Growing up in the early 2000s, most kids who have watched Disney Channel probably have come across a Disney Channel Original Movie. “High School Musical” and “Camp Rock” are probably the two most famous ones, but during the Halloween holiday season, most remember “Halloweentown.” This is the most iconic of all the original movies (just in my opinion) due to its obvious Halloween theme, and this year is the twentieth anniversary of this childhood classic.
It’s clearly a movie meant for children, but I know plenty of other college kids who still thrive off that Disney Channel nostalgia from the late 90s to the early 2000s. For the twentieth anniversary this year, the cast reunited in St. Helens, Oregon where the first movie was filmed. A couple years ago the town started an annual Halloweentown festival where residents of the town participate in Halloween activities during the whole month of October.
This small, little kid’s film has brought a lot of people together, especially since the movie was produced during a memorable time. Long before streaming, Disney Channel was the go-to for fun family-friendly entertainment. “Halloweentown” was a pivotal first Halloween moment for many late 90s and early 00s kids (long before Disney got cringe-worthy). Modern Disney just can’t quite recreate that type of nostalgia anymore, so I recommend to turn on this classic movie this Halloween to try to convince yourself its 1998, instead of 2018.