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Over the next month, as we get closer to Halloween, I will be giving you my top 10 Halloween movies: not just movies that are great to watch on Halloween, but films which take place on and around the holiday and encapsulate the spirit of Halloween. Before we get started – expect the first one tomorrow! -, here are a few short Disney Halloween cartoons you might like to check out…
1. Trick ‘r’ Treat (1952)
I had this image from 1952 Donald Duck cartoon Trick ‘r’ Treat in my bedroom when I was 5 or 6, and I’d stuck little glow-in-the-dark skeletons on the sides. It made it look pretty eerie to me. I didn’t discover the actual cartoon – and the holiday itself, which wasn’t celebrated at all in my native Belgium – until a few years later, but this was one of my first ways of showing my love for all things spooky.
You’ll find the cartoon here:
2. The Skeleton Dance (1929)
Though it doesn’t take place on Halloween night specifically, I couldn’t miss this opportunity to mention one of the most influential films ever made to me, 1929 Silly Symphony The Skeleton Dance. I must have been just a few years old the first time I saw this cartoon, and it made a deep impression. As a kid, skeletons were pretty much the scariest thing in the world, and I was OBSESSED with them. But these skeletons weren’t just a little bit spooky, they were also fun…
This is, to this day, my favorite cartoon short, and you’ll find it here:
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
A bit like Trick ‘r’ Treat, I first discovered Disney’s version of Washington Irving’s tale – my first contact with the Sleepy Hollow story – through pictures in a book. I’m told it’s been banned by Disney because its characters smoke and drink, but I have no idea if that’s true.
As a side note, the reference to Halloween and jack o’lanterns in the film is an anachronism.
Whatever the case, this is a hilarious version of the story, which also includes great songs. See it here:
Are there any short Disney Halloween cartoons that you prefer?