In 1998, the Disney Channel introduced original movie Halloweentown. It was about a girl, Marnie Piper, who discovers she's a witch. Her grandma (Debbie Reynolds) is a great witch, while her mom, who has chosen to live the mortal life, refuses to accept her being a witch. It's Marnie's 13th birthday, and if she isn't trained to be a witch, she will lose her powers forever. Can this newcomer witch learn the ropes quickly enough to save Halloweentown?
In 2001, the first sequel premiered, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge. Marnie, now more experienced, has to stop her family's enemy from enslaving Halloweentown (recurring theme). Three years later, in the third movie, Halloweentown High, Marnie attempts to prove that humans and creatures can live peacefully together, so she invents a human-witch high school exchange program. Although most like the idea, others are determined to stop it.
Finally, last Friday, October 20, the fourth movie in the series came out: Return to Halloweentown.
In the fourth movie, Marnie gets a full-ride scholarship to Witch University. This sounds too good to be true to Marnie. Marnie's mother (Judith Hoag) is, as usual, completely against the idea. She reluctantly agrees to let Marnie go, but makes Marnie's non-magic brother, Dylan (Joey Zimmerman), tag along. At school, Marnie reconnects with Ethan Dalloway (Lucas Grabeel), whose father was the evil villain in the last movie.
On the first day, she makes enemies with the Sinister sisters: Sage (Katie Cockrell), Saphire (Kellie Cockrell), and Scarlett (Kristy Wu). Dylan is in love with all three of them after they cast a spell on him.
Some people Marnie trusts too much, as they are seeking to use her power to take over Halloweentown. With then help of Ethan, Aneesa the genie (Summer Bishil), and a professor who is a-look-a-like of her grandma, she has to stop these evil forces, learn about her family past, and save Halloweentown... again.
In the first three movies, Marnie Piper was played by Kimberly J. Brown. Kimberly is a great actress and she has many devoted fans online. Kimberly decided not to sign on to the fourth movie. Obviously, you cannot just write out the part of Marnie: she's the main character! She was recast with Sara Paxton.