom of things. 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Who says our favorite ghouls and goblins don't deserve a little holiday cheer? In this Tim Burton classic, Jack, dubbed the Pumpkin King because of his terrifying looks, gets bored of Halloween festivities, discovers Christmas, and decides to take it over. A crossover we return to year after year.

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Freaky Friday (2003)

What's freakier than waking up in a different body? Unexpectedly finding yourself in the body of your teenage daughter after having an intense argument the night before. Through an unexplainable force, single mom Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her musically ambitious daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan), swap bodies and gain a better understanding of the other after literally walking in her shoes. In Freaky Friday , Lohan delivers one of the best performances of her career.

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Return to Oz (1985)

After narrowly avoiding an electrotherapy session thanks to a sudden lightning strike, Dorothy escapes from the mental asylum she's been sent to by her aunt and uncle who think Oz is a hallucination. While running, Dorothy falls into a lake and finds herself back in Emerald City, which is now in ruins. On their quest to save Oz, Dorothy and friends must defeat the Wheelers, a group of people who have wheels instead of hands and feet, and a princess who collects the heads of her prisoners. We are so not in Kansas anymore.

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The Black Cauldron (1985)

Sort of like the predecessor to the White Walkers, the army of undead that can be conjured by the Black Cauldron is equally invisible and every tyrannical king's fantasy. Once the evil Horned King kidnaps the Hen Wen, a pig known for its oracular powers, in order to locate the cauldron that will unleash the mighty undead, it's up to Taran, a teenage pig-keeper, to save the land Prydain. Keeping track?

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The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Disney tried to capture the magic of Pirates of the Caribbean with another movie based on a beloved theme park ride, and ended up with a broad slapstick comedy that's less scary and more silly. Eddie Murphy stars as the new resident of a creepy old mansion haunted by supernatural and emotional ghosts, and fans of the Disneyland staple will recognize their favorites popping up all over the place.

Girl vs. Monster

Girl vs. Monster (2012)

It's Buffy for kids, plus pop songs! Skylar is a fearless teen girl who discovers on Halloween that she's a fifth-generation monster hunter. In this world everyone has a personal monster who feeds on their fears, and only facing what scares you the most will give you the power to get rid of them. Honestly, we know a few adults who could use this lesson too.

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Halloweentown (1998)

A modern classic, Halloweentown follows Marnie Piper on her journey of discovering she's a witch and having to decide whether she'll embrace her magical legacy or choose to live as a mortal. Aside from seeing what a utopia of witches, vampires, and monsters might look like, another major selling point of the film is getting to watch Debbie Reynolds as Aggie, Marni's grandmother, whisk about town in a slew of bedazzled gowns.

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Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)

One of the first Disney Channel original movies to get the sequel treatment, and it's obvious why: Marnie and the Crowmwell family are too fun to leave behind! Debbie Reynolds returns as Aggie as she and her grandkids once again free their beloved Halloweentown from the anti-magic forces that would kill its spirit.

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Halloweentown High (2004)

Ultimately, all teen characters must have a high school movie, so Marnie opens the border between the regular realm and Halloweentown and tries to integrate her high school to, well, mixed results, as you might imagine. As the series shifts from crime fighting to teen drama, Miss Piper gets her first love interest, and we find that once again there's nothing spookier than adolescence.

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Return to Halloweentown (2006)

Sure, it's not the real Marnie (no offense, Sara Paxton, but you can never be Kimberly J. Brown), but some of the original magic is retained in this college-set fourth installment of the franchise. Who among us hasn't wanted to major in the dark arts? So much better than yet another English degree.

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The Wizards of Waverly Place movies (2009 and 2013)

Two separate vacations go awry for the Russo family in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.  

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Cruella (2021)

It's another villain origin story! Except this one has fashion, dogs, and Emma Thompson. Emma Stone plays Estella Miller, a.k.a. Cruella, who is an orphan, a thief, and an aspiring fashion designer in London. Estella gets a job working for the famous designer Baroness Von Hellman (Thompson) and discovers that the baroness has a connection to her past. But as Estella seeks revenge, she becomes increasingly arrogant and evil, morphing into her alter ego of Cruella. 

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Invisible Sister (2015)

Cleo is done living in the shadow of her perfect and popular older sister, Molly. Cleo often feels like the invisible sister, which becomes incredibly ironic after Molly is turned invisible by Cleo's science experiment gone wrong. The sisters must work together to ensure Molly does not become invisible permanently. Along the way Cleo and Molly finally begin to understand and appreciate each other. 

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Descendants (2015)

Ben, the teenage son of King Adam (formerly the Beast) and Queen Belle, offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of classic Disney villains Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Jafar by inviting them to live in Auradon, being free from the Isle of the Lost. Will these teens embrace the evil ways of their parents, helping the villains take power over the kingdom? Or will they embrace their good sides to save the kingdom from a dark fate?

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Descendants 2 (2017)

Mal returns to the Isle of the Lost, which is now ruled by her former rival Uma, Ursula's daughter. 

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Descendants 3 (2019)

The saga concludes when “a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Aurodon” and Mal (Dove Cameron) decides to try to permanently close the barrier. 

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Doctor Strange (2016)

Of course, we're going to squeeze an MCU moment in here. The origin story for Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Doctor Strange is probably the most mystical of the bunch (barring, of course, the witchy TV series WandaVision ). 

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange works just fine for a MCU-Halloween crossover event, but Multiverse of Madness is even better suited to the holiday. This sequel keeps the trippy visuals and magical powers from the first film and adds in a compelling plotline about Wanda Maximoff's transformation into a villain.

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (2018)

This movie-musical about a group of teen zombies integrating into a high school of humans is pretty much High School Musical meets West Side Story …but with green hair and a lot more singing about brains. 

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Monsters, Inc (2001)

This list wouldn't be complete without Monsters, Inc . When a little girl named Boo finds herself in the world of monsters tasked with scaring children, it's up to the best in the business, Mike and Sulley, to deliver her home safely. 

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This lesser known Disney musical follows witch-in-training Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) as she attempts to defeat Nazis with the aid of three children who have been put in her care after being evacuated from the London Blitz in the year 1940.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Yes, Halloween movies can be romances too. Tim Burton directed this film about an artificial humanoid named Edward who has, you guessed it, scissors for hands. He's taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their daughter. 

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Into the Woods (2014)

Adapted from Stephen Sondheim's 1986 Broadway musical, this fantasy film stars Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, and more Hollywood A-listers as fairy-tale characters like the Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and more. 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Another Tim Burton–directed movie for your Halloween watch list. This one's about a home for children with paranormal abilities, known as Peculiars, that's run by a shape-shifting headmistress who can manipulate time. Fun!

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Under Wraps (2021)

Just a few days before Halloween, a pair of friends accidentally revive a mummy (as you do). The kids befriend the ancient being, who they nickname Harold, and rush to get him back to his eternal resting place before midnight on Halloween.

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Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)

Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang are back for another adventure—and it's their first Halloween special! The plot stars Gonzo and Pepe as they attempt to spend a night in a haunted mansion.

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With the month of October starting today, it’s also time for the spooky season. Let’s take a look at some of the best spooky and scary movies available on Disney+.

HAUNTED MANSION – 2023

Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Walt Disney Pictures’ “Haunted Mansion” is about a woman and her son who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters.

Released in July 2023, this updated take on the film based on the ride hits Disney+ globally on October 4th.

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THE HAUNTED MANSION – 2003

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

I’ve watched this one a few times, and I’m not really a fan of it. But, for those who do love it, there are some connections to the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Parks just like the remake.

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HOCUS POCUS

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century. Now, the sisters have one night to suck the souls of children and fully return to life or else they will die.

This is an all-time favorite of mine that I recommend for any one looking for a fun and spooky time without being too scary.

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HOCUS POCUS 2

Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.

