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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Channel Halloween House Party stars Disney actors and actresses in seasonal comedy skits, spoofs, and musical sequences filmed remotely from the performers' own homes. Some sequences poke fun at Disney productions like Descendants, so viewers who aren’t familiar with the original storylines won’t grasp as much of the humor as will those who know them well. This talented cast and crew pulls off an impressive feat in making this fun Halloween-themed series look and feel like it was filmed jointly in a studio under normal circumstances rather than pieced together from individual performances. Families will enjoy watching this decidedly un-spooky special series together.
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What's the story?
DISNEY CHANNEL HALLOWEEN HOUSE PARTY is a sketch comedy series featuring Disney stars in skits, musical segments, and advertising spoofs. Hosted by Tobie Windham and featuring the likes of Ramon Reed, Caroline Rhea, and Raphael Alejandro, the seasonal show was filmed remotely in the cast members' respective homes. Skits have fun with Disney franchises like Descendants, incorporate Halloween-themed characters like ghosts, and entertain with family friendly humor.
Is it any good?
The production quality of this fun series is such that without forehand knowledge of how it was filmed, you'd never know it was done in pieces with individual cast members. The creators' effort in making it a seamless overlay of individual performances is genuinely impressive and makes for some fun family appropriate viewing. The laughs are clean and relatable and the variety keeps the content unpredictable, making this a show everyone can enjoy together.
Despite the fact that the actors' interactions aren’t authentic, they feel enough like they are that that little production secret is a nonissue. It’s always fun to see your favorite stars step out of the roles you’ve come to expect from them and do something different onscreen, and Disney Channel Halloween House Party is no exception. And even if the cast is entirely unfamiliar to you and your kids, this zany show will entertain with its creative and funny skits.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how shows like Disney Channel Halloween House Party demonstrate their cast’s and creator’s creativity in unusual times. How do they find workarounds to restrictions on normal filming procedures? What does this say about how difficult circumstances can inspire us to persevere in surprising ways?
In what ways do shows like this one let you glimpse different sides of your favorite actors and actresses? What is the draw in that? Which cast members were your favorites to see in action in this show?
Disney Channel Halloween House Party isn’t scary, but it has fun with concepts that normally are, like witches and monsters. Does seeing them in this comical light make the idea of them less worrisome? Do you like being a little scared, especially around Halloween? Why or why not?
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