It really is a charming little made-for-TV movie from Disney. Debbie Reynolds has a ball and hams it up as the family's grandma and Halloweentown's most powerful witch. The town itself is really fun, with a werewolf hairdresser and a giant jack-o-lantern in the square and a zombie Elvis broom salesman. This also the only really girl-centric Halloween special I can think of, focusing on a 13-year-old girl's discovery that she's destined to be a great witch like her mom and grandma. Ah well, maybe I'll give it another shot with the daughters in 2015 or so...
Watched: DVD from Disney.
Tales from the Darkside 1.10: "Djinn, No Chaser" (1985) directed by Shelley Levinson
Another goofy Darkside, this time with a pair of married goofballs acquiring a magic lamp. In the realm of genies-played-by-basketball-players stories, this is easily the best. Sorry Shaq, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has got you here. He plays a genie who's so grumpy about being tramped in a tiny lamp for 10,000 years, he refuses to grant wishes. Instead, he drives the married couple crazy. He conjures lions in the hallway to trap them, makes the walls ooze slime, and won't stop yelling in a really loud voice. Overall, the guy is pretty annoying. Once they find the key to his release, though, all is well. Not a story I'd imagine coming from a darkside, but funny and full of energy.