Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Halloween Scene

Sabrina has no plans for Halloween. Her friends all think it’s lame and her aunts will be in the other realm at a new galaxy opening, a very exclusive event. So she’s decided to have a house party at their empty house and encourage all of her college friends to attend.

Since when do you have to get college kids excited about Halloween? But fine. And if anything says, “cool party” it’s got to be Sabrina’s little bo-peep costume couples costume with her cat, Salem, dressed as a lamb. But the party does seem to be a little cool when the lights flicker and monsters that Sabrina has hired from the other realm show up. Everyone thinks they’re just really great scary haunted house actors, but of course, they are legit ghouls.


Meanwhile, Sabrina’s aunts are feeling self-conscious at the galaxy opening, realizing they look like Romy & Michele at a black tie event. They also learn that the new galaxy is a landfill and no one wanted to attend the party, so they extended the guest list at the last moment. As our current president would say, “Sad.”


Back at the ghoul-party, the party planner has apparently sent so many ghouls that the party is now over-run with ghouls. Meanwhile, word has gotten out that this party is happening, and all of her aunt’s belongings are getting decimated.

Okay, so. Hm. This is the problem I’ve always had with a sitcom about magic, especially one that doesn’t even have pressure from an over-bearing husband to deter its lead from using it (I’m looking at you, Bewitched). Why don’t her aunts just fix their ridiculous costumes by conjuring up some better costumes? Why doesn’t Sabrina just magically repair all of the damage to her aunt’s house?

But none of it matters because soon, Sabrina’s aunts are leaving their lame galaxy party to attend a much cooler party, which they quickly learn is Sabrina’s party at their home. They’re not terribly excited about it.

However, Sabrina’s peeved aunts are the least of her worries. When it’s time to return all of the ghouls, she realizes that Frankenstein is missing. Apparently, he’s gone home with one of her friends–eek–and they are quite smitten. Sabrina drags him back to her house but he resists going back to the other realm due to marital problems with The Bride of Frankenstein. So Sabrina and her aunts travel back with him to help them communicate, using a little magic. SO WHY COULDN’T SHE USE MAGIC TO FIX THE WATER STAIN ON THE PIANO BEFORE THEY GOT HOME?!?

Okay, fine. At least we get this cute little scene.


Very Special Halloween Lesson: If you have magic powers, use them to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for a black tie event. Don’t squander them by becoming armchair analysts for the Frankensteins.

2 thoughts on “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Halloween Scene

  1. Sounds like this episode makes the common mistake of confusing Frankenstein with Frankenstein’s Monster. LOL.

    Though to be fair, what adaptations have done to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a lot worse (in the original story, the fact that they are both the same person is the twist ending to the story).

    The magic thing isn’t just a problem with sitcoms. Fantasy novels have this problem as well. In the original Pinocchio, it seems to go back and forth between whether or not his nose grows when he lies (and that’s not the only continuity error in the book either).

    And in the original Wizard of Oz, rather than the Deus ex Machina ending where Glinda appears and tells Dorothy that she was able to return home all along, the company has to travel to her palace to see her (and she is a different character from the one who initially sent Dorothy on the journey). But the problem with this is that Dorothy is now in command of the Winged Monkeys (from whom you can get three wishes), and Dorothy has one wish left from them, and can now easily command them to bring her to Glinda’s palace (she tried to have them bring her home earlier, but it turns out that the Monkeys can’t leave the Land of Oz). But she doesn’t. Instead, she and her companions travel there by foot. I came up with a fan theory once that Dorothy didn’t know whether or not Glinda could help her, and didn’t want to waste her last wish if it was going to be for nothing, but that still doesn’t change the fact that it was never explained in the book. (Though, funnily enough, the people who made the 1987 Cinar anime television series based on the Oz books must have noted this as well, because they added an extra wish in order to make it so that Dorothy doesn’t have any wishes left by the time she decides to go to Glinda, though this later causes other problems with the scene where she finally used her last wish in the book, as the producers had to fabricate an event to replace it).

    And in “Aladdin,” the Genie says that Aladdin can’t wish for extra wishes. But he didn’t say anything about wishing for extra genies.

    “Thomas and the Magic Railroad,” where magic gold dust inexplicably appears, despite not being in the series beforehand, as well as the engines apparently running without their drivers. (I’m still waiting for the director’s cut of this movie that we are never going to get)

    Gandalf managing to create an explosion to kill thousands of goblins, and then he never uses that spell again (though that could be explained by Gandalf being a guardian of Middle Earth with limitations on when to use his power, but I’m pretty sure Tolkien didn’t have the lore planned out when he wrote The Hobbit).

    Don’t even get me started on the Brothers Grimms’ “Fitcher’s Bird.” It makes no sense whatsoever.

    But yeah, I guess all nerds like me read too deeply into stories.

    And, as we approach Halloween again, I am yet again stick with only the three Halloween specials I care for (“Charlie Brown’s Halloween,” “Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” and “Halloween is Grinch Night”), though you’d be happy to know that a couple months ago I did manage to snag and watch a copy of the “Hocus Pocus” movie you recommended to me last year. Unfortunately, while I did find it a pretty funny movie, I didn’t really find it worth watching more than once 🙁.

    1. I like that Glenda is a different person than the one who sets Dorothy off on her journey! I always thought the whole “you had the power to go home the whole time thing” was obnoxious. And I think the magic of Hocus Pocus May be stronger if nostalgia is also a factor 😊

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