This film became the most streamed movie on Disney+ when it was released in 2022. It’s a cute sequel to the cult classic, even though there are parts of it that can take the viewer out of the film.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

This is a classic film that has developed a cult following over the years. Plus, it works for two holidays, so fans of both Halloween and Christmas can enjoy it.

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UNDER WRAPS

12-year-old friends, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy accidentally revive a mummy they discover in a neighbor’s basement. They affectionately name the mummy Harold, and must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween.

This is a remake of the very first Disney Channel Original Movie released in 1997. It’s another cute, fun and spooky kids movie that’s perfect for the pre-teen and early teenage audience.

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UNDER WRAPS 2

While Amy is preparing for her father’s Halloween-themed wedding, she, Gilbert and Marshall discover that Harold and Rose may be in danger. An evil mummy is unexpectedly awakened and out for revenge.

Following in the footsteps of “High School Musical” and “The Descendants,” “Under Wraps” became the most recent Disney Channel Original Movie to get a sequel that brought back more mummies.

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SPOOKY BUDDIES

The puppies go on a spooky adventure through a haunted mansion. The  Buddies films have been an interesting story as they are an unusual spinoff from the “Air Bud” franchise that follows a group of Golden Retriever puppies. This one features some spooky fun that’s not scary.

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FRANKENWEENIE

When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment. This films is basically the story of Frankenstein’s monster with a dog.

This, like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” comes from the mind of Tim Burton which can lead to a lot of crazy scenarios that can still be a lot of fun. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would when it was released.

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THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD

An animated adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows” followed by an adaptation of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. While the first half focuses on the story of Mr. Toad, which isn’t bad, but has no connection to Halloween, the second half focuses on the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

The Headless Horseman has become a Halloween staple since “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was first released and it’s always interesting to see Disney’s take on it.

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

Students from Zombietown are transferred to a high school in a suburban town preoccupied with uniformity, traditions and pep rallies.

This film is one of many Disney Channel Original Movies perfect for younger audiences for Halloween. It features zombies and high school. What more does a pre-teen audience need?

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2

The continuing adventures of Seabrook High students Addison and Zed, whose budding romance is threatened by the arrival of werewolves.

It’s a typical Disney Channel Original Movie sequel as werewolves are added to the zombie high school drama. This is another film that I enjoyed far more than I was expecting when I first watched it.

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 Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3

Zed anticipates an athletic scholarship while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s international cheer-off competition. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings appear around Seabrook, causing more than friendly competition.

The third film in the franchise builds on the zombies and werewolves by adding aliens. It’s the Halloween trifecta.

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HALLOWEENTOWN

When a young girl living with her secret witch mother learns she too is a witch, she must help her witch grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.

This is the original Disney Channel Original Movie for Halloween, and one adults of a certain age love to share with their children. It’s all Halloween all the time while being a lot of fun.

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HALLOWEENTOWN 2: KALABAR’S REVENGE

A young witch and her grandmother work together to foil the plans of a wicked warlock’s son before he can use powerful spells to create chaos in the world.

It’s the natural sequel that brings Marnie and her family back to Halloweentown as the mayor and his son are now threatening Marnie’s family’s lives.

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HALLOWEENTOWN HIGH

A girl in a magical world bets her family’s magic that nothing bad will happen when kids from Halloweentown attend high school in the mortal realm.

Admittedly, this one wasn’t as much fun as the other two when re-watching it as an adult, but there still may be an audience for this third film in the series.

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RETURN TO HALLOWEENTOWN

Marnie and Dylan are going to follow their dreams to go to college, at Halloweentown University, which is also known as Witch University.

This is viewed as the weakest of the four films in the series. Kimberly J. Brown didn’t return so Marnie was recast. But, for the devoted “Halloweentown” fan, it may be fun to watch, especially if they are a completionist.

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Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

The Mowry twins were everywhere in the 90s and early 2000s including in their own Disney Channel Original Movie series.

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TWITCHES TOO

After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair.

The Mowry twins are back and still reigning supreme as teen witches.

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GIRL VS. MONSTER

A teen girl goes on a mission to recapture a dangerous monster that she accidentally released before it can do harm to her parents.

This is the most recent Disney Channel Original Movie I watched for the first time in October 2022. Much like “Z-O-M-B-I-E-S,” I enjoyed this one far more as an adult than I expected. The monster hunting aspect was a lot of fun compared to the traditional monsters just attacking that happens in a lot of children’s Halloween films.

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MOM’S GOT A DATE WITH A VAMPIRE

Two kids set their mom up on a date with a vampire! This Disney Channel Original Movie from the 1990s features Caroline Rhea from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and Charles Shaughnessy from “The Nanny.”

This movie got a lot of play around Halloween when I was a pre-teen and early teenager. It was enjoyable enough for what it was.

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DON’T LOOK UNDER THE BED

A teen enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who’s framing her for his dastardly deeds.

When I was young, this was one of the scarier Disney Channel Original Movies. While not nearly as scary as an adult, this could be a good way to introduce horror concepts to a younger viewer who will be into those types of films when they get older.

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PHANTOM OF THE MEGAPLEX

A young man working at a cinema on a special premiere night, finds that the films being shown are full of strange and eerie occurrences.

While this one wasn’t nearly as scary as other Disney Channel Original Movies when I was younger, it helped foster my love of campy horror movie.

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THE SCREAM TEAM

Eccentric Frank Carlyle owned a hardware store in small town Steeple Falls which takes pride in and profit from its Halloween traditions. Frank’s widower son Richard begrudgingly returns there from Boston with his own kids including the bright Ian and bratty Claire to settle the inheritance. Ian discovers grandpa’s house is really haunted, and not just – as legend holds – by Zachariah Kull who was burned at the stake.

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MR. BOOGEDY

A novelty salesman moves his family into a new house. Initially dismissing incidents as more of their father’s practical jokes, the family soon learns that the house is haunted by people who lived in the house 300 years previously.

I watched this for the first time recently and it was a little too campy for my taste. Still if you want to see some 1980s Disney attempt at horror, check this one out.

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BRIDE OF BOOGEDY

A family with a great love for practical jokes is haunted by the family ghost Mr. Boogedy.

Every great horror villain, or cheesy Disney horror villain, needs a bride in the sequel. Disney does better with love stories than they do horror flicks, especially in this timeframe.

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THE GHOSTS OF BUXLEY HALL

Ghosts and a young cadet try to save a military academy from being closed.

If you love ghosts and the military, check out this Disney horror film.

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THE INVISIBLE SISTER

Teenager Cleo’s school science project goes quite awry, causing her popular older sister Molly to go invisible.

Giving the story of the Invisible Man a Disney spin, this Disney Channel Original Movie stars Rowan Blanchard from “Girl Meets World” and makes her older sister invisible.

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

An orphan who lives with his two cruel aunts befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

This is the second and final film released by Skellington Productions after “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” It’s an unusual rendition of the classic tale.

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CAN OF WORMS

A teen is visited by aliens after he broadcasts a message into space.

This is generally regarded as the scariest of the Disney Channel Original Movies focused on Halloween-type creatures. It’s still a lot of fun for those who love alien invasion flicks.

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A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.

This film received some backlash because villain origin stories tend to make the villains sympathetic and most people don’t want a woman willing to kidnap and kill dogs to be sympathetic, but it’s been praised a lot since its release.

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A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Maleficent may be the best villain in the animated Disney canon, and it makes sense that Disney would rather tell her story in live action compared to Aurora’s story. It’s just more interesting.

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Following the success of the first live-action “Maleficent,” Angelina Jolie returns as Disney’s best villain in another adaptation where she does villainous things for a heroic cause.

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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

Another Tim Burton film that works for Halloween, Johnny Depp stars as the titular “Edward Scissorhands.”

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

When Jacob (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

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INTO THE WOODS

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

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DESCENDANTS

The teenage son of the king and queen of Auradon offers the trouble-making children of villains a chance to attend prep school in the kingdom.

This is one of the most popular Disney Channel Original Movies of the 2000s and has led to a lot of love from Disney fans. If you love the classic characters, take a chance to see what their kids are doing.

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DESCENDANTS 2

Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay try to adjust to life in Auradon, but Mal becomes overwhelmed with pressure and returns to her roots.

The children of some of Disney’s iconic villains are back and this time they are following in the footsteps of their villainous parents.

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DESCENDANTS 3

The teenagers of Disney’s most infamous villains return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep.

After finally being accepted, returning to evil temporarily, and returning to being accepted, the children of Disney’s iconic villains are hoping to help the children of other villains along the way.

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UPSIDE DOWN MAGIC

Best friends Elinor “Nory” Boxwood-Horace and Reina Carvajal discover they have magical powers: Nory can transform into animals and Reina can control fire. They enroll at Sage Academy, a prestigious magic school.

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WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: THE MOVIE

A young wizard conjures a spell that puts her family in jeopardy.

“Wizards of Waverly Place” was one of the most popular Disney Channel Original Series, and it makes sense they would make a television movie starring the show’s cast.

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WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

Follow a lycanthrope superhero who fights evil using the abilities given to him by a curse brought on by his bloodline.

Marvel introduces some its darker characters with its very first special presentation. Filmed in the same manner of schlocky, horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, this special is the most grown-up version of a horror title on Disney+.

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The Ultimate List of Disney Halloween Movies

Disney has produced a vast amount of Halloween movies over the past several decades and we’ve gathered the ultimate list (29 movies in total) spanning from 1949 to today to help you start getting into the Halloween spirit. So grab your Mickey Halloween Party popcorn bucket, a fresh poison apple cider and kick back and enjoy!

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

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NR | 68 Min | Released: October 5, 1949 Cast: Eric Blore , John McLeish , Pat O’Malley , Leslie Denison

The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad is a classic film created by Walt Disney himself. There are two parts to the film, one part features Mr. Toad and the other part features Ichabod Crane. The Adventures of Mr. Toad features a character named J. Thaddeus Toad. He is a wealthy, carefree toad who craves adventure and loves to have fun. Mr. Toad ends up deep in debt and thrown into prison. Mr. Toad later escapes, and with the help of some friends, ends up saving a place called Toad Hall from evil weasels. The story of Ichabod is based on The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod is a schoolmaster who recently moved to Sleepy Hollow and ends up in a confrontation with the legendary headless horsemen. Both tales are classics that helped make Walt Disney Studios what it is today.

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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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G | 97 Min | Released: March 21, 1975 Cast: Ike Eisenmann , Kim Richards , Ray Milland , Eddie Albert

Tony and Tia Malone are two orphaned siblings with extraordinary psychic powers. When their abilities attract the attention of a cruel millionaire, Aristotle Bolt, he kidnaps them with plans to exploit their powers for financial gain. Tony and Tia escape,  and with the help of Jason O’Day, a bitter widower camping in a nearby Winnebago, they attempt to elude Bolt and begin to discover their otherworldly origins.

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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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PG | 84 Min | Released: October 24, 1980 Cast: Bette Davis , Lynn-Holly Johnson , Kyle Richards

One of Walt Disney Productions most “un-Disney-like” films is the 1980’s The Watcher In the Woods, a mystery-horror release directed by John Nough. Filmed in England, which contributes an effective atmosphere to the spooky tale, Watcher revolves around two sisters who find themselves almost obsessed with the story of a missing girl in the ominous-looking woods that surround their English countryside home. It turns out the missing girl bears a striking resemblance to the oldest daughter (Johnson), according to the grandmother (Davis), who coincidentally is the owner of the house. Dark, brooding and ominous throughout, Watcher In the Woods is easily one of the “scariest” Disney films ever produced, remarkably so, since nearly all of the “violence” is implied, never seen. Kudos to Hough’s direction and the cinematography for setting a foreboding tone and maintaining it.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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PG | 95 Min | April 29, 1983 Cast: Jason Robards , Jonathan Pryce , Diane Ladd

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a 1983 Walt Disney Productions release, is an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s same-named novel. Bradbury, one of the masters of modern science fiction, also wrote the screenplay. A traveling carnival comes to town, and like most small-town kids, Will and Jim can’t wait to go see everything the sideshows have to offer. And also, like many small-town kids, the boys are unable to control their enthusiasm and curiosity, so they sneak into the carnival and make some terrifying discoveries. The owner of the carnival is the aptly-named Mr. Dark, whose fancy is evilly seducing carnival-goers with the lure of fulfilling their darkest desires. The film is very dark, very un-Disney-like, and delves deeply into the age-old good vs. evil issue, and the powerful influence that greed can hold over the best of us.

The Black Cauldron (1985)

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PG | 80 Min | Released: July 24, 1985 Cast: Grant Bardsley , John Hurt

Fantasy, magic, and fun are all brewed together in Disney’s legendary adventure The Black Cauldron. Whoever releases the mysterious Black Cauldron’s power will be invincible! The fearsome Horned King will do anything to possess it, but he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran, who dreams of doing heroic deeds. With a motley team of the brave Princess Eilonwy, a minstrel named Fflewddur Fflam and Hen Wen, a remarkable pig who can predict the future, Taran embarks on a quest to stop the Black Cauldron’s evil once and for all. Will he have the courage to succeed?

Return to OZ (1985)

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PG | 113 Min | Released: June 21, 1985 Cast: Fairuza Balk , Nicol Williamson , Jean Marsh

Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz, and finds the yellow brick road is now a pile of rubble, and the Emerald City is in ruins. Discovering that the magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, she sets off to rescue the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion with the help of he r new friends.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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PG | 76 Min | Released: October 29, 1993 Cast: Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Catherine O’Hara

Produced by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is anything but just another holiday film. But then with Burton’s resume (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), viewers shouldn’t be surprised. One of the first big-screen productions to make heavy use of stop motion animation, this musical fantasy is now hailed as the “Godfather” of the technique. The film has an eerie, unexplainable “feel” to it, and Burton’s sense of the macabre is evident, although it manages to not disrespect or cheapen the subject matter. The Nightmare Before Christmas offers something for every audience, with the special effects especially dazzling. The musical soundtrack by Danny Elfman is concise and razor-sharp lyrically, reminiscent of the 1982 musical, Little Shop of Horrors.  This film was originally released under Touchstone Pictures but is now associated with Walt Disney Pictures.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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PG | 96 Min | Released: July 16, 1993 Cast: Bette Midler , Sarah Jessica Parker , Kathy Najimy

A spin on the infamous 17th-Century Salem Witch Trials is the focus of the 1993 Walt Disney Pictures fantasy-comedy Hocus Pocus.  Salem, Mass. 1693: Three sisters (deemed witches by townspeople) are publicly hanged after allegedly killing another girl and transforming the slain girl’s brother into a talking cat. Dissolve to Salem, Mass. 1993, October 31st (Halloween) to be precise. New high school student Max isn’t adjusting well to his new school or classmates. Apparently, Max is an object of ridicule because he scoffs at the legend of the three witches, which is held to be a “sacred truth” in Salem. Reluctantly, Max agrees to accompany his younger sister on her “trick-or-treat”-ing rounds, where they become involved in strange goings-on at the house where the three 17th-Century “witch” sisters lived.

Tower of Terror (1997)

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NR | 89 Min | Released: October 22, 1997 Cast: Steve Guttenberg , Kirsten Dunst , Nia Peeples

Tower of Terror is a made-for-TV production supernatural thriller from Walt Disney Television. The 89-minute film is based on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror theme park attraction at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort, the first Disney production featuring one of its own attractions. Steve Guttenberg portrays a former distinguished reporter who fell on hard times and now toils for a sleazy tabloid. His fortunes begin looking up after stumbling across a 1939 episode in which five people mysteriously disappear while in a luxury hotel elevator during a lightning storm. Buzzy Crocker (Guttenberg) and his niece Anna (Kirsten Dunst) become involved through a chance encounter with Abigail Gregory (Amzie Strickland), an older sister of one of the victims. Abigail claims to know the “real” story behind the incident, and her version intrigues Buzzy and Anna; so much that they attempt to recreate the decades-long mystery in hopes of solving it.

