If you aren’t lucky enough to be spending this Halloween in a Disney Park then what better way to get your Disney fix by watching some Disney Halloween Movies! Here are my favourites…
Released in 2012, Walt Disney Studios teamed up with Tim Burton to create this beautifully animated black and white horror stop-motion film. The movie is set in New Holland and follows the story of Victor, a reclusive, geeky child who manages to resurrect his beloved dog, Sparkey, after he was run over during a baseball game. The repercussions that follow demonstrate parallels and parodies to the original Frankenstein but in a charming and heartfelt way. Frankenweenie definitely needs to be on your list of Disney films to watch this Halloween!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus is a classic. Every Halloween this is played without fail. The story follows three witches after they were accidentally awoken by a cynical teenager, his crush and his younger sister! Spanning from seventeenth-century Salem, to the America in the early nineties, this cult classic is one not to be missed!
The Nightmare Before Christmas is both watchable at Halloween and Christmas. Released in 1993 this musical stop-motion fantasy film tells the story of Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown and the events that follow after Jack discovers Christmas Town! Co-produced by Tim Burton and with a score worthy of its golden globe nomination, this is movie needs to go into your ‘to watch’ pile this Halloween.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
This horror comedy was release in 2003 and was the fourth Disney film to be based around a Disney Attraction. Across the globe, there are multiple version of the Haunted Mansion Ride and with the exception of Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland, all versions of the attraction follow a similar story line. I love how the film has manged to retain some of the key themes to the ride, but also have its own original and coherent story. Set in Gracey Manor in the Louisiana Bayou, the story unfolds between the connection of Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his family to Gracey Manor. Expect secret passages, breathing doors, cemeteries, crystal balls, crypts, a ball room full of ghosts, Madame Leota and of course the four singing busts!
Feel free to post in the comment section what your favourite Halloween films are – Disney or non-Disney!
P.S. Some notable mentions, who just missed the final cut are Twitches (and Twitches Too), Halloween Town, The Tales of Icabod Crane and Mom’s Got A Date With a Vampire! Check them out too and have a happy Halloween!