Skip to main content

PawTracks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

3 great Disney+ pet movies to watch on Halloween

The house is decorated inside and out, the costumes are ready to wear, and the party menu is planned. You’re resisting the urge to buy candy for at least a few more days to ensure you’ll actually have some to hand to trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Is there anything else you can do to get ready for Halloween?

Maybe so. Streaming services like Disney+ have a variety of seasonal classics as well as new releases you can watch any day of the week, with a spook factor suitable for every member of the family. So, turn down the lights and cuddle up. These Halloween pet movies will put you in a festive mood.

dog ghost happy halloween
Image used with permission by copyright holder

What to watch on Halloween

Hocus Pocus

This 1993 film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters is a Disney favorite. As spooky as these three witches try to be, their antics are laugh-out-loud funny, especially for older children and teens.

But the star of the show might just be Thackery Binx, a 17th-century boy who is transformed into an immortal black cat at the beginning of the film. With the help of animatronics, Binx teams up three centuries later on Halloween with a trio of youngsters who are valiantly trying to keep the Sanderson Sisters from becoming permanent members of the community.

Spook factor: The film is on The Hollywood Reporter‘s list of 18 kid-friendly movies; however, its contents may be too scary for children younger than 10.

Spooky Buddies

If your kids love the Air Buddies franchise, chances are good they’ll love Spooky Buddies, too. Originally released on DVD in 2011, Spooky Buddies follows the adventures of B-dawg, Butterball, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud as they go on a Halloween adventure in Fernfield.

When B-dawg accidentally releases Warwick the Warlock and the Halloween Hound from a spell cast in 1937, the team spends the rest of the movie trying to reverse the spell.

Spook factor: This one-hour-and-28-minute movie is rated G, but it might be too scary for children younger than 6.

dog in flying ace costume
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Frankenweenie

Every kid (or kid at heart) who has lost a pet will be able to relate to Victor and the heartbreak he experiences when his beloved dog, Sparky, dies. But when Victor, a science nerd, performs an experiment that jolts Sparky back to life, it comes with a set of monstrous consequences.

Tim Burton directs this award-winning 3D stop-motion animated science fiction horror movie featuring the voices of Martin Short, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara.

Spook factor: The film isn’t recommended for children 9 years of age and younger; parental guidance is suggested for those ages 9–12.

How to watch

All three of these movies are available on Disney+, a subscription streaming service that features old classics and new releases from Disney, as well as Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Subscriptions are $7.99/month or $79.99/year with unlimited streaming capabilities on your TV, computer, mobile, tablet, and game consoles.

There’s nothing spooky about that, especially since Halloween officially kicks off the start of the holiday season. Once you finish watching this list of pet movies on Disney+ for Halloween, your entertainment options will be festively positioned for the remainder of the year.

Topics
Debbie Clason
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Debbie Clason's work has appeared in Family Life Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Lutheran Witness, Massage Magazine…
50 amazing boy dog names to consider for your new puppy
Find your puppy the perfect moniker with these aesthetic male names
A yellow Lab puppy wearing a blue collar looks up

So, you're bringing home a new puppy. Congratulations! Preparing to add four more paws to your family can be one of the most exciting and joyful things you'll ever do, but there are also a lot of decisions to be made. What food will they eat? Where will they sleep? And perhaps most importantly -- what will their name be?

While things like dog beds and collars can be replaced over time, your dog's name will be around forever. Because of this, it's perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed by this decision. After all, the options are quite literally endless.

Read more
What is littermate syndrome? Why this puppy bond can be a problem
Why you want to avoid littermate syndrome (and what to do if you didn't)
Golden retriever puppies

What's better than bringing one puppy home? Two — or so you might think. Welcoming two puppies at the same time can seem adorable in theory, especially if they're from the same litter. The two puppies already knew one another and were perhaps born within seconds of one another. Siblings growing up together, what could be more fun?

However, most animal behavioral experts recommend against getting two puppies on the same day (or within six months). They're not trying to rain on your puppy parade. Instead, experts warn against the possibility of littermate syndrome. What is littermate syndrome, and why can it be so stressful? Let's discuss. We'll also work through ways to treat littermate syndrome if your pets already have the issue.
What is littermate syndrome?

Read more
The best medium-sized dog breeds for your family
These dogs are the perfect size — and temperament — for families with kids
An English springer spaniel's side profile standing next to tall grass

Whether you're a veteran dog owner or are new to the canine world, it can be immensely helpful to do your research before adopting the dog of your dreams. After all, step one is to figure out what your ideal four-legged friend might be like.
Will they cuddle up with you at the end of the day, or will they sleep in a dog bed all their own? Would you like a high-energy friend or a canine buddy that can binge-watch your favorite Netflix show at all hours of the day with you? Perhaps even more importantly, what size dog can you handle in your home?
Medium-sized dogs are a perfect fit for those who may want the activity of a larger dog without the massive size. Many families prefer mid-sized canines because they're large enough to play with children without getting hurt, but they're not too large to spook or knock over a child (most of the time, anyway). There can be many reasons why a medium-sized dog breed is your perfect fit, but how do you know what breed to look into? Let us help you decide.

Medium-sized dogs for families with children

Read more