Admit it, when Disney first announced that it would create a streaming subscription service similar to Netflix, you squealed with joy. When I first heard the news, I was overcome with so many feelings of excitement and nostalgia. Finally, there would be a place where I could watch the old classic Disney favorites from my childhood. I could watch and watch to my heart’s content. I no longer had to succumb to watching clips of old Disney shows and movies on YouTube.
Disney+ has a cornucopia of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. But what I am most interested in, particularly as we approach the month of October, is Halloween movies. In this post, I will give you my top five Disney Halloween movies that still continues to give me all the feels. All of these movies are on Disney+, but in case you don’t have a subscription and want your own copy, I will post the Amazon links for you.
No Halloween is complete without Hocus Pocus. I remember first watching this movie on Disney and being so scared and freaked out. It’s possible that I might have had nightmares for several nights afterwards. But despite the scary factor, it’s such a timeless, Halloween classic that no October is complete without it.
This movie is about a teenage boy, Max, who just moved to the New England area with his family from LA. Like most transplants, he has trouble adjusting to his new town. This is partly due to the fact that he scoffs with annoyance at the town’s old legends of the Sanderson sisters. Legend has it that they will be brought back on Halloween night by a virgin who lights the Black Flame Candle.
After being forced to take his younger sister trick-or-treating, they run into a girl that he likes and together they head for the Sanderson House. One thing leads to another and he lights the Black Flame Candle. What follows is a long Halloween night as they attempt to outrun and thwart the Sanderson sisters. This is ultimately a story of the love between two siblings and how that force can be greater than any evil.
Halloweentown is lighthearted and much more family friendly than Hocus Pocus, but still well worth the watch. Halloweentown presents an interesting concept of there being two “worlds.” The first world is the mortal world where humans live. The second world is a place where creatures of varying sizes and shapes can all live in harmony.
The movie starts off with the Cromwell family getting a surprise visit on Halloween from their grandmother. The mom suspects their grandmother is visiting as a last ditch attempt to persuade her to start the older Cromwell daughter’s witch’s training before her thirteenth Halloween.
But the grandmother visits them to ask for help in conquering an evil force that is mysteriously taking over many of the inhabitants of Halloweentown. The grandmother leaves, distraught and disappointed. But what they don’t know is that the oldest Cromwell daughter heard the entire conversation and decides to follow her grandmother back home to Halloweentown to help.
The Cromwell kids end up working together in Halloweentown to defeat the evil sorcerer. This is a story of the power and strength of one family as they battle to defeat the darkness and bring light back to Halloweentown. It is also a testament to the knowledge that no matter how far you stray, you can never truly forget your family.
Third on the list is Twitches. I must admit, I did not watch this movie as a child, but only recently watched it for the first time on Disney+. I am still chastising myself at having never watched it, especially since it stars Tia and Tamara Mowry from Sister, Sister.
But I’ve caught up; I’ve watched it at last. This movie begins in the similar vein to Sister, Sister in that two twin sisters are reunited after being separated at birth and adopted by two different families. After the meeting, what follows is even stranger and mystical. They find out that they were born in a magical dimension called the Coventry, where their birth mother still resides. They soon find out that they were taken from their mother for their own protection as the dark force was after them, after seemingly claiming their father’s life.
What follows is the journey of two sisters as they fight to defeat the dark force that has returned to threaten their and their mother’s lives. This is a timeless tale of love and family loyalty. It also explores the issues of trust, hinting that not everyone is who they seem.
4–Don’t Look Under The Bed
I remember watching Don’t Look Under The Bed when I was about ten years old (it came out in 1999). I remember being so scared and for weeks afterwards I refused to look under my bed.
This movie tells the story about mysterious things that suddenly start happening in town. The protagonist, Francis, notices these things happening and soon everyone starts to blame her. So, enlisting the help from her kid brother’s ex-imaginary friend, together they escape to a mysterious land under the bed to fight this being that is causing trouble.
This is ultimately the story of loyalty between not only siblings but friends. It shows us the importance of friends, rather invisible or not, as a source of strength and trust. It also shows us the great lengths we would go to, to protect our siblings.
5–Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire is the story of three kids who set their mom up with a mysterious man on a date. Unbeknownst to their mom, they intend to go out that night too. But what really happens is a cancellation of their plans as they work to stop their mom’s date at all costs after finding out that her date is a vampire.
This is a story of family loyalty. It strives to show us that no matter how mad we may get at our parents or siblings, when it really counts we’d do anything too protect them.
What I love the most about Halloween movies on Disney+, besides the nostalgic factor, are the deep lessons in family loyalty, sibling bonds, and friendship. These movies are a must-see for anyone looking for a “scary” movie to watch in October, but with some good old fashioned family values thrown in.
Now, if only Disney+ had the movie Under Wraps…
What is your favorite Halloween movie?