Sure it’s the middle of September, but that’s not stopping us from starting our Halloween countdown early! Every day from now through October 31st, we’re taking a look at anything and everything related to Halloween! From park decorations and experiences, to shopping opportunities, scary movies, and so much more. We hope you’ll join us in this ongoing celebration of the frightfully fun and sometimes spooky season. Mwahahaha!
October 26, 2020: Review: Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks
From dazzling wintry displays that grace the entire resort to a full on Halloween takeover at Magic Kingdom, no one does holiday decorations like Disney. Alex reviews the brand new book Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks which gives fans an inside look at how Disney brings these amazing styles to life.
October 25, 2020: Interview with Matt Bieler, Director of Halloween Short “Visible”
Want to know more about the spooky short film “Visible?” Mack speaks with the director about his contribution to Hulu’s Bite Size Halloween short series and the horror genre as a whole.
October 24, 2020: ABC Primetime and Daytime Shows Prepare for Halloween
Bring on the spoopy! Halloween week descends on ABC with several of the network’s shows serving up themed entertainment. From October 25-29, fans can tune in to ABC to see their favorite primetime and daytime programs get into the spirit of the season.
October 23, 2020: Disney Haunted Mansion Arrives in Treat Town
Have you ever wanted to go trick-or-treating at the Haunted Mansion? Well now you can, at least virtually! The Haunted Mansion has opened its doors to fans taking part in Mars Wrigley’s Treat Town. Now though Halloween fans can visit virtual neighborhoods to trick-or-treat and discover themed experiences.
October 22, 2020: Review: The Empty Man
Well folks, The Empty Man has finally managed to sneak its way into theaters with very little fanfare and doesn’t seem like it’ll be around for very long. Find out why in Mack’s review of the 20th Century Studios horror that’s a “nightmare in more ways than one.”
October 21, 2020: Touchstone and Beyond: Ernest Scared Stupid
Week three of Bill’s ‘October Frights’ edition of Touchstone and Beyond brings us to the world of Ernest P. Worrell and an angry troll bent on revenge during Halloween.
October 20, 2020: Disney Channel’s 2020 Halloween Specials Recap
The long-running tradition of Disney Channel Halloween specials returned on Friday, October 16th, but this year things look a bit different. All of the sketches were filmed at the stars’ homes! Alex gives us the details on what to expect from the 2020 edition, and which sketches will get you the most laughs.
October 19, 2020: Disney Paper Parks: Happy Haunts
Get into the “spirit” of the holiday and have fun with crafting your very own Haunted Mansion! Modeled after the exterior of the Walt Disney World attraction, this Disney Paper Parks project brings the parks to you. But the outside of the building is just the beginning, there’s also a Portrait Chamber with magical stretching abilities!
October 18, 2020: Review: Bite Size Halloween Shorts
Mack weighs in on the new series of short films which he finds to be “a great way to get into the spooky spirit without committing to a two-hour feature film.” And as mentioned below, there’s also a Jr. collection that the little ones will love!
October 17, 2020: Halloween Moments in Disney Mobile Games
Halloween is in full swing with some of your favorite Disney and 20th Century Games! Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Disney Villains, American Dad!, and Family Guy can settle in with a cozy blanket, hot apple cider, and their favorite device to enjoy these fantastic “Hallo’Moments!”
October 16, 2020: George Takei Guest Stars in Amphibia’s Halloween Episode
In a special Halloween-themed episode of Amphibia, titled “The Shut-In,” famed Star Trek actor George Takei guest stars as Mr. Littlepot, a mysterious businessman who hired Hop Pop to drive him to visit the houses of various frogs in town. Tune in to Disney Channel tomorrow, October 17th to check out the special episode!
October 15, 2020: Review: Bad Hair
A horror satire set in 1989, Bad Hair follows an ambitious young woman who is constantly told that she needs to change the way she looks in order to get ahead in her career. When she finally gives in and changes her hair though, things don’t quite turn out the way she had planned. Find out how this film compares to other Halloween fare in Mack’s review.
