There is no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by watching these classic, spooky Halloween cartoons!
There’s no denying these scary family-friendly movies provide the scare!
Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing: it’s time to watch some cartoons! Although there are plenty of spooky options to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Halloween-themed cartoons.
Classic Halloween Cartoons
If you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun, check out some of these classics. Mickey’s Halloween Treat is always a crowd-pleaser, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a must-watch for any fans of classic animation. Hotel Transylvania will put you in the Halloween mood if you’re looking for something a little more recent.
1. The Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror
I can still remember being a kid watching these episodes. In The Simpsons’ second season, episode three is entitled “Treehouse of Horror.”. In a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein, Marge cautions the audience of the nature of the episode and tells them to put their children to sleep rather than write angry letters to their parents. The episode first aired on Fox on October 25, 1990.
2. Winnie The Pooh – Boo to You Too
I love this cartoon, Pooh cartoons are always creating classics. In this Halloween special, Pooh and his friends are preparing for the “bestest Halloween ever” – but timid Piglet is too afraid of goblins to join in. During a particularly dark and stormy Halloween night, Pooh and company find themselves on an exciting adventure. Tigger gets the scare he’s hoping for, Piglet finds his courage, and they all learn the value of friendship.
3. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
It’s Garfield’s favorite holiday – you dress up in a costume and next thing you know, there’s candy everywhere! Garfield and Odie disguise themselves as Old Pirate Cap’n and First Mate and hit the sidewalks of suburbia, discovering a real-life, very scary ghost story!
4. The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone
Initial release: October 30, 1979
Count Rockula’s castle in Rocksylvania is the prize for winning the Make a Deal or Don’t game show by the Flintstones and Rubbles. There is a legend that Count Rockula created a Frankenstone monster to scare away werewolves, but it hasn’t been seen for 500 years. Fred and Barney discover Count Rockula’s secret laboratory after the couples arrive at the castle for the costume ball.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I watch this every year! still a classic. Tim Burton and Henry Selick produced and directed the 1993 American stop-action animated musical dark fantasy film The Nightmare Before Christmas. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town” who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday, with disastrous consequences.
6. Hyde and Go Tweet – Halloween Cartoons
Another one of my favorites! In the cartoon, Tweety accidentally drinks a formula that turns him into a huge yellow monster with bulging eyes, terrorizing Sylvester — just as he still terrorizes Tweety fans today. An animated short by Warner Bros, Hyde and Go Tweet is a 1960 Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng.
7. The Skeleton Dance (1929)
A Silly Symphonies cartoon with skeletons rattling their bones in black and white. Busby Berkeley’s Halloween cartoon is perfect. Despite many advances in animation, this Disney cartoon remains one of the most beautiful in history. During the film, four human skeletons dance and make music around a spooky graveyard-a modern example of medieval European “danse macabre.”
8. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
To be honest, I don’t remember watching this as a kid. I did watch it just yesterday though haha. As the story goes, on Halloween night, Linus and his friends wait for the Great Pumpkin, who is said to have a bag full of toys for all the good kids. Snoopy’s Red Baron made his first appearance in this episode.
9. Casper’s Halloween Special
As Casper goes trick-or-treating, Hairy Scary tries to spoil the fun by pulling a few pranks, but he goes too far when he disappoints some orphans. Hanna-Barbera produced Casper’s Halloween Special in 1979, featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost and his friend Hairy Scarey from Casper and the Angels. NBC premiered the special on October 30, 1979, directed by Carl Urbano.
10. Lonesome Ghosts
Initial release: December 24, 1937
Disney’s “Ghost Exterminators” are invited by four green ghosts to their haunted house to drive them crazy. This beautiful vintage animation features classic characters we all know and love. Take note of the background details. In some later movie, Goofy’s quote “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” was used.
11. Trick or Treat (1952)
Many Disney aficionados consider this to be the best of the Donald Duck cartoons directed by Jack Hanna. The show introduced Witch Hazel, whose voice was provided by renowned voice artist June Foray. This Disney short showed just how vibrantly colored a Disney short can be with Huey Dewey and Louie’s costumes and stylized backgrounds.
12. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Initial release: 1949
Directors: Jack Kinney, James Algar, Clyde Geronimi
Music composed by: Oliver Wallace
Adapted from: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
During a terrifying nighttime ride, Ichabod Crane encounters the Headless Horseman while unraveling a series of murders.
13. Scared Shrekless –
I love all of the Shrek movies, Christmas, Easter, and of course Halloween. Shrek loves Halloween, but instead of trick-or-treating, he challenges the gang to spend the night telling scary stories. Shrekless wins if he is the last one to be scared. On October 28, 2010, NBC premiered Scared Shrekless, a 26-minute computer-animated Halloween horror comedy TV special following the events of Shrek Forever After.
14. South Park: Ghouls, Ghosts, and Underpants Gnomes
The humor in these episodes, which parodies pop culture, shows their strength. The band Korn appears in a Halloween episode of South Park, and they help the boys defend themselves against fifth graders and ghosts. There is no doubt that the whole episode is a hilarious take on Scooby Doo.
15.SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools
In this collection of six Flying Dutchman episodes, SpongeBob and Patrick find themselves in the middle of a ridiculous feud between a crew of ghost pirates and the Flying Dutchman.
16. Toy Story of TERROR!
When the Toy Story gang detours to a roadside motel, their fun road trip takes an unexpected turn for the worse. This Toy Story OF TERROR begins when one of the toys goes missing, leading the others into a mysterious series of events. Mr. Potato Head goes missing while Woody, Buzz, and the other toys are staying at a motel. During their search for him, the gang finds themselves entangled in a series of mysterious events.
17. Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania is run by Dracula, a place where monsters can escape human civilization. He must hide Jonathan from his guests and protect his “teenage” vampire daughter from falling in love with him when he arrives on the premises.
18. The Dog Who Saved Halloween
Just before Halloween, Zeus and his owners moved into a new house. A haunted house and bumbling burglars are discovered when Zeus and one of the Bannister family members investigate their creepy neighbor.
19. Corpse Bride
An inexperienced groom accidentally marries a dead woman after practicing his wedding vows in a forest. In this dark, romantic film, Tim Burton does not disappoint.
20. Curious George: A Halloween Boofest
George and Allie embark on a spooky adventure to discover a spooky tale of a scarecrow who comes to life. This family-friendly film follows the two as they search for the truth.
21. Wendell & Wild – New Halloween Movie
‘Wendell & Wild’ is a 2022 American stop-motion horror comedy film directed by Henry Selick based on a screenplay written by him and Jordan Peele.
Based on Clay McLeod Chapman’s unpublished book of the same name by Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman.
In addition to Keegan-Michael Key and Peele, Angela Bassett, Lyric Ross, James Hong, and Ving Rhames play supporting roles. This is Selick’s first feature film since Coraline. A screening of Wendell & Wild is scheduled for October 21, 2022, and fully released on October 28, 2022, by Netflix.
Halloween Cartoon Compilation
Looney Tunes, Mickey Mouse, Casper & more. Here is a video of 4 hours of nonstop classic Halloween cartoons to watch. have FUN!