Halloween has come early to Disney+ with their new Halloween film collection. Very early actually, as of this writing, since it’s August. Could this be a plot by Jack Skellington to reschedule Halloween for summer?
When Ghosts Haunt Your Summer
Disney sure has picked an odd time to present us their Halloween film collection on Disney+. At the time of this writing, it’s still only August. Halloween is still over 2 months away. And yet, here’s Disney with their Halloween-themed films, both live-action and animated.
Perhaps Disney heard about Japan’s tradition of telling ghost stories in the summer? It seems a bit unlikely, but who knows? Maybe Jack Skellington likes travelling abroad. In any case though, Disney+ now has a collection of 20 different Halloween films to celebrate the summer with. This includes the film I’ve been alluding to this entire time: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Seriously, if you’ve never watched this darkly hilarious Halloween and Christmas film by Henry Selick (who also directed James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Coraline (2009)) before, now’s the perfect time to do so.
Of course, The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t the only film that’s streaming on Disney+ now, but it is the most memorable. If you want to check out the other films though, here’s the full list:
Disney+ Halloween Collection
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
- The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)
- Frankenweenie (1984): the live-action version no one has heard of
- Mr. Boogedy (1986)
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): the one for your bucket list
- Halloweentown (1998)
- Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)
- Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)
- Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
- Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
- The Scream Team (2002)
- The Haunted Mansion (2003): the one starring Eddie Murphy
- Halloweentown High (2004)
- Twitches (2005)
- Return to Halloweentown (2006)
- Twitches Too (2007)
- Frankenweenie (2012): the stop-motion animated version
- Girl vs. Monster (2012)
- Zombies (2018): just watch Warm Bodies (2013) for the better version
Disney+ appears to be celebrating Halloween early with the release of these 20 films. Perhaps Jack Skellington managed to sneak into Disney’s offices and organized this? If only that were true.