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Hocus Pocus is, hands down, one of the most popular Halloween movies ever. Because it’s almost Halloween and because we absolutely love this movie, here are a few fun facts about Hocus Pocus!

This past July marked the 20th anniversary of Hocus Pocus, which means we’ve been able to enjoy the adventures of the Sandersons and the Salem youths every Halloween for over two decades. Can you believe it? For a lot of us, that’s the majority of our relatively short lives!

But, after 20 years of enjoying Hocus Pocus, how much do you actually know about it? While we consider ourselves super Hocus Pocus aficionados, we have to admit that we definitely aren’t experts on the movie, its flaws, or even the process that went into making it.

In the spirit of Halloween and the movie’s 20th anniversary, here are thirteen fun facts you may or may not have known about Hocus Pocus.

1. In July 1993, ‘Hocus Pocus’ made only about $40 million at the box office on a $28 million dollar budget.

Hocus Pocus Main Titles

While that isn’t a fantastic box office run, don’t feel bad for Hocus Pocus just yet. With TV syndication and video/DVD sales, the movie makes more and more every year. Like a few other Halloween movies from the ’90s, Hocus Pocus has become a popular cult favorite (if not the most popular).

2. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally supposed to portray Max Dennison, but he turned down the opportunity to star in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’

Leonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Does this really surprise you? Leonardo DiCaprio’s bad luck strikes again. No, this movie probably would not have gotten him an Oscar nomination (or any other large scale award), but it would have at least meant he would have another fan-favorite movie under his belt. Besides, we’re pretty sure that there isn’t a movie star alive who didn’t wish they had been in Hocus Pocus.

3. There are a few scenes in a trailer for the movie that have never shown up in any version of the movie, whether it be on TV or VHS/DVD.

Hocus Pocus enthusiasts (and even habitual or occasional viewers) will notice the missing scenes right away in the short trailer above. We don’t know about you, but we would love to see the Sanderson sisters hit up a grocery store. Those few seconds with Mary and some sort of condiment look like they would have been super entertaining as an entire scene. You would think that these fun scenes would have ended up on a DVD at some point. They clearly have the footage somewhere, so it’s not like they trashed it or it never existed. Oh well, hopefully we’ll see it one day. 25th anniversary maybe?

4. ‘Hocus Pocus’ is the only movie that Kenny Ortega has ever directed without also doing the choreography.

Hocus Pocus I Put a Spell On You

Kenny Ortega is probably best-known for his work on High School Musical. Could you imagine if Ortega had done some sort of choreography for Hocus Pocus? Yes, it would be kind of funny to see the Sanderson sisters sing and dance in sync to some ridiculous song. However, we can only imagine what kind of song would be sung about the fact that the black candle had to be lit by a virgin. It would most likely make our skin crawl.

5. The Sanderson sisters were supposedly hanged on October 31, 1693. However, the Salem witch trials ended in May 1693.

Hocus Pocus Hanging

Yes, this is less of a fun fact and more of a movie flaw or inaccuracy. But it’s still kind of interesting, isn’t it? We understand why they’d choose 1693 as the year. After all, the movie came out in 1993 and it just sounds better to remember or celebrate the Sanderson sisters’ hanging if it was 300 years ago instead of 301. At least this isn’t a gaping flaw. We didn’t notice it ourselves until we did a bit of research.

6. Sean Murray, the actor who played Thackery Binx, did not provide the voice for Binx the cat.

Hocus Pocus Thackery Binx

Binx was voiced by another actor named Jason Marsden (no, no relation to James Marsden unfortunately). Our question is who wouldn’t want NCIS‘s Tim McGee to voice a main character in a movie? He’s just so adorable and definitely has a voice to match. We just don’t understand why Sean Murray wasn’t asked to voice Binx the cat. While he isn’t a voice actor like Jason Marsden, we would have liked the continuity. Although, we didn’t really notice he wasn’t the voice until recently…
Continue on to the next page for some more fun Hocus Pocus trivia.

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  • Lillie Marie Peterson

    I watch this movie every single year on Halloween. My favorite! (Other good ones are Casper the Friendly Ghost and the Halloweentown movies.)

  • Ultron

    This move still kinda creeps me out :/ But I love it! It’s not halloween without hocus pocus!

  • Shelby Walker

    I grew up with this movie and still absolutely adore it. Every time I see it on TV, I watch it. I still need to get it on DVD though.

    Also, my fiance and I recently got an adorable black cat and what did we name him? Binx of course! :D

  • Caroline J.

    Bette Midler’s #1 ‘Best Known For’ movie on her IMDB page is Hocus Pocus. =)

  • RamblingBabbles

    Planning to watch this again this Halloween!

  • Jailynn Jor’Dan Piña

    Hocus Pocus is my favorite non-scary Halloween movie that I will always love to watch and will one day make my kids watch it. Sean Murray is sooo cute in that movie and I bet Dicaprio wouldn’t have done better! Sean as Tim McGee is also an adorkable nerd in NCIS.

  • Karina Garcia

    Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown!

  • HypableUser

    “I put a spell on you!”.. what a great movie :) This and Roald Dahl’s The Witches are must watches for me on Halloween!

  • The507thDoctor

    Easily my favorite Halloween movie, can’t wait to watch it again soon. I actually went to Salem a few years ago bur I realized that the town in the movie didn’t really resemble the real Salem, but still, I’m glad I went such a cool place.

  • Jake

    I just decided I’m watching this and Halloweentown on the 31st.

  • Meghan

    “who wouldn’t want NCIS‘s Tim McGee to voice a main character in a movie?”

    *looks at picture of Sean Murray Binx”


    OMG zachary binx Is McGee?! I had Such a Crush on Binx when I saw this movie growing up.

    How didn’t I recognized him?!

    • http://throughhazeleyes.tumblr.com/ Danielle Zimmerman

      It’s a mistake we ALL make. Trust me. =]

  • Plat

    Weird, I just watched this the other night. Such a Halloween classic. You’re right, it might be one of the most beloved Halloween movies of the 90s!

  • Jj

    Who’s ready to run amok? AMOK AMOK AMOK AMOK AMOK AMOK AMOK!!!

  • CGS

    This is one of my alltime favorite movies, used to demand that my parents rented it for me every year at least once, and finally they gave it to me as a gift, which only lasted a couple years. I rewatched it so many times the tape in the VHS finally snapped one day.

  • Jill

    All those years I thought it was Zachary Binx. I don’t know what to think but to me it will always be Zachary Binx

  • David Dawson

    Wondering if Winifred’s greeting to the Halloween party dance guests, “Hello everybody. My name’s Winifred; what’s yours?” was a nod to Bette’s role in Gypsy that was released later the same year. Anyone know?

  • Louis

    One more fun fact:
    Winifred always considered her sisters dumb, but she was dumb to reveal the secret of the black flame candle in front of Allyson, and dumb to insist on sucking Danny’s life when she had many children available and time was running out.
    She turns out to be as dumb as her sisters.

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