Hocus Pocus

Where Was 'Hocus Pocus' Filmed? The Halloween Classic Filmed Where Real Witches Lived

An authentic spooky setting for everyone's Halloween favorite.

In 1993, Disney released a little Halloween movie that was initially a box office bomb. But Hocus Pocus has gone on to become a major cult classic over the years thanks to reruns every season and has somehow become the Disney Halloween movie at the top of everyone's list each year. It doesn't hurt that it's a quality family-friendly option for everyone to watch together. It's even spawned a sequel, as well as a standalone novel, a makeup line, mini backpacks, and just about everything else you can think of. There's no overstating the Hocus Pocus legacy, not by a long shot. 

It's easy to see why, too. There's so much to love about this quintessential Halloween flick, from top to bottom. For the uninitiated, the film follows teenage Max Dennison and his younger sister Dani who move out to Salem, Massachusetts, with their parents from California. The town is buzzing around their favorite season (Halloween, of course) but Max has never heard of the notorious Sanderson sisters he keeps hearing so much about. Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler) were witches who were executed years before during the historic Salem Witch Trials. But as they stood waiting for their death, they cast a spell that could one day bring them back to haunt their old town. All it would take is a virgin lighting the black flame candle on Halloween night. 

Poor Max. With the help of Dani, his crush Allison, and a black cat named Thackery Binx, they must stop the evil sisters before it's too late. Along the way, they journey through a variety of interesting and aesthetically pleasing locations that die-hard fans have sussed out the real-life areas of, natch. Each of the places lends its own unique Halloween feel to the flick, and if you've seen it quite a few times, you probably know exactly what we're talking about. 

In honor of the season (it's well on its way!), we've rounded up some of the real-life Hocus Pocus filming locations around the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts. If you ever plan on taking a trip out there, you might want to add these locales to your "must-visit" bucket list. Be sure to have those cameras ready for some unforgettable snapshots!

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