Halloween entertainment doesn’t have to be gutsy and gory. Sometimes all you really need for a good Halloween are a few smiling pumpkins, a bucket of goodies, a few tips, and a healthy dose of healthy magic. Since Disney has provided viewers with this in spades, there is no better place for some festive and spooky animation than Disney +.
From animated feature films to spooky cartoons and spooky shorts, Disney has all the trimmings and attributes for its Halloween frenzy. Ranging from mild thrills to nightmare fuel, there’s a little something for everyone on the streaming service. Even Mickey Mouse himself meddles in the act.
ten The Black Cauldron (1985)
While it may not be exclusively a Halloween movie, there are few Disney animated movies absolutely made for the holidays better than The Black Cauldron. The epic of dark fantasy is packed with spooky monsters, undead warriors, and one of the most terrifying villains in Disney canon.
It’s not perfect, but those who want to see how the studio can go downhill won’t be disappointed. There are some really scary moments here that many won’t believe could come from Disney.
9 Mickey Mouse: Ghoul Fiend (2013)
Thanks to Paul Rudish, Mickey got a whole new look and design in 2013 but returned to his traditional formula of shorts. One of those episodes, “Ghoul Fiend,” is a surprisingly dark comedic outing for Disney’s beloved Mouse as he encounters a grotesquely zombified Goofy when his car breaks down in a dark wood.
The art style takes a lot of inspiration from Mickey’s early days and makes for an absolutely amazing art deco look, but it also allows for a more graphic presentation of things like Goofy’s rotting corpse. Granted, it’s still a comedic Mickey Mouse cartoon, but it’s stuffed with images from the start. Tales from the Crypt.
8 Toy Story of Terror (2013)
A little after Toy story 3, Pixar has started releasing various specials and shorts featuring Woody and the gang. Toy Story of Terror was a Halloween special that provided chills and chills while making fun of movies like psychopath and The thing.
When the toys get stuck in a roadside motel, a strange creature begins to pick them up one by one. Forced to face her fear of dark and narrow spaces, it’s up to Jesse to save her friends from any evil fate that may have happened to them. Sure, it ends on a happy and positive note, but it still comes with that special brand of Pixar storytelling.
7 The Huts of Horror (1990-)
Halloween in Springfield is a bit of a special event every year, considering the dozens of Treehouse of Horror episodes currently available. The Simpsons parodied a science, and that talent really shows itself every year with their anthology “Treehouse of Horror” episodes.
Let it be the Simpson family making fun of classic monster movies like Dracula, The blob, Where Rosemary baby or Homer being cast in the series’ own interpretation The crow, there is nothing wrong with a touch of yellow with a bit of Halloween orange and black.
6 Gravity falls (2012-2016)
There is no better time to watch this popular animated series than Halloween. With Gravity falls collection of cryptids, monsters, zombies and one-eyed demons of other dimensions, it is practically built for the holidays.
The saga follows the Pines family to Gravity Falls and their frequent encounters with various entities, mythical beings, and otherworldly creatures. It is one of the most recommended series in recent years. In a time of dread and fear, this is a solid, lively choice.
5 What if … Zombies (2021)
Despite its short runtime, Marvel’s Zombies episode What if… This is perhaps one of the most creative zombie outings of this year. Watching Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Vision take on hordes of undead will always be a satisfying battle royale.
If that wasn’t enough, seeing horribly zombified versions of the beloved Avengers is certainly a scary sight, especially for dedicated young fans. For those looking for something a little more monstrous, they can’t go wrong with this episode of Marvel’s latest triumph.
4 Donald Duck: Trick or Treat (1952)
Charity please is a Donald Duck cartoon that’s about as traditional as they come in terms of Halloween. Ghosts, witches, tips and treats are all there when Donald finds himself on the wrong side of Witch Hazel’s spell.
After Donald pranks his nephews with their Halloween candy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie gain the upper hand when they befriend a cunning old witch. The above is pure Disney delight with a dash of spooky fun.
3 Frankenweenie (2012)
No Halloween is complete without at least one feature from Tim Burton, and Frankenweenie is a great entry point. Inspired by his Disney short of the same name (also available on Disney +), the film is essentially what happens when the prolific director has more control.
The stop-motion animated feature is practically a love letter to the monster era of classic cinema. From Frankenstein to Godzilla, all of the genre’s greatest hits are represented in this story of a boy and his undead dog. Definitely a dark place for Disney, but whatever one would want from the spirit of Burton.
2 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Considering that the second half of the film presents arguably the most famous ghost story in American literature, The The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad really looks like a Halloween tale. With two short but brilliant versions of The wind in the willows and The legend of Sleepy Hollow, wrapping film is a great hunter for a night of tricks and treats.
While Mr. Toad’s mad dash with the motor car is fine, the real star of the show is Disney’s interpretation of the Ichabod Crane story. Considered by some to be one of the more accurate versions, the image of the skinny schoolteacher running away from the Headless Horseman is as Halloween as pumpkins or candy corn.
1 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
“Boys and girls of all ages, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Tim Burton’s Twisted Halloween Tale is one of Disney’s biggest cult movies since the ’90s, but it’s also practically one of the most beloved Halloween classics.
For many, Jack Skellington’s spooky Christmas storyline is watched every two public holidays, and the man himself is pretty much Disney poster for all creepy and creepy things. The film is an absolute delight with the right balance between horror and humor. After all, life is not fun without a good scare.
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