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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hocus Pocus: 61 Things I Can’t Help But Point Out

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Hocus Pocus: 61 Things I Can’t Help But Point Out
October 13, 2018, at 3:12 p.m.
Audrey Worboys

Bette Midler Hocus Pocus

1. Why does the movie start with Superman flying over a lake?

Hocus Pocus Stills

2. Man, I hope this guy finds Emily.

3. This movie isn’t scary, right? I mean, it’s Disney so….then again, Disney movies can be scary. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was TERRIFYING. Ugh, this better not be scary.

4. Who just lets their kids sprint through the woods?

5. And what kind of dumb kid would follow a stranger into a house in said woods?

6. TBH, this house looks like it’d be great to throw a frat party in.

7. Haha, me every day:

Hocus Pocus Stills

8. What’s with people in the 1600s and ill-fitting white garments? Read More

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Hocus Pocus sequel is happening – and it stars a lesbian love story

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A Hocus Pocus sequel is happening – and it stars a lesbian love story
Josh Jackman
19th July 2018, 8:58 PM

Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler

A sequel to cult classic Hocus Pocus is in the works – and the plot reportedly includes a lesbian love story.

The Disney Channel movie is set to be released in the next few months, 25 years after the original film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy.

It was reported last year that the film was being developed, but now Disney has released a novelized version of the sequel – complete with a queer teen romance.

The sequel is set in 2018, 25 years after the original (Disney)

Hocus Pocus & the all-new sequel recounts the original plot – which sees Max, his sister Dani and Allison accidentally release three Salem, Massachusetts witches who are back and want to become immortal – before entering new territory.

In the sequel, which the new film is reportedly based on, Allison and Max are married and still living in Salem, but their 17-year-old daughter Poppy is mortified that her parents and aunt Dani are so superstitious about witches.

The only issue with this is that Isabella, a favorite, beautiful black girl from Poppy’s school who she has a massive crush on, is fascinated with witches, and specifically with the Sanderson sisters, as reported by Autostraddle.

Man, Allison and Dani in the 1993 classic (Disney)

Since Max and Allison still keep a hexed candle in a safe in their attic, you can probably guess what happens next (it involves the beautiful line “The witch is back”) but the crucial part for us is the blossoming love story between Poppy and Isabella.

So here’s an excerpt, just for you.

Isabella gives me a smile that makes my stomach flip a little. “There’s no way I’d leave you hanging.”

“It’s not fair that you’re so nice.” I take another piece of pizza. “People aren’t supposed to be smart and popular and nice. What’s your weakness, Isabella Richards?”

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

10 Facts About Hocus Pocus – Happy 25th! How Long Will This Last? Halloween? LOL

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10 Facts About Hocus Pocus
BY STACY CONRADT
JULY 16, 2018

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Bette Midler, Hocus Pocus, 3 witches

 

In a 2014 Reddit AMA, Bette Midler said she’d be interested in doing a Hocus Pocus sequel. “You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company,” she said. “The ball’s in their court.” While you get those cards ready, here are some facts about the original, which arrived in theaters 25 years ago today.

1. THE STORY ORIGINATED AS A BEDTIME STORY.

The story for Hocus Pocus came about after writer David Kirschner invented a bedtime story for his kids. He later wrote the story up and submitted it to Muppet Magazine (why does this not still exist?), where it gained recognition.

2. THE WRITERS USED PROPS TO PITCH IT TO STUDIO EXECUTIVES.

Bette Midler in 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)

WALT DISNEY PICTURES

To pitch the story to Disney, the writers had execs enter a dark room with broomsticks and a vacuum cleaner hanging from the ceiling. They also scattered 15 pounds of candy corn throughout the room to invoke Halloween nostalgia. It worked!

3. IT WAS NOT AN IMMEDIATE HIT.

Though it’s a cult classic now, Hocus Pocus didn’t do that well when it first came out in 1993, perhaps because it was released in July instead of September or October. Though it didn’t have a terrible opening—$8,125,471, putting it in fourth place at the box office that weekend—it fell to $2,017,688 a few weeks later, and bad reviews from the critics didn’t help matters.

Entertainment Weekly was mainly put off by the movie, calling it a “piece of corny slapstick trash” and saying that “It’s acceptable scary-silly kid fodder that adults will find only mildly insulting. Unless they’re Bette Midler fans. In which case it’s depressing as hell.”

