Halloween ’14: Hocus Pocus

I thought I’d begin Halloween – and The Witching Hour – with my personal favorite Halloween film, Hocus Pocus. I mean, come on, it even looks good in Italics. One, it’s a kids movie, so it has great versatility as to who you can watch it with. Then there’s the pretty good costumes, the not bad 90’s CGI, and the characters. A cat named Thackery, a virgin Cali boy named Max, the spunky and sassy Dany, and the amazing Sanderson sisters. There are many other characters, that wonderfully fill the world, and we all have our favorites (who’s yours?).

Witches Against the MoonThe story is set in Salem, and we begin by meeting our villain and trusty sidekick. You very quickly sympathize with the dear Thackery Binks, who loses his sister, Emily, to Winifred – Mary and Sarah, too. In the conjuring of the scene, though, the pretty clueless parents of the village have time to round-up their posse and take the witches captive. They manage to rid the town of them, for the century, but before their death, they begin a spell (more of a contingency plan) that will allow them to return.

Max Dennison, and his little sister Dany, make a run in with the sisters and begin the action of the story. Spoilers: the witches die and the day is saved, and Thackery – who I’ve forgotten to mention is a cat – is released. It is a Disney movie, after all.

Black Flame CandleMy favorite part of the film is honestly the Sanderson sisters costumes. As a trio, they are cosplayed a good bit and can be done exquisitely well. Rewatching the movie recently, I was trying to pay as close attention as possible to all those little details that I can’t seem to find expounded online. There are some good, classic movie bits to this piece that are worth the quick watch: as a kid’s movie, it has to move pretty fast.

If you haven’t seen the film, you are definitely missing out, but you don’t have to. I can almost guarantee it’ll be on ABCFamily again, someday, just, maybe, not today.


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Jessa Searles

is a novice blogger, avid reader, and, now, a professional television viewer. She has written for years for her own enjoyment, and began blogging when she studied abroad in Wales. A third generation nerd, she's followed her father's path down the force but is a Trekkie, a bit removed, on her mother's side. Some of her first passions were Tolkien and Nancy Drew, but as she discovered television, addiction has set in. Now, she watches just about everything, and is here to keep you up to date on whatever TV news you want to know! She attempts to maintain a personal blog at, and a creative writing blog at Feel free to check 'em out and let her know what you think.

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