Disney has been knocking Halloween movies out of the park for decades. Flicks that aren’t too spooky but still mange to deliver plenty of tricks and treats for young viewers. And, fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly Halloween movies on Disney+ to stream right now.
For starters, parents will be delighted to find a number of
Disney Channel Original Movies on this list like Halloweentown, Twitches, and Don’t Look Under the Bed, which aired in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Not to mention, Disney+ has a handful of classic of Halloween movies, like the greatest Halloween film of all time, let’s just all agree right now, Hocus Pocus. You can also find the claymation classic Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.
Beyond the classics, there are options for little ones who prefer something a little less scary. Take, for example, the musical feature
Z-O-M-B-I-E-S about singing and dancing zombies, and about some not-so-scary animated monsters, will get your kids in the Halloween spirit without giving them nightmares. Monsters Inc.
So as you plan out your family’s epic costumes for 2021 and start to dig into your candy stash for trick-or-treaters, here are the best Halloween movies that you can find on Disney+.
Marnie’s grandmother isn’t just your regular grandmother. She’s a good witch that lives in Halloweentown — a place where spooky monsters get to live their normal lives. But when Marnie, played by Kimberly J. Brown, learns that she is also a witch, she must use her newfound powers to help her mother and grandmother save the day from an evil force plotting to take over Halloweentown and possibly ruin it forever. Thankfully, Marnie will save the day.
If you love nostalgia of any kind or grew up watching the Disney Channel, then you will love
Halloweentown, which is inarguably one of the best Disney Channel original movies that never made it to theaters. is rated TV-PG. Halloweentown 2 Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town (no, not the same as
Halloweentown), bored with the same old routine of scaring people “in the real world.” But when Jack accidentally stumbles across the magic of Christmastown, which is filled with bright colors and warm spirits, he rediscovers his passion and plots to bring Christmas under his control. Some would argue that this claymation classic could also be a Christmas movie, but it is spooky enough will make you excited for either holiday, either way. If “This Is Halloween” doesn’t become part of your October soundtrack after watching this movie, then you weren’t paying attention. is rated PG. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3 Hocus Pocus
Who doesn’t love
Hocus Pocus? This movie, about a trio of 300 year old witches (played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and an unrecognizable Sarah Jessica Parker) who set out to cast a spell on one unsuspecting town and reclaim their power so they can be immortal forever, is a classic. Watch as the Sanderson sisters are accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters, but stay for the talking cat named Binx, their incredible performance of “I Put A Spell On You,” and the heroic efforts of siblings Dani and Max. It’s worth the watch, even if you’ve watched it 100 times before. Hocus Pocus is rated PG. 4 Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge
Halloweentown sequel, Marnie meets an angry warlock, who has stolen a magic spell book, and plans on using it to permanently turn every human into whatever costume they’re wearing on Halloween night. It’s only up to Marnie, her grandmother, and sister Sophie to stop the spell and save Halloweentown, yet again, which aired three years after the first Disney Channel Original Film.
Fun fact: Kimberly J. Brown, who plays Marnie in the film, is
currently dating her co-star from the film, Daniel Kountz, who plays Kal. Doesn’t that make things that much cuter? OMG. is rated TV-PG. Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge 5 Halloweentown High
Several teenagers from Halloweentown are transferred to Marnie’s high school in the mortal world, which sounds as wild as it looks. But Marnie learns that her and her Halloweentown friends — a witch, a warlock, an ogre, and troll — are in danger when the evil Knight of the Iron Dagger appears. Of course, it’s up to Marnie to save the human world this time using her magic. Thank goodness for her magical powers!
This film, which aired on the Disney Channel three years after
Halloweentown 2, is the last Halloweentown sequel starring Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie and is such a delight. Halloweentown High is rated TV-G. 6 Toy Story of Terror!
What starts off as an exiting road trip for the toy story gang turns scary, when they make a detour to a spooky roadside motel and Mr. Potato Head disappears.
OK, so this is not technically a movie, especially since this
Toy Story spinoff short is only 21 minutes long. But it is filled with enough tricks and treats to delight any Toy Story fan, or keep your kid distracted long enough while dinner is cooking. Either way, you will definitely want to pop this on when you can at least some point during October or the fall. is rated TV-G. Toy Story of Terror! 7 Girl vs. Monster
While trying to sneak out of her house and meet her crush at the year’s biggest party, Skylar, a fearless young girl and talented singer, discovers her parents are monster hunters. Upon this discovery, she accidentally unleashes a monster who makes her able to feel fear, from a secret chamber, which actually ruins things. Now that the monster is out for revenge, and Skylar is afraid of everything, it’s up to Skylar, a fifth generation monster hunter, to recapture it and save her parents.
