Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Halloweentown (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Halloweentown” is a Disney Channel Original Movie released in 1998. It is the first installment in the “Halloweentown” movie series, which became a Halloween classic for many viewers. The film is directed by Duwayne Dunham and stars Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, and Judith Hoag.

The story revolves around Marnie Piper (played by Kimberly J. Brown), a 13-year-old girl who lives with her mother Gwen (played by Judith Hoag) and younger siblings Dylan and Sophie. On Halloween night, Marnie discovers that she comes from a long line of witches, and her grandmother Aggie Cromwell (played by Debbie Reynolds) is a powerful witch herself.

Aggie decides to visit her grandchildren and encourage Marnie to embrace her magical heritage. However, Gwen is hesitant and tries to keep her children away from anything related to magic. Despite her mother’s objections, Marnie follows her grandmother back to Halloweentown, a hidden realm where supernatural creatures live in harmony. Halloweentown is a place of wonder and enchantment, but it also faces a looming threat from an evil force that could destroy the world.

As Marnie learns more about her magical abilities, she becomes determined to help Aggie and save Halloweentown from the sinister force. With the help of her brother Dylan and the friendly creature Benny, Marnie embarks on an adventure to confront evil and protect her newfound magical world.

The movie combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and family drama, creating a heartwarming and spooky tale perfect for Halloween. “Halloweentown” emphasizes the importance of embracing one’s identity, accepting differences, and working together to overcome challenges. It received praise from audiences and critics alike, leading to the creation of several sequels, turning it into a beloved franchise.

Overall, “Halloweentown” has left a lasting impact on Disney Channel viewers and has become a holiday classic that families continue to enjoy during the Halloween season.

Fun Facts

  • “Halloweentown” is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Duwayne Dunham. It follows the story of Marnie Piper, played by Kimberly J. Brown, who discovers that her family has magical powers and comes from a magical world called Halloweentown.
  • The film’s iconic town of Halloweentown was created using a combination of practical effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The imaginative and spooky set design added to the movie’s Halloween-themed charm.
  • “Halloweentown” became a beloved classic among Disney Channel fans and led to the creation of several sequels, including “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge,” “Halloweentown High,” and “Return to Halloweentown.” The franchise has a dedicated fan base and remains a Halloween favorite for many.

Additional Details



  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Producer: Ron Mitchell and Brian Pogue

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.