"Halloween is cool."
21 years ago, Halloweentown debuted on Disney Channel, making it one of the network's first original movies. It quickly became an October tradition for legions of fans, inspiring three follow-up movies, including Halloweentown High, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this weekend.
The third film in the franchise, Halloweentown High followed Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) as she embarked on the mission to bring some of the Halloweentown teens into her real-world high school, all with the help of her beloved grandmother Aggie, played to whimsical perfection by the late Debbie Reynolds.
Given its massive popularity and prime placement on the Disney Channel line-up all month long, it's hard to imagine a time when Halloweentown wasn't a sure thing. But two networks actually passed on the fantasy series that offered a glimpse into what exactly monsters, witches and warlocks do every other day of the year when they aren't running amok on All Hallow's Eve.
Created by Sheri Singer and her now-husband producer Steve White, Halloweentown had a long journey to take before coming a cult classic and holiday staple, with Singer revealing the franchise's origin story in an interview with E! News.
Plus, did you know two of the stars reconnected in later years and are now a DCOM love story? And some of the Halloweentown stars still have their costumes from the film series, breaking them out on Halloween to hang out candy to fans. No tricks here, as we're handing out 15 treats about the Halloweentown franchise...