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Parents' Guide to

Return to Halloweentown

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A cauldron of witchy magic and malice for tweens.

Movie NR 2006 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+


I’ll have to watch it again.

This title has:

Great messages
age 6+

It was good

Ok first of all the recast was a terrible decision Kimberly J Brown was much better as Marnie. Second I didn't like how Aggie Gwen and Sofie were barely in the movie. Third I did like the story plot and it was pretty good. I also enjoyed getting to learn more about the history of the Cromwells Overall it was really good but compared to the other movies and if you know it's a sequel to the others it's ok but I would watch it and I strongly suggest watching the first three especially the first one

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This being Disney, Return to Halloweentown has very little for parents to worry about. Marnie is an earnest but relatable teen with good intentions. She has some typical tensions with her mother, but in the end turns to Mom for help. Embedded in the story are lessons about the danger of too much power, the benefits of working together, the value of diversity, and the virtue in selflessness.

Parents interested in the more subtle messages being communicated should be aware that mom Gwen (Judith Hoag) is a caricature of a stay-at-home mom who lives through her children. The conflict between Marnie and the Sinister Sisters treads upon the well-worn path of teen female rivalry, especially for male attention. And the outward sign that the Sisters are evil (aside from their scowls) is their heavy makeup and sexy clothing -- equating sex with sin, perhaps?

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