celebrating 20 years

Hocus Pocus

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It’s not Halloween or even complete without Hocus Pocus. It doesn’t matter if you are quoting the moving, sending .gifs to friends, a themed party or watching the movie—this movie is a must for the Halloween season. Since the first time I saw Hocus Pocus, I had it bad just like Usher. My mom, sister and I would watch this movie countless times during the Halloween season.

Set in Salem, Mass., on Halloween, three sister witches were executed in 1693 and revived 300 years later. They try to secure their immortal existence in modern-day Salem, Mass.  As a twist, the witches try to remain alive, but only to discover resurrection only lasts through Halloween night unless they capture children and take their life before sunrise. The witches search the city for victims, but in the end the witches are defeated.

This film captures the essence of Halloween.  The over-the-top personalities of the sisters are timeless. The heart and kindness of the Dani and Thackery Binx allow us to know everything will be alight in the end.HOCUS POCUS, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, 1993

I hold Hocus Pocus near and dear to my heart. It’s one childhood movie that I can watch now and have the same feelings I did when I was a kid. Not to mention, when I watch it now I still learn even more life lessons. Learning life lessons from Hocus Pocus seems silly, but hear me out.

Lesson one: Identity and society

Life lessons can start with the Sanderson sisters (the witches). They are confident, powerful and true to their identities. The sisters know who they are, what they want and they are not going to fall for the pressure of society. They hold strong and true to themselves the entire film. Yes, they are portrayed as evil, but they are awesome because of their trials and tribulations.

Lesson two: embrace your appearance and quirks.

They are witches we love for far more than their appearances (even though they are called ugly a few times). Winifred is the smart and tough. Sarah is ditzy and boy-crazy. Mary is a peacemaker who is goofy and brings everyone back together.  With such drastic personalities, like sister’s have, they work together to solve problems. It is evident they are comfortable with themselves even though they have quirks.  Embrace your appearance and quirks. That’s a message worth hearing, and a spell that’s worth being under.

Lesson three: family will always be by your side.

When you expect it least, your family will always pull through. You can see this lesson several times in the duration of the movie. The witches are always together and helping one each other fulfill their goal. Sure they get off task a few times, but they have their eyes on the prize and nothing is going to stop them from getting to it.  The Dennison’s are always together. Though it was Max’s fault for bringing back the witches, he has the help of his sister. They stick together and are always positive.

As you can see this movie is good for all ages and audiences. Watching it now, I have a new appreciation and found more love for it. I can’t wait for the next time I can sit down and watch this movie with my mom and sister.  Here’s to the 20 year anniversary of an excellent movie.