Each year, ABC Family has a 13 days of Halloween special on that features a Halloween movie for each night starting the 19th of October. Halloweentown, a made for TV movie created in 1998 has been one of the most popular movies in the lineup, thus, it is played each year and two others have been created since then.
The movie follows Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie three young witches that do not know of the power that they possess. Each year, they are visited by their Grandma Aggie, a witch of Halloweentown where their mother grew up and refuses to let them know about. Aggie wants to start Marnie’s witch training before her 13th birthday, but her mother wants her kids to live a normal life. Fearing that the family will lose their powers forever if Marnie does not start her training, Aggie argues with her daughter until she is made to leave, where the kids soon follow her back to Halloweentown where something dark and evil is happening turning the lovable Halloween characters into boring, black and white personalities. With an evil curse laying over the town placed there by Kalabar the town mayor, it is up to the kids to gather the ingredients to activate Merlin’s wand and save Halloweentown before Kalabar destroys it for good.
This is a cute family movie that is appropriate for Halloween lover’s of any age. Debbie Reynolds plays a spectacularly forgetful witch (Aggie) that is constantly in need of assistance. I have been watching this movie each year since it has come out and I am not 25. This has got to be one of my favorite made for tv movies. The characters are great and although all of your favorite spooky creatures are present, in Halloweentown, nobody is a monster. The vampires go to the dentist and Frankenstein just happens to be the tallest man in town. Benny the cab driver is a skeleton that always has a joke for his riders and the giant pumpkin that is the town mascot sits proudly on his perch in the center of town with a carved smile on his face.
If you are looking for a cute Halloween movie to watch this year with your kids, grandkids, or even by yourself, Halloweentown, and the following movies are a must see.