1:30 pm EDT, October 15, 2013

Thirteen frighteningly fun facts about ‘Hocus Pocus’

7. Even though Max is shown at school on Halloween, October 31, 1993 fell on a Sunday.

Hocus Pocus Max at School

To burst your bubble even further, there hasn’t been a full moon on Halloween since 1974. The next Halloween full moon won’t happen until 2020. We don’t know about you, but this fun fact doesn’t take away from the movie for us at all. We’ll just chalk it up to some sort of sneaky witchcraft and leave it at that. If Winifred Sanderson can put a spell on such a large group of free-thinking adults, then who knows what she could have done to the lunar cycle.

8. At the end of the movie, when Dani is crying over Binx’s deflated cat body, you can see that he happens to be lying on his sister Emily’s grave.

Binx and his sister's grave

We couldn’t believe this fun fact ourselves when we first uncovered it. However, if you go back and watch the scene where Dani runs to Binx’s deflated feline form, you can vaguely make out a grave in the background. If you think back to the scenes where Binx is standing on his sister’s grave, you’ll notice that the two are identical. Binx “dying” on his sister’s grave is somewhere between depressing, beautiful, and poetic, wouldn’t you say?

9. The man dressed as Satan (who the Sanderson sisters call ‘master’) and his nagging wife are actually brother and sister in real life.

Hocus Pocus Satan

The actors’ names are Garry and Penny Marshall. In fact, they’re both pretty successful Hollywood veterans. Not only are they actors, but they’re also writers and directors as well. For instance, Gary Marshall directed both of the Princess Diaries movies! We just love that they had uncredited cameos in Hocus Pocus as husband and wife. The fact that they’re siblings explains a lot about their dynamic.

10. ‘Hocus Pocus’ was originally slated to be a Disney Channel Original Movie.

Disney Channel Halloween

If Disney executives hadn’t liked the movie, it would have ended up as a DCOM and (arguably) would not have had as much success. While some DCOMs do become pretty big hits (like High School Musical), many are sadly forgotten over time and fall into the literal as well as proverbial Disney vault. In fact, Hocus Pocus may have suffered the fate of Don’t Look Under the Bed or Under Wraps, playing only once a year (if that) at ungodly hours. How sad would that be?

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11. Sarah Jessica Parker actually sang ‘Come Little Children’ for the movie.

Hocus Pocus Come Little Children

Way to go SJP! We were really excited to learn that she did all of her own singing for this movie. It just makes her performance more real and more believable, you know? We personally dislike when directors have their characters sing in the film but then have a professional singer or voice actor come in and record their voices instead. Not that we can really notice most of the time. It’s more of a pet peeve. So yay Hocus Pocus!

12. Bette Midler considers Winifred Sanderson her favorite role to date.

Hocus Pocus Winifred

This coming from a woman who has given a number of insanely popular and critically acclaimed performances in her lifetime. We can definitely see how Winifred Sanderson would be her favorite character to play. The witch is nothing short of awesome (if you disregard her hunger for young spirits, wicked temper, and slight mean streak). It’s great to see an actor love a fun character as much as the public does.

13. ‘Hocus Pocus’ is the best Halloween movie of all time.

Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters

Okay, so we admit that this may be more opinion than actual fact, but it feels true doesn’t it? What other Halloween movie is so beloved by people from all over the world? We know from personal experience that this movie is especially popular among college students that grew up with it. It’s just not October or Halloween without seeing Hocus Pocus at least five times and quoting the entire movie with friends. If one thing is for sure, it’s that we’ll be in love with this movie for the rest of our lives. We can’t wait for future generations to discover its (black) magic.
Thanks to TooFab, Geeks of Doom, and Thought Catalog. Check out their pages for more fun Hocus Pocus facts!

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