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Maybe The Sanderson sisters really did invent margarine?
Maybe The Sanderson sisters really did invent margarine?

Through out Hocus Pocus, The Sanderson sisters talk about cooking with margarine quite often. According to the movie, the sisters died, for the first time, in 1693. However, margarine wasn't even invented until the 1800s, with the discovery of margaric acid in 1813. So margarine wouldn't be available as a butter substitute until 1869. So what were The Sanderson sisters really using...?! Source

The virgin secret is out.
The virgin secret is out.

There may be a hidden message that our young little minds were unaware of watching Hocus Pocus. Max (Omri Katz) offers to let his love interest Allison (Vinessa Shaw) light the black flame candle, she smiles and coyly declines. And here comes the real reason behind her sly decline. This is because only a virgin can light the black flame candle. So it's implying that she's not a virgin. Say whaaaat?! Source

Full moon's are a werewolve's best friend.
Full moon's are a werewolve's best friend.

Hocus Pocus takes place on Halloween in 1993. In reality, Halloween that year was on a Sunday and there was no full moon. And there actually had not been a full moon on Halloween since 1974, and, here's the real kicker, the next full moon to land on Halloween won't happen until 2020. Apparently the directors wanted to make the movie more Halloween-y by adding in the full moon aspect. It does make it a bit more prime for werewolves! Source

Oh, they invented the vacuum cleaner too. Duh.
Oh, they invented the vacuum cleaner too. Duh.

During one of the scenes in the movie, Mary Sanderson flies away on a vacuum cleaner because she couldn't find a broom to use. So the next logical thing is the closest vacuum cleaner, right? Right. Her sister, Sarah, flies away on a mop, which makes sense because mops have been around since at least the 15th century. But, if you know a little bit about the history of vacuum cleaners (come one who doesn't?!) the first manual vacuum cleaner wasn't invented until the 1860s. So Mary wouldn't know what a vacuum cleaner is, in order to associate it with a broom and a mop. Looks like Mary Sanderson was really the inventor of the modern day cleaning agent. Source

Peace, love and witch trials.
Peace, love and witch trials.

The movie claims that the Sanderson sisters were hanged in Salem on October 31, 1693, despite the fact that the real Salem Witch Trials ended in 1692. Hey, maybe the 60s just wanted to throw in a witch trial here and there to go with its hippie peace and love vibe. Source

Skin definitely does not last 300 years...does it?
Skin definitely does not last 300 years...does it?

When Winifred resurrects Billy Butcherson (aka. Billy the Butcher), the zombie still has actual skin. Gross right?! According to the movie, Billy has been dead for around 300 years! Talk about change coming back after being buried for 300 years! If he's been dead that long, that skin would have long decayed, leaving him nothing but a skeleton. So where did that fab look come from, Mr. Billy the Butcher?! Source

Is that a Wizard of Oz reference? We think so.
Is that a Wizard of Oz reference? We think so.

Sarah Sanderson's hair makes a constant change from curly to straight and back again throughout the film. Dorothy's hair famously changes lengths throughout "The Wizard of Oz". Hocus Pocus features a number of allusions to Oz (and directly features the "witch theme music" at one point). Coincidence? We think not! All hail The Wizard of Oz. Source

You sly cat, Binx.
You sly cat, Binx.

During one of the cemetery scenes the cat, Thackery, makes a mad dash through a locked gate, despite the fact that the bars were too close together for him to logically jump through. What a sneaky, sneaky cat that Thackery is. This would make you think he is a ghost, right? Well Dani is seen holding Thackery throughout the film and one can't hold a ghost. Also, (SPOILER ALERT if you've never seen Hocus Pocus, which, let's be real, you've seen it) the cat dies at the end of the film, so a ghost cat likely would not turn into a ghost kid. Source

Maybe she was a cop in a past life.
Maybe she was a cop in a past life.

While chasing Max down on her flying broom, Winifred Sanderson asks to see his "drivers' permit." However, before this happens in the movie, it seems Winifred doesn't know what the heck a blacktop road, a car and a bus are. So maybe conclusions are being drawn here or maybe we're on to something, but given this, she definitely wouldn't know what a driver's permit is. Also, she would not have known the police procedure for pulling over a driver, which she suddenly is aware of. How you know this information Winifred?! Source

And the only true fact in the movie goes to...
And the only true fact in the movie goes to...

In the film, Max claims that it's Daylight Savings' Time, which is one thing the movie actually did get right. October 31 was the first day of DST in 1993. However, the sun rises in Hocus Pocus at 5:00 a.m., despite the fact that it wouldn't have been up for another hour. (6:25 a.m., to be exact.) At least they got one part of the story right. Source

Happy Halloween...in July!
Happy Halloween...in July!

Most Halloween films are released in the fall, during September or October, because of the timely factor, but Hocus Pocus was released in July. Who thinks about Halloween in July?! Surely the PSL-loving basics don't. Because of the release date, Hocus Pocus was not successful at the time. It was said the movie was released in July to avoid competition with other Halloween movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Addams Family Values. Oddly enough, non of these movies were big hits at the time, but they all went on to become cult classics. Source

Wait, we're related?
Wait, we're related?

Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Sarah Sanderson, discovered in doing research for "Who Do You Think You Are?" in 2004 her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was actually accused of witchcraft. Elwell was not killed though, because witch trials ended before she was accused of "sundry acts of witchcraft." Parker said the revelation changed everything she thought she knew about herself. And here she is years later, playing a witch in a classic Halloween movie! Source

And the award for grossest scene goes to...
And the award for grossest scene goes to...

The moths that flew out of Billy Hutcherson's mouth were actually real and not computer-generated imagery, actor Doug Jones said at the 20th anniversary screening of "Hocus Pocus." Talk about disgusting! A mouth full of moths?! No thank you! Source

Nothing like setting the stage.
Nothing like setting the stage.

When the filmmakers pitched Hocus Pocus to the Disney execs they actually decorated the conference room with two hanging broomsticks, one hanging vacuum cleaner (all suspended from the ceiling with wire), and 15 pounds of candy. Who could say no to 15 pounds of candy?! We sure couldn't. And we're glad the Disney execs didn't either. Source

That's a lot of stage time!
That's a lot of stage time!

The cemetery and Sanderson Sisters' house (including the moat) were both built from the ground up entirely on Stage 2 on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, CA. Wonder how much time that took?! Source

Sign us up for taking care of all those cats!
Sign us up for taking care of all those cats!

The star kitty Thackery Binx, actually had to be played by dozens of cats and their acting skills. Each cat had their own special talent. Some of the cats could jump, some would sit still, and others would move their paws on cue. Audio-animatronic cats were also used. Talk about a lot of work going into one kitty character. Source

What a scary bedtime story...
What a scary bedtime story...

The film actually came about when Hocus Pocus producer, David Kirschner, started telling it as a bedtime story to his kids. It then became a published story in "Muppet Magazine" and grew into a feature from there. Source

You WENCH!
You WENCH!

Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson) ad-libbed his first line, "wench!" in an attempt to convey his characters' emotional "three hundred years of build-up." Our first words may have been a little more vulgar after 300 years under ground. Source

That's some dedication right there.
That's some dedication right there.

Peggy Holmes (director Kenny Ortega's assistant choreographer) gave Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy lessons on how to ride their broomsticks. She did this by first studying how they drove their cars and then transferred their individual steering styles to their brooms. Woah! Now that is pure dedication to broom-flying skills. Source

Abracadabra!
Abracadabra!

In South America, the film was released under the title "Abracadabra." Source

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