ParaNorman had a unique concept of a boy who is able to see ghosts -- not actually original, where this has been seen in The Sixth Sense and Ghost Whisperer. The film shows the protagonist, Norman, to be a misunderstood and out-of-place student at school where he is constantly bullied.
He eventually is able to solve some curse that a young girl put on the town for executing her for which craft. The writing for ParaNorman was very boring and several punchlines would go without laughter. Several aspects of the plot were a failure, such as the unlikable characters, some who were also unoriginal, such as 'Neil', who bares a very strong resemblance in design to the character 'Chowder' from Monster House (which is also a Halloween film).