In this day and age when kids movies are full of violence and sarcastic double speak it is good to find a movie that has not just a point but a message.
Scary Godmother is a perfect staple for a family fright night party. The two movies are based on a series of children’s books written by Jill Thompson. The first television movie in the series is “Halloween Spooktacular.” It introduces it’s audience to Hannah, who is the unofficial series heroine.
She is just old enough to get to go trick or treating with her cousin Jimmy and his friends: Darrel, Katie, and Bert for the first time. Jimmy is a bully who bosses everyone around. He convinces his friends to help him trick Hannah into going to the basement of the “spook house,” to leave candy to appease the monsters who come out on Halloween. The plan is to scare her into running home so they are not restricted to whatever curfew she has as the baby of the group. If she gets scared then they won’t get in trouble for not taking her around.
Only Jimmy doesn’t expect Hannah to have or find “a Scary Godmother.” Hannah stumbles into the Frightside and meets Scary Godmother and her “broom” mates Skully and Bug-a-Boo. She is invited to stay for the party and she is introduced to Harry The Werewolf, Dracula, his wife Ruby, and their son Orson. Scary Godmother calms Hannah’s nerves and she finds several of the creatures amusing but is most surprised to find that Bugaboo shares her favorite pizza toppings. She also comes up with the clever idea as to why they don’t have to taste Orson’s blood pizza…….she claims their pizza has a garlic crust and it would make him sick if their lips touched his pizza.
The monsters do not usually have pizza at their parties but Harry is a very, very big eater. He ‘wolves’ down the candy and treats set out by Scary Godmother who is left to foot the bill for twenty large pizzas. Luckily Bug-a-Boo has money stuck to him from being under beds in the human realm all day. For this transgression, he swears to be Scary Godmother’s personal assistant for the next Halloween doing whatever she sees fit to pay back the money for all the pizzas he over ordered.
She and Orson become fast friends and she ultimately tells them that they are nothing like Jimmy told them. Bug-A-Boo is the monster that lives under Jimmy’s bed. They reveal that bullying is quite wrong and make a plan to turn the tables on Jimmy and his friends.
Hannah is made to be a big hero for saving the big kids from the monsters and she makes several friends for life…..both human and on the Fright Side.
Next week we will pick up with Scary Godmother, “The Revenge Of Jimmy.” The story picks up the following Halloween but fits perfectly as a sequel since the end of Spooktacular is reviewed at the beginning of Revenge of Jimmy.
Either in this movie or The Revenge of Jimmy they give a simple recipe to make Halloween Ghost treats that needs only a little parental supervision but would make a great family project.