“This is Halloween. Halloween. Halloween!” It’s spooky season! This Halloween looks a bit different this year given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic; however, there’s no better way to celebrate safely than by watching Halloween movies!
Now, if you’re anything like myself, I absolutely hate the feeling that comes from watching horror films; nevertheless, I still love the holiday. In this article, I’ve compiled a list of spooky season movies (all available on Disney+) that won’t leave you wetting the bed but will still give you all the Halloween chills!
- ‘Hocus Pocus’ (1993)
This cult classic explores the journey of Max, a teenage boy who doesn’t believe in the superstition of Salem’s most popular witches, the Sanderson sisters. When he lights a candle that resurrects them on Halloween, Max, along with his sister and friend, must race against time to stop the evil witches from becoming immortal beings.
- ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)
A Tim Burton classic, this stop motion animated film, which doubles as a Christmas movie, details the journey of the King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, who stumbles upon a portal into a place called Christmas Town. Bored of the Halloween tradition, he brings the Christmas spirit to Halloween Town, in hopes of becoming the new “Sandy Claws”.
- The ‘Halloweentown’ Series (1998-2006) (Disney+)
Speaking of Halloween Town, this series of four movies explores the life of the young witch Marnie and her siblings as they balance living a normal life while being sucked into the captivating, spooky alternate universe of Halloweentown, where their witch Grandma lives.
- ‘Twitches’ and ‘Twitches Too’ (2005 and 2007)
These two movies follow the lives of twin sisters who first discover each other and then find out they are witches on their birthdays, which also happens to be on Halloween. Also discovering their new homeland of Coventry is in danger, they must save the day in enough time to celebrate the birthdays on Earth.
- “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)
A lot of people overlook this Eddie Murphy classic when selecting Halloween movies to watch, but this is one that should certainly make everyone’s list. When realtors Jim and Sara Evers tour a new property with their children, they end up getting more than they bargained for as they discover the property is haunted. The whole family has to overcome their fears and solve an antiquated mystery so that everyone, both living and dead, gets a happy ending.
Bonus TV Halloween Specials
- ‘That’s So Raven’- “Don’t Have A Cow”
After Raven and Chelsea are the only students not invited to Alana’s Halloween party due to Raven’s bad history with Alana, they decide to use a magic spell to get the coveted invitation. However, after making a mistake with the spell, they turn into cows.
- ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ – “The Ghost in Suite 613”
After hearing stories that there is a ghost in Suite 613 of the Tipton Hotel, Zack and Cody, along with London, Maddie and Esteban, decide to spend the night in hopes of seeing the rumored ghost.
- ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ – “Halloween”
Although “Wizards of Waverly Place” may arguably be a Halloween show, this episode reveals that the Russo family’s haunted house just isn’t scary enough to continue each year. Determined to keep their haunted house alive, Alex visits the Wizard World to hire real ghosts to scare the children of Waverly Place.