Every year around Halloween time, I look out my window at the street corner, hoping to see a bus appear with its destination set to Halloweentown. It's difficult to believe that this staple film of the millennial Halloween diet came out 18 years ago in 1998 and that there hasn't been a new film in the series since 2006! The debut of Halloweentown was a forebearer of sorts for Harry Potter fever, and the story of Marnie, a young girl who wants to be a witch, struck gold with Disney Channel's audience.
Check out the promo below for Halloweentown.
That's a nostalgia trip, right? Let's take a quick trip back to Halloweentown and see how our favorite witches, warlocks, goblins and ghouls are doing.
Marnie Piper — Kimberly J. Brown
Before Halloweentown, Kimberly J. Brown was best known for her role as Marah Lewis in the TV soap opera Guiding Light. She starred in the first three Halloweentown movies, but was replaced by Sara Paxton for the fourth, much to the disappointment of fans. Brown's acting career has slowed down in recent years, but she does regularly participate in The Spirit of Halloweentown a festival in St. Helens, Oregon, where parts of the movies were filmed. What does this festival celebrate? Halloweentown, of course!
Splendora Agatha Cromwell — Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds started acting in 1948, and most recently appeared in the brilliant Behind the Candelabra in 2013. More famously, Reynolds appeared in '50s classics Singin' in the Rain and Tammy and the Bachelor, and has been nominated for several Golden Globes and one Oscar. It is also worth noting that she voiced Charlotte in the film version of Charlotte's Web. Oh yeah, and she's also Carrie Fisher's mom — you know, Princess Leia? They have a documentary about their lives, expected to hit HBO next year.
Gwen Piper — Judith Hoag
Before Halloweentown, Judith Hoag was most famous for her role as April O'Neil in 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — and she was in a deleted cameo for TMNT: Out of the Shadows. Hoag has had a few film roles in the last 17 years, but has mostly appeared in a steady stream of TV shows, including Castle, CSI: NY, Grimm and Criminal Minds. She also has a recurring role in Nashville.
Dylan Piper — Joey Zimmerman
Joey Zimmerman started acting as a child, with a significant role in the '90s show Earth 2. After Halloweentown, he appeared in shows like The Practice and That '70s Show, but his acting career has slowed down in the past two years. His most recent role was in the 2014 film Roswell FM.
Sophie Piper — Emily Roeske
Emily Roeske's filmography is a pretty brief list, and mostly consists of Halloweentown films, with her last role having been in 2004's Halloweentown High. She now lives in Arizona, where she teaches martial arts with her brother.
Kalabar — Robin Thomas
Robin Thomas has enjoyed consistent work in television, including shows like 90210, NCIS: Miami and Castle. He also appeared as a UN representative in Pacific Rim and as a doctor on Fuller House.
Luke — Phillip Van Dyke
After appearing in shows like Gilmore Girls and Sliders, Phillip Van Dyke stopped acting in 2003 and now lives in San Francisco. However, you might not have known that he voiced Arnold in Hey Arnold! during its second and third seasons.
Benny — Rino Romano
You might not know his face, but you probably know his voice. Rino Romano is a voice actor who played both Batman and Spider-Man in the respective animated TV shows The Batman and Spider-Man Unlimited. He also voiced Tuxedo Mask in the English language version of Sailor Moon, was the narrator of Curious George from 2006–2013, and voiced Lone Starr in Spaceballs: The Animated Series.
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This article was originally published in November 2015.