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Entertainment 14 surprising things you probably never knew about 'Hocus Pocus'

01:35  21 october  2020
01:35  21 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Bette Midler on Upcoming Hocus Pocus Reunion: 'We Just Fell Into the Characters Immediately'

  Bette Midler on Upcoming Hocus Pocus Reunion: 'We Just Fell Into the Characters Immediately' The Oct. 30 virtual event will benefit the New York Restoration Project and will raise funds for their work in environmental and social justice . Midler founded the group in 1995. "This is our 25th anniversary, and one of the main things we wanted to do was bring awareness to the organization and to inspire others across the country to do something similar to the model that we've established," Midler tells PEOPLE.

Here are 20 things you may not have known about the cult classic (that aren't just a bunch of Hocus Pocus ). The film wasn't even released during But he turned down the role and "more money than [he] ever dreamed of to be in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. “I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve

14 . And Mary probably wouldn't know about margarine, which was invented in 1869. But do these little things take away from the fact that Hocus Pocus was the best thing to ever happen to Halloween?

Hocus Pocus is one of those rare films that can be watched again and again — and it seems celebrities agree. The beloved Halloween classic has only become more popular over the years, and the Sanderson Sisters — played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — are now spooky-season style icons.

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Kelly Clarkson posing for a photo: Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock; Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty © Provided by People Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock; Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

The trio is at the center of the 1993 cult classic film, which sees them as zany witches who are accidentally resurrected on Halloween and promptly go on a mission to reverse the curse that banished them 300 years earlier by sucking the life out of a town's children. You know, the usual.

Bette Midler teases first image from Hocus Pocus reunion

  Bette Midler teases first image from Hocus Pocus reunion Bette Midler is reuniting with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy for a 'Hocus Pocus' virtual event.Bette Midler, who played one-third of the witchy Sanderson sisters in the classic Halloween film, shared a first look at the costumes ahead of her annual Hulaween fundraising gala.

4. Hocus Pocus has a firm place in our hearts now but when it was first released in 1993, it wasn’t the hit we now know it as. It was panned by critics and only reached number 4 in the US box office. That may have had something to do with the fact it received a July release date, instead of Halloween.

Walt Disney‘ Hocus Pocus ’ will surely get you in the Halloween mood. Disney’s “ Hocus Pocus ” was released in 1993 and it has since become a Here are some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about “ Hocus Pocus .” Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned for the film and turned down a role.

The Halloween classic — which Disney announced last year currently has a sequel in the works — has inspired several celebrities to deck themselves out in over-the-top blush and witchy wigs in homage to the iconic Sanderson sisters. Below, we’ve rounded up the ever-growing list of Hocus Pocus admirers running amok out there.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy

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The original Sanderson sisters can't even resist the looks they made famous. The beloved witches — er, actresses — reunited ahead of an Oct. 30 virtual event titled In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover, which will benefit the New York Restoration Project and raise funds for their work in environmental and social justice. Midler founded the group in 1995.

All the Celebs Who Have Dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus for Halloween

  All the Celebs Who Have Dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus for Halloween Kelly Clarkson, Dove Cameron & more stars have paid tribute to the iconic Sanderson sisters over the years “The candle was lit. For the best possible reason. In support of @nyrp, We laughed, made mischief and even sang a little song that might be familiar,” Parker captioned snaps of the group on Instagram. RELATED: Bette Midler Teases Hocus Pocus Reunion with Cast Photo: ‘Best Thing to Happen to Halloween’ Bette Midler, Again © Provided by People Gary Gershoff/WireImage Midler reprised her role as Winifred Sanderson back in 2016 too, getting into character for the NYRP’s annual Hulaween bash.

4. Hocus Pocus started out as a bedtime story. Producer. David Kirschner came up with the story as a bedtime story for his daughter. It's a wonder why he thought this scary story would be good right before bedtime Nightmares, guaranteed! 5. In case you missed it, the three sisters who steal the

Since its premiere in 1993, Hocus Pocus has become a Halloween icon—so much so, that it’s While you run amok, amok, amok waiting for the film to appear on your television screen this year (or snag the DVD at Target for ), catch up on your Hocus Pocus trivia with these surprising facts.

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Kelly Clarkson posing for a photo: Kelly Clarkson, Dove Cameron & more stars have paid tribute to the iconic Sanderson sisters over the years © Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock; Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Kelly Clarkson, Dove Cameron & more stars have paid tribute to the iconic Sanderson sisters over the years

“The candle was lit. For the best possible reason. In support of @nyrp, We laughed, made mischief and even sang a little song that might be familiar,” Parker captioned snaps of the group on Instagram.

RELATED: Bette Midler Teases Hocus Pocus Reunion with Cast Photo: ‘Best Thing to Happen to Halloween’

Bette Midler, Again

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Midler reprised her role as Winifred Sanderson back in 2016 too, getting into character for the NYRP’s annual Hulaween bash.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson et al. posing for the camera: Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty © Provided by People Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Clarkson kicked off the Halloween 2019 episode of her eponymous talk show with a spell-binding rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” for her famous Kellyoke segment. Dressed as Winifred, Clarkson was accompanied by two backup singers decked out as sisters Sarah and Mary.

Hocus Pocus Reunion! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy to Reunite for Fundraiser

  Hocus Pocus Reunion! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy to Reunite for Fundraiser The trio of actresses first starred in the iconic Halloween film as the Sanderson sisters back in 1993Bette Midler is set to reunite with her Hocus Pocus costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy when she kicks off her annual Hulaween fundraising gala at the end of next month.

Hocus Pocus is amazing in more ways than one, but the amount of historical inaccuracies are a little hard to Winifred's beloved spell book is probably one of the creepiest things in the entire movie. Experts say teens' risky behavior during the global pandemic isn’t surprising — and part of that is

5: The TV show Friends and Hocus Pocus have something in common. It may be hard to believe but it’s true. The same fountain Dani and Allison dance in And that’s it for our list of Ten things you didn’t know about Hocus Pocus . Did we miss something? If so, don’t “witch-about it” comment below and

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The “Want You Back” singers were making perfect TikTok content years before the app went viral. Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim delighted fans in 2018 with their witchy Halloween costumes and lip-synced, choreographed video to “I Put a Spell on You," which Midler memorably performs in the film.

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Dove Cameron, Jordin Sparks & Sofia Carson

To celebrate Hocus Pocus’ 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash, Disney stars Cameron and Carson joined former American Idol winner Sparks for a goosebump-inducing performance of — you guessed it — “I Put a Spell on You."

Although Halloween will look a bit different this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one thing seems certain: We’ll likely be seeing some more Hocus Pocus tributes — not to mention, a cast reunion!

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The writer, director, and podcaster has spent much of his career tingling spines. Below, Garris talks about his life in horror. CRITTERS 2 (1988) Garris's directorial debut was this underfunded monsters-featuring sequel to the 1986's Critters. MICK GARRIS: It was my first feature film. I’d only ever directed an episode of Amazing Stories before that. I’d always thought I would hold out because I didn’t want to do something with not enough money, or something with a lot of special effects, or stunts, and all this stuff. Kids. Everything that’s difficult about making a movie is in Critters 2.

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