YMMV / Halloweentown

  • Contested Sequel: Halloweentown High and especially Return To Halloweentown, which borders on flat out Sequelitis.
  • Creator's Pet: Ethan was given a larger role and Promoted to Love Interest in Return to Halloweentown for the sole reasons of promoting the High School Musical films and attracting the fangirls from it, given that franchise has Lucas Grabeel in a leading role and was Adored by the Network at the time. Detractors and the latter franchise's Periphery Hatedom do not like him one bit, and cite him as a reason behind the film's Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Benny. Being a taxi driver (and a very good skeleton animatronic) means he doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but he managed to make a lot of fans regardless.
  • Even Better Sequel: Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge's Sequel Escalation has led some viewers to call it the series' apex. Doug Walker called it the Surprisingly Improved Sequel to the first movie, with better acting and more creative writing and visuals.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Dylan and Natalie deciding they're Better as Friends seems to send the message that while looks aren't the most important thing, physical attraction is a major factor in a romantic relationship.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A lot of fans choose to ignore Return to Halloweentown. Cited reasons include recasting the role of Marnie with Sara Paxton, giving Ethan a major role just because Lucas Grabeel is in High School Musical, and being released after Disney Channel has entered Network Decay and tailors exclusively to tween and teen girls.
  • Foe Yay: This is a recurring theme in the films:
    • In the first, we have Gwen and Kalabar. It's so obvious to be commented on in-universe. "If you marry him, I am NOT calling him 'dad'."
    • In the second, Kal shares his father's taste in Cromwell witches.
    • The third film sets it up like it's going to be Marnie's love interest, Cody, but it is in fact Aggie and Principal Flannigan (who turns out to be one of the Knights).
    • The fourth movie has Dylan falling for the Sinister sisters.
  • Ham and Cheese: Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Aggie and Robin Thomas as Kalabar. They have Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While filming the first Halloweentown, Debbie Reynolds introduced herself to the children as, "Princess Leia's mother", since her daughter, Carrie Fisher, played Leia in the Star Wars movies. After Halloweentown premiered, it took less than a year for Star Wars to finally start showing Leia's mother, although Debbie Reynolds didn't play her.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Kal, the Crazy-Prepared manipulator.
    • Also, the evil yet charismatic Edgar Dalloway, whom many feel was the best part of Halloweentown High.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lucas Grabeel and Olesya Rulin as Ethan and Kelsi in Halloweentown High, a couple years before some musical aired.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Sara Paxton over Kimberly J. Brown? Yeah, no.
    • Also Cody and Ethan for Luke from the first two movies.
  • The Scrappy: Gwen Piper for her continuous Aesop Amnesia in regards to her dislike of Halloween and magic.
  • Sequelitis: Halloweentown High and Return To Halloweentown, mostly for changing the series in an attempt to fit the 'tween' demographic.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Did Marnie and Ethan get together in the fourth movie for any reason other than Lucas Grabeel being in High School Musical? It doesn't help that Kimberly J. Brown herself has admitted thinking of Marnie's and Ethan's relationship in Halloweentown High as more of a mentor/student bond.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Halloweentown II left the door open for Kal to become a returning villain considering he still wouldn't accept the truth that his father was evil and that the Cromwells are trying to make him perform a Heel–Face Turn. He is never mentioned again after the second film. Kimberly J. Brown eventually wrote and directed a non-canonical short about Kal's whereabouts after Kalabar's Revenge, complete with Daniel Kountz reprising his character.
  • Villain Has a Point: In Halloweentown High, some of the council wants to close the portal, believing that humans are still dangerous. Considering that the knights of the silver dagger still exist, a group whose ONLY reason for existence is the extermination of these people, are they wrong? On one hand, the only "knight of the silver dagger" that still existed was persuaded to be so by a member of the council as a scare tactic but on the other hand this council member said that the knight needed little convincing. A third hand shows the mortal students quickly coming to accept the true identities of the transfer students, even if they were a little scared and confused at first.
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