10 of Disney’s Spookiest Films Perfect For Halloween Viewing
Each Halloween Season Disney fans all-over the world celebrate by watching films like ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ However, Disney also has in its back catalog a whole array of spooky flicks, many of which you may remember from your childhood. Take a spooktacular walk down memory lane with this 10 scary titles.
Watcher in the Woods
If you remember this flick from 1980 then you’ll also remember its nothing short of creepy. The film is notable because it stars Bette Davis as well as Kyle Richards who you may recognize from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The premise is that a family moves to a country home where the children start to experience strange happenings. It is soon discovered that these peculiar happenings may have a link to a strange occult occurrence that happened in years past. I don’t want to give too much away here but its spookiness still holds up today.
If you’re a parent and you’ve tried watching Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ with small kids, you know firsthand that it’s not all Sorcerer Mickey and Dancing Hippos. As a matter of fact, I’ve got one word for you- Chernabog! You’ll know him as the ominous towering demon from the “Night on Bald Mountain” vignette in the film. This character was inspired by Bela Lugosi and spends his scene conjuring up demonic creatures before he’s chase away by the daylight. For families with older children ‘Fantasia’ can be great for a Halloween thrill. However, with smaller kids, you may want to hit fast forward!
The Black Cauldron
This film tells the story of a young boy who attempts to rescue his clairvoyant big from the castle of the Horned King. The King comes into possession of a Black Cauldron which he uses to produce a terrifying army of deathless warriors. Its up to Taran (the boy with the pig) and his band of friends to destroy it. The animated film came out in 1985 and was a bit of a flop at the time. It was dubbed the most expensive animated film ever made but conjured up a mere $20 million at the box office. It was also the first Disney film to earn a PG rating. However, we here at MickeyBlog consider it an underrated film and definitely one worthy of a watch.
Boogedy, Boogedy Boo! How many of you remember this from your childhood? This movie from the 1980’s features Kristy Swanson who along with her family moves into a creepy mansion in a town called Lucier Falls. The house is haunted by three spirits: A child, a widow and Mr Boogedy. As the legend goes, hundreds of years ago, Mr Boogedy sold his soul to the Devil for a magical cloak thus making him the creepy character you see above and the figure responsible for many nightmares for children growing up in the 80s.
Though we’ve all fallen in love with the tale of a wooden puppet who eventually becomes a ‘real boy.’ For small kids, this Disney animated classic can be downright scary. This Disney-loving mom made the mistake of showing it to my daughter a bit too early and let’s just say there were lots of tears involved. The scene to be wary of if introducing it your tiny tots involves children being magically transformed into really creepy crying donkeys! Its definitely worthy of a fast-forward if watching with little ones!
The Skeleton Dance
The Adventures of Icabod and Mr Toad
Escape to Witch Mountain
Darby O’ Gill and the Little People
Film buffs will know this as the 1959 film about leprechauns and the one that also gave Sean Connery his big break. Though on the surface this looks like a jovial film about Irish lore, there are some downright spooky scenes. The film features ancient ruins and an evil hooded spirit known as a Banshee. Though many consider this a St. Patrick’s day film, we argue the spooky-side makes it perfect for Halloween viewing but not for the easily spooked!
Something Wicked This Way Comes
It’s easy to forget that this is a circa 1980’s Disney film because it is downright terrifying! Based on a novel by Ray Bradbury, the film stars Jonathan Pryce as a character called Mr. Dark who leads a travelling carnival to a small town. However, it isn’t long before two boys in the town uncover the true purpose of this creepy circus – to steal the souls of local residents! Yep. Super frightening!
WINNER: Return to Oz
I once heard this film referred to as “The Movie That Traumatized a Generation” and they wouldn’t be lying. For decades fans anxiously awaited a fun-filled musical sequel revisiting the magical land of Oz. What they got instead was a film that starts with Dorothy in a mental institution and it doesn’t get any less terrifying from there! Saying this 1985 film is dark would be an understatement! Oz has turned into a wasteland controlled by a Nome King, there’s a headless Princess (Princess Mombi) and frightful characters called Wheelers that look like something out of an Alien or Predator film. Many parents when the film first came out questioned whether the flick was suitable for children. Definitely worth a re-watch as an adult but if you’re a parent you may want to ask yourself the same question today!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of favorite frightfully delightful Disney flicks! Be sure to let us know if we’ve left out your favorite and keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest Disney news and updates!