The Wizards of Waverly Place is a Disney Channel TV show and an upcoming movie.  The show originally aired in Canada and the UK before airing on the Disney Channel in the United States.  The Wizards of Waverly Place is set in New York City, and chronicles the life of three teenage children who have magical powers.  Waverly Place is a famous street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Occasionally the show features footage shot in the real Waverly Place although most of the time no outside shots are used. As the kids get older only one of them will be allowed to keep their magical powers and eventually the children will need to take part in a competition to see which one will keep their powers.  The children attend both magic school and regular school to help them develop their magical powers.

In the TV show the father of the children, Italian-American Jerry Russo was a wizard himself and won the competition to keep his magical powers when he was young but gave up his magic powers to marry the children’s mother- Mexican-American Theresa Russo. Jerry is the children’s main magical teacher but also runs the family business which is a sub shop located in Waverly Place.  Even though she has no direct experience with the magical world because she is not and never was a wizard Theresa Russo is also very understanding of the abilities that her kids have and tries to help them learn more about magic.

The Wizards of Waverly Place are Justin Russo, the oldest child, Alex Russo who is the only daughter, and the youngest Russo Max. Alex’s best friend Harper Finckle is in on the family secret that the kids are wizards but has sworn not to let that secret get out to anyone at home or at Tribeca Prep, the school that all of the Russo kids and Harper attend. Most of the mishaps and adventures that the Russo kids have involve Alex in one way or another because she is the one who is most likely to use magic without supervisions, which is against the rules.  The kids attend WizTech school to learn more about magic and they also have lessons with their father in The Magic Lair, a place that is usually accessed through the freezer in the sandwich shop that the family owns.

If you have children turning them into the Wizards of Waverly Place for Halloween is the perfect family costume. Not all families like to dress in a theme but for the ones that do the Wizards of Waverly Place is a great way to have fun as a family.  Parents like the show because through the various adventures that the kids have with their magical abilities they learn important lessons about personal responsibility, family, loyalty, friendship and morality.  The show is a very popular one with kids and choosing Wizards of Waverly Place costumes could be a very clever way to get your tween or teenage kids to want to participate in a family event.


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