ummnothx (ummnothx) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Original: stars of classic family friendly Halloween Movies THEN & NOW

Hi, ONTD. I haven't posted in a while, but I was scrolling through and thought, "This feed could use more Halloween posts." 

And so, let the Halloween post commence!

Ever wondered what the stars of the nostalgic Halloween-themed movies look like now? The ones we secretly wished we could be (either in the movie, or just in real life as a working Disney/other type actor)? No? Just me? Great. Let's move along.

!!Warning: image heavy!!
[The Sanderson sisters were HANGED!]
First, who could forget the Disney channel movie, Don't Look Under the Bed? Erin Chambers is the actress who played Franny (aka Frances Bacon McCausland) in the 1999 Disney Original Movie. She was 20 years old when the movie came out (likely 19 during filming). She's 40 today, and has continued acting in television and movies.

Also, who could forget Larry Houdini from the same movie?! Ty Hodges is the actor who portrayed Larry Houdini, and he was 18 when the movie came out, and is 39 years old now. He was also on an episode of The Famous Jett Jackson, and later joined the cast of Even Stevens. He went on to working behind the camera as a director, and has been in sporadic movies since.

Next, who could forget the classic Disney channel movie (and it's two sequels), Halloweentown? Kimberly J. Brown is the actress who portrayed Marnie Piper, the eldest of three, and granddaughter to the character of our next star. Brown was 14 during the first movie, and is 35 today. She went on to act in several movies (including Halloweentown II and III)), and made multiple appearances in television shows. She also traveled to St. Helens, Oregon, where the movie was shot, to kick off the annual event, "The Spirit of Halloween."

From the same movie (and many others), the next star was arguably the main star of the Halloweentown franchise. Ms. Debbie Reynolds, ladies and gents. At the time of the original movie, Reynolds was 66 years old. Though I don't need to tell you, as we all mourned when the news broke, the incomparable Ms. Reynolds tragically passed away in 2016 at the age of 84, one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Debbie was a SAG lifetime achievement award winner who was nominated for several academy awards and golden globes, and finally won a well-deserved academy award for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2015. She would be 88 years old today.

Next, who could forget ANOTHER classic Disney channel movie (and it's sequel) Twitches? Tia and Tamera Mowry both starred in the movies as Alexandra Fielding and Camryn Barnes. At the time of the movie, Tia and Tamera were 27 in 2005 when the movie was released. Today, they are 42 years old. Following the movie, the sisters continued acting, had their own reality show called Tia & Tamera, and both sisters had independent success in their own rights relating to business ventures and solo TV/film projects. (This one's a two-for-one, y'all)

Finally, because I'm tired of copying/pasting links, we will wrap up with arguably one of the most classic Halloween family-friendly movies of all time: Hocus Pocus!

First up, Thora Birch, who portrayed Dani Dennison, the younger sister of character Max Dennison. Thora was 11 years old when the movie premiered in 1993, and is now 38 years old. She went on to star in several other movies as a child actress, and continues acting to this day, aside from a break she took from 2012 to 2016.

Second up, Omri Katz, who portrayed Max Dennison, the main character of the movie who was overshadowed by the witches, his sister, and almost everyone else (including a cat) after his awkward, pillow huggin' virgin ass stupidly lit the black flame candle, resurrecting the evil witches that wanted to murder every child in the world to stay alive and young forever. Omri was 17 when the movie was released, and is 44 years old today. Katz continued acting through 2002, before retiring. He apparently appeared in a 2006 'short' on YouTube, but according to his IMDb, he became a hairdresser likely inspired by Winifred and Mary Sanderson's gravity-defying, ahead of their time hairstyling.

Third up, Vinessa Shaw, who portrayed Allison Watts, possessor of yabbos and love interest of one Max Dennison. Vinessa was also 17 when the movie was released, and is also now 44 years old. Following the movie, Shaw continued acting, and has continued to present day. Notable movies for Shaw include the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, Eyes Wide Shut, and 3:10 to Yuma.

Fourth up, Kathy Najimy, who portrayed Mary Sanderson, the witch who sniffed out children, didn't like candy, loved TV commercials, and rode a flying vacuum at the end of the film. Najimy was 36 when the movie was released, and is now 63 years old. Following the movie, Najimy continued acting, voicing Peggy Hill on King of the Hill, and has been in or done voice acting in movies or television shows pretty consistently up to this year.

Fifth up, Sarah Jessica Parker, who portrayed Sarah Sanderson, the boy-obsessed witch who spat on boundaries (unless they're made of salt!) by flirting with her sister's lover, and whose voice could lure children to their deaths. Parker was 28 when the movie was released, and is 55 years old now. Following the movie, Parker continued acting and most notably starred in the HBO series and consecutive movies Sex and the City, as well as other movies, television shows, and designing her own line with GAP, a ready-to-wear bridal line, and her own shoe line SJP.

Finally... last, but certainly not least...

What list would ever be complete without Bette Midler, who portrayed Winifred Sanderson, the worst, most vicious witch to ever put a spell on you? (cover your ears!) So, let's jump into this wench-y, trollop-y, buck toothed, mop riding firefly from hell!

Midler was 48 when the movie was released, and is 74 years old today. Since (and long before) the movie, Midler has starred in countless movies, released several albums, been in television shows, broadway productions, and toured the world. She also had a Las Vegas residency from 2008-2010. She is currently still active, and is one letter away from being an EGOT (missing the Oscar).