October 14, 2020: Bite Size Halloween – Hulu, FX and Freeform
20th Digital Studio will premiere a series of 30 diverse, genre-bending short films for Halloween 2020. “Bite Size Halloween” ranges from horror comedy to psychological thrillers and everything in between! And guess what? There’s a Bite Size Halloween Jr. for the kiddos!
October 13, 2020: Haunt ‘O Ween LA
Mike takes a daytime drive through the SoCal Halloween experience that provides “spoopy” fun no matter the color of the sky. From colorful pumpkins and What We Do in the Shadows vampires, candy and festive fall decorations, LA’s 2020 Halloween offering will have you screaming with delight!
October 12, 2020: Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Downtown Disney
Join us for a photo tour of Downtown Disney as we try to get our hands on some highly-anticipated new (to Disneyland) Haunted Mansion merchandise! Plus we check out some other changes to the shopping and entertainment district.
October 11, 2020: Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s The Sixth Sense
Bill continues his look at the Touchstone library and explores The Sixth Sense this week. While the film is technically a mystery/thriller, there are plenty of spine tingling moments that make this a great Halloween feature as well.
October 10, 2020: The Actors Fund to Present The Nightmare Before Christmas Virtual Concert
Watch Broadway stars sing your favorite Nightmare Before Christmas songs as The Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation host a one-night-only virtual Halloween concert! Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased now.
October 9, 2020: TV Review: Marvel’s Helstrom
Siblings Daimon and Ana are the children of, wait for it…Satan, and you can guess the family experiences some pretty fiery drama. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual Marvel fare, be sure to check out the series that Mack says “hit[s] just the right amount of horror notes.”
October 8, 2020: Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
You’ll be in pieces over this family friendly event that’s taking place at LEGOLAND! Jeremiah reports back on all the spooky (but safe) experiences offered this year including trick-or-treating, live shows, and Halloween LEGO Brick character appearances.
October 7, 2020: Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego
This past weekend SeaWorld San Diego joined the ranks of Southern California theme parks making the best of a bad situation by hosting Halloween festivities with physical distancing and facial coverings. Mike recaps the latest fall themed event available to guests.
October 6, 2020: DuckTales Halloween Episode “The Trickening”
It may be season three, but DuckTales finally got around to releasing a Halloween themed episode, and this one’s a real scream! Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby explore a haunted house in search of candy while the rest of the gang uncovers their own spooky experiences. Check out Mike’s review of how the animated series tackled the Halloween TV tradition.
October 5, 2020: Interview with Disney Chills Author Jennifer Brody
What happens when Disney meets Goosebumps? You get Disney Chills! Jess talks with series author Jennifer Brody aka “Vera Strange” about penning the new books that further explore our favorite villains in some modern day settings. Read if you dare!
October 4, 2020: “Addison’s Moonstone Mystery” Zombies Short
Addison, Zed and the gang are back for a new adventure, but this time they’re animated! Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim reprise their Zombies characters in this all new short film and music video debuting October 16th on Disney Channel.
October 3, 2020: Disney Junior Halloween Roundup
Get the little ones started on some friendly scares with Disney Junior’s holiday programming. Not only do Mickey and the gang have a bit of Halloween fun, but so do the T.O.T.S. crew, Puppy Dog Pals canines. Alex curates some of the seasonal content that’s available on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW.
October 2, 2020: Freeform Halloween Road Drive-Through Experience
Mike takes us along for a ride through Freeform’s unique take on their annual Halloween experience. So strap in for the 2020 presentation that allows guests to enjoy plenty of scares from the comfort of their cars!
October 1, 2020: Disney+ Hallowstream
Disney+ has gathered all of their spooky (and not-so-spooky) programming in one giant collection for their first ever Hallowstream! There are plenty of iconic classics, some favorite shorts, and even themed episodes across Disney Channel shows. It doesn’t matter your age or fright level, there’s something here for everyone.
