Before Sex and the City had us proclaiming if we're a Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, or Charlotte (I'm a Samantha-Charlotte hybrid), Hocus Pocus had us choosing which Sanderson sister we are. I'm definitely a Mary. Silly, chubby, and fun. It's also amusing that Sarah Jessica Parker plays in both. There's a talking cat, a musical number, a precocious kid--a cult classic for very good reason. While I never don't enjoy watching it, it's nice to have a little variety. Cue Disney+ which has DCOM Halloween classics from my formative years:

Halloweentown: A tween gets a visit from her good-witch grandmother and learns she is also a witch. She ventures to Halloweentown to discover her roots only to find she must help her grandma save the town from evil forces.

The plot is pretty simple and not the most riveting, but it's almost not the point. The real fun is seeing how things look and work in a town that's real Halloween 24/7. There are witches, ghosts, and creatures galore leading seemingly normal lives but with a spooky twist. In one scene a vampire is getting a fang pulled at the dentist.

The good-witch grandmother is none other than the late icon, Debbie Reynolds. She's charming magic onscreen. Judith Hoag is also in the film as the young witch's mother. I've loved her since the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie and the time the two spend onscreen together is endearing.

Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire:  The Hansen kids are in a jam. Adam and his best friend Duffy have gotten their hands on some tickets for the Headless Horseman concert, and his sister Chelsea has a date with her dreamy boyfriend Peter. The only problem is they're both grounded. Chelsea and Adam will do whatever it takes to get their mom Lynette out of the house, even if it includes a chance meeting with a very mysterious man. Everything seems to go according to plan until their little brother Taylor realizes that this stranger might be a vampire.

The vampire is played by Charles Shaughnessy AKA Maxwell Sheffield from The Nanny. That's reason enough to watch. He's forever sexy even as a blood thirsty vampire. The mother is played by Caroline Rhea and she does a convincing job as a single mom nervous to jump into the dating world. A vampire hunter also joins in on the fun and is played by the legendary Sam Carradine. He brings a perfect campiness to the role. The child actors hold their own against the adults flawlessly.
Phantom of the MegaplexA 17 year old boy working at a movie theater on a special premiere night finds that the films being shown are being sabotaged by a masked "phantom." He and his siblings crusade to uncover the culprit before the premiere is ruined.
No big names in this one except Mickey Rooney, but he's the part I like least in the film. The kid/teen ensemble cast does a great job bringing the after school job vibe to life and are quite likable. Even the little brother is enjoyable to watch and I usually hate the way little bro roles are played. Spoiler: They catch the bad guy and you almost know who it is before it's revealed, but it's still fun.
My kids are absolutely loving watching these movies with me. They don't appreciate the performances of the veteran actors like I do, I'm sure. But I'm happy we can have family movie time and none of us are bummed about the selection. What are your favorite Halloween movies from the millennial Disney Channel Original Movie era?

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