This is Halloween! This is Halloween! It’s that time of year again, when the air turns crisp and the leaves burst with color. If you like apple and pumpkin spiced everything, this is the season for you!
My kids love Halloween time for the parties at school, dressing up, and trick-or-treating. But I think it’s a great time to snuggle up with some popcorn (pumpkin flavor optional!) and watch a movie.
Our family has a couple go-to Disney movies that we like to watch to get us into the Halloween spirit. The first is Hocus Pocus which opened back in 1993. The movies opens in 1693 Salem, Massachusetts with the 3 Sanderson sisters . They are witches trying to prolong their youth by stealing it from a young girl. They are punished for their crime but resurrected in 1993. The movie goes on as the sisters try to become accustomed to the modern world and continue their plot to stay forever young.
Hocus Pocus has enjoyed a cult following since it’s release. It is a regular feature on ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween movie marathon. And in 2015 the Sanderson sisters enjoyed another resurrection. They are now featured in a stage show called “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Our second favorite Halloween Movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas, released in 1993. The movie follows the adventures of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King. Jack becomes obsessed with Christmas and he tries to take over the role of Santa Claus. As you can imagine the first Christmas does not go well, as Jack has not realized the true meaning of Christmas. The movie also features a rag doll names Sally who loves Jack from afar, and a villain named Oogie Boogie. The Nightmare Before Christmas has remained popular in the same way Hocus Pocus has. The characters are featued at various events throughout the Disney Parks. At Walt Disney World Resort, Oogie Boogie has been in the “Villains Unleashed” events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He is also in Mickey’s Boo to You Parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park. At Disneyland, the Nightmare Before Christmas combines with the Haunted Mansion attraction to offer Haunted Mansion Holiday.
At Magic Kingdom Park you can also meet Jack and Sally during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. These two are popular, so be sure to line up early to see them!
I really like that we can enjoy these movies at home and then go to the Disney Parks and see them incorporated into the Halloween festivities.
My kids are 10 and 7 and they really enjoy both of these movies. If you haven’t seen either of these movies, give them a try! Happy Halloween!