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
Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (July 2003)
Dir. Peter Hoen
Eddie Ogden (Taylor Ball) is great on the baseball field, the only good player on his team. His father pressures him to prioritize baseball over everything else in his life, which wasn’t a problem until life threw him a curve ball - he loves cooking!
Going against his dad’s wishes, he experiments in the kitchen, and eventually signs up for a cooking class where he soon pursues a young chef competition. After several strikes, Eddie makes a homerun [purple goo] barbecue sauce and wins a spot in the final. He’s no MVP in the kitchen - that would be the finnicky Bridget - but with extra training he’s on his way to making the hall of fame.
Little does Eddie know, the cook-off is the same day as his baseball championship! It’s time to batter up, and this is one play that’s Eddie’s call.
His dad forces him to give up the competition, so the team can win their final game. But his friends pressure him to follow his heart, and assure him that they can succeed without him. At the cook-off, Eddie thinks he’s hit it out of the park, but gets tagged out as he’s sliding home - Bridget wins! But Eddie’s still happy watching someone else hoist the trophy.
4.5 cups of mole/5 cups of chicken