This Disney Channel Original Movie from 2012 might be a newer addition to this list, but is still a great, modern watch.
is rated TV-PG. Girl vs. Monster 8 Twitches
Tia and Tamera Mowry are the Twitches — twin witches named Alex and Camryn, who were separated at birth. On their 21st birthday, which also happens to be Halloween, the twins reunite and discover that their powers work better when they’re together, which helps when they have to save everyone they love from an evil entity and fulfill their destiny of being witches, united in power.
This movie from 2005 is based on the young adult book series of the same name, and will give you major throwbacks to middle school, if it hasn’t already. Seriously, just watch the movie already.
is rated TV-PG. Twitches 9 Twitches Too
Twitches sequel, the twin witches, Alex and Camryn are back. And now that they know about the extent of their powers, it’s up to the girls to learn more about each other, which isn’t easy. Especially since both girls are bouncing between the Earth dimension and the magical land of Coventry. But when Alex and Camryn discover their differences, they need to put them aside to help defeat a supernatural force.
If you’re taking the time to watch
Twitches, then you need to watch Twitches Too, the sequel which aired on the the Disney Channel three years after the first film. is rated TV-PG. Twitches Too 10 The Scream Team
After the death of their beloved grandfather, Ian and Claire Carlyle accompany their father to his hometown of Steeple Falls. As the town prepares for its annual Halloween festival, Ian and Claire discover that ghosts exist, and Steeple Falls is actually a “halfway house” for ghosts, who can’t enter the afterlife until they’re redeemed on earth. After they learn about one ghost who won’t let their grandfather’s soul rest peacefully, they enlist the help of the Soul Patrol, who helps find their grandfather. Their grandfather is able to make peace with his family and move on to the afterlife.
This movie is a whole lotta weird, and a whole lot of touching. But that is expected from a Disney Channel Original Movie from 2002.
is rated TV-PG. The Scream Team 11 Phantom of the Megaplex
A small town movie theater, which is rumored to be haunted by a “phantom” is preparing for a star studded movie premiere, complete with some super special celebrities. But a string of coincidences related to the movies being shown awaken the rumor of the phantom. It’s up to a rag tag team to uncover the mystery behind it. Think of this movie as Disney Channel’s answer to the classic Broadway musical,
Phantom of the Opera. And while most kids might not the references to the source material, their musical loving parents definitely will. is rated TV-G. Phantom of the Megaplex 12 Return to Halloweentown
Marnie, this time played by Sara Paxton, has won a full ride scholarship to the prestigious Witch University in her favorite place, Halloweentown, thanks to her efforts in saving the beloved town over the past few years. But while she’s there, she learns that witches can’t use their magic (which seriously ruins plans) and learns that she holds the key to fulfilling an ancient prophecy hidden by her ancestor Splendora Cromwell.
When Marnie travels to the past to meet Splendora, she gains something that suddenly everyone in the school wants. It’s up to her to save Halloweentown yet again in the last installment of this beloved Disney Channel film series.
is rated TV-PG. Return to Halloweentown 13 Trick Or Treat
In this super small short from 1952, Donald Duck’s nephews come to visit him in their Halloween costumes, but he dumps water on them and laughs. With the help of a friendly witch named Hazel, his nephews are able to get their treats and get revenge on Donald, which gets tricked by Hazel. Let’s just say, what goes around comes around.
This nine minute short film is perfect for those early Disney lovers who need something super quick to watch, or have seemingly watched everything in Disney+’s Halloween catalogue. Either way, you will definitely enjoy it.
Trick or Treat is rated TV-G. 14 Halloween House Party
In this super sweet special, which aired on the Disney Channel in 2020, the stars of the Disney Channel come together to put on a sketch comedy special with spooky skits, fit for a Halloween at home, which was “canceled” that year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While this might not be a Halloween movie per se, it is a great, modern special to turn on for your kids who are huge fans of the Disney Channel at the moment. And with the coronavirus pandemic not being over, staying inside during this Halloween season has never been more relevant or pertinent.
is rated TV-G. Halloween House Party 15 Z-O-M-B-I-E-S
Seabrook is a town that loves their tradition, until one semester when students from Zombietown transfer to Seabrook High. The human and zombie students must learn to coexist, but one unlikely friendship between a Zombie football player named Zed and a human cheerleader named Addison, is about to unite both schools and make the zombies and humans be friends with each other.