4. BETTE MIDLER LOVES IT.

Bette Midler, by the way, has said that Hocus Pocus is her favorite film out of all of the movies she’s ever done. (At least as of 2008.) Thora Birch agreed, recently saying, “The most fun I ever had on a film was Hocus Pocus.”

5. KATHY NAJIMY LOVES IT, TOO.

Midler isn’t the only star of the film who isn’t immune to its allure: Kathy Najimy has said she watches the movie with her family every year on August 15.

6. IT COULD HAVE STARRED LEONARDO DICAPRIO.

The role of Max was initially offered to Leonardo DiCaprio. He turned it down to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

7. SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS RELATED TO A WOMAN FAMOUSLY ACCUSED OF BEING A WITCH.

Had Sarah Jessica Parker known then what she knows now, she might have approached the role of Sarah Sanderson a little differently. When the actress went on the show Who Do You Think You Are to trace her family history, Parker discovered that one of her ancestors was Esther Elwell, one of the women accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. After a young girl said she saw Esther’s “specter” strangling neighbor Mary Fitch, Elwell was arrested but escaped going to trial.

8. THORA BIRCH REVISITED THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN AMERICAN BEAUTY.

While the kids are prematurely celebrating victory against the Sanderson sisters after locking them in the kiln, they’re shown talking in front of a house as they walk to a park. The house was later used as the house Thora Birch’s character lived in for American Beauty.

9. THE KIDS WEREN’T HUGE FANS OF THE CATS.

The kids all hated working with the cats. Many different cats were used to represent Binx, and each one served a different purpose—one was good at cuddling with the kids, one would jump on command, etc. Every time a new cat was used, the children would have to coerce the kitty to trust them by using treats and a clicker. They got sick of it.

10. MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL CAST REUNITED FOR A 20TH REUNION. Read More

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Yes, We’re Still Celebrating The Damn Anniversary!: KATHY NAJIMY SHARES THE SECRETS OF HOCUS POCUS TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Mister D: Ya’ll know I love Bette Midler. I’m ecstatic that one of her movies is a cultural phenomenon. And I do love Hocus Pocus! But I have articles out the ass of every aspect of this movie. What more can they tell us? OMG! And there are still articles to come! LOL My only wish is that we had this much information and more on all her movies. There are things I’m dying to know about each. Maybe we’ll have to be our own reporters. But everybody’s dying off, to put things bluntly, so I wish I could figure a way out to get some first-hand accounts. Maybe if we all put our heads together we could create a list of people to contact. Think about it. Leave comments, Now enjoy this fine Hocus Pocus article. Thank you!

SYFI Wire
KATHY NAJIMY SHARES THE SECRETS OF HOCUS POCUS TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Contributed by Kristy Puchko
Jul 23, 2018

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch

I tried to play it cool as my fingers drummed the index cards that contained too many questions about a cult-adored ’90s kids movie. I’d over-prepared as a means of trying to tame the butterflies in my stomach, which were doing an intense FANGRRL flutter. It’d been 25 years since Hocus Pocus hit theaters in the thick of a summer ruled by Jurassic Park and Free Willy. But I’d been in awe of comedienne Kathy Najimy for far longer. The special guest for an anniversary screening at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse Theater, Najimy entered the theater to the delight of star-struck fans and sat down with one of them (me!) to answer questions about the witchiest comedy ever made.

1993’s Hocus Pocus was a live-action Disney movie that starred Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters, the terrors of 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. Though they’d been hanged for sucking the lives out of the town’s children, this tricky trio vowed to return when a virgin dared to light the Black Flame candle on Halloween. 300 years later, a skeptical virgin named Max (Omri Katz) does just that, bringing Winifred, Mary, and Sarah back to life for one wild night of high-flying thrills and running amok amok amok!

Singing nun by day, feminist comic by night

The year before Hocus Pocus hit theaters, Najimy broke through with her scene-stealing role as the contagiously joyful nun in the Whoopi Goldberg smash-hit Sister Act. She regaled the Alamo audience with her journey from a San Fran stage to mainstream movie stardom. “I did a two-woman feminist comedy called Kathy and Mo Show for many years,” she began.

