The 5 Best Disney Movies to Watch for Halloween

Last Updated on: February 23rd, 2024

Halloween is a time for spooky thrills and delightful chills, and what better way to get into the spirit than with some classic Disney magic? Disney has produced a range of Halloween-themed movies that are perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical adventure or a spine-tingling mystery, Disney has something for everyone.

The 5 Best Disney Movies to Watch for Halloween

Here are the 5 best Disney movies to watch for Halloween:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993):

Directed by Tim Burton, this stop-motion masterpiece tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas Town and decides to take over the holiday. With its iconic characters, memorable songs, and a perfect blend of Halloween and Christmas themes, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a must-watch for the Halloween season.

(watch on Disney+)

Hocus Pocus (1993):

This cult classic follows the misadventures of three witch sisters resurrected in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy deliver unforgettable performances as the witches, making “Hocus Pocus” a beloved Halloween staple.

(watch on Disney+)

Coco (2017):

While not a traditional Halloween movie, “Coco” celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that aligns closely with Halloween’s themes of remembering and honoring the departed. With stunning animation, a heartwarming story, and a vibrant depiction of Mexican culture, “Coco” is a perfect choice for a Halloween movie night.

(watch on Disney+)

Frankenweenie (2012):

Another Tim Burton creation, “Frankenweenie” is a heartwarming and macabre tale of a young boy who brings his beloved pet dog back to life, Frankenstein-style. This black-and-white stop-motion film pays homage to classic horror films while delivering a touching story about the bond between a boy and his dog.

(watch on Disney+)

Disney’s Haunted Mansion (2023):

In the recent film “Disney’s Haunted Mansion,” a single mom named Gabbie teams up with a quirky crew comprising a tour guide, a psychic, a priest, and a historian, to rid her newly acquired mansion of its eerie inhabitants after discovering it’s haunted. This spooky adventure, infused with Disney’s magical touch, unfolds amidst ghostly encounters and comedic escapades, promising a heartwarming tale of courage and friendship.

(available on Disney+ beginning October 4th)

These Disney movies offer a delightful blend of spooky fun, heartwarming stories, and memorable characters that make them perfect choices for Halloween viewing. So, gather your family, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the magic of Disney as you celebrate the spookiest night of the year.

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and