The Best Spooky Movies on Disney Plus
Wondering what to watch this Halloween? We’ve got the (pumpkin) scoop.
This year, Disney is branding its Halloween content as #Hallowstream once again, offering a wide variety of shows, movies, and the odd sing-along special.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite titles just for you—plus, scroll down for the full schedule of new spooky premieres on Disney+ and Hulu this Halloween season.
The best spooky movies on Disney+
Last year, the Muppets gave us a taste of Haunted Mansion spookiness, but we get the real deal this year. Disney’s decision to release the new Haunted Mansion reboot in the middle of summer makes a lot more sense when you realize they were saving the digital release for Hallowstream. 2023’s Haunted Mansion makes its Disney+ debut on October 4.
Based on the theme park ride of the same name, Haunted Mansion is about a family who moves into, you guessed it, a haunted mansion. It’s filled with celebrity cameos and references to the ride, and promises two hours and three minutes of spooky fun.
Werewolf by Night (color optional)
Marvel surprised us all last Halloween with Werewolf by Night, a monochromatic, campy horror flick unlike anything we’ve seen from the MCU before. We look forward to rewatching the special this year, but there’s a new viewing option on the horizon. Starting October 20, you’ll be able to watch Werewolf by Night in Color, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It feels kind of wrong to take away the film’s stylistic lack of color, but to each their own.
Werewolf by Night is a lesser-known Marvel character—a werewolf named Jack Russell. His Halloween special follows him into a deadly game played by monster hunters, with a mysterious relic as the prize. It also sees appearances by Elsa Bloodstone and Swamp Thing, two other cult-favorite characters from the comics.
It’s been 25 years since the first Halloweentown movie, but it’s still one of the best spooky franchises of all time. Disney+ has the whole collection: Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown.
If you didn’t grow up in the 2000s, Halloweentown is about a girl named Marnie who discovers that she comes from a family of powerful witches from a magical alternate dimension. She spends the movies trying to connect the two sides of her heritage: human and magical being.
If you like talking skeletons, High School Musical cameos, and men who are secretly 400 frogs in a trenchcoat, this series is for you.
More of the best spooky movies on Disney Plus
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Under Wraps
- Spooky Buddies
- Girl vs. Monster
- Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
- Edward Scissorhands
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Monsters, Inc.
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
- Invisible Sister
- Now You See It…
Themed marathons aren’t just for cable channels anymore. But unlike Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween and Disney Channel’s Calling All the Monsters, you don’t have to scour the TV guide to catch your favorite Halloween films on streaming.
Disney+ boasts a few highly anticipated premieres, including the new Goosebumps series on October 13 and the Dancing with the Stars: Halloween Episode on October 31. But most of the service’s Halloween classics, like Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, are available to watch all month long.
Disney+’s Hallowstream schedule
|Haunted Mansion||October 4|
|Goosebumps (2023 series)||October 13|
|Marvel Studios' Werewolf by Night in Color||October 20|
|Dancing with the Stars: Halloween Episode||October 31|
Hulu, also owned by Disney, has a similar lineup for its Huluween event. In fact, it even shares a few titles (like the new Goosebumps series) with Hallowstream. Huluween actually began in mid-September with the Hulu premiere of Werewolf by Night (the black-and-white version), and continues with FX’s American Horror Story: Delicate on September 21 and the Hulu Original No One Will Save You on September 22.
Hulu’s Huluween schedule
|Marvel Studios' Werewolf by Night||September 15|
|FX's American Horror Story: Delicate||September 21|
|No One Will Save You||September 22|
|Stephen King's Rose Red||October 1|
|Fright Krewe||October 2|
|The Boogeyman||October 5|
|The Mill||October 9|
|Goosebumps (2023 series)||October 13|
|Living for the Dead||October 18|
|FX's American Horror Stories Four-Episode Huluween Event||October 26|