Under Wraps (1997)

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NR | 95 Min | Released: October 25, 1997 Cast: Adam Wylie , Mario Yedidia , Clara Bryant

Featuring a largely nondescript cast, the Disney Channel’s 1997 production of Under Wraps is a Halloween-themed film involving the discovery of a 3,000-year-old mummy (Bill Fagerbakke) by a trio of 12-year-olds. Suspension of belief is necessary (it’s only a movie) as the three befriend the obviously “out-of-his-element” mummy. Hilarity ensues through the efforts of the youngsters to keep their often-clumsy, bumbling discovery secret, and when they learn of an attempt by dark, powerful forces (led by veteran actor Ed Lauter) to “recapture” Harold (as named by them), the film takes on a “Us vs. Them” slant, with the predictable outcome.

 Halloweentown (1998)

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G | 84 Min | Released: October 17, 1998 Cast:  Debbie Reynolds , Judith Hoag , Kimberly J. Brown

A Disney Channel Original Movie that’s become a Halloween-season standard, 1998’s Halloweentown stars screen legend Debbie Reynolds as the matriarch of what turns out to be a family of witches. When Aggie (Reynolds) unexpectedly drops in for a visit, her daughter (Gwen) isn’t as thrilled as her three children about the surprise appearance. Aggie’s drop-in coincides with an argument between Gwen and the children regarding why they aren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween. To Gwen’s displeasure, the grandmother supports her grandchildren’s desires, and Gwen is soon fighting a losing battle. Against Gwen’s wishes, Aggie begins training Marnie, the 13-year old, to be a witch.

Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

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NR | 92 Min | Released: October 9, 1999 Cast: Erin Chambers , Ty Hodges , Robin Riker

In an unusual departure from their traditional “feel good” productions, the Disney Channel Original Movie, Don’t Look Under the Bed, is a full-blown horror film, only the second attempt at the genre by Disney’s television wing. The pastoral little town of Middleberg has been undergoing some strange occurrences, including alarm clocks sounding off well before their settings, dogs appearing on the roofs of houses, gelatin in the community swimming pool, and most disturbingly, the letter “B” inexplicably turning up spray-painted all over the town.

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

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G | 89 Min | Released: November 10, 2000 Cast:  Taylor Handley , Corinne Bohrer  ,  Caitlin Wachs

Adapted rather loosely on the classic Phantom of the Opera, the Disney Channel Original Movie, The Phantom of the Megaplex takes viewers behind the scenes of a theater where mysterious goings-on are occurring. Pete Riley is the 17-year old assistant manager of the Grand Megaplex who’s busily preparing for the premiere of “Midnight Mayhem.” Rumor has it that the millionaire owner of the theater is planning to attend the much-anticipated screening, and the employees are working frantically to make certain that everything is ready. Pete’s agenda is complicated by his having to “babysit” his younger brother and sister, and just as that situation appears resolved, every other imaginable snafu occurs, making his “sibling” predicament an afterthought. Taylor Handley, Jacob Smith, and Caitlin Wachs as the siblings turn in fine performances, while screen legend Mickey Rooney, portraying an eccentric who believes he is employed by the theater, adds a nice touch.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

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PG | 85 Min | Released: October 13, 2000 Cast:  Matt O’Leary , Laura Vandervoort and Myles Jeffrey

A few years ahead of its’ time, the Disney Channel Original Movie, Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire deals with the (now) mega-popular subject of vampires and their interaction with the living. The three children of a single mother each have their motivations for getting their mother out of the house, but when the youngest, Taylor, who happens to be engrossed in all things “vampire”-related, meets his mom’s blind date, he is convinced that the handsome stranger is actually a vampire. His efforts, both to convince his older siblings of his suspicions, as well as desperately trying to nip the date in the bud, make for an entertaining hour-and-a-half of classic Disney fare.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)

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NR | 81 Min | Released: October 10, 2001 Cast:  Debbie Reynolds , Judith Hoag , Kimberly J. Brown , and Phillip Van Dyke

Screen legend Debbie Reynolds portrays the grandmother of a teenage witch in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge. The film is the first sequel in a series of four films adapted from the original Disney production of Halloweentown. The granddaughter, Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown), has unknowingly allowed her grandmother’s book of magical spells to fall into the hands of Kal (Daniel Kountz), who turns out to be the warlock son of Kalabar, a fearsome demon. When Aggie, the grandmother, begins noticing unusual magical activity, she becomes suspicious and, with Marnie in tow, depart for Halloweentown to investigate and try to rectify the situation. Upon arrival, they discover that the town has been transformed (via black magic) into a nightmarish version of all things “Halloween.”

The Poof Point (2001)

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G | 90 Min | Released: September 11, 2001 Cast:  Tahj Mowry , Mark Curry , Raquel Lee

Two scientists invent the anti-aging machine. On one of their test runs, a part of the machine falls out, causing it to not be able to turn on. The dog messes with the controls as they go inside the machine to fix it. The dog turns it on causing the scientists to anti-age instead of the test subjects. Nothing happens at first and they leave the room. As the day progresses, their children Eddie (Tahj Mowry) and Marie (Raquel Lee) notice that their parent’s minds seem to become less-advanced and more childlike and their clothes change to things younger people would wear such as pigtails, overalls, striped shirts, etc. They realize it is the effects of the anti-aging machine and now they have to get their parents back into the machine and reverse the effects so they don’t go out of existence, but there is a problem. Their parents keep making messes, running off, and doing everything they can to cause trouble and not go into the machine to age. The children get them into the machine right on the verge of poofing away and save their lives.

The Scream Team (2002)

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G | 100 Min | Released: October 11, 2002 Cast:  Eric Idle , Tommy Davidson , Kathy Najimy

Restless ghosts with unfinished Earthly business are sentenced to a small New Hampshire town until they can deem themselves worthy to enter heaven. The Carlyle children discover a slew of good-intended, yet misguided ghosts who just need a little direction.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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PG | 88 Min | Released: November 26, 2003 Cast:  Eddie Murphy , Terence Stamp , Nathaniel Parker , Marsha Thomason

The Evers family needed a little quality time together, but what they didn’t need was quality time with a floating head in a crystal ball. Ghosts, dark secrets, and mysterious characters transform their tranquil family outing into a ghoulish night they’ll never forget.

Halloweentown High (2004)

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G | 83 Min | Released: October 8, 2004 Cast:  Debbie Reynolds , Kimberly J. Brown

The final installment of the trilogy finds young witch Marnie struggling to become a young adult witch while working with her grandmother to prove monsters aren’t dangerous. If the daring duo can disguise monsters as humans and successfully enroll them in high school in the mortal world, they can save the family’s powers.

Twitches (2005)

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PG | 86 Min | Released: October 14, 2005 Cast:  Tia Mowry , Tamera Mowry

Starring twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry, Twitches is a Disney Channel Original Movie adapted from the popular same-titled series of teen books. “Twitches” refers to “twin witches,” with the belief that when the twins pool their resources together, their witchy abilities become significantly stronger. Such is the case of Alex and Camryn (the Mowry twins) who are separated at birth but are unexpectedly reunited on their 21st birthday. The sisters soon discover their unique powers and set about working their magic and fulfilling their destiny.