September 30, 2020: Hocus Pocus Collection by ColourPop
It feels like we’ve been waiting 300 years for this Hocus Pocus Collection by ColourPop! Virgin or not, light that Black Flame candle and summon these witchy products your way so you can bring out your bad side with this wickedly good makeup selection that the Sanderson Sisters would adore.
September 29, 2020: Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Mike (and Jeremiah) visit the park to check out this new festival offering that “manages to deliver a shocking amount of the tricks and treats.” From character photo ops with the Peanuts gang to delicious samples like boysenberry smoothies, you won’t want to miss out on the Knott’s Berry Farm modified Halloween experience.
September 28, 2020: Halloween Experiences at Shanghai Disney Resort
From October 5-November 1, Halloween is taking over the resort! Guests can enjoy character cavalcades, trick-or-treating opportunities, seasonal snacks and of course shopping! This year will feature four fun Halloween collections including Duffy and Friends and a super cute Nightmare Before Christmas series.
September 27, 2020: Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Howl-O-Scream may not include any haunted houses this year, but guests can explore 10 terrifying scarezones and enjoy the returning “Fiends” show in a new outdoor setting. Mack reviews the socially distanced, but still scary Halloween offering at Busch Gardens.
September 26, 2020: Hocus Pocus Cast Reunion and Charity Event
“I think we should form a calming circle.” Indeed you should, because Bette Midler and her on screen sisters, Sarah Jessica Parker Kathy Najimy, are having a mini reunion on October 30th (squee)! This one night charity event benefits the New York Restoration Project.
September 25, 2020: Lunch at Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tony takes us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the return of character dining at the park. Minnie and the gang are dressed in Halloween costumes for Minnie’s Halloween Dine at the Hollywood and Vine restaurant near Echo Lake.
September 24, 2020: Scarecrow Stalk at Universal Studios Florida
Universal Orlando Resort may have cancelled Halloween Horror Nights for 2020, but there’s still plenty of spooky fun for guests to enjoy this season. Mack checks out the new Scarecrow Stalk scavenger hunt, which allows guests to explore the park and earn a sweet treat.
September 23, 2020: What We Do in the Shadows to be Featured at HAUNTOWEEN LA
HAUNTOWEEN LA is an un-boo-lievably fun, child-friendly, immersive, interactive, and safe drive-thru experience that includes a variety of installations, like a Jack-O'-Lantern tunnel with over 1,000 brightly lit pumpkins and a blacklight tunnel powered by FX's Emmy-nominated series What We Do in the Shadows.
September 22, 2020: Entertainment Earth Exclusive Treehouse of Horror Pin Set
Fans of The Simpsons can bring home a few favorite moments from classic “Treehouse of Horror” episodes in pin form! This Entertainment Earth exclusive pin set by Monogram International contains five pins and sells for $24.99. Pre-orders are available right now.
September 21, 2020: Mickey Mouse Halloween Collection at Hot Topic
The fall season has arrived at Hot Topic along with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. The retailer has just debuted their Mickey Mouse Halloween Collection and it’s chillingly good!
September 20, 2020: Flicks & Frights Drive-In Movies at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando is hosting the ultimate Halloween drive-in movie experience with Flicks & Frights! Saturdays and select Fridays from now through October 31st, guests can attend a screening of a haunted family classic or something a little more sinister geared towards adults.
September 19, 2020: Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando
The family friendly annual event is back for 2020! Guests will enjoy pumpkin patches, socially distant photo ops with costumed characters, trick-or-treat trails, frightfully fun shopping opportunities, and even Count Von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast!
September 18, 2020: Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Resort
Jeremiah takes us into the limited-time frights being offered at Universal as they bring guests a socially distant twist on their Halloween Horror Nights events.
September 17, 2020: Fall Goodies at Walt Disney World Resort
September 16, 2020: Decadent Treats at Disney Springs
Some ghoulish delights have arrived around the shopping and entertainment district and of course we had to snap some pictures! If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love these limited time offerings that are truly delectable.
September 15, 2020: Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom
The park might not be able to host Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but that hasn’t put a stop to magical decorations or seasonal themed food. See what’s being offered this year with our photo tour of Halloween at Magic Kingdom.