You Can Visit The Real-Life Halloweentown This Fall

Disney Channel’s “Halloweentown” has become a holiday favorite. If you’re like me, you’ve seen the movie about a million times, and Halloween simply wouldn’t be the same without viewing it at least once during the fall season.

And while watching the movie each year at home is great, wouldn’t it be a dream come true to be able to visit the real-life Halloweentown? Well, for the people of St. Helens, Oregon, this is their everyday reality. St. Helens is the town where “Halloweentown” was originally filmed back in 1998! Each year, starting Oct. 1, the town transforms into the real-life Halloweentown, straight out of the movie.

The month-long festival is known as “The Spirit of Halloweentown,” and the celebration will be extra-special this year because Kimberly J. Brown, aka “Marnie,” will be returning to host a full weekend of Halloween events!

According to Good Housekeeping, there will be numerous activities throughout the weekend, such as a masquerade ball, haunted tractor rides and a scarecrow contest. And if here is one event that you just shouldn’t miss, it’s the giant pumpkin lighting on Oct. 8!

And while you unfortunately can’t take a ride on the magical school bus to get to the event, you may be able to catch a haunted cab ride with Marnie and everyone’s favorite skeleton, Benny!

Tickets for “The Spirit of Halloweentown” are selling out fast, so be sure to get yours before it’s too late! Get the full list of events and tickets here.

[h/t: Buzzfeed]

Hallmark Channel Announces 2016 Christmas Movie Schedule

The Hallmark Channel has rolled out their 2016 Christmas movie schedule, and here’s a look at the original movies they have in store for us. Now, where’s that eggnog…

“A Wish For Christmas”

Show date: Saturday, October 29th, 8/7c

Starring: Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls”), Paul Greene (“A Christmas Detour”)

Chabert stars as Sara Shaw, who keeps a low profile at work. But when her big Christmas idea is stolen, she asks Santa to help her stand up for herself. Santa grants her wish, but she only has 48 hours to make it happen.

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“The Mistletoe Promise”

Show date: Saturday, November 5th, 8/7c

Starring: Jaime King (“Hart of Dixie”), Luke Macfarlane (“Brothers and Sisters”)

“Every Christmas Has A Story”

Show date:  Saturday, November 12, 8/7c

Starring: Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House”), Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”), Willie Aames (“Charles in Charge”)

Loughlin is a TV personality who really messes up by admitting she “hates Christmas.” While, um, on the air. Afterwards, she’s invited to the “Most Christmas-y town in America” to try and buff up her image.

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“Christmas Cookies”

Show date: Sunday, November 13th, 8/7c

Starring: Jill Wagner (“Wipeout”), Wes Brown (“True Blood”)

Aunt Sally’s Christmas Cookie Company gets sold to a big ‘ol evil corporate conglomerate, and Hannah the exec (Wagner) has to close the deal and shut Aunt Sally’s factory down. The factory happens to be the main business in the town of… wait for it… Cookie Jar. And… she meets the factory owner and falls in love with him.

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“Home & Family Holiday Special”

Show date: Thursday, November 17, 8/7c

Hosted by: Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos

“Journey Back to Christmas”

Show date: Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.

Starring: Candace Cameron Burre, Oliver Hudson

A nurse from the World War II Era travels in time to 2016. She meets Jake, who teaches her that the true meaning of Christmas remains the same, all these years later. The spirit of the season is timeless.

“My Christmas Dream”

Show date: Saturday, November 19, 8/7c

Starring: Danica McKellar (“Wonder Years”), David Haydn-Jones (“A Cookie Cutter Christmas”), Deidre Hall (“Days of Our Lives”)

Christina Masters (McKellar) is the manager of McDougal’s flagship department store. She wants the manager gig of the new Paris location. She’s out to impress her boss by creating the best Christmas holiday window ever. She turns to a recently-fired employee who happens to be a talented artist and single dad with one young son. Business soon becomes personal, and the bells start jingling with love.

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“A December Bride”

Show date: Sunday, November 20th, 8/7c

Starring: Jessica Lowndes (90210), Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart)

“Christmas In Homestead”

Show date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 8/7c

Starring: Taylor Cole (The Green Hornet) and Michael Rady (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

“Christmas List”

Show date: Thursday, November 24th, 8/7c

Starring: Alicia Witt (“Nashville”), Gabriel Hogan (“Heartland”)

Isobel Gray (Witt) has planned a perfect Christmas holiday with her boyfriend, which includes a “carefully composed bucket list of classic holiday traditions.” Uh-oh, the boyfriend goes AWOL and a “tempting new romance turns her life upside down.”

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“Journey Back To Christmas”

Show dates: Friday, November 25th, 8/7c

Starrting: Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, & Tom Skerritt

“A Heavenly Christmas”

Show date: Saturday, November 26, 8/7c

Starring: Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack, & Shirley Maclaine

*This movie is from the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

“Broadcasting Christmas”

Show date: Sunday, November 27, 8/7c
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Dean Cain, Cynthia Gibb, Jackée Harry, & Richard Kline

“Christmas Angel in Training”

Show date: Monday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Starring: Kristin Davis, Eric McCormac, Shirley MacLaine

Kristin Davies plays a work-holic who has passed away and is now in training to be a Christmas angel in this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. To become the angel, though, she has to help a struggling musician use music to help his family come together, and she learns about love and the spirit of the season along the way.

