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The best Halloween movies on Disney+

Grab the candy corn and marathon the best Halloween movies on Disney+, from Halloweentown to Maleficent!

Written by
Time Out editors
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Danielle Valente
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Lest we forget, Halloween is mostly a children’s holiday. And so, in the run-up to the costuming and candy-gathering festivities, when planning your month-long scary movie marathon, don’t ignore the little ones. Thankfully, it’s easy to sprinkle in a couple freaky flicks for kids if you have Disney+. You might not link horror with Disney, but even their seemingly placid animated classics contain some unsettling moments. (‘Pink Elephants on Parade,’ anyone?) Here, we’ve compiled 10 of the spookiest movies currently streaming on the platform. Don’t worry: true to the House of Mouse, they’re more fun than frightening overall.

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Young Victor relies heavily on companionship from his pup, Sparky. But, sadly, fate had other plans for the cute canine. But it just so happens that Victor has a love of science and uses that passion to bring Sparky back to life. What will happen when everyone else catches on that he is able to bring deceased animals back to life? (Hint: Nothing good.) Rated PG.  

2. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

The Hansen kids aren't going to let the fact that they're grounded stop them from their plans. So, in hopes to sidetrack their mom, they're willing to do anything...even if that means setting her up with an eligible vampire. Rated TV-PG. 

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Jim Evers didn't mean to bring his work on vacation with him. It just sort of happened! When the realtor plans to take his family on vacation, he is asked to stop at a creepy-looking home he's to sell. The visit becomes a debacle when he realizes the humble abode is haunted and the spirits need his help. Rated PG. 

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Before the long-awaited sequel hits the streamer at the end of September, get reacquainted with the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches from the 1600s unleashed in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, in this cult-classic Disney horror comedy. After spending 300 years in purgatory, the coven – memorably portrayed by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy – are accidentally brought back to life by a local teenager, who has until sundown to send them back to the netherworld from whence they came. Hold on to your flying vacuums – it’s a wild ride! Rated PG.

6. Twitches (2005)

In true Tia and Tamera Mowry fashion, the real-life twins play separated twins at birth—this time, with a few magical elements mixed in. When they retunite in the film, the sisters realize their powers are actually stronger when they join forces. Oh, the possibilities! Rated TV-PG. 

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Photograph: WALT DISNEY PICTURES/Ronald Grant Archive/Mary Evans/Everett Collection

7. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Washington Irving's grisly tale of Sleepy Hollow becomes more palatable for the kiddies in this cartoon, the second of two featurettes. Following The Wind in the Willows adaptation is this story of bumptious schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his nemesis the Headless Horseman. It's a trite, chocolate-box picture of colonial days—until the Horseman shows up for one of those nightmare sequences with which Uncle Walt so relished. He sure liked to terrify his young audiences. Rated G.

8. Can of Worms (1999)

Careful what you wish for! One teen is so over life on earth that he sends out a call to the cosmos to save him. But, he's definitely not prepared when aliens actually show up. Rated PG. 

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Halloweentown (1998)
Photograph: Courtesy Singer White/Ventura Valley Film/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

9. Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) is toughing it out in a household that can’t stand Halloween, but little does she know she’ll soon be living out every tween’s dream: She’s actually a witch and has magical powers. After overhearing a conversation between her mother and grandmother, Marnie sets off to see for herself if Halloweentown is real—and boy is it ever! But remember that whole “with great power comes great responsibility” thing? It’s the truth, and Marnie (alongside her brother and little sister) encounters more trouble than she bargained for. Rated TV-PG.

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