Not only is this film a fun take on star crossed romances like
West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet, but it features original music and dancing, which is a fun, entertaining break after watching some seriously sinister films on this list. Z-O-M-B-I-E-S is rated TV-G. 16 Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2
After a groundbreaking semester, Zed the Zombie and cheerleader Addison are back at Seabrook High where they continue to try to unite the mortal world and zombie world together. But when a group of mysterious werewolves arrives to Seabrook High and threatens to shake up the peace, it’s up to Zed and Addison to save their budding romance and stop the werewolves from ruining everything.
is rated TV-G. Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2 17 Don’t Look Under The Bed
Frances McCausland refuses to believe in the paranormal. or supernatural things in the world. But when strange things start to happen in Frances’ town and she is confronted by the Bogeyman under her bed, she calls on her little brother’s imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to help fight the Bogeyman, who is framing her for the destructive pranks that he is pulling in her hometown. This causes her to change her mind about paranormal things — because if a Bogeyman is tormenting everyone in your town, you kind of have to.
If this didn’t terrify you or give you nightmares when you were a kid, did you even watch the Disney Channel in the late 1990’s?
Don’t Look Under The Bed is rated TV-PG. 18 Monsters Inc.
Monsters Incorporated is one of the largest scare factories in the world, operating off of the screams of children. This obviously sounds a lot spookier than it actually is. But when one child infiltrates their world for the first time and therefore contaminating it, the monsters must keep her out of sight and bring her home.
Sure, this film is more funny and sentimental than it is scary, and while Sully is more cuddly than freaky, monsters are a quintessential part of Halloween, which means that
Monsters Inc. is technically a Halloween movie, right? I think so. is rated G. Monsters Inc. 19 Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire
This Disney Channel Original Movie follows along with the grounded Hansen kids, who are desperate to go out will do anything to get away from their single mom — even if that means setting their mom up on a date with a vampire. While Adam is able to sneak out to attend a concert and Chelsea is able to go on a date with her boyfriend, Peter, they learn that their mom is on a date with an
actual vampire. So, they do what every sibling duo would do — call a Vampire Hunter to defeat the vampire before he ruins their lives. Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire is rated TV-PG. 20 Can of Worms
A teen named Mike, very unsatisfied with his life on Earth as a football player and student, sends out a plea to outer space to help escape the world. In return, he opens up “a can of worms” and is greeted by a bunch of aliens, who travel to earth and actually show up at his home. But not all of the aliens are friendly, and aim to capture humans, like his little brother. In the end, Mike realizes that he actually likes his home and doesn’t want to escape. You know what they say, “you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.”
is rated TV-PG. Can of Worms 21 Spooky Buddies
Your favorite talking puppies, Pip, Zelda, Rodney, and Skip, also known as the Spooky Buddies, are back in a brand new Halloween themed adventure with some new friends. With the help of a very friendly ghost, the Spooky Buddies and their new friends must hunt down Warwick the Warlock, who aims to kidnap dogs to sacrifice them to the Halloween Hound. It’s up to the Spooky Buddies to use all of their powers to undo the Halloween Hound’s spells and prevent Warwick the Warlock from ever coming back to earth.
This movie isn’t available to watch on Disney+ until Sept. 24, but it will so be worth the wait.
is rated G. Spooky Buddies 22 Mr. Boogedy
When the Davis family moves into their dream home, they bite off a little more than they can chew. As it turns out, their new dream home is a house of horrors, currently being haunted by a 300-year-old spirit, who also happens to have the face of a grilled cheese sandwich. But as the spirits’ doings become more and more scary, the Davis family will eventually have to confront Mr. Boogedy.
This film is a short one at just 46 minutes long, and from 1986, so you know the graphics and special effects are top notch.
is rated TV-PG. Mr. Boogedy 23 Bride of Boogedy
Mr. Boogedy sequel, Bride of Boogedy picks up quite some time after the end of the first film. After the Davis family packed up and moved out of their dream home, Carleton Davis moves to a quiet New England town. But when a jealous business rival tries to sabotage the town’s annual festival, Carleton’s two sons accidentally release Mr. Boogedy into the town again. And when Mr. Boogedy takes Carleton’s wife as his own, it’s up to Carleton and his family members to send Mr. Boogedy back to where he belongs.
This sequel is just a little bit longer than the first film, but is still filled with that weird, quirky, 80’s humor.
is rated TV-PG. Bride of Boogedy 24 Frankenweenie (1984)
Make your Halloween an 80’s movie marathon by watching this live action film from 1984.
Frankenweenie is a movie about a family dog named Sparky who turns into Frankenweenie after an unordinary set of circumstances. This new dog then embarks on a hilariously exciting adventure that will have the whole family in stitches, literally.
While the film only clocks in at 26 minutes long, it’s worth the quick watch especially since it’s such a hilarious science fiction film. Plus, it’s good to watch before watching the animated
Frankenweenie so you can compare the two films to each other. is rated PG. Frankenweenie 25 Frankenweenie (2012)
After losing his beloved family dog, Sparky, a young boy named Victor decides to use science to bring his beloved pet back to life. The only problem is that Sparky has just a few minor adjustments made to him, turning him into
Frankenweenie. When Sparky ends up escaping from Victor’s home and word gets out, people are quick to discover that Victor’s creation is kind of monstrous.