So, ONTD, what is your favorite non-horror Halloween movie of all time? (Also, I know I missed several classics here, but I'll admit: I started out with the best of intentions, and then realized how much work this is, so...yep!)

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Tags: disney, ontd original, sarah jessica parker / sex and the city, tia and tamera mowry
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October 18 2020, 02:54:08 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  October 18 2020, 02:57:50 UTC

favorite has to be hocus pocus hands down. then return to oz. I know it's not technically a halloween movie but shit scary af

I'm also starting to realize that halloween movies had a huge impact on my gayness as a child. my cousin and I would reenact the scene in hocus pocus where she turned thackery into a cat and we would take turns wearing fake nails and go full drag vibes. and then casper transforming into devon sawa awakened something deep in my soul.
I agree. Did the exact same things, and definitely had a major crush on Jay (the blonde bully) and Thackery. Daaaamn. Haha. I remember being young and still being like "..I want them..." Hah
I had the biggest crush on Thackery..
pretty sure the girl from Don't Look Under the Bed was also on that MTV scripted show about young people having sex.
Undressed? I loved that show. I think every episode was a one-off though
I need this show to be available to stream somewhere! It was so enjoyably bad. I’m pretty sure that it was soap opera-ish and that several characters’ storylines would stretch into multiple episodes so you’d get invested and keep watching.
undressed was the best fucking show i wish it was streaming somewhere


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LOL my friends and I would play house and pretend to be married to the boys from Hocus Pocus. I preferred Omri, and my friend preferred Sean (aka, Thackery.) Anywho, Vinessa looks great.
I just watched Hocus Pocus for the first time a week ago. Which is weird because I was totally target age for it when it came out, so idk how I went this long.

It was cute, but definitely a blast from the past to see virginity being used as a plot point in a kids movie, lol. So very 90s.
yeah, for some reason i didn't see it until like a couple of years ago. the virginity plot was awful and i don't think i'll be rewatching that movie, it really isn't good unless you have the nostalgia goggles on. i did like the set design, especially the house and all the autumn leaves near the end.
I feel like the virginity plot was such a small piece of the story, tbh. I definitely might be biased because of my nostalgia goggles, but it didn't bug me that much. It was more like, "Listen when people warn you about stupid things." lol. I didn't even know what "virgin" was when I first saw the movie, so idk. I guess looking back at it, there were some themes that were slightly inappropriate for "young kids", considering it's a Disney movie. But to this day, I still don't mind that piece of it.
Definitely interesting to hear about it from someone who watched it as an adult for the first time, though! <3 Thanks for sharing!
kimberly j browns tiktok constantly comes up for me (its where I learned shes dating Kalabar jr irl)

she makes halloweentown stuff on etsy
aw her etsy is so cute, how does she look so young still? she looks the same
Hocus Pocus for sure is my favourite. Casper too if it's considered a Halloween movie.

I wanted to be SJP so bad when I was a kid.
A random commercial came on the other day where Casper haunts this couple's house. I just turned to my sister and said "buccaneers and buried gold, Whipstaff doth a treasure hold". We watched that SO MUCH as kids.
I don’t know what to expect from this, but I bought a ticket for $10 to Bette Midler’s annual charity Halloween party since it’s online this year. Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, & SJP are involved, as are Meryl Streep and Glenn Close??

Sharing the link in case anyone else needs something socially distant to do on Friday, 10/30.
has it really been four years since carrie fisher and debbie reynolds died? jesus christ time flies...
I keep up with some of the Hocus Pocus cast on my 90s Instagram. Omri Katz is in the cannabis industry. Larry and Tobias (bullies Jay and Ice) are still really close friends and created an anti-bully campaign together. Vinessa is still humble, super sweet and comments on clips I post about Hocus Pocus.
That's so sweet re: Larry and Tobias!
Amazing post OP! Will never say no to reading stuff about Hocus Pocus.

Wish there was more bts stuff about the Addams Family movies though. 😐
Thank you! <3 Honestly, I was definitely looking for more movies, but I couldn't find a lot of "then and now" posts with side-by-side photos. And linking all of the sources for individual photos made me want to slam my head into the desk. Hah!
Definitely love Hocus Pocus and Addams Family. <3
I feel like Hocus Pocus is probably my favorite-favorite, but I do I love Double Double Toil and Trouble. I watched it the other day and it still kills me that this meeting of like... evil witches and ghouls starts with them reminding people to pay their membership fees and congratulating a couple on their new goblin baby.
That movie made me try Snickerdoodle cookies.
I used to watch Double Double Toil and Trouble all the time when I was really young. There are only two scenes that I really remember, though. The first one is the witch turning the red light green and causing a car accident and the 2nd is the twins reciting the spell but missing the deadline and then they hug or something and the spell works because they tricked the witch and reminded the clock so it wasn't actually midnight.

Where did you watch it? I'm feeling extremely nostalgic now.
I have the DVD but I'm pretty sure it's on Hulu for streaming!
I have not seen DDTAT is years. I remember renting it from Blockbuster as a kid.
My icon says it all 😊

This post is perfectly timed as I’m watching Hocus Pocus right now! 😊
I haven’t seen it since the 90s and forgot so much of it.

My fave Halloween movie is practical magic which isn’t really about Halloween but the final scene is during Halloween lol
who could forget
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