Sistaaas! Today marks the 27th anniversary of one of the most spell-binding Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and during the month of October I probably watch this movie about every other day. Winifred is basically my spirit animal during the Halloween season (“Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!”) and with the way this year is going I can definitely appreciate her witchy sarcasm!
To celebrate the film’s anniversary, here are some ideas and fun facts from D23:
Sanderson Sisters’ Bingo
Watch Hocus Pocus in two different ways (including Trivia and Treats Mode)
How to play:
Print out a page for each player (up to 6 players). Look over the movie scenes and then watch the movie. When you recognize a similar movie scene, mark it! The first player to get 4 in a row wins the game!
Show off thy beauty with these bewitching photo frames!
Cast a spell and make your very own Hocus Pocus popcorn boxes
One silver lining from being home all the time during this COVID-19 pandemic is that I have way more time for arts and crafts now!
Check out these tricks and treats of trivia, conjured from the depths of the Walt Disney Archives:
- The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, who instead chose to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape with Johnny Depp, earning him his first Academy Award® nomination at the age of 19.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays the ditzy Sarah Sanderson, discovered that her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was accused of “sundry acts of witchcraft.” Elwell was spared, as the witch trials had concluded, though Parker admits that the revelation changed everything she thought she knew about herself.
- Jason Marsden, who played the voice of the bewitched black cat Thackery Binx, also played Max, the son of Goofy in A Goofy Movie two years later.
- Kathy Najimy’s role of the daffy Mary Sanderson was original offered to Rosie O’Donnell, but she reportedly declined the role as she didn’t want to play a “scary witch.”
- Hocus Pocus shares the same release year as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, though the studio chose to release it in July, 1993 to keep the two films from competing with each other during the Halloween season.
- According to actor Doug Jones, the moths that fly out of the mouth of his character, zombie Billy Butcherson, are 100-percent real and not enhanced with computer FX. (I don’t know whether to find this fascinating or gross!).
- Animal trainer Larry Madrid used nine cats to play Thackery Binx with each having its own special skill to perform on-camera.
Hocus Pocus definitely has put a spell on me! Is it bad I’m ready for Halloween now and it’s only July?