If you ask any child of the ’90s what their favorite Halloween film is, there is a good chance that Hocus Pocus is somewhere in their top five. Disney’s spooky comedy was a bit of a flop when it was released in 1993, but thanks to home video/DVDs and annual showings on ABC Family and the Disney Channel, it has become a cult classic.
When Max Dennison, Halloween skeptic and virgin extraordinaire, moves to Salem with his family, he lights the Black Flame Candle (to impress a girl, natch) and accidentally summons the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker), three witches from ye olde Salem who want to suck the souls out of Salem’s children, including Max’s little sister, Dani. With the help of Binx, the immortal boy-cat, Max has to stop Winifred and her sisters before it’s too late (dun dun duuuuun).
As with many beloved films, the goings-on behind the scenes and everything that went into production, so take a look at these awesome bits of trivia before Hocus Pocus puts a spell on you again this year.