“We did it in San Francisco. And I heard that they were doing a musical called Sister Act about singing nuns. So I would do Kathy and Mo in San Francisco’s Theater on the Square at night, wake up, and fly to LA and audition (the next day). And I had to audition five times for Sister Act. Then, right as we wrapped Sister Act, I got a call that was crazy.”

fangrrl’s dream come true

“My whole life, I had been a really sycophantic fan of Bette Midler’s,” Najimy said, continuing her tale. “I had broken in backstage on Broadway, in Los Angeles, into the theater. I had done a singing telegram to her from somebody else that was really from me. I had gotten into the gate in her New York apartment building and left a message for her housekeeper. I had done crazy things. I have a one-woman show, and the first 30 minutes of it is my relationship with Bette before she knew that she had a relationship with me.”

“So then, I get the call from Jeffery Katzenberg, who ran Disney at the time, ” Najimy explained. “And he said, ‘Hey, listen, I don’t know if you’re available, but do you want to star in a movie called Hocus Pocus, playing Bette Midler’s sister?’ So they picked me up off the ground and mailed me to Los Angeles.”

Najimy’s singing telegram stunt may have inspired Midler’s Beaches role.

“Here’s the best part to that story,” Najjimy said, leaning in conspiratorially, “When I was in San Diego, I was a singing telegram person. And I (dressed as) a big furry bunny, because my boyfriend had designed Alice in Wonderland at some college…I had barged in backstage at some theater to get to see Bette, saying, ‘Singing telegram! Live wire singing telegrams. I have a singing telegram for Bette Midler.’ But it was really just from me.”

“So anyway, I had done this singing telegram to her. (Years later), we go to see Beaches,” she said, “And in it, Bette plays an actress who makes a living as this big, white, furry singing telegram bunny. And that was me! She like inadvertently stole that from me. But that was before we really had met. That was really crazy.”

When they met on Hocus Pocus, Midler didn’t recognize Najimy as the eager fan or the singing telegram bunny. “She didn’t know any of that,” Najimy said. “When I arrived, I was just an actress.” But she couldn’t contain her inner fangrrl. (Who among us?) “Slowly on the set, I’d say things like, ‘Oh my god, those boots. You wore those boots in 1979 in Chicago when you did the concert at the something.’ She was like, ‘Oh, OK, great.’ I’d go into her trailer—we’d go back and forth, Sarah and Bette and I, into each other’s trailers—and I’d be like, ‘Oh my god, that’s your little dog Pepe that you had backstage once in Canada in 1942. And slowly she started realizing that her co-star sister was her stalker.” But over the course of the six months it took to make Hocus Pocus, Midler, Najimy, and Parker grew to become friends.

Mary’s crooked mouth and signature hairdo were Najimy’s ideas.

Lovable and loony, Mary Sanderson’s look is a red dress complete with slanted smile and a hairstyle that looks like a witch’s hat, minus the brim. Najimy corrected the latter misconception, telling us, “The costume designer (Mary E. Vogt) was brilliant but then we were talking about wigs and we couldn’t really decide. And I said how about if her wig is the top of a pumpkin? Like the stem.” So, Mary’s style inspiration for her twisted ‘do is a Jack-o-lantern. As for that quirky smirk, that was something Najimy discovered in rehearsals.

“The characters (in my previous films) came kind of easy, and I was struggling with Hocus Pocus. Then one day in rehearsal I just sort of went to the side,” she said demonstrating, “And we decided she was a like bloodhound, so this sort of sniffy thing sort of happened (as she hunts down the children).”

The film’s choreographer helped the Sanderson Sisters to fly their own way.

Najimy noted that director Kenny Ortega had a background as a choreographer, so the physicality of their performance was given a lot of attention. “You usually don’t rehearse much for a film,” Najimy explained. “You just rehearse that day. But we rehearsed for a month because there was flying and dancing and singing.” Hocus Pocus‘s choreographer Peggy Holmes didn’t just deal in the famous “I Put A Spell On You” dance number, she also instructed the witches on how to fly.

“(Peggy went) driving with Bette and Sarah and I, and from our driving she developed how we flew. So Sarah was like very front forward so she would hold it. [She demonstrates miming a broom held closely to her chest] I was like very 10-and-2 while I was driving, so she was like. ‘That’s how you’ll fly.'” From there, stunt coordinator Terry Frazee instructed the stars on how to handle the wire rigs and teeter rig that’d allow to swoop in on Max and his pesky sister Dani (Thora Birch).

Najimy worried the film might harm the reputation of witches. Read More

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The One ‘Hocus Pocus’ Detail You Missed That Is Totally Cringe-Worthy Now

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The One ‘Hocus Pocus’ Detail You Missed That Is Totally Cringe-Worthy Now
By CASEY CIPRIANI
7/16/2018 Read More

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Get Your Hocus Pocus Funko Pops – They’re Finally Here!