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

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G | 67 Min | Released: September 13, 2005 Cast:  Kyle Stanger , Nikita Hopkins , Jim Cummings , John Fielder , Ken Sansom

Few people love Halloween candy more than Winnie the Pooh! However, when Tigger warns everyone about a monster who turns unsuspecting trick-or-treaters into jack-o-lanterns, Lumpy, Pooh, and Roo think twice about venturing out for sweet treats. Will their sweet tooth get the best of them and cause them to risk becoming a jack-o-lantern in exchange for some sugary goodness?

Return to Halloweentown (2006)

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NR | 88 Min | Released: October 20, 2006 Cast:  Sara Paxton , Lucas Grabeel

Marnie Piper struggled for years with the knowledge that she had been given magical powers from her grandmother which enabled her to be a young witch. Finding a happy balance between being a normal girl and a developing witch had been hard on Marnie. College proves to be another challenging phase as Marnie learns more about the secrets of Halloweentown.

Twitches Too (2007)

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NR | 83 Min | Released: October 12, 2007 Cast:  Tia Mowry , Tamera Mowry

Young Camryn and Alex carefully mastered the skill of balancing a normal life with the potential upset that comes from having mystical, magical powers. When the evil forces of darkness come back to upset the Coventry, the sister witches sacrifice their harmony to make things right.

Spooky Buddies (2011)

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G | 88 Min | Released: September 20, 2011 Cast:  Sierra McCormick , Elisa Donovan , Harland Williams

The newest installment in Disney’s wildly popular and successful Air Buddies films is 2011’s Spooky Buddies. Air Buddies is a spin-off from the also enthusiastically received Air Bud series of films, which featured a Golden Retriever named Buddy who becomes famous by excelling at a wide variety of sporting activities. The five Air Buddies are Buddy’s “children.” The Air Buddies have previously undergone adventures in space (Space Buddies), in Alaska (Snow Buddies), and have teamed up to come to Santa Claus’ rescue (The Search For Santa Paws). In Spooky Buddies, the Buddies (B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud, and Rosebud) get involved in the mysterious goings-on at a local haunted mansion. In order to save the world from the evil Warwick the Warlock, the Buddies embark on a Trick-or-Treat adventure which emphasizes the importance of teamwork and courage.

Girl vs. Monster (2012)

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NR | 89 Min | Released: October 12, 2012 Cast:  Olivia Holt , Tracy Dawson , Jonathan Hers

Disney Channel’s Girl vs. Monster relates the story of 15-year old Skylar (Olivia Holt), an otherwise typical teenager who learns that her family isn’t exactly what she imagined them to be. In fact, the likable teen discovers that she’s actually a fifth-generation monster hunter and her services are needed to confront and vanquish the immortal Deimata (Tracy Dawson) and her group of ghouls. It’s Halloween and Skylar wants nothing more than to be in attendance at the big party taking place at the town’s run-down haunted mansion. Disobeying her parents, Skylar sneaks out, however, and in the process unknowingly frees Deimata from her parent’s basement, where they’d been held captive. This sets off a chain reaction of ghostly occurrences, forcing Skylar to come to grips with her family history.

Frankenweenie (2012)

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PG | 87 Min | Released: October 5, 2012 Cast:  Winona Ryder , Catherine O’Hara , Martin Short , Martin Landau

Filmgoers know immediately that any production with Tim Burton’s name attached is going to be “different,” and with Frankenweenie, a stop-motion, 3-D black-and-white full-length remake of Burton’s 1984 same-named short feature, viewers will not be disappointed. Both homage to and parody of the iconic 1931 film, Frankenstein, Frankenweenie substitutes a lovable dog (Sparky) for the Boris Karloff monster in this version. Young Victor, the dog’s owner, and aspiring scientist stumbles upon the “life-resurrecting” formula which brings his pet back to life, only to then have his “secret formula” fall into the hands of some less-than-scrupulous profiteers.

Into the Woods (2014)

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PG | 125 Min | Released: December 25, 2014 Cast:  Johnny Depp , Meryl Streep , Emily Blunt , Anna Kendrick

Familiar Grimm’s Fairy Tales characters come to life with a contemporary spin in this musical fantasy which follows the tale of a childless couple seeking to reverse a curse placed upon them by a vengeful, misguided witch. In addition, many familiar fairy tales are woven into the story, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack, and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Maleficent (2014)

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PG | 97 Min | Released: May 30, 2014 Cast:  Angelina Jolie ,  Elle Fanning ,  Sharlto Copley

As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge . She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora — realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

COCO (2017)

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PG | 1 Hr 45 Min | Released: November 22, 2017 Cast:  Anthony Gonzalez ,  Benjamin Bratt ,  Gael García Bernal

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charmin g trickster named Hector (Gael García Bernal), the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Starring " Sabrina the Teenage Witch " actor Carolina Rhea, this horror-comedy is about two grounded teens who decide to set their mom up on a blind date so that they can sneak out of the house.

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Users' opinions on Rotten Tomatoes are almost evenly split, with over 5,000 reviews resulting in a mixed score. 

Some called it a "diamond in the rough" and "a good movie for the kids and family," whereas others said the made-for-TV movie was "corny" and a "complete waste of an hour and 25 minutes."

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Audience Score : 53%

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According to audiences, the screams were virtually non-existent in "The Scream Team" (2002).

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Audience Score: 55%

A young Kat Dennings, from " Two Broke Girls, " stars alongside Eric Idle and Kathy Najimy, from "Hocus Pocus," in this film.

After the death of their grandfather, two kids move to a new town and discover a building in the woods with a mirror that leads to the afterlife. They must team up with the Soul Patrol in order to free lost souls from an evil ghost.

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"Girl vs. Monster" (2012) blends songs of empowerment with old-fashioned monster hunting.

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Audience Score : 57%

This movie proves that it's always awkward when you have to tell your daughter the truth about her monster-hunting heritage on the eve of Halloween.

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"Phantom of the Megaplex" (2000) retells a classic horror story for the new millennium.

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"Invisible Sister" (2015) shows what can happen when science goes wrong.

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Audience Score: 59%

" Girl Meets World " star Rowan Blanchard stars in this Halloween-based comedy about a young science whiz who accidentally makes her sister disappear.

It's a race-against-the-clock adventure to reverse the experiment before the effects become permanent.

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"Under Wraps" (1997) started it all but did not set the bar that high, according to audiences.

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Audience Score : 60%

"Under Wraps" is widely considered to be the first DCOM ever released. It premiered on October 25, 1997.

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Audiences were ready to "Return to Halloweentown" (2006) ... but perhaps would have preferred if the cast had, too.

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Audience Score : 61%

The fourth and final film in the franchise (for now), " Return to Halloweentown " focuses on the young witches Marnie and Dylan Piper as they attend Witch University in Halloweentown.

Actress Sara Paxton from " The Innkeepers " stars as Marnie (who was played by Kimberly J. Brown in the previous films ) and Debbie Reynolds reprises her role as Aggie.

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"Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" (2001) brings back a familiar foe and places the entire town under a spell.

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Audience Score: 62%

The second of four films in the series, " Kalabar's Revenge " stars Debbie Reynolds and Kimberly J. Brown and involves a stolen spellbook, the return of the villain from the original film, and a spell that has turned all of Halloweentown black and white.

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"Twitches" (2005) had the familiar charm of the Mowry twins but with magic.

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Audience Score : 65%

Tia and Tamera Mowry had done the twins-separated-at-birth plot before on " Sister, Sister, " but on that series, they weren't powerful witches tasked with defeating Darkness in their homeland of Coventry.

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Witches head to class in "Halloweentown High" (2004).

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Audience Score: 65%

Still not on par with the original but more highly regarded than the sequel, "Halloweentown High" is the third installment in the witchy series.

In the flick, Marnie convinces the Halloweentown Council to let magical students attend mortal school. But, if something goes wrong before midnight on Halloween, Marnie's entire family will lose their powers.

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Per audiences, "Don't Look Under the Bed" (1999) is just the right amount of creepy and fun for the Halloween season.