“National Christmas Tree Lighting”

Show date: Friday, December 2, 8/7c

“A Dream of Christmas”

Show date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

Starring: Nikki DeLoach, Andrew Walker

Penny, a young married woman, is granted a wish to become single again. Everything seems great in her new life. Great job, nice car, but she has never met her husband. So, she decides to track him down and fall in love with him all over again.

“Looks Like Christmas”

Show date: Sunday, December 4, 8/7c

Starring: Anne Heche and Dylan Neal

“A Nutcracker Christmas”

Show date: Saturday, December 10, 8/7c

Starring: Amy Acker, Sascha Radetsky, & Sophia Lucia

“Meant to Be”

Show date: Sunday, December 11, 8/7c

Starring: Brennan Elliott

“My Christmas Love”

Show date: Saturday, December 17, 8/7c

Starring: Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo & Gregory Harrison

“Sleigh Bells Ring”

Show date: Sunday, December 18, 8/7c

Then this is the final (new) original Hallmark Holiday Movie of the season:

“When Calls The Heart Christmas”

Show date: Sunday, December 25th, 8/7c

Starring: Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), Daniel Lissing (“Last Resort”), Jack Wagner (“Melrose Place”) and Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House”)

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We can’t wait – can you? To see their Hallmark’s New Year shows, click HERE.


This Theme Park Is As Close To Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory As It Gets

When I was a kid, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was one of my favorite movies, and I wanted nothing more than to visit the factory on my own. Sadly, it’s not a real place, but good news—there is a theme park in the United Kingdom that comes pretty close.

One of the largest confectionary manufacturers in the world (Cadbury) has created the appropriately-named Cadbury World, an immersive experience where visitors can enjoy everything chocolate.

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From learning about chocolate’s historical past to seeing how chocolate is made—and of course lots of tastings—Cadbury World is as close to Willy Wonka’s amazing factory as it gets.

The theme park, which has locations in Birmingham, England as well as Dunedin, New Zealand, allows visitors to see how chocolate is made and packaged, and of course, you can take home lots and lots of chocolate to enjoy later. There’s also a Cadbury Cafe where you can get such delights as a Cadbury Mini Egg Hot Chocolate:

You can take a ride through the chocolate world on a Beanmobile.

There’s even a 4D movie experience that includes motion seats for the full effect.

If you find yourself in one of these two countries, be sure to check out one of their two locations. Willy Wonka may not be real, but this chocolate factory sure is.

And if you want a trip down memory lane, here’s my favorite clip of the original Willy Wonka factory.

You Can Now Control Your TV With An Official Harry Potter Wand Remote

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Harry Potter fans, rejoice! If you’ve always wanted to make like Harry, Hermione and Ron and use a wand to control items around you, you’re in luck. The Harry Potter Remote Control Wand exists, and it can be all yours.


Amazon is selling this incredible little device, which allows “Harry Potter” fans to bring the joys of the wizarding world to their very own living room. The officially licensed Harry Potter Remote Control Wand offers nine separate commands  — including “the Flick Up,” “the Flick Down” and “the Big Swish” — to control your television or other electronic devices.

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With a couple of triple-A batteries and one of nine simple gestures, you can use the wand to change channels or tracks, turn the volume up or down, and more. It can be used to operate any electronic device that uses an infrared remote control, such as a television, Blu-ray player or stereo. The device is also compatible with PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

You can program and use multiple devices at the same time as well.

This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves the “Harry Potter” franchise. Not only does it pay homage to the beloved story,  but it’s also practical.

As Amazon describes, “The finely detailed wand is modeled directly from the prop used in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and comes complete with a collector box and comprehensive illustrated instructions.”


You can currently buy the wand for $49.00. The item is available for Prime shipping, which means members will be able to order and receive it within two days.

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What better way to add some wizardry to your viewing experience or bring the world of Hogwarts to your own living room? As one reviewer wrote: “I am a Muggle NO MORE!!!”

This ‘Uptown Funk’ Mashup With Famous Movie Dance Scenes Will Make You Smile

Tip:  To see the movie names, press the close captioning icon “CC” at the bottom of the video.

What’s the Mashup has produced a video that’s sure to make your day – over 100 dance scenes perfectly in tune to Mark Ronson’s song (featuring Bruno Mars), “Uptown Funk.”

The editing is impeccable – it must have taken countless hours to perfect this clip.

I recognized The Breakfast Club, Risky Business, 13 Going On Thirty, Shrek, Dirty Dancing, Napoleon Dynamite, The Lion King, Zoolander, Despicable Me, Flashdance, American Pie, What A Girl Wants, Mary Poppins, Mrs. Doubtfire, Grease, and many more.

How many scenes do you recognize?

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some dancin’ to do!