- Disney Channel’s “Halloweentown” premiered in 1998 and was the first in a series of four movies.
- It makes real-world references to the Egyptian “Book of the Dead” and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
- There is one mystery creature that is still not referenced in the cast list.
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She says that Lon Chaney had one “when he got bitten by that werewolf,” a pretty obscure reference to the 1941 movie “The Wolf Man.”
The book shows illustrations of creatures we later see in the town, such as a vampire and werewolf. But the vampire in the book has green skin, and the one shown at the dentist’s office does not.
Despite the strange nature of the comment, he’s correct — the claim lacks substantiated evidence of children dying or being hurt from their collected candy.
Although the sign feels unnecessary because Aggie already knows where the stop is, it does make for a fun detail — there’s an identical sign with the same red lettering and webbed design at the Halloweentown stop.
The demon mentions Jerry Springer while complaining about how humans are hard to impress.
Springer is a real-life television show host best known for the fiery and dramatic daytime series “The Jerry Springer Show.”
Yet one unique being that steps off the Halloweentown bus is never identified by name. The unclassifiable creature has green skin, leopard-print clothing, and bright-red lips.
And stranger still, there is no entry for this creature on the cast list.
Benny has what appears to be tarot cards in the sun visor, where other drivers may typically hang pictures of their family.
The name of the cab company is also visible on the driver’s door — Benny works for “Psychic Cab,” and its slogan is “We know where you want to go.”
Marnie makes a comment about Mr. Lincoln, which refers to a specific attraction at the California Disney park, The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
This comment is also a fun Easter egg for viewers who know that Benny was actually a robot.
Although it isn’t mentioned, the lock looks like a hidden Mickey, shapes resembling Mickey Mouse’s head that Disney often sneaks into its movies.
Later in the film, a monster walks through the movie screen into Halloweentown, using what seems to be the same cloudy effect.
Although Merlin’s lore does mention his magical abilities, his traditional story does not involve a talisman or mention the Dark Ages.
Aggie’s comparison appears to be accurate — the man the legendary King Arthur is based on is likely from the fifth or sixth century.
However, the movie never explains how she is centuries old but has a daughter and grandchildren alive in the 20th century that age normally.
One group that the Cromwells pass is identified by Aggie as a bowling league, but they aren’t carrying any bowling balls. Instead, they’re holding pumpkins which are apparently used for the sport.
Though none of the characters mention it, the broom that Marnie flies has a duck head-shaped handle, a subtle detail that helps her broom stand out.
Before walking into the sauna and pool area, the kids pass a sign that says, “No deathguard on duty” — a fitting twist on the usual pool signage.
Instead of digitally removing the tooth or simply not showing the vampire’s mouth, there’s a shot that shows the vampire’s tooth is still in her mouth, it’s just painted black.