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Travel The Fascinating Story Behind Where 'Hocus Pocus' Was Filmed

02:30  01 october  2019
02:30  01 october  2019 Source:   goodhousekeeping.com

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Disney's Halloween classic Hocus Pocus centers around the Sanderson Sisters resurrecting on Halloween night 300 years after their deaths in Salem, Massachusetts. The famous house where Allison and Max foolishly opened the Sanderson Sisters' spell book is an actual private residence.

Disney's Halloween classic Hocus Pocus centers around the Sanderson Sisters resurrecting on Halloween night 300 years after their deaths in Salem, Massachusetts. The famous house where Allison and Max foolishly opened the Sanderson Sisters' spell book is an actual private residence.

Disney's Halloween classic Hocus Pocus centers around the Sanderson Sisters resurrecting on Halloween night 300 years after their deaths in Salem, Massachusetts. So, it makes perfect sense that director Kenny Ortega would chose to shoot parts of the movie in the historic New England town.

a person standing in front of a building: Get the full story behind where Disney's 'Hocus Pocus' was filmed along with info about all the filming locations in Salem, Massachusetts.© Google Maps/Disney Get the full story behind where Disney's 'Hocus Pocus' was filmed along with info about all the filming locations in Salem, Massachusetts.

While you won't find all of the Hocus Pocus spots in Salem (the actors shot in Los Angeles and in other parts of Massachusetts, as well), there are still plenty of locations from the film you can visit. In case you're ever in the area and are up for some sight-seeing, here are the key spots for Hocus Pocus fans to check out in Salem:

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Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American fantasy comedy-horror drama film directed by Kenny Ortega, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Get the full story behind where Disney's ' Hocus Pocus ' was filmed along with info about all the filming locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Disney's Halloween classic Hocus Pocus centers around the Sanderson Sisters resurrecting on Halloween night 300 years after their deaths in Salem

Salem in the 1600s

Real location: Pioneer Village, 310 West Avenue in Salem, MA

a person standing in front of a house: Real location: Pioneer Village, 310 West Avenue in Salem, MA© Disney/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS, SELBE

Real location: Pioneer Village, 310 West Avenue in Salem, MA

At the very beginning of Hocus Pocus, viewers are transported back in time to the era of the Salem witch trials. To portray life in the 17th century, filmmakers chose to shoot in Salem's Pioneer Village. The museum was built in 1930 and is meant to mimic the colonial architecture — thatched roof cottages, wigwams, and more – of the 1600s.

Max and Dani Dennison's house

Real location: 4 Ocean Avenue in Salem, MA

a boat parked on the side of a building: Real location: 4 Ocean Avenue in Salem, MA© Disney/Google Maps

Real location: 4 Ocean Avenue in Salem, MA

The famous house where Allison and Max foolishly opened the Sanderson Sisters' spell book is an actual private residence. According to Zillow, the home was built in 1870 and is estimated to be worth over $420,000 today. While the home remains closed to the public, Boston.com reports that the current owners are actually very nice about tourists stopping to take photos.

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Ever wondered where Hocus Pocus was filmed ? The Disney Halloween took place in Salem, Massachusetts, and you can visit spots like the Town And when it comes to binge-watching films , Hocus Pocus just so happens to be our title of choice. Even though it was released 26 years ago, we

Where was Hocus Pocus filmed ? In magical Salem! Ready to check out all the Hocus Pocus filming locations? In Salem, Massachusetts, you can. Hello children of the 80s and 90s! If you’re like me, you may have grown up watching the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus .

Max and Allison's school

Real location: Phillips Elementary School, 56. South Washington Square in Salem, MA

a close up of a brick building: Real location: Phillips Elementary School, 56. South Washington Square in Salem, MA© Disney/Google Maps

Real location: Phillips Elementary School, 56. South Washington Square in Salem, MA

One year before Max, Dani, and Binx captured the Sanderson Sisters inside the red-brick building, Phillips Elementary stopped functioning as a school. The vacancy made it especially convenient for Hocus Pocus filmmakers to dress up the building as a high school for a few shots.

Now, the building is an apartment complex. Even though it's not currently open to the public, you can definitely snap a selfie with it while walking down South Washington Square.

Allison's house

Real location:Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex Street in Salem, MA

a person sitting on a chair in front of a building: Real location: Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex Street in Salem, MA© Disney/Google Maps

Real location: Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex Street in Salem, MA

Located in the heart of the McIntyre Historic District, the Ropes Mansion, which is featured in as Allison's house, is one of Salem's most iconic buildings. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for housing Nathaniel Ropes, a famous merchant and attorney in the 1700s. Out back, the mansion boasts a gorgeous garden and greenhouse that is also welcome to visitors.

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(with subtitles) Focus singer and composer Thijs van Leer tells the story behind their seventies hit Hocus Pocus . He also talks about the use of the song in

Where was " Hocus Pocus " filmed ? Although the story was supposed to be happening in Salem, Massachusetts, not much of the movie was actually In the film , Binx says that the cemetery is safe because witches can't set foot on hallowed ground. At the end of the film , however, Winifred stands

The town Halloween party

Real location: Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square in Salem, MA

a bench in front of a brick building: Real location: Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square in Salem, MA© Disney/ Google Maps

Real location: Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square in Salem, MA

The place where Winifred belted out the iconic tune "I Put a Spell on You" is called Old Town Hall. In real life, it's home to the Salem Museum. While the museum is open every day from 12 to 5 p.m. ET, the space will occasionally be used for performances of the interactive play Cry Innocent, which is based on the Salem witch trials.


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