Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (October 2001)
Dir. Mary Lambert
It’s two years later, and Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) is, like, a pretty okay witch. I mean, she’s had two years of off-screen training, and she’s probably gotten better… right? Anyway, she’s hosting a mortal Halloween party when who should arrive but the cute boy next door (Kal) and his super hot dad (Alex). Looks like this Halloween is going to be all treats for the Piper women!
To light a fire under that cauldron, Marnie invites Kal to view Aggie’s magic room. But little does Marnie know that her Halloween treat is all trick—Kal is actually the son of her family’s arch enemy (you know, the one from the last movie), Calabar! He manages to steal Aggie’s spell book and then… uh, here’s the Wikipedia explanation:
Soon Aggie notices unwelcome magical symptoms. She and Marnie travel to Halloweentown to investigate and fix the problem before the portal between Halloweentown and the mortal world, open only on Halloween, closes at midnight. They discover that the whole town has been turned into a made-to-match (black and white) (silent film), and that the inhabitants have been turned into humans (or rather, into what Halloweentownians see as humans being: dreary and monotonous beings concerned only with such things as sensible dress or sorting socks).1
This is the dreaded “Grey Spell,” for which Aggie “phones home” to get Dylan and Sophie Piper (you know, the siblings from the last movie) to help fix it from the mortal realm. The only problem is: there’s no spell book! Abra-cadabust!
In search of the lost book, it’s off to Halloweentown for Aggie and Marnie!
Unfortunately, when they get there, they learn that Gort had sold the spare spellbook to Kalabar about 50 years prior (as Luke says, “Kalabar must have been working on this world domination thing for decades”). By remembering what things Marnie had been, hastefully, saying back when Luke returned to his normal goblin form, they learn that, in her haste, she said “trap a” as “trapa”, which is “Apart” spelled backwards, hastily.
Quite honestly, we don’t know what this means, but here’s our guess: they go to the Halloweentown “Lost and Found” and find out that the only spare spellbook was given to Kalabar many years ago so his family is now in possession of probably the only two spell books ever so Marnie tries to go back home and realizes the portal is shut and she’s stuck in Halloweentown with the Grey spell until next year when the portal opens again. Or something.
So now, over in the mortal realm, Sophie and Dylan realize that Alex isn’t really Kal’s dad after all—double trick!—but is actually made of frogs. Privy to this, Sophie conjures up a fly, which Alex eats, because he is made of frogs. Having seen this proof, Gwen is devastated that who she thought was her boyfriend is actually made of frogs.2
Indeed, Alex was merely a sexy distraction-golem for Gwen to not notice Kal’s sinister plot in Halloweentown: offended by the way humans in the mortal realm “make fun of Halloween” by dressing up in costumes, Kal uses the spellbook to turn them into the monsters he believes them to be. Basically, everyone at the Piper Halloween party has a moment where they’re like, “My mask is now my face!” Heavy stuff. Monster Supremacy.
Luckily, Marnie, Sophie, and Dylan use their Piper Powers to open up the portal, anyway, by making up their own spell. (It was probably tough to do, though.) Then Kal and Marnie fight, there’s some exchanging of Aggie’s spellbook, I don’t know, Marnie wins. Then Aggie fixes everything, and everything’s okay, and everyone goes back to being in color and doing things not related to socks.
No emotional hook at the end, but remember, Piper Power!
2.5/5 Frog Boyfriends That Devastate You And Leave You Looking For Anyone Who Will Take You
1This is speciesist.
2Although, one could argue, you’d definitely have to kiss a couple of frogs to find the right prince!
Dir. Duwayne Dunham
Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) doesn’t understand why her mom doesn’t let her go out on Halloween - boo hoo! Thank goodness Grandma Aggie’s (Debbie Reynolds) come to town on her yearly October visit, but unfortunately Grandma and Mom get into a fight. Grandma wants Mom to come home because her friends have mysteriously gone missing. Mom doesn’t give two Charleston Chews about it, and sends the kids to bed early, and Grandma home on the next bus. But Mom is be-cider herself when things go sour: the kids have taken the bus, too — to Halloweentown (Population: Halloween)!
When they arrive, Marnie and her brother and sister are immediately swept up in the magic of the town, and Marnie wants to start honing her witchcraft skills. Grandma explains to them the town history, and they meet Benny (the skeleton cab driver) and Calabar (the mayor who lusts after Mom), and then — AHH! Who’s that? It’s Mom, and she’s irate. But not for long, because soon she and Grandma disappear, too, and it’s up to the Piper clan to pick up the smushy pumpkin pieces that make up the paper trail that leads to the toilet paper’d tree that becomes the center of the town’s mystery.
The kids discover that the evil workings within Halloweentown are being orchestrated by none other than the mayor, Calabar! Why’d he do it? Because he still wants to bone Ms. Piper … and a bunch of other self-hating bullshit about feeling discriminated against? To retaliate, the kids make their fair share of witch’s brews (montage!), until finally, Sophie tracks down the right ingredients, creating the Almighty Talisman — turning the concept of a “regular talisman” into “talisman-super.” The talisman, combined with all of the Piper clan’s powers, vanquishes Calabar and saves Halloweentown.
In the end, Mom and Grandma [boo]bury the hatchet, allowing Marnie and her siblings to finally connect with their witchly heritage.
4.5/5 Witches With Low Self-Esteem