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Audience Score : 68%

Erin Chambers of " General Hospital " fame stars alongside Ty Hodges and Steve Valentine in a film about a high-school girl who takes on the Boogeyman with the help of her little brother's imaginary friend.

Although it has fewer reviews than other DCOMS, "Don't Look Under the Bed" has an audience rating of 68%, which makes it one of the best-rated spooky films on this list. 

"So creepy for kids! I remember being thoroughly entertained by this," one person wrote. Another reviewer said that the 1999 film is their favorite of the DCOMs because of its hilarious and mildly scary plot. 

Audience members say "Twitches Too" (2007) took what was established in the first film and did it better.

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Audience Score : 70%

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Audience Score: 71%

" Halloweentown " takes the top spot when it comes to spooky DCOMs.

In this famed film, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) discovers she comes from a family of witches and must figure out what to do with her powers. 

Over 30,000 people have reviewed the film on Rotten Tomatoes .

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Halloween Time is just around the corner! Which also means it’s the perfect time to start working your way through the ultimate list of Disney Halloween movies including the Disney+ HallowStream and Disney Channel Halloween Movies. ps- don’t forget to check out this list of scary but not too scary movies for tweens and teens ! And here’s a list of your best bet for Disney Thanksgiving movies and episodes as well.

70 of the Best Disney halloween movies

When we think of Halloween, we think Disney.

Okay, we “think Disney” pretty much year-round. Guilty!

But really, the holidays are our favorite time to visit Disney parks, but of course, we can’t always make the trips we want.

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What’s a Disney family to do?

We settle in front of the TV from September through October with some Disney Halloween movies.

Hey, when you can’t Halloween at Disney, you bring Disney to your house with these Halloween Disney movie marathon ideas.

Grab your popcorn and let’s do this!

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Disney+ HallowStream Movies and Shows

If you have Disney+, listen up!

This list of Disney Halloween movies and TV shows is JUST what you need to get through the spooky season.

The 4th Annual Disney+ Hallowstream kicks off and you won’t want to miss any of these shows!

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Halloween Movies and Series On Disney Plus

  • Marvel Studios Werewolf By Night (there’s a color version this year too!)
  • LEGO® Star Wars Terrifying Tales
  • Muppets Haunted Mansion
  • Just Beyond
  • Bride of Boogedy
  • Can of Worms
  • Don’t Look Under the Bed
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Frankenweenie (2012)
  • Girl vs. Monster
  • Gravity Falls
  • Growing Fangs
  • Halloweentown
  • Halloweentown High
  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • Invisible Sister
  • James and the Giant Peach

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More Halloween Movies on Disney Plus

  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire
  • Mr. Boogedy
  • Phantom of the Megaplex
  • Return to Halloweentown
  • Spooky Buddies
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
  • The Haunted Mansion (2023)- coming to Disney+ soon!
  • The Scream Team
  • The Scariest Story Ever Told
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Twitches Too
  • Under Wraps
  • Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
  • The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (I – XXX) and The Simpsons Horror Collection

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Disney Plus Halloween Shorts and Specials

  • Captain Sparky Vs. The Flying Saucers
  • Frankenweenie (1984)
  • Lonesome Ghosts
  • Mater and the Ghostlight
  • The Legend of Mor’du
  • Toy Story of Terror!
  • Trick or Treat
  • Vampirina Ghoul Girls Rock!

Haunting Halloween Episodes On Disney+

Looking for the Halloween episodes of your favorite Disney shows?

Here’s a list to help you pick out just the spooky episode you need!

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  • WandaVision – “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
  • What If…? – “What If…Zombies?!”
  • The Muppet Show – “Vincent Price”
  • Behind The Attraction – “The Haunted Mansion”
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – “Houseghosts”
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – “Once Upon An Apple”
  • Prop Culture – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
  • Earth To Ned – “Night of the Living Ned”
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol – “Pol-Tergeist”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Scared Silly, Trick or Treat, and a Home Wrecking Rodent”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Tricks & Treats, Costume Party and Baby Monsters”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloween Classics, Magic Mishaps, and Spiders”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloweenies and Creepy Crawlies”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloween, Instant Karma, and Scared Stupid”
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloweenies 2012 and Second Guy Bites It”

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Watch The Disney Channel Halloween Episodes

  • A.N.T Farm – “Mutant Farm”
  • Big City Greens – “Blood Moon Part 1 / Blood Moon Part 2”
  • Bunk’d – “Camp Kiki-slasher”
  • DuckTales (2017) – “Terror of the Terra-firmians!”
  • Even Stevens – “A Very Scary Story”
  • Girl Meets World – “Girl Meets World of Terror”
  • Good Luck Charlie – “Scary Had a Little Lamb”
  • Goof Troop – “Hallow-Weenies”
  • Gravity Falls – “Summerween”
  • Hannah Montana – “Torn Between Two Hannahs”
  • Jessie – “The Whining”
  • K.C. Undercover – “All Howls Eve”
  • Kim Possible – “October 31st”
  • Lab Rats – “Night of The Living Virus”
  • Liv and Maddie – “Haunt-A-Rooney”
  • Lizzie McGuire – “Night of the Day of the Dead”
  • Mickey Mouse (Shorts) – “Ghoul Friend”
  • Phil of the Future – “Halloween”
  • Phineas and Ferb – “Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror” (Part 1 and 2)
  • Raven’s Home – “Switch-Or-Treat”
  • Recess – “Terrifying Tales of Recess”
  • Shake It Up – “Haunt It Up”
  • Sonny With A Chance – “A So Random Halloween Special”
  • Star vs. The Forces of Evil – “Hungry Larry/Spider with a Top Hat”
  • Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure – “The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth”
  • That’s So Raven – “Don’t Have a Cow”
  • The Proud Family – “A Hero For Halloween”
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody – “Ghost of 613”
  • The Suite Life On Deck – “Sea Monster Mash”
  • Wizards of Waverly Place – “Halloween”

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Disney Junior Halloween Episodes Found On Disney+

Doc McStuffins – “Boo-Hoo to You! / It’s Glow Time”

Doc McStuffins – “Hallie Halloween / Don’t Fence Me In”

Doc McStuffins “Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin / Hide and Eek!”

Fancy Nancy – “Nancy’s Costume Clash / Nancy’s Ghostly Halloween”

Goldie & Bear – “Witch Cat is Which? / Trick or Treat Trouble”

Handy Manny – “Halloween / Squeeze’s Magic Show”

Henry Hugglemonster – “Halloween Scramble / Scouts Night Out”

Henry Hugglemonster – “Huggleween Moon”

Imagination Movers – “A Monster Problem”

Imagination Movers – “Haunted Halloween”

Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Escape from Ghost Island / The Island of Doctor Undergear”

  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Night of the Golden Pumpkin / Trick or Treasure!”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Phantoms of Never-Nether Land / Magical Mayhem”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Pirate Ghost Story / Queen Izzybella”
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Tricks, Treats and Treasure! / Season of the Sea Witch”
  • Little Einsteins – “A Little Einsteins Halloween”
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers – “Goof Mansion / A Doozy Night of Mystery”
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers – “The Haunted Hot Rod / Pete’s Ghostly Gala”
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – “Mickey’s Monster Musical” (Part 1 and 2)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – “Mickey’s Treat”
  • Miles from Tomorrowland – “Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula”
  • Muppet Babies – “Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth-Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes”
  • Out of the Box – “Trick or Treat”
  • Puppy Dog Pals – “Return to the Pumpkin Patch / Haunted Howl-oween”
  • Sheriff Callie’s Wild West – “The Great Hallow”
  • Sofia the First – “Cauldronation Day”
  • Sofia the First – “Ghostly Gala”
  • Sofia the First – “Princess Butterfly”
  • The Lion Guard – “Beware the Zimwi”
  • Vampirina – “Hauntleyween / Frankenflower”

Disney Channel Halloween Movies

We are Team Disney Channel over here. And it’s not *just* the kids who are obsessed.

