For holidays like Halloween, Disney Halloween movies are a great fit for child and parent alike. Many associate popular holidays like Christmas with Disney, and Halloween is no exception. Disney has released several Halloween themed movies that have really helped to cement Disney Halloween movies as something more than a one-off film. Some of these Halloween movies are must-sees!
Disney Halloween Movies Selection
If you're looking to find some of the Disney Halloween movies out there, don't worry. You have a few options to explore.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
While the movie isn't Halloween-based per say, Halloween plays a major role in the film. Protagonist Jack is the decorated Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, where people look forward to the holiday to scare children. The holiday is largely planned around Jack's efforts to understand Christmas. Popular songs from the film include This Is Halloween and The Pumpkin King. Though Jack ends up discovering the wonders of Christmas in the film, the movie's Halloween focus makes the film a great October movie pick!
The 1993 children's film Hocus Pocus is a great family comedy featuring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It features three sisters who start the film vowing to return to witching after a bad experience with the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, MA. The film jumps forward to October of 1993, which features the antics of the three sisters including thinking that a man they meet is their true Master. In order to survive, the witches must absorb the life force of a child. The film presses on with the witches being lured by Max to different locations in an attempt to spell their doom. But who will win: the young boy with love in his heart or the wicked witch sisters of Massachusetts?
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
Another winner in the Winnie the Pooh series, this direct to video movie features new friend Lumpy who has never been trick or treating. Tigger scares Lumpy and Roo into fearing the Gobloon, who will turn young children into jaggedy lanterns if they are caught. As a result, the children begin to rethink their Halloween plans, but braveness sets in and the boys enjoy their treating. However, they're also on a mission to catch the Gobloon and make a wish before they are caught. Follow the story of Roo, Lumpy and Pooh as they discover the value of storytelling and friendship.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Broken up into two major sections, The Wind and the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the second part features Ichabod, the Headless Horseman and Brom Bones. Headmaster Ichabod is trying to reign in young Bones but becomes infatuated with Katrina Van Tassel instead. On Halloween, Tassel invites Ichabod to a party where, by comedy of errors, he is 'dejected' by Tassel. He also hears the story of the Headless Horseman and begins to fear a meeting with the ghost. On his lonely ride home, will Ichabod meet the ghost or make it home safely?
Escape to Witch Mountain
In this 1975 film, two siblings named Tony and Tia are a part of an orphanage where they've developed psychic powers. The two don't know how to handle the powers until they come across a map and are able to see an accident. They're taken in by the wealthiest man in town when he discovers their powers. Finding an ally along the way, the children look to follow the map Tia holds on to. The map helps them find their way to Witch Mountain, but why? Pick up a copy of the popular movie to find out!
Other Films of Interest
If none of the above features are of interest, be sure to check out some of the below films about Halloween put out by the Disney Picture Corporation:
- Return to Halloweentown
- Tower of Terror
- Halloween High
- The Scream Team
- The Haunted Mansion