Our Favorite Disney Halloween Movies
By Lexy Elsethagen
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Ever since I was a little kid I have had a tradition of watching family friendly Disney movies to celebrate. If you’re looking for some Disney magic from home, here are my top five suggestions for this spooky season.
Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire
This Disney Channel Original Movie first aired on October 13, 2000. It’s about a couple kids who get grounded from their weekend plans so they decide to find their mom a blind date. All seems to be going well and the kids are ready to sneak off on their own plans, that’s when they discover that their mom is on a date with a vampire. This movie takes me back to elementary school when I first watched it. It’s a bit cheesy but I still enjoy it.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
This cartoon film from 1949 shares two different stories. Mr. Toad’s story is based on Kenneth Grahame’s novel The Wind in the Willows, which inspired Mr.Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland. Ichabod’s story was my first introduction to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. I was particularly fond of Ichabod Crane as a child. I loved the creepy story of the headless horseman.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The film originated from a poem written by Tim Burton. It came out in 1993. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town. One year when Jack is particularly bored of Halloween he stumbles across the door that leads to Christmas Town. He then has the idea to take over Christmas for the year. In 2001, the film inspired the Halloween/Christmas takeover of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction that has continued each holiday season since.
This delightful Disney Channel Original Movie stars Debbie Reynolds who plays the grandma of three curious grandchildren who follow her home. The grandchildren discover that their grandma is actually a witch from Halloweentown. The 1998 film was so popular that it had three sequels.
Hocus Pocus was released in 1993. I cannot imagine Halloween without this movie, it’s my number one choice out of this list. I’ve already watched it several times this year. It’s the story of a teenage boy who lights a candle that brings three 17th century witches back from the dead. The witches are determined to suck the lives out of the children of Salem so that they can live forever. The teenager, his crush, his little sister, and an old black cat are determined to stop the witches.
All of these films are currently available to watch on Disney+ and I highly recommend them. Have a magical Halloween season!