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Hocus Pocus Funko Pops Are Coming!
July 13, 2018

DISNEY’S HOCUS POCUS CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 16TH, AND FUNKO IS MARKING THE OCCASION WITH THE SANDERSON SISTERS POP FIGURES THAT FANS HAVE WANTED FOR AGES NOW. THIS MOMENT IS SO GLORIOUS IT MAKES ME SICK!

YES, WE KNOW YOU’RE EXCITED, BUT TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN ORDER THE WINIFRED SANDERSON, SARAH SANDERSON, AND MARY SANDERSON FUNKO POPS (PLAYED BY BETTE MIDLER, SARAH JESSICA PARKER, AND KATHY NAJIMY RESPECTIVELY) IS RIGHT HERE AT SPIRIT HALLOWEEN. THAT’S APPROPRIATE BECAUSE HOCUS POCUS IS DEFINITELY A HALLOWEEN MOVIE AND VERY MUCH NOT THE KIND OF MOVIE THAT YOU RELEASE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER. Read More

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

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Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel
by Alex Reif | Jul 6, 2018

Fans of Disney’s Hocus Pocus have waited twenty-five years for a sequel to the hilarious and heartwarming film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. While the original cast and creative team are ready and willing to revisit their old tricks, Disney isn’t prepared to give us that treat… With the exception of Disney’s Freeform Books, which is publishing Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel on July 10th. So light your black flame candle and cozy up with a boooOOOOOK to get a glimpse at what a sequel could actually be like.

Out of 521 pages, the first 197 recount the events of the original film. Readers may be tempted to skip past them, but I encourage you to at least skim it. Author A. W. Jantha has altered a few moments that set up new characters in the sequel that weren’t in the original film, which would cause some confusion if left unread. (Note: If you can find a copy at a reasonable price, the original Junior Novelization from 1993 was based on the script and contains deleted scenes, which are not included in this version).

The sequel takes place in 2018, twenty-five years since the Sanderson Sisters last stepped foot on earth. Poppy is the daughter of Max and Allison and she isn’t crazy about Halloween due to her parents’ and aunt’s insistence that they brought the witches back to life in their youth. Trying to impress a popular girl she has a crush on, Poppy and her best friend Travis sneak into the Sanderson house on All Hallow’s Eve during a blood moon and accidentally bring the witches back to life!

The book explains that a blood moon on Halloween would be an exceptional night for magic. Only on a night like this could the Sanderson Sisters use the moonstone to unleash a powerful evil spell that could wreak havoc over the entire world… if they could find it. It’s up to Poppy, Travis, and Isabella to find the moonstone and destroy it before the witches can get it.

Like all reboots and delayed sequels this era, this follow-up is plagued by a plot where history merely repeats itself, homages to the original feel forced, and character arcs feel unnatural. “Ice,” for example, is Poppy’s high school principal, and Max is her history teacher who refuses to follow the Salem tradition of recounting the Sanderson story on Halloween because he’s still traumatized by it. All of the characters from the original are merely side characters this time around, with a new generation of kids taking center stage.

Poppy is likable and relatable enough for readers to get hooked into her story. It takes a while to get going, but the exposition is essential for the reader to have any kind of emotional connection to her. The plot device to bring the Sanderson Sisters back is fun and different, although it brings up some other questions that go unanswered (ironically, they’re mostly about Winnie’s spell book).

Speaking of the “Sistas,” Winifred, Sarah, and Mary don’t get enough time in the spotlight in the 324 pages that occupy this untitled sequel. When they do, their dialogue seldom reads as funny, nor does it have the same musicality that the original script empowered the actresses with. It all sounds clunky, it’s hard to picture the character’s saying some of these lines, and their primary objective this time around seems too grand and sinister, even for them. The original is so charming because their motives are entirely selfish. This time around, they are acting in the best interest of their master and it’s hard to imagine them doing someone else’s bidding.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel fails to capture the magic and fun of the original story on almost every account. However, it’s mostly harmless and has a few moments of genuine delight. Those who find themselves enjoying it will love the “post-credit tag” for a possible third story. But the majority of Hocus Pocus super fans will be left with an unquenched thirst for a real sequel from the original film’s cast and creative team. Dear Disney, “Dost thou comprehend?”