This animated film, directed by Tim Burton (who is known for his special and spooky animation), is based on the 1984 short film, so you can easily marathon both in one viewing session.
is rated PG. Frankenweenie 26 Invisible Sister
Cleo is often ignored and overshadowed by her popular older sister, Molly. So when Cleo decides to perform a science experience on Halloween, she accidentally makes her invisible, leaving Molly unnoticed. This leaves Cleo having to impersonate her sister for a day as they work to reverse the experiment. But by working together, the two sisters are able to overcome their differences and bring more visibility to each other.
The film is a Disney Channel original film from 2015 and stars
Girl Meets World’s Rowan Blanchard, so it is a safe bet to watch with the younger kids who may have struggled with fitting in at school or have older siblings who always seem to overshadow their shine. is rated TV-G. Invisible Sister 27 James and the Giant Peach
James is a young orphaned boy forced to live with his two evil aunts. So when a magical giant peach appears in his front yard, he is able to find a way out of his bleak existence by setting sail for New York City inside of the giant peach with a crew of friendly insects that live inside of it. These human sized bugs help him make his successful escape and confront his past as he goes on a majestic journey.
This film, which first premiered in theaters in 1996, is based on the children’s book from Roald Dahl and features that beloved stop motion animation that was super popular in the 90’s.
is rated PG. James and the Giant Peach 28 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent and her goddaughter, Aurora, are now on the mends and their relationship has flourished. But the hatred between humans and fairies are still there. And while Aurora’s marriage to Prince Phillip is serving to unite the fairies and Kingdom of Ulstead, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled away to opposite sides of each other, testing their loyalties and bond to one another. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a sequel to the Disney film, Maleficent, and features a lot of fun and adventure that will keep anyone entertained. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is rated PG. 29 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
After his grandfather leaves him clues to a mystery that spans over time, these clues lead a young boy, named Jake, to a magical place called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jake gets to know the children that live of their home, along with their special powers and terrifying enemies, Jake discovers that his special power can save his new friends and their home.
It should be noted that this film, based on the young adult novel series by Ransom Riggs, is rated PG-13 due to its
intense action sequences, so if your kid is easily spooked or jumpy, then they might want to skip out on this one. is rated PG-13. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 30 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Two beloved children’s stories are combined in this epic, animated film from 1949. Meet Thaddeus Toad who takes his friends on an epic motorcar ride as they’re sent into a worried frenzy. Then, meet Ichabod Crane, a man who dreams of sweeping a gorgeous woman off her feet and away from the town bully. But when Ichabod meets the legend of the headless horseman, chaos ensues.
If you’re looking for a calm and classic movie to watch this Halloween, then
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is perfect for you. is rated G. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 31 The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
There are ghostly residents in the 100-year-old Buxley Hall that conjure up some mayhem in the supernatural world when girls are finally allowed into the boys-only academy that is strapped for cash. It’s up to a 13-year-old boy who is the heir to Buxley Hall and the group of ghosts to save it from financial ruin and demolishment at the hands of Jeremy’s evil and scheming aunt.
is rated TV-PG. The Ghosts of Buxley Hall 32 The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy plays an overworked real estate agent who never takes a day off. So before he takes his family on vacation, he brings them to Gracey Manor, a home that he’s been tasked to sell. But once the family arrives at Gracey Manor, they discover that it’s haunted by Master Gracey, his butler, and many other spirits who need their help breaking a curse. It’s up to the family and a supernatural psychic to rid the mansion of its curse before they run out of time.
is rated PG. The Haunted Mansion 33 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
The Russo family is comprised of two wizard parents and their three children, who are wizards in training. While their powers often come to their rescue, they can also get them in trouble. So, when the Russo family goes on a tropical vacation hoping to relax, their daughter accidentally casts a spell that threatens their parents existence. It’s up to the Russo kids to keep their parents together and search for the stone of dreams that will help reverse the curse.
If you’re a fan of the Disney Channel series,
Wizards of Waverly Place, then you will definitely love this movie, which is a continuation of the show. is rated TV-G. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie 34 Stepsister from Planet Weird
A 14-year-old girl named Megan’s world is turned upside down when she learns that her mom’s new fiancé, who has the suspicious name of Cosmo Cola, and his daughter, Ariel, are actually aliens that have taken up residency on earth. When neither girl wants to see their parents get married to each other, they join forces to split their parents apart. But things don’t go as easily when the girls become fast friends.
Stepsister from Planet Weird is one of those bizarre and fun films from the early 2000’s that combines the Y2K fashion with supernatural forces, making it an interesting watch to add to your Halloween marathon. is rated TV-G. Stepsister from Planet Weird