Our Favorite Disney Halloween Movies

Stephanie M. (NDM#544) (7 Posts)

Stephanie was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She still lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and 2 young daughters who are 6 and 9. She first visited Walt Disney World with her parents in 1978 when Magic Kingdom was the only park! She reconnected with Walt Disney World in 2007 when she and her husband planned a trip with their first daughter, who was 15 months old at the time. Visiting with her young daughter showed a different side to a WDW vacation and she fell in love with the Disney magic all over again.

Stephanie and her family have been back to Walt Disney World every year since and even became Disney Vacation Club members. Stephanie’s second daughter had her first trip when she was 9 months old, so she loves giving vacation planning tips to families with young children. Stephanie also loves dining at Walt Disney World and she is the person in the restaurants taking food pictures!

Stephanie is so excited to be contributing to the Disney Driven Life and can’t wait to start sharing tips and experiences!


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.

sanderson sisters

(photo courtesy Disney Parks Blog)

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.

jack skellington, sally, nightmare before christmas

(photo courtesy Disney Parks Blog)

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!