Hi, I’m a 50-year-old mom and I have an obsession with Disney Channel Original Movies. 

You can find me watching High School Musical (1, 2, or 3) whenever Disney Channel hooks a mom up with a rerun!

It’s not just the movies either; we’re huge fans of the most recent show, Big City Greens , that’s playing now. Be sure to check it out!

So it makes total sense that we mark these Disney Channel Halloween Movies down as must-see during the months leading up to Halloween.

Here are my top Disney Channel Halloween Movies (in no particular order). You can find most of them on Amazon (affiliate links included) if you need to rent or purchase the movies.

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1. Return to Halloweentown

2. Halloweentown High

3. The Scream Team  

4. Girl vs. Monster

5. Twitches

6. Smart House

7. Tower of Terror

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8. Under Wraps

9.  Don’t Look Under The Bed

10.  Phantom of the Megaplex

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11. Now You See It

12.  Halloweentown

13. Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire

14. Descendants

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15. Descendants 2 and Descendants 3

I know… I know… FULL STOP.

You noticed that Hocus Pocus, the hands-down favorite of the Disney Channel Halloween Movies is not on the list.

Why? Why on earth would I leave that one off?!

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It’s honestly just not one of our faves.

Hocus Pocus 2, however, is a different story.

We really love the updated sequel to Hocus Pocus and are happy to add it to our list of Disney Halloween movies to watch every year .

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If you need more Disney Halloween movies than the Disney Channel Halloween Movies have to offer, don’t worry!

I’ve got that covered on this next set of kid-friendly Halloween movie lists.

More Kid-Friendly Disney Halloween Movies: Some Classics

  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
  • The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Y’all, this one? Scared the poo out of me when I was a kid! Check out that trailer, and I think you’ll agree. Ray Bradbury is a genius!
  • The Black Cauldron (1985)
  • Return to OZ (1985)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
  • The Poof Point (2001)
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  • Spooky Buddies (2011)

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  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Maleficent (2014)
  • Maleficent 2
  • COCO (2017)

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Disney Halloween Movies: Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween 2023

Every year, this is a highlight of October: we live for the Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween schedule!

That’s right: it’s no longer just 13 nights of Halloween, but 31.

Freeform just announced the Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween is back for 2023 .

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If your family is like mine, be sure to make note of these fantastic movies coming to Freeform in October.

May I suggest having some Halloween snacks and a few family movie nights this month? Totally worth the calories, swearsies!

Halloween Snack Ideas

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Alright, now that we have the Halloween snacks set, let’s get to the 2023 Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween schedule!

2023 Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween

Freeform’s 31 nights of halloween: week of october 1.

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Mrs. Doubtfire”

10:10 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Scared Shrekless”

10:40 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown”

12:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

2:50 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

4:55 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

6:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

8:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

10:50 p.m. EDT/ PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

1:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic”

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Monday, Oct. 2

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror”

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches”

3:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches Too”

5:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

12:00-2:00 a.m EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror ” episodes

Tuesday, Oct. 3

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic”

11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twilight: Special Edition”

2:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

5:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

7:50 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Cruella”

12:00-2:00 a.m EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” episodes

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Wednesday, Oct. 4

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

4:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” marathon

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown”

Thursday, Oct. 5

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

4:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

6:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters, Inc.” (Disney-Pixar)

8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters University” (Disney-Pixar)

12:00 a.m EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”

Friday, Oct. 6

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

3:30-11:00 p.m EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

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Saturday, Oct. 77:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES” –  Freeform Premiere 9:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES 2” –  Freeform Premiere 11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Scared Shrekless”11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

3:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

5:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

7:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Addams Family” (1991)

9:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Addams Family Values”

11:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

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Sunday, Oct. 8

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Scared Shrekless”

7:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

9:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

12:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

2:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

5:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Addams Family” (1991)

7:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Addams Family Values”

9:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

11:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Craft” (1996)

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Monday, Oct. 9

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

1:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Bewitched” (2005)

3:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Craft” (1996)

6:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

8:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

12:00-2:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” episodes

Tuesday, Oct. 10

10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twilight: Special Edition”

4:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown”

9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”

Wednesday, Oct. 11

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

3:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

6:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” marathon

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ Ready or Not “

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Thursday, Oct. 12

3:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Mrs. Doubtfire”

6:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Toy Story of TERROR!” (Disney-Pixar)

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches”

Friday, Oct. 13

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Toy Story of TERROR!” (Disney-Pixar)

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

12:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

2:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

4:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

6:50 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – TBA

10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – TBA

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches Too”

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Saturday, Oct. 14

10:10 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space”

10:40 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

1:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Pop ‘N Knowledge Edition”

3:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus: Pop ‘N Knowledge Edition”

5:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Incredibles” (Disney-Pixar)

8:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Incredibles 2” (Disney-Pixar)

10:55 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

1:00-2:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

Sunday, Oct. 15

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

10:05 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches”

12:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches Too”

2:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

4:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

6:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

8:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Cruella”

11:50 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

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FREEFORM 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN: WEEK OF OCTOBER 17

Monday, Oct. 16 – DISNEY 100

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Spider-Man” (2002)

1:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

4:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

6:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters, Inc.” (Disney-Pixar)

Tuesday, Oct. 17

10:30 am. EDT/PDT – “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Spider-Man 3” (2007)

4:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

Wednesday, Oct. 18

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown”

12:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”

2:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown High”

4:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Toy Story of TERROR!” (Disney-Pixar)

5:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

7:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” marathon

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Thursday, Oct. 19

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

12:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Mrs. Doubtfire”

3:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

6:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

8:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010)

Friday, Oct. 20

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Bewitched” (2005)

3:30-8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Aladdin” (2019)

12:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Bewitched” (2005)

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Saturday, Oct. 21

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches”

9:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches Too”

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES”

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES 2”

3:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

5:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

7:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

9:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

11:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

1:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy”

Sunday, Oct. 22

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown”

9:10 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”

11:10 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown High”

1:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Return to Halloweentown”

3:20 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

5:25 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

7:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Encanto” –  Freeform Premiere

9:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

11:55 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

FREEFORM 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN 2023: WEEK OF OCTOBER 23

Monday, Oct. 23

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES”

12:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches”

2:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Twitches Too”

4:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

6:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

8:50 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

Tuesday, Oct. 24

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy”

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Frankenweenie” (2012)

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

4:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

6:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

7:45 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Cruella”

Wednesday, Oct. 25

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

2:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Bewitched” (2005)

4:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Craft” (1996)

7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

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Thursday, Oct. 26

11:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Bewitched” (2005)

1:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Craft” (1996)

4:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

6:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Friday, Oct. 27

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Family Guy” episodes

Saturday, Oct. 28

9:05 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”

11:05 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Halloweentown High”

1:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Frankenweenie” (2012)

3:05 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

5:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters, Inc.” (Disney-Pixar)

7:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Monsters University” (Disney-Pixar)

11:55 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

Sunday, Oct. 29

7:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES”

9:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “ZOMBIES 2”

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Shrek Forever After”

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Scared Shrekless”

1:30 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” 30 th  Anniversary

3:10 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

5:15 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

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FREEFORM’s 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN 2023: October 30-31

Monday, Oct. 30

10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Craft” (1996)

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

3:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Addams Family” (1991)

5:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Addams Family Values”

Tuesday, Oct. 31

11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “Hocus Pocus”

1:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

3:00 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

4:35 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania”

6:40 p.m. EDT/PDT – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

12:00-2:00 a.m. EDT/PDT – “The Simpson: Treehouse of Horror” episodes

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Alright, I’m excited about The Ultimate List of Disney Halloween Movies and I’m going to sit down and start watching one right now!

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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.

