Eloise's Rawther Unusual Halloween



Halloween mystery has some mild frights.
  • Review Date: August 13, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Eloise's Rawther Unusual Halloween offers exposure to the customs and practices of an American Halloween.

Positive messages

Eloise's Rawther Unusual Halloween offers positive messages about sticking to your guns and fighting for what you believe in, even when people don't believe you.

Positive role models

Characters here are generally relatable as children, and invested and present as adults.

Violence & scariness

Since this is a Halloween film, it offers the sustained suspense of Halloween-centric frights: ghosts, scary sounds, surprises, and general creepiness. The film opens with a character's death in a horse-and-carriage wreck, though it is not graphic.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film opens with a character's death in a horse-and-carriage wreck, though it's not graphic. From there, it features the run-of-the-mill frights of Halloween: ghosts, scary sounds, surprises, and general creepiness. 

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What's the story?

It's Halloween, and the just as The Plaza entertains potential new buyers, the legendary Diamond Jim Johnson (voiced by Brad Garrett) returns for his annual hotel haunt. Eloise is on the case, but will anyone believe her? And more importantly, will Diamond Jim Johnson ruin the deal for the new owners?

Is it any good?


Eloise's bratty nature and mischief usually get her into trouble, but in ELOISE'S RAWTHER UNUSUAL HALLOWEEN, her pluck and determination come in handy when applied to a cause, in this case, solving the mystery of the hotel haunting. Kids who like Halloween will love this ghost story, and parents can feel good about Eloise putting her headstrong attitude to good use.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it feels when an adult does not believe you. Has that ever happened to you? How did it feel? What did you do about it?

  • Do you celebrate Halloween? What holidays are most important for your family? Go online to learn about the history of Halloween.

  • When is it fun to be scared? When is it not so much fun? What can you do if you feel scared?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 2, 2008
Cast:James Belushi, Tim Curry, Vanessa Redgrave
Director:Wes Archer
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Holidays, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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