29 years later, it's still just a bunch of Hocus Pocus on Halloween.
It's hard to believe the iconic Disney movie starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the three witchy, witty and wicked Sanderson sisters who return from the dead thanks to a virgin lighting the Black Flame candle came out in 1993. In the decades since its release, Hocus Pocus—directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega—has become a staple each and every October. (Just look at Freeform's 31 Days of Halloween programming block to see how often they run the movie.)
And in honor of the film's highly anticipated sequel—out Sept. 30 on Disney+—we're running amok, amok, amok by spilling all of the behind-the-scenes treats we learned about the making of Hocus Pocus straight from Ortega and some of the film's stars, including Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw and Doug Jones. Don't worry, cat definitely doesn't have our tongue when it comes to spilling these secrets.
To help you pass the time until the Sandersons put a spell on us again, check out these fun facts about Hocus Pocus:
Hocus Pocus 2 is available to stream on Disney+ Sept. 30.
—additional reporting by Kate Rosen
(Originally published on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PT)