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Now that we’re entering spooky season, it’s time to scout the Internet for hidden and not-so-hidden horror gems to add to your Halloween watch list. Of course, because of Disney’s decades-long reputation as a provider of family-friendly entertainment, a column about Disney movies is not the first place you’d look for horror recommendations. However, this series has already explored some films from the one period in the studio’s history where dark and creepy was not only allowed, but encouraged. 

However, decades before Return to Oz or The Black Cauldron traumatized kids everywhere, we got arguably Disney’s best gateway animated horror film: their animated adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Part of Disney’s 1949 package film, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow manages to be both family-friendly and a cool little musical to boot, but also a fantastic gateway horror film that is the perfect way to start the Halloween season.

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