The Best Disney Halloween Movies to Watch With Your Family This Fall
There’s nothing like watching a great Halloween movie, especially when you’re getting your favorite candy to settle in on the couch and scream your brains out. However, finding a flick for you and your kids can be quite the challenge. You want a film that’s both spooky and festive, but not overly creepy and terrifying for the little ghouls and goblins to have nightmares when they go to bed. And then again, you don’t want to watch something that will bore you to tears, either. That’s where this list of Disney Halloween movies comes in handy. Disney offers Halloween movies that are new and exciting for kids, but will also bring you the perfect dose of nostalgia.
Below, you’ll find Disney Halloween movies from all the past decades, as well as more recent flicks. You can easily stream them on Disney+ (FYI: You can sign up for the service here). Once you take a peek, we have a feeling you’ll be coming back to this list way before and after the Halloween season. And who knows, maybe after watching one of these movies, you’ll be inspired to dress up like Cruella de Vil from Cruella, or Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus.
This is a story of a young gifter (Emma Stone) who wants to make a name for herself in the fashion world, but when she befriends a fashion legend, she transforms into the raucous, revenge-bent alter-ego Cruella de Vil. The details around the life of the notorious and fashionable villain are amazing!
The Black Cauldron (1985)
This 1985 film is an oldie, but a goodie! A tale of a young boy in the land of Prydain that has the chance to fulfill his dreams to challenge an evil king so he can become a heroic knight.
Into The Woods (2014)
A witch (Meryl Streep) makes a childless baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) go on a three-day adventure to get magical items from classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack & the Beanstalk. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned.
Toy Story of Terror! (2014)
Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the Toy Story gang take a road trip, which takes an unexpected turn when they have a flat tire and have to spend a night at a “haunted” roadside motel. When one toy goes missing, everyone find themselves in a series of mysterious events.
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.
Girl vs. Monster (2012)
A tween (Olivia Holt) discovers that her parents are monster hunters, but when she accidentally releases a monster named Deimata, she must stop it before the monster hunts her parents and possesses Skylar’s soul.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
James P. Sullivan and his best friend, Mike Wazowski, are the top scary team at Monsters, Inc. Things go out of hand when “Sulley” lets a human girl into Monstropolis and things turn upside down for the two scarers.
Monsters University (2013)
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan “Sulley” are back at it again, but we get to learn the how Mike and Sulley met at Monsters University. Mike have dreams of becoming a Scarer, but during his first semester at MU, his plans are derailed when he crosses paths with a natural-born hotshot, “Sulley” and have to compete against each other in the elite Scare program.
James and The Giant Peach (1996)
A young orphaned boy named James is forced to live with cruel aunts and starts to befriend magical insects who live in a giant peach and go on a New York City journey.
Now You See It… (2005)
A nerd producer (Aly Michalka) produces a TV show and wants to feature the world’s greatest kid magician (Johnny Pacar). However, she discovers and accidentally reveals the magician’s real magic tricks.
Invisible Sister (2015)
A science project gone wrong when a student’s popular sister Molly (Paris Berelc) becomes invisible and if they don’t find an antidote in time, she’ll be stuck invisible forever.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
Who doesn’t love Winnie The Pooh? A perfect halloween flick for the little one because they can join Pooh and his pals on a spooky adventure in the Hundred Acre Woods.
Based on the evil character in Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) takes center stage as the protector of a forest kingdom. When she tries to curse an infant princess, she discovers that the princess may be the one who can restore her land. The result is a complicated relationship that will make you think twice about one of Disney’s most iconic villains.
Marnie, Sophie, and Dylan (Kimberly J. Brown, Emily Roeske, and Joey Zimmerman) are shocked to learn that their mom (Judith Hoag) is a magical witch. When Marnie discovers that she has magical powers, she sneaks out of her house and follows her grandmother (Debbie Reynolds) to a mystical place called Halloweentown.
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Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
This Halloweentown sequel follows the Cromwell family as they split their time between Halloweentown and the real world. When Kalabar (Daniel Kountz) steals the magic spell book and threatens to destroy Halloweentown, it’s up to the family to get the book back before things are ruined forever.
Halloweentown High (2004)
The third movie in the franchise follows Marnie as she yearns to bring the real world and her Halloweentown friends together. But a few twists and turns later, Marnie and her family’s magical powers are suddenly under siege.
Return to Halloweentown (2006)
The final movie in the franchise shows what happens when Marnie (now played by actress Sara Paxton) and her brother Dylan (Joey Zimmerman) attend Witch University and adjust to the college life.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
When real estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his family decide to take a vacation, they wind up stopping at a super-creepy mansion. Tasked with trying to sell the spooky residence, Jim and his family soon discover that it’s haunted by Master Gracey (Nathaniel Parker) and that escaping from the haunted grounds is no easy feat.
Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)
We’re labeling this one the scariest Disney Halloween movie ever. Frances (Erin Chambers) doesn’t really believe in the supernatural … that is, until she learns about the mischief the Bogeyman (Steve Valentine) has been raising all over town.
Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
Pete Riley (Taylor Handley) works at a movie theater and hears murmurs about a phantom haunting the grounds. He brushes off the hearsay initially, but when things go horribly wrong the night of a big premiere, he can’t help but wonder if what people said was true all along …
Under Wraps (1997)
Marshall, Amy and Gilbert (Mario Yedidia, Clara Bryant and Adam Wylie) wake up a clumsy mummy who has been asleep for 3,000 years. They must return him to his resting place by midnight on Halloween and help him find his long lost love. It’s both creepy and oddly adorable at the same time.
If you loved the classic ‘90s sitcom Sister, Sister, then you’ll love Twitches. In a lot of ways, the storyline is basically the same thing … but with magic. In this film, Alex and Camryn (Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley) reunite and find out they’re witches who must save the magical kingdom where they were born.
Twitches Too (2007)
The sisters are at it again in this sequel. This time around though, Alex and Camryn are sent on a magical journey when they discover that their biological father may still be alive in a place called The Shadowlands. The question is, will they be able to save him in time?
Mickey’s House of Villains (2002)
If you’re into watching classic cartoon movies, you can never go wrong watching this Mickey Mouse-centric film. Though it’s not *technically* a Halloween movie, the cast of villains you love to root against — Ursula, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, among others — are still as creepy and scary as ever while trying to take over the House of Mouse.
Spooky Buddies (2011)
Who can say no to puppies saving the world while also wearing adorable Halloween costumes? The fifth installment of the Air Buddies franchise follows the Buddies on a quest to stop Warwick the Warlock from unleashing the no-good hound ghosts in their town.
Mr. Boogedy (1986)
This old Disney flick doesn’t get the credit it deserves for its spooky, bizarre (and at times, hilarious) scripts. Now that it’s on Disney+, however, the film has recently become a cult favorite. When Carlton Davis (Richard Masur) and his family move into a new home, they soon find out that the house is haunted by the ghostly Mr. Boogedy (Howard Witt).
Hocus Pocus (1993)
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.
Read More: An Update on What the Hocus Pocus Cast Is Up to Today
The Scream Team (2002)
Ian and Claire (Mark Rendall and Kat Dennings) are two siblings who discover a town in New England that’s filled with ghosts. Before they can enter heaven though, the ghosts must first redeem themselves. They must all work together and stop an evil ghost from stealing souls.
Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)
Adam and Chelsea (Matthew O’Leary and Laura Vandervoort) have major plans for the night, but their mom (Caroline Rhea) grounded them. To distract her so they can sneak out for the evening, they set her up on a date. But when Taylor (Myles Jeffrey) realizes that the man is a vampire, they have to fight to save their mom’s life.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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.
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