Prepare For a Not-So-Scary Halloween With These 30 Disney Movies
If you're the type of person who can't handle true horror films to celebrate Halloween, these 30 mildly spooky Disney movies are perfect for you. They have just enough Halloween spirit without inflicting deep-seated fear and paranoia in you. We've included a few Disney Channel Originals like Halloweentown, and some classics like Hocus Pocus, so bust out that candy stash, get comfy on the couch, and settle in for a light and enjoyable Halloween movie marathon!
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes, Stacey Nyguyen and Kalyn Womack
Can of Worms
This trippy Disney classic is about a teenage boy who is convinced that he's an alien. We're not going to lie, the aliens look pretty freaky in this movie.
Three middle school students form an unlikely friendship with a lovable mummy in Under Wraps.
Mickey's House of Villains
In this epic Disney crossover, Mickey Mouse and his friends must stop Jafar and other Disney villains from changing the House of Mouse into the House of Villains.
Tower of Terror
This is yet another movie named after a Disney ride! A journalist and his niece try to crack a curse that haunts the Hollywood Tower Hotel, where five guests disappeared in 1939 while on an elevator ride. The uncle and niece duo are played by Steve Guttenberg and a young Kirsten Dunst.
The Black Cauldron
Brew some magic with The Black Cauldron, an animated classic about an evil king who wants to steal a cauldron in order to rule the world.
Twitches and Twitches Too
Tia and Tamera Mowry star as Alex and Camryn, twin witches (aka twitches) who reunite on their 21st birthday. They discover that their unique powers are even stronger when they team up. After you get your twitchy fix from Twitches, be sure to check out the sequel as well.
When they're brought back to life, a trio of 300-year-old (give or take) witches set out to take over the town of Salem while going up against a talking cat and three children in Hocus Pocus. You can't go wrong with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker unleashing their wrath!
Don't Look Under the Bed
A classic Halloween movie for kids, Don't Look Under the Bed is a light spin on the Boogeyman. Smart and generally a nonbeliever, Frances McCausland soon finds the Boogeyman wreaking havoc on her life and must now rely on her brother and his imaginary friend to help her.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
For a Tim Burton fix, put on The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Halloween and Christmas classic! Pumpkin King Jack Skellington discovers Christmas and wants to spread the holiday cheer, but his nightmarish plan involves kidnapping Santa, among other things.
Girl vs. Monster
In this newer Disney Channel Original Movie, Skylar learns that her parents are monster hunters after inadvertently unleashing an unsavory creature. Now, it's up to Skylar to fight the monster and get her parents back safe and sound.
Escape to Witch Mountain and Return From Witch Mountain
Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 1 and 2
Now that zombies no longer crave brains, Seabrook High finds itself a brave new world for the integration of zombie and human high schoolers in this quirky sci-fi and coming-of-age film. Oh, and it's a musical as well! Horrifying isn't quite the word we'd use to describe this movie (and its sequel), but it'll definitely give you those spooky-season vibes.
Return to Oz
A darker sequel to The Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz follows Dorothy when she has returned home to her aunt and uncle, both of whom believe she may be hallucinating. Just as she's about to receive electrotherapy, Dorothy finds herself back in Oz, where her friends have been turned to stone. And so, she must come up against a wicked princess and king to rescue them.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Who says G-rated movies can't be a little creepy? A classic that features an old cemetery and Headless Horseman, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad joins "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this double feature. In the latter, a young man named Ichabod finds himself at a Halloween party trying to win the love of an heiress named Katrina Van Tassel, but he finds himself in a spookier situation as the night goes on.
Phantom of the Megaplex
While working at a movie theater, Pete helps his coworkers set up for a ritzy movie premiere. Weird things start happening at the theater, resurfacing rumored whispers of the phantom who haunts the megaplex.
In Tim Burton's animated Frankenweenie, a young Victor Frankenstein figures out how to reanimate Sparky, his dead bull terrier. Chaos ensues when all the other kids want to resurrect their dead pets as well.
Halloweentown, Halloweentown II, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown
The Haunted Mansion
Based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, The Haunted Mansion is a silly, spooky treat that stars Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, a workaholic real estate agent. During a family vacation, Jim, generally a nonbeliever when it comes to the supernatural, brings his wife and kids up to a creepy mansion to make a business deal. Things don't go as planned when a storm traps them there, and the Evers get caught up in the manor's curse.
Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire
The Hansen kids find themselves grounded, so they unknowingly set their mother up with a vampire to sneak out of the house. The youngest Hansen is sure their mother's date is a vampire, so the kids end up meeting with none other than Van Helsing to sort out the situation. In this cult classic, you might recognize familiar TV stars such as Caroline Rhea, Charles Shaughnessy, and Robert Carradine.
The Scream Team
In The Scream Team, Ian and Claire return to their father's childhood home for their grandfather's funeral. While in town for the Halloween Festival, the kids discover that the house is full of ghosts who need to redeem themselves before getting into the pearly gates of heaven.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This first installation in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise not only has epic music but also an exciting storyline with curses and living skeletons. It stars Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp as the main seafaring adventurers. This movie is a bit more of a thriller than the rest of these picks, but it's definitely more action-packed than scary.
Villains, Halloween Hound and Warwick the Warlock, turn people and puppies alike into stone and rats, take puppies hostage, and suck out puppies' souls. The whole plot is pretty nightmarish for a kid's movie, but if you and your child can handle it, who doesn't love watching cute puppies (even if they are in pretty sticky situations)?
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
Follow young Heffalump as he experiences his first Halloween in Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie.
Cleo's (Rowan Blanchard) high school science project goes awry when she accidentally makes her popular older sister (Paris Berelc) turn invisible.
Now You See It . . .
Allyson Miller (Alyson Michalka) signs up to produce a new reality game show that's set out to find the greatest kid magician, and Danny Sinclair is a finalist. However, as she gets closer to Danny, she discovers his magic isn't a trick . . . it's real.
The Davis family moves into their dream house despite warnings from their local historian, and as it turns out, it's haunted by a 300-year-old spirit. As the spirits antics become more and more frightening, the Davis family is forced to meet the terrifying Mr. Boogedy.
Toy Story of Terror
Held up at a roadside hotel, Woody discovers that parts of his gang are disappearing, and he needs to get to the bottom of it.
This movie may not be an intentional Halloween film, but it sure is creepy. A family wins a computerized house that seems all fun and games at first, until it begins to take on a life of its own.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
A family moves to a small village during the second World War and finds their host is an apprentice witch. As she practices her spells, she enchants a bedknob to take flight. The group fly to London and discover a spell that could save all of England.
A few ghosts grow bored and decide to entertain themselves by playing spooky pranks on Donald, Mickey and Goofy.