Watching Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three kindly, old spinster ladies who spend quiet evenings at home “SUCKING THE LIVES OUT OF LITTLE CHILDREN!”? That’s a no-brainer. Kenny Ortega’s cult classic Hocus Pocus still makes me laugh 21 years after it hit theatres. Quotes from the film have carved out a place in the cultural lexicon and you’re hard-pressed to find a Halloween dance sans Bette’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You.” All this affinity, however, was hard to come by when the film opened in 1993. It was panned by critics and considered a flop. What wasn’t to love?!? Sass for days, sweeps of storybook fall foliage, a flipbook of 90s style, and Halloween kitsch all left us wanting to be right there in Salem going on Max, Danny and Allison’s misadventures. Recently, rumors of a sequel by Tina Fey hit the Internet but have yet to be confirmed. Until that dream comes true, take a look at how you can let your wardrobe and home show some love for the Halloween classic.
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Film: Hocus Pocus
Director: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, Thora Birch
Art Director: Nancy Patton
Set Decoration: Rosemary Brandenburg
Costume Design: Mary E. Vogt