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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family members and friends work together to stop the villain.
Positive Role Models
Marnie is initially fooled by the attractive young villain, but once she finds out that he's no good, she sticks by her principles and refuses to be swayed by his peer pressure. Marnie and her friend use their smarts to come up with creative solutions to a very tricky problem
Violence & Scariness
Non-graphic scenes involving magic (for example, the main character gets zapped by the villain but recovers quickly).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Halloween movie contains some mildly scary scenes in which a young warlock surprises the main characters by popping up in unexpected places and talking in a threatening, taunting tone. In another scene, the very nice mom turns into an angry, scary-looking witch. The main character faces a time crunch as she scrambles to save friends and family from falling under the villain's spell, so this may cause a bit of edge-of-your-seat tension for some young viewers. Overall, this sequel isn't as scary as the first, mildly scary, Halloweentown film, and a bit of humor is added to the parts that are slightly scary or sad. For example, a curse causes the eccentric citizens of Halloweentown to turn into mundane mortals who enjoy sorting socks and wearing drab clothing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like the first in the series, this made-for-TV Disney feature is brewed for tweens, but scary scenes are few and their fear-factor mild, so younger viewers may also enjoy this Halloween story. In the scariest scene, Marnie's mom turns into a terrifying witch who lashes out at her own children. It's clear that she's under an evil spell, and even though the scene is very brief, younger kids may find it too scary. There's also a good bit of nail-biting, work-against-the-clock tension.
Valuable messages are masked within pure entertainment. Marnie is at first taken in by the attractive young man, but once she learns who he really is, she repeatedly refuses his appeals, choosing to control her own future and stick by her tried-and-true friends and family. There are also positive examples of creative thinking, perseverance, teamwork, and family support.
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