Halloween movies are my absolute favorite–and no, I’m not talking about horror films. I much prefer cheesy and adorably hilarious Halloween movies. Among my favorites are the Disney Channel classics the Halloweentown franchise and the Twitches franchise.
I decided to watch Halloweentown with a friend and couldn’t help but realize the connections it shared with magicoms.
The Halloweentown films are pure nostalgia for me. They hark back to my elementary and middle school days when I could come home from a day of school and plop myself down in front of the TV for some quality Disney Channel time. I lived for “Monstober” when Disney would air a different Halloween movie every night.
So much of these films, Halloweentown especially, is pure escapism. We as viewers are launched into the fantastical world of monsters and witches, skeletons and werewolves. The characters problems are ones that can be resolved only through magic.
Additionally, these movies frequently tackle discrimination in regards to the “other.” Similarly to the episode we watched this week of Bewitched, Halloweentown tackles the issue of racial discrimination through the guise of monsters.
The themes of magicoms are still present in many televisions shows and movies today due to the fact that we as viewers are again seeking a way to escape.
Here’s a little promo clip if you want to take a look.