Saturday, October 28, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Eight

Welcome back to day twenty-eight of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...
Halloween Film List / Halloweentown 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

The film follows the Piper family: Mother Gwen (Judith Hoag) and children Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown), Dylan (Joey Zimmerman) and Sophie (Emily Roeske). It's Halloween night and all Marnie wants to do is go trick or treating with her friends but her Mum just won't let her go. Their Grandmother Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds) who only visits once a year, then makes a surprise appearance, much to Gwen's dismay. Just before she leaves, Marnie overhears them talking and finds out that she's, in fact, a witch and if her training doesn't begin before her 13th birthday, she'll lose her powers forever. Aggie also confides in Gwen about the dark and evil forces currently in her home place of 'Halloweentown' and asks for her help. Gwen shuts her down instantly but Marnie can't just let her leave for another year so she decides to follow her back, all the way to the famous 'Halloweentown.' 

Halloween Film List / Halloweentown 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

This alongside Hocus Pocus is my all-time favourite Halloween film. Every year it would be played on the Disney Channel and watching it was one of my favourite parts of Halloween and I think it was this that played a huge part in how my obsession for Halloween started. And no matter how old I get, I still watch it because it's almost like a tradition now and it wouldn't feel right not watching it.But this year will be different and probably even be a little bit sad...because when I watch it, it will be the first Halloween without Debbie Reynolds. I'm sure Debbie all meant a lot to all of us through all of the roles she played over the years and there will be certain ones that you'll obviously love more than others and her role as Aggie Cromwell in Halloweentown is the one I grew up adoring and I'm honestly still so sad that she's gone. I was kind of hoping that the Halloweentown cast might do something in memory of her this Halloween and they did! The original cast (Gwen, Marnie, Dylan and Sophie) all came together for the 'Spirit of Halloweentown' festival in St Helens, Oregon and during the lighting ceremony, speeches were made and an official memorial was dedicated to Debbie, which is so lovely and makes me incredibly happy.

Halloween Film List / Halloweentown 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

Halloweentown (1998)
 is a film people seem to love or hate, but those that hate it just don't seem to 'get it'. They complain of the cheesy dialogue or poor costume design but I think all of these things make it what it is and I wouldn't change any of that. It's a Disney Original Movie and these type of films always have some level of cheese to them but they create the most perfect Halloween atmosphere throughout. No matter how strange or ridiculous the world of Halloweentown may seem, it feels like it's a real place and that's the most magical thing a film can do, especially a children's film. 

I will always miss being the five-year-old running around on Halloween with a broomstick wishing to be Marnie Piper but this film still allows me to feel some of that magical feeling with that sweet nostalgia.

Halloween Film List / Halloweentown 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog

"Being normal is vastly overrated."
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