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Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Soooo disappointed that there is NO Halloweentown or Twitches AT ALL!!! Rather than repeat the same movies over and over again why not include these family traditions?? Ridiculous!!

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The Best Halloween Movies On Disney+

Jason Bancroft

There are plenty of great Disney+ Halloween movies ready for you to stream right now. Disney has been celebrating the spooky holiday since the early days of the Disney Channel.  Don't Look Under the Bed  is a Disney Channel Original Movie that received a tougher rating for being way scarier than intended.  The Black Cauldron  is another Disney movie that is great to watch on Halloween because it is so frightening. But if you're looking to celebrate Halloween with a few more laughs than scares, look for Disney Halloween movies like Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire  or  Haunted Mansion  starring Eddie Murphy. Whatever you're looking for this Halloween, Disney+ has great movies to help you celebrate with the family.

Just press play on one of these great Disney+ Halloween movies and get ready for trick-or-treaters to start knocking on your door. You can also watch these Halloween movies on Disney+ after you and your kids are done trick-or-treating. Start sorting your candy as you watch  Hocus Pocus  or  The Nightmare Before Christmas  to get you looking forward to the holiday season.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus  is equal parts spooky and delightful. Use this film to give your kids a mild fright while you enjoy classic performances by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. Grab the remote and your broomstick and get ready for some magic-filled Halloween fun.

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The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion  is the perfect Disney+ movie on Halloween. You'll relive the classic Disneyland ride while enjoying Eddie Murphy in this family friendly role. While it recieved mostly negative reviews from critics upon its release, you're kids are sure to give a thumbs up.

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Grab the popcorn and get ready for this classic double feature that is a great Disney+ Halloween movie. It also serves as a great introduction to the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. While Mr. Toad's segment is not as scary, it's still an excellent short for you kids to watch.

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Halloweentown

Halloweentown

Relive your youth alongside your children as you show them this Disney channel movie classic.  Halloweentown  spawned a franchise that spanned several films. So if you're a fan of  Halloweentown High  or   Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge,  be sure to start your kids off here, so they don't miss a beat.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Get ready to explor a world of magic this Halloween season with Angelina Jolie playing the titular character, Maelficent in this reimagining of a Disney classic. It has plenty of frights to go along with its adventurous storyline, it's a sequal your little ones are sure to love.

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

From the delightfully macabre mind of Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie.  Put this movie on to give your kids an introduction to the classic Mary Shelley story with an adorable twist. Your kids will enjoy the animation style while you'll be entertained by an incredible array of talented performances by Winona Ryder, Christopher Lee, and Michael Keaton.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Eqaul parts Halloween and Christmas movie,  The Nightmare Before Christmas  is a versatile watch as you prepare for the holiday season. Put it on for yourself or your kids as you wait for trick-or-treaters to knock on your door. Hopefully you won't have any Lock, Shock, and Barrels stopping by on Halloween (or Christmas).

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The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

Consider by some to be the darkest of Disney's animated features,  The Black Cauldron  makes for a great Disney+ movie to watch on or near Halloween. Despite being a bit spookier than other Disney movies,  The Black Cauldron  still retains those great moments of having an unlikely hero rise to the occasion.

  • # 169 of 442 on The 400+ Best Animated Kids Movies
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Twitches

Here s a great Halloween movie for the little girls in your life. These two sisters overcome the odds in order to save the their homeworld by learning that they are stronger together. You can show your two (or more) daughters the importance of sisterhood or apply the lesson to your family as a whole.

The Scream Team

The Scream Team

Here's a ghostly tale that is available on Disney+.  Hocus Pocus  fans will recognize Kathy Najimy in this DCOM. It's a fun romp that explores a connection to a ghostly world beyond our own.

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Phantom of the Megaplex

Phantom of the Megaplex

This movie might give your kids goosebumps everytime they go to a movie theater after watching this Disney Channel movie. Get ready for thrills and chills with this kid-friendly take on  The Phantom of the Opera.  Turn on this film on Halloween, especially if your kid is a movie buff.

Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

While this is far more of a sci-fi movie than it is a scary movie, there are definitely some moments that will give your kids a fright. You definitely need to watch this film this Halloween, especially if your kids are fan of the new  Race to Witch Mountain,  feature Dwayne Johnson, which is also available on Disney+.

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Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Put on this film if your kids are a fan of the television series. Halloween is a great time to be thinking about magic and these wizards have got it in spades. Who knows, your kids might actually want to watch the series if this is their first introduction to  Waverly Place .

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The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall  is an often disregarded classic that tackles the idea of equality. While it isn't as woke as other films, it certainly shows that traditions can change for the better.

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

This Disney Channel Original Movie mixes frights with light hearted chuckles in this film about being suspicious of your mom's new boyfriend. Corline Rhea is as delightful as ever. Turn your kids onto this family friendly version of  Fright Night .

Girl vs. Monster

Girl vs. Monster

Looking for a great girl-power movie for Halloween on Disney+?  Girl vs. Monster  has got you covered. It incorporates Halloween and monster hunting as a family tradition. Show your kids this movie that promotes the idea of facing their fears as a way of overcoming them.

Don't Look Under the Bed

Don't Look Under the Bed

Didn't know Disney tried to make horror movies? Here's your chance to see  Don't Look Under the Bed,  but fair warning, it's far scarier than Disney intended. Show this to your kids if you think they can handle a bit more of a fright.

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Bride of Boogedy

Bride of Boogedy

Watch this film if you're a fan of the original Mr. Boogedy  to see him attempt to capture himself a bride. Get ready for some frightening mayhem as the Davis family attempts, once again, to banish the spirit of Mr. Boogedy.

Mr. Boogedy

Mr. Boogedy

Originally aired in 1986, this film will continue to haunt family over three decades later thanks to Disney+. You'll find this gem, along with it's sequel, ready to be watched on Halloween.

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Kanye west wears two halloween masks while shooting music video, kanye west double masks up for music video ... michael myers/jason unite, 343 2/4/2024 12:25 pm pt.

Kanye West ’s doubling down on his new mask style ... and we mean that literally ‘cause he tossed on two iconic horror movie masks for a music video shoot.

Here's the deal ... Ye stepped out Saturday alongside his wife Bianca to shoot a vid with Playboi Carti and Luka Sabbat -- and he really didn't let photogs get a shot of his face, covering it with both a Michael Myers mask and a Jason Voorhees hockey mask.

It’s a pretty bizarre style choice -- you’d think one mask would be more than sufficient for the controversial rapper -- but it seems he thought he’d benefit from a second accessory ... or maybe he just really can’t wait for Halloween.

Bianca -- clad in a clear raincoat and white bodysuit -- drove a truck with Playboi Carti and Luka Sabbat hanging out in the back. PBC's in a pretty wild outfit too ... black face paint and a white hooded outfit on.

Kanye West at Travis Scott’s Circus Maximus tour in Orlando tonight pic.twitter.com/vGDYToI1Sz — yzyupdates (@yzyupdates) February 1, 2024 @yzyupdates

Ye's look is real eccentric ... which some fans may chalk up to shooting a vid -- as we previously reported ... Kanye performed with Travis Scott in Orlando Wednesday in the Jason mask, so it may seem to be all a stage persona.

But, Ye also decided to accessorize with the mask when he hit up his son Saint 's basketball game Friday night ... and, unless he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game, it seems he's just enjoying the look.

We've seen Kanye going with the masked-up look all over the world recently even if he usually just sticks to one -- just last week we talked to him on the street when he was in one -- but those are mostly black cloth masks.

This is more of a throwback to the masks he was donning a few years ago ... a little bulkier and more attention-grabbing.

You know what they say ... one is the loneliest number -- so why not toss on a second?!?

You can dive deep into Kanye West by tuning into our documentary "TMZ Investigates: Kanye West: Unhinged But Unstoppable" Monday night at 9/8c on FOX.

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