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Companion Piece in Paperback

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Disney’s New Hocus Pocus Book Will Just Have to Be the Sequel We’ve Been Waiting For

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Disney’s New Hocus Pocus Book Will Just Have to Be the Sequel We’ve Been Waiting For
5/23/18
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Disney is finally offering fans a Hocus Pocus sequel – although don’t expect for it to appear on your television screens anytime soon. On July 10, Disney will be releasing Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel, a new book that will take place 25 years after the events of the cult-classic 1993 film. The book’s release will also coincide with the movie’s 25th anniversary. (Yes, it’s been that long.)

The two-part book will begin with a fun retelling of the film, followed by the aforementioned time jump. Following his first brush with the Sanderson sisters – Winifred, Sarah, and Mary – Max Dennison ends up marrying Allison, and the two share a 17-year-old daughter, Poppy. In the sequel, it’s Poppy and her friends who battle the three witches on yet another chaotic Halloween.

Related:
 
Freeform Is Airing 31 Nights of Halloween This Year – So, Best Halloween Ever?

In 2017, Disney announced that it would be remaking Hocus Pocus as a made-for-TV movie. The news was not received well, and many felt as though the original story should be left untouched, while other fans demanded a sequel instead of a reboot. Even Bette Midler said the decision to remake the film was “cheap”! The upcoming book will instead hopefully be able to serve as the sequel many fans have been waiting for

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Midsummer Scream to celebrate 25 years of “Hocus Pocus” with special panel

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Midsummer Scream to celebrate 25 years of “Hocus Pocus” with special panel
Posted on May 23, 2018 by Mike Mack

In 1993, Disney made us fall in love with a story about three resurrected witches and the kids that did everything they could to stop them. 25 years later, Midsummer Scream will be celebrating “Hocus Pocus.”

Fans of Disney’s classic film will want to attend this year’s convention for “We Put a Spell on You: Celebrating 25 Years of Hocus Pocus,” a special conversation about the making of the film with producer David Kirschner, screenwriter Mick Garris and special guests.

“Hocus Pocus” starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, who have since become Halloween icons. The trio of characters appear in the “Hocus Pocus” Villain Spelltacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.

WATCH – “HOCUS POCUS” VILLAIN SPELLTACULAR:

Midsummer Scream is the west coast’s fastest growing Halloween and horror convention. This year’s event will be held in the Long Beach Convention Center on July 28 and 29. For tickets and more information, visit the official Midsummer Scream website.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

There’s A “Hocus Pocus” Sequel Coming But It’s In Book Form – On July 10th #BetteMider #HocusPocus #Book #Sequel

Bloody Disgusting
The Official ‘Hocus Pocus’ Young Adult Sequel Gets New Details; Meet New Characters
by John Squires
May 3, 2018

Bette Midler, Hocus Pocus Book, The Sequel

Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler, Book, Sequel

Releasing this summer, Freeform and Disney Book Group’s Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel will re-tell the original story AND give us a 25-years-later sequel, and the website Oh My Disney today reveals some new details about the upcoming book.

Specifically, the site introduces us to three new characters joining the fun…

POPPY DENNISON | An introspective aspiring photographer, seventeen-year-old Poppy isn’t exactly Halloween’s biggest fan. (She hasn’t worn a costume in a decade, for witch’s sake!) And she’s also a skeptic of all things supernatural, including her parents’ (in)famous story about their Halloween night twenty-five years ago, when her dad allegedly resurrected and banished a coven of evil witches (yes, those evil witches). When Poppy musters the courage to share her family’s backstory with her new friend and crush, Isabella Richards, she sets in motion Halloween plans that Salem will never forget.

TRAVIS REESE | Travis is a math and chemistry whiz, a master of bad puns, and Poppy’s loyal BFF. For a long time, he was the only one who knew about Poppy’s bizarre family history involving the Sanderson sisters. Like Poppy, he doesn’t believe in evil witches or old-timey ghosts . . . until he comes face-to-face with them. As he would say, “I didn’t ex-specter this!”

ISABELLA RICHARDS | Isabella seems to have the perfect life. She’s the most popular girl at Jacob Bailey High and has an admirable list of extracurriculars—not to mention a killer report card. It’s no wonder Poppy thinks no one holds a candle to her. (See what we did there?) After Isabella befriends Poppy and Travis at the start of the school year, Poppy shares her family’s connection to the Sanderson sisters. Isabella is itching to know more . . . but why?

“Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.”

The 304-page book will arrive on July 10, just before the film’s 25th anniversary.

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