I should have known that the first thing to make me smile in a full week would come from the happiest place on Earth—Halloweentown. The stars of the Disney Channel Original Movie classic, Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge (not to be confused with the original Halloweentown or the third film, Halloweentown High), Daniel Kountz and Kimberly J. Brown announced their engagement on Instagram in individual posts on June 30.
Kimberly, who will forever be Marnie Piper to me, wrote on her Instagram, “Have I introduced you guys to my Fiancée?” alongside a selfie of the newly engaged couple. Daniel, who played the evil warlock’s son Kal in the 2001 movie, also announced the engagement on IG, with a cheesy-adorable and mildly distracting slideshow of couple pics and the caption: “She said yes‼️❤️ 💍Gunna love you forever.” Kimberly commented, “Love you baby.” Aw, I love this for them!
The Halloweentown stars didn’t fall in love immediately after meeting on set. Which makes sense—Kal was pretty evil at the time. Their love story actually began more than a decade later when they reconnected over YouTube, according to a joint interview they gave to E! News in 2021. Apparently, Kimberly approached Daniel about appearing in a sketch for her YouTube channel in 2016, and that’s when the (metaphorical) sparks really began to fly.
Kimberly’s social media post revealing their relationship in 2018 immediately went viral, naturally, and they’ve been giving fans nostalgic feels nonstop ever since. “The comments were great,” she said to E! News. “People were worried about Aggie’s spellbook still, [they] were like, ‘How can you date the enemy?!’ and then other people were like, ‘I shipped Marnie and Kal since the movie came out!’”