While Disney is mainly known for its family-friendly fare, the Mouse has still made plenty of scary movies and TV shows. Some of these properties are definitely more fun than scary, but there are still plenty of legitimately creepy offerings in the Disney vault. And now that Disney has launched its very own streaming service, Disney+, you can watch many of these scary Disney classics all in one place.
Disney+ currently does not have a dedicated horror category for either movies or TV series, but we're here to help. Here are some of the best spooky movies, (and one TV show), that you can watch on Disney+. Make sure you vote and let us know which one's your favorite!
- Photo: Buena Vista Pictures
For people who love Tim Burton's signature mix of darkness and whimsy, The Nightmare Before Christmas is probably their favorite film.
Directed by Henry Selick and produced by Burton, the film is set in Halloween Town and follows Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King, who over the years has grown bored of scaring children. When Jack stumbles through a portal into Christmas Town, he decides to bring the holiday to Halloween Town - no matter what.
At the time, Roger Ebert called its stop-motion visuals "revolutionary." Featuring Danny Elfman's songs and score, the creepy feature is both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie filled with chills, laughs, heart, and lovable characters.
- Actors: Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Shadix
- Released: 1993
- Directed by: Henry Selick
- Photo: Buena Vista Pictures
For many people, Halloween season doesn't being until they watch Hocus Pocus. The story follows teenager Max and his little sister, Dani, who move to Salem, MA, and accidentally free three witch sisters. The Sanderson sisters gleefully wreak havoc on the town of Salem, sucking the souls of children in order to stay alive. It's up to Max and Dani to stop them by stealing their book of magic spells.
Hocus Pocus isn't really a horror movie, but it's a comedy set during Halloween. The main reason fans keep returning to it is because stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy bring a lightness to the Sanderson sisters that makes them fun. Meanwhile, Omri Katz and Thora Birch turn in solid performances as a brother and sister who are forced to work together to save their town.
When you add a script full of memorable one-liners, it's easy to see why Hocus Pocus is a creepy Disney favorite.
- Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Penny Marshall, Kathy Najimy
- Released: 1993
- Directed by: Kenny Ortega
- Photo: Buena Vista Distribution
Return to Oz is what would happen if Tim Burton had made a sequel to The Wizard of Oz.
Set after the events of the 1939 Judy Garland film, Return to Oz begins when Auntie Em sends Dorothy to a psychiatric hospital to cure her of all that "Oz nonsense." While receiving electroshock therapy, Dorothy returns to the land of Oz only to find it in ruins and under the control of the evil Nome King. Dorothy sets out to save Oz along with her new friends, Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-Tok, and Princess Ozma.
The film has a much darker and weirder tone than the first Wizard of Oz, but it's consistent with the later books in L. Frank Baum's book series, including The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz. The film didn't perform well at the box office, and today holds a 52% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it's more of a cult favorite than a true classic.
For children hoping for a fun sequel to The Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz probably isn't the best pick. But for adult Wizard of Oz fans who'd like to see a darker exploration of the World of Oz, or for fans of L. Frank Baum's book series, it's a must-watch.
- Actors: Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Nicol Williamson, Deep Roy, Sophie Ward
- Released: 1985
- Directed by: Walter Murch
- Photo: RKO Radio Pictures
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is two animated films in one. The first segment is based on Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's book The Wind in the Willows, and while it isn't scary, it is still worth a view. The second segment is an adaptation of Washington Irving's story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which the lanky schoolteacher Ichabod Crane is menaced by the ghostly Headless Horseman.
Legendary American crooner Bing Crosby narrated the tale, provided the voices for both Crane and his romantic rival Brom Bones, and sang the songs “Ichabod,” “Katrina,” and “The Headless Horseman.” An accompanying album featuring those songs and Crosby's narration was released the same year on Decca Records.
Both segments hold up, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow still brings the scares decades after its original release.
- Actors: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley, Oliver Wallace, Eric Blore
- Released: 1949
- Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney