Hocus Pocus

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

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Disney’s Hocus Pocus is a comedy-fantasy film released in 1993. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the movie has become a beloved Halloween classic. It follows the story of three witches who are resurrected in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, after a teenager named Max lights a cursed candle on Halloween night.

The three witches, known as the Sanderson sisters—Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy)—must consume the life force of children to stay immortal. Max, along with his younger sister Dani and their friend Allison, embark on a mission to stop the witches from carrying out their nefarious plan.

The film combines elements of comedy, adventure, and spooky charm, making it a family-friendly Halloween favorite. Hocus Pocus features a mix of humorous and eerie moments, memorable performances, and catchy musical numbers.

Although the film was not a major success upon its initial release, it gained a significant following through repeated airings on television and home video. Over the years, Hocus Pocus has become a cult classic and is often celebrated as an essential part of Halloween entertainment.

With its witchy shenanigans, witty dialogue, and spirited performances, Hocus Pocus continues to capture the imagination of audiences, young and old, during the Halloween season, making it a perennial favorite for fans of magical and light-hearted films.

Fun Facts

  • Although not an immediate box office success, “Hocus Pocus” has gained a significant cult following over the years and has become a Halloween staple.
  • The movie features a star-studded cast, including Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters.
  • “Hocus Pocus” was filmed in Salem, Massachusetts, adding to the authentic feel of the Halloween setting.
  • The iconic song “I Put a Spell on You,” performed by Bette Midler as her character Winifred Sanderson, has become a Halloween anthem.
  • The film’s humor, combined with its spooky and family-friendly elements, has made it a favorite among audiences of all ages.
  • “Hocus Pocus” was released in July 1993, which many consider an unusual time for a Halloween-themed movie. However, it has since become synonymous with the holiday season.
  • The film’s director, Kenny Ortega, later went on to direct other popular musical films such as “High School Musical” and “The Descendants.”
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Additional Details


  • Bette Midler: Winnie Sanderson
  • Kathy Najimy: Mary Sanderson
  • Sarah Jessica Parker: Sarah Sanderson
  • Omri Katz: Max Dennison
  • Thora Birch: Dani Dennison
  • Vinessa Shaw: Allison Watts
  • Sean Murray: Thackery Binx
  • Doug Jones: Billy Butcherson
  • Charles Rocket: Dave Dennison
  • Stephanie Faracy: Jenny Dennison
  • Amanda Shepherd: Emily Binx
  • Larry Bagby: Ice
  • Tobias Jelinek: Jay
  • Steve Voboril: Elijah Morris
  • Norbert Weisser: Mr. Binx
  • Kathleen Freeman: Miss Olin
  • Garry Marshall: Man in devil costume
  • Penny Marshall: Wife of man in devil costume


  • Director: Kenny Ortega
  • Producers: Steven Hall and David Kirschner
  • Screenplay: Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris
  • Music: John Debney

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.