UPDATE: Disney Channel has added a showing of the first “Halloweentown” movie on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. EDT.
Original story: “Halloweentown” is an October staple for some, but it’ll be a little difficult to find this year. The Disney Channel Original Movie franchise doesn’t seem to be part of Disney Channel’s Monstober schedule for 2016. There are only a few chances to see the movies on TV, so be sure to set your DVR!
Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween programming will show all four movies, but they aren’t exactly at convenient times. Get the midnight munchies ready because all four movies will be shown at 12 a.m. EDT. “Halloweentown” will air at the end of the night on Tuesday, Oct. 25. “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge” will air at the end of Wednesday, Oct. 26, and “Halloweentown High” will be played on the night of Thursday, Oct. 27. Finally, “Return to Halloweentown” will be shown at the close of Friday, Oct. 28.
“Halloweentown,” which was released in 1998, follows Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) and her siblings as their grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) visits on Halloween. They discover that their eccentric family matriarch is actually a witch from Halloweentown, but their mother Gwen, played by “Nashville” actress Judith Hoag, is trying to raise her kids without supernatural forces. Magic runs in the family, though, and Aggie needs all the extra power she can get. The residents of Halloweentown have been disappearing, and it is up to the Piper witches to stop it.
Hulu subscribers will also have the opportunity to watch the fourth “Halloweentown” film soon. Though the first three movies star Kimberly J. Brown, the final film recasts Marnie with Sara Paxton. “Return to Halloweentown” follows Marnie as she goes to college at Witch University, but her freshman year takes a turn when dark forces try to control her powers. The final “Halloweentown” movie will hit Hulu on Oct. 18.
Of course, you do not have to wait for Freeform or Hulu if you need your Piper family fix right away. All the movies can be bought or rented through online retailers like Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes and Google Play as well. DVDs are available too.
If re-watching the films just isn’t enough, head to the real Halloweentown. Every year, the Spirit of Halloweentown festival is held in St. Helens, Oregon, where the original movie was filmed. Brown will even make an appearance there on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 to promote her new children’s book.