I don’t mean to sound like a cliche, but seriously back in my day (the 90’s) we had some of the best television. Once a month, we would wait breathlessly for the latest Disney Original Movie to air and then race to school the following Monday to gush about it. Sure maybe all the movies weren’t gush worthy, but throw me in a room with other 90’s kids and we can go hours rehashing some of the best movies.
By far my favorite movie, and I had a lot (Disney addict here), was no other then the series Halloweentown. I loved this movie so much, that when it came back with it’s last movie in the series in 2006 (the year I graduated high school) I threw a party to watch it with a few besties. No matter how old I get, the four movies that make up the Halloweentown collection still thrills me.
Airing first in 1998, Halloweentown follows a young girl as she tries to find the balance between needing her family and independence. Getting a chance to visit her grandmother, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) realizes that there is more to the family then she ever imagined. After the cat is out of the bag, Marnie refuses just to walk away and her life is forever changed.
This movie is great for all ages, allowing the different messages and lessons to reach viewers in different ways. The characters are flawed and yet simple. There is none of the struggles we see today in children shows where characters are extremely far fetched. Marnie especially had an amazing rounded quality to her personality, which allowed a close connection with the plot and characters. But it isn’t just the main character that is well thought out, all the characters are very lively and different. Including Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds), the wacky grandmother who was all over the place, but always knew what she was doing. No matter who the character is, you and your kid are going to love them.
While the characters are more rounded then most children shows today, the movie is filled with color and special effects. While this movie came out in 1998, so special effects might not be what we are use to, it is perfect for children. It is just the right blend, to make Halloweentown really pop. One of my favorite things about the movies, is seeing all the different elements we relate to Halloween and seeing how they twisted it to make it even more amazing.
Halloweentown was such a huge success, that they made three more movies; Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001) , Halloweentown High (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006). Return to Halloweentown, is the only time that we see the main character being played by someone else. Which is fine, because Sara Paxton does an incredible job.
You cannot go wrong with this series. Halloweentown is perfect for a spooky marathon as we finish up October. Leaving the whole family in awe, the Halloweentown quadrilogy will be a timeless classic that is repeatedly watched for Halloweens to come.