THE MOVIE’S BUDGET WAS NOT LARGE.
Director Duwayne Dunham was given the “Halloweentown” franchise’s first episode as a $20 million to $30 million film, but it ultimately only cost $4 million.
I like reading about the children, their grandmother, mother, secret, and all of that, said Dunham said in a 2015 interview with MTV News . “But when they showed it to me, it was like a $20 to $30 million movie… “
Our concept was excellent, but the scale was too vast for us and our budget, he said. Therefore, the challenge was to maintain the tone and the concept while condensing it so that we could afford to accomplish this.
Fortunately, they succeeded. Background performers doubled up and changed outfits to provide the impression of a lively town during the film’s fast 24-day shoot.