Disney Halloween Marathon
There is no denying that it is officially the season for Halloween. When this season starts so do all the Halloween themed shows, movies, and marathons. Disney is no exception to this rule and actually makes a habit of this tradition throughout their many channels, by showing Halloween specials of their regularly programmed shows.Then there are the ever-popular DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movies) Halloween movies that make their special appearances.
However Disney likes to celebrate the spooky holiday, you know for sure there is a huge collection of Halloween themed programming to make for quality marathon watching to get your in the mood for all Hallow’s Eve.
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The Disney Channel this year is running a countdown marathon called “MonstOber” where they will be showing past DCOM Halloween movies. This started on Oct 7th and will run until Halloween night. There will also be a new DCOM premiering called, Zombies on one of those nights. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a schedule of what will be showing every day, but I do know they will be showing classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, and Under Wraps.
Freeform (Formerly ABC family) has a two-week countdown marathon called 13 Nights of Halloween, which will also show multiple Halloween themed movies every night from October 19th to October 31st, Disney made and non.
Even with these countdown marathons being active for most of October, sometimes we miss out what we really want to watch because of the unpredictability of schedules, timing, or even the simple fact they aren’t the movies you want to see. Here at MouSeekers we created some themed marathons to help you countdown to Halloween in a variety of ways.
I provided three different marathon countdowns based on a theme. The themes include witches, villains, and classic Halloween.I only picked movies that were made by Disney, yet some aren’t exactly Halloween themed.
You are welcome to use these countdown calendars for your own use, or use them to inspire your own countdowns.
Days of Villains
Whenever I think of Halloween and Disney, I think of all the villains of the animated and live action Disney movies. Without the villains, the heroes wouldn’t really be the heroes and come out on top and show their true potential. In a way, we need these villains and they deserve to have some light shine on them too.
So for this countdown, I’ve come up with a small list of what I think are the most nastiest Disney villains and their connected movie. Some of these movies aren’t really Halloween-esque but we are paying homage to the villains of these movies. Plus I found some movies that involve multiple villains in them.
If you don’t agree with my favorite villains, feel free to swap out the movies with the ones that you would like.
Other nasty villains, you can swap out; Aladdin – Jafar, Oogie Boogie – Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain Hook – Peter Pan
MouSeeker Tip: You can even throw Hook in the mix, for a non-Disney movie.
Cast a Spell on You
This countdown marathon is inspired by all the witches and wizards that Disney have created. When looking up the list of witches and wizards, it was such a long list that it was hard to narrow down to only ten. This countdown also possesses movies that aren’t Halloween related, but it still goes with the theme. I definitely wanted to mix classic and modern witchy movies together. You can see I added Disney Channel Original Movies in there to add to the fun.
There is a healthy dose of “old” and “new” Disney movies in the mix of this countdown. Again you can swap out other movies to make the appeal for you or your family’s tastes.
Other witch/wizard movies to consider: Wizard of Waverly Place: The Movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service, or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
MouSeeker Tips: You can have a HalloweenTown marathon by itself, with the sequels.
This countdown is centered all around Halloween inspired Disney. Some are just Halloween based while others entice spookiness which is perfect for a Halloween night.
Oct 22 – Halloween Treats
Oct 23 – Halloween Hall of Fame
This theme is all around Halloween, but you can definitely swap out other movies that will fit your Halloween needs. Even mix these movies around from Halloween fun to spookiest.
Halloween and Chill
I was going to include a Netflix list of Halloween Disney movies, but Netflix continuously changes their library and has, unfortunately, took away the Disney movies I was going to include. Here is a very tiny list of what Netflix has to offer for Halloween Disney movies.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Girl Vs. Monster
Mickey’s House of Villains
Marvel’s Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell
MouSeeker Tips: Netflix does have a new category for this month called, Halloween Picks, that has many different Halloween movies at your disposal.
The Scariest of Them All
If a freight is what you are looking for, Disney does have some movies that might just give you chills. The following movies are, in my opinion, for a scary marathon night. Some have been added in earlier in this post, while others are almost forgotten about. Feel free to add them to your Halloween movie night!
The most recent movie on this list, a musical adaptation of the most famous of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales, in which they intertwined with each other’s stories. Not only does the tone, lighting give off such a foreboding and spooky nature in this movie, but the stories are actually told the same way the Grimm brothers told them which causes them to be truly scary. This isn’t your usual Disney stories, and technically there isn’t a happy ending, but it’s perfect for a Halloween movie night.
This 1980s movie starring Bette Davis, you wouldn’t think was made by Disney at all. I have only seen the trailer for this, and but I can tell that this is made for a scary movie night. The movie is about two sisters who are looking for information on a missing girl in the ominous woods. There is no surprise when things go awry when they start digging more about the truth.
Another 1980s film based on a novel of the same name, this is another movie that doesn’t seem very “Disney”. This film is about a traveling carnival lead by Mr. Dark, whose job it is to seduce people into join the carnival. Everything about this movie seems really creepy, from the carnies, to Mr. Dark, and to the curses that are inflicted on the small townspeople.
By far the most bizarre pick on this list. This movie is loosely based off of the “Oz” novels from Frank Braum, and to be noted this isn’t a sequel to the very famous Wizard of Oz movie from 1939. This is mentioned because of the weird nature of this film. It first starts off with a very young Dorothy who has become an insomniac and desperately wanting to return to Oz. There’s a talking hen, and new friends introduced that are downright frightening. With the dark tone, strange creatures, and new story this movie is definitely a trip but was noted to be the best adaptation of the Oz novels.
The Black Hole
This film was released in 1979, and it was the result of the Star Wars hysteria. It’s very hokey now, even compared to Star Wars, but the premise is off-putting. This movie is set on an abandoned spaceship heading towards a black hole. It was Disney’s first film to rated PG.
This 1995 movie is actually not the start of the series, but it is the most recommended of the series. The original was made in 1975, with the same name, and was adopted after a Sci-Fi novel by Alexander H. Key. There was three in the series with Escape to Witch Mountain first, Return to Witch Mountain, and then the final, Beyond Witch Mountain. This 1995 was the remake, and the most popular one about a pair of twins, who have psychic abilities, chased by a millionaire that want to exploit them. It sounds very family friendly, but it has a creepy undertone.
There you have it, MouSeekers personal preference on what to watch to get in the mood for Halloween.
Tell us what you think of these Halloween countdown marathons, and if we missed any movie that should belong on any of these lists.