Hocus Pocus: 10 Most Badass Sanderson Sisters Quotes
BY ALLISON STALBERG
ON OCT 14, 2019
Mister D: Do any of you have your own favorites that aren’t listed here?
The Sanderson sisters of Hocus Pocus are some of the most iconic Halloween witches out there. Their actresses did a great job of making them interesting, comedic, and memorable. Besides the acting, the writing was fantastic. They got some memorable lines and jokes. Their scenes were the best of Hocus Pocus and its hard not to even cheer for them when they are so entertaining to watch.
Here are ten quotes from the sisters to remember this Halloween.
10 “YOU KNOW, I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A CHILD. AND NOW I THINK I’LL HAVE ONE. ON TOAST!”
The Sanderson sisters sacrificed children for youth. They literally suck the life out of them, not actually eat them on toast. However, the joke does not fall flat as the sisters laugh at their own line. They are having a good time being monsters.
The line is said by the sister who acts as the leader, Winifred Sanderson, also known as Winnie. She appears to be the lead sister because she is the oldest. She was wonderfully portrayed by Bette Midler.
9 “(GO TO HELL!) OH, I’VE BEEN THERE, THANK YOU. I FOUND IT QUITE LOVELY.”
Quite the comeback, and a definitely good one for a witch. This line was also given by Winifred and was said to Billy, her undead zombie minion. Billy was killed by the sisters a long time ago and his mouth was sewn shut.
He cuts his mouth open to tell them to “Go to Hell” and adds on, “I always wanted to say that.” You can’t blame him either, as it must suck taking orders from these three bossy witches while not being able to say anything back.
8 “OH LOOK. ANOTHER GLORIOUS MORNING. MAKES ME SICK!”
Another great line by Winifred. This one is the most popular for being seen on Hocus Pocus merchandise like t-shirts and mugs. It is a well-loved line since it is just so cartoonish-ly cynical and evil. A lot of folks are also just not morning people, so they may feel this quote on a personal level. Another aspect that made this line so great is that is is one of the first quotes we hear from Winifred. It is a great induction to her character as both funny and evil.
7 “I AM CALM!”
One thing about Winifred: she is not skilled at remaining calm. After all, the stakes are rather high for the witches. If they do not succeed in their mission by a certain time, they will be turned to stone. Throughout the film, Winifred is yelling a lot of her lines due to the stress she is under. Her sisters try to calm her, sometimes succeeding and other times not. There is one point where Winifred is told to calm down to which she outs, “I AM CALM!” Obviously, due to how the quote was delivered though, she is anything but calm.
6 “(WHAT IS THIS PLACE?) IT’S A PRISON FOR CHILDREN.”
A lot of the funny moments of the film are all about the Sanderson sisters interpreting modern society since they have basically time traveled from the 1600s. As they are exploring, they come upon a high school. When the younger sisters ask what the building is, Winifred tells them “It’s a prison for children.”
To a lot of people, not just children, that is the truth which makes this such a great line. Schools have changed a ton since the 1600s though, so kudos to Winifred for figuring it all out so fast.
5 “THIS IS TERRIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE.”
Sarah Sanderson is a fan favorite because she is a beautiful idiot character. She is all beauty with not much brain, so she says really silly things. One such silly quote is her saying “This is terribly uncomfortable” in response to having a noose around her neck. We can all only dream to have that level of calm when we are about to be executed. However, she may be saying it because she does not quite understand that she is about to be killed because her character may actually be that unintelligent. On the other hand, she is a witch, so death might not even scare her.
4 “I AM BEAUTIFUL! BOYS WILL LOVE ME!”
After the Sanderson sisters suck the life out of a child and kill her, they are very excited to have their youth back. Sarah says the line, “I am beautiful! Boys will love me!” How much more evil and vain can you get? But that is what we love about her. She just sucked away a child’s life force and is ready to party. She seems to also be the witch most interested in boys, as she says other lines such as asking to hang one boy up and “play with him.” Since she is a witch though, that can mean a lot of things.
3 “AMUCK! AMUCK! AMUCK!”
It may come as no surprise that the Sanderson sisters were inspired by the Three Stooges. For a while, they are tricked into thinking the children are actually monsters on Halloween until they realize Halloween has now become a time where children dress in costumes and run amuck. After Winifred explains this to her sisters, Sarah gets all excited and starts chanting “Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!” while jumping up and down. Mary has to hit her to get her to stop.
2 “I SUGGEST WE FORM A CALMING CIRCLE.”
As mentioned before, the three witches do get very stressed out by their task to stay alive and young, especially Winifred. At one point, Mary suggests they have a calming circle to help Winifred de-stress. They actually do it too. It is just funny since they are evil witches but they need little therapeutic activities like a calming circle to say sane.
1 “IT’S THE CHOCOLATE-COVERED FINGER OF A MAN NAMED CLARK!”
This line was said by Mary after a man dressed as Satan gave them candy. All of Halloween is totally new to them, so of course, they take the name of the candy very seriously. The scene of them with a regular man dressed as Satan is actually one of the funniest scenes of Hocus Pocus. They think he is actually Satan and call him master and just weave a terrible misunderstanding. It definitely made his wife mad.