Movie Review – “Halloweentown”

Halloweentown (1998) is a Disney Channel original movie that follows the life of thirteen year old Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) and her siblings, Dylan (Joey Zimmerman) and Sophie (Emily Roseke) during Halloween. Their grandmother, Aggie (Debbie Reynolds), visits and secretly trains Marnie as a witch. As, Marnie’s mother, Gwen (Judith Hoag), argues with Aggie about how she wanted to raise Marnie as a human; Aggie explains that people have been disappearing from her town. Soon after, Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie follow their grandmother to her town of Halloweentown.

They explore the town to find vampires, witches, and monsters of all sorts. Once Aggie discovers them, she decides to let them stay and continue Marnie’s witch training in order to defeat” the bad thing” before she goes back home. She shows the children what she is talking about through her cauldron. They see a vision of a hooded demon, laughing maniacally. Aggie explains that they must enact Merlin’s spell and potion in order to save the town.

The whimsical costume designs captivate the audience’s attention meanwhile, the cringe worthy dialogue and cheesy jokes may seem off putting to some. This is a feel good movie and very family friendly. It appeals to all ages. There are even a sequel, Halloweentown
II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown if you want to keep the Halloween fun going.

I would rank this movie 2.5 out 5 because it is entertaining and keeps your attention throughout. The jokes are mediocre, but easy to understand. The poor portrayal of the characters and thin plot makes the film seem childish. Despite these criticisms, the movie and its sequels are a fun watch and a great movie to watch with your family or friends.  Overall, the movie is a cute break from all the horror films.