Get ready to run amok, amok, amok! “Hocus Pocus,” one of the most beloved — or perhaps the most beloved — Halloween movies of all time turns 25 years old this year and a celebration is already planned! Even better? We’re all invited to celebrate right from the comfort of our couch. (Just don’t light any black flame candles.)
Along with showing the film multiple times throughout the month of October — including all day on Halloween! — Freeform has announced it will also air “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” a party in honor of the film’s milestone birthday. The 90-minute special will be filmed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will air on Oct. 20 at 8:15 p.m. EST. Tune in before and after the party and you’ll also get to participate in trivia, observations and commentary about the film.
The special will feature musical performances, a “Hocus Pocus”-themed costume contest judged by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne and interviews with “Hocus Pocus” cast members like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy (Sarah and Mary Sanderson), as well as Omri Katz (Max), Thora Birch (Dani), Amanda Shepherd (Emily), Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson) and Jason Marsden (voice of Thackery Binx). More surprise guests will be announced at a later date, so cross your fingers for Bette Midler (aka Winifred Sanderson)!
If that’s not enough, Freeform has also expanded their 13 Nights of Halloween into a full 31 days, giving you multiple chances to not only catch “Hocus Pocus,” but lots of other great Halloween films as well. Other movies airing during the month of October include “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Goonies,” along with some less-scary choices like “Frozen” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
There will also be a new special called “Decorating Disney: Halloween,” which will take fans behind the scenes to reveal all the tricks and treats it takes to get Walt Disney World and Disneyland ready for the spookiest day of the year.
Will you be pouring some cider and watching the “Hocus Pocus” party with your favorite witches?