It’s Here!! – Back2Stonewall’s Halloween Countdown: ” I Put A Spell On You” from the 1993 Movie “Hocus Pocus”
Lets face it. Halloween is really the gayest, fabulash and best of all holidays! Halloween street events in gay villages Key West, Florida, Christopher Street in New York, Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and the Castro in San Francisco have evolved from informal parades into Mardi Gras-like events with “drinking and dancing and carrying on in the streets.
Everyday from now until Halloween Back2Stonewall.com will bring you some of the best Halloween clips out there from funny to scary to downright GAY!
And since we just mentioned GAY lets start off with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi and Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker performing “I Put a Spell On You” from the “Hocus Pocus.”
“Hocus Pocus” Trivia:
* When Bette Midler takes the stage at the town Halloween Party, she says “Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What’s yours?”. This is a take-off of the famous line, “Hello world, my name is Rose, what’s yours?” that is spoken by Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy”. Midler played Mama Rose in the television version, Gypsy (1993), the same year this film was released.
* Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but it was ultimately given to Kathy Najimy. O’Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with the Divine Miss M because she didn’t want to be a “scary witch”.
* A child wearing a Michael Myers Mask and Clown Suit was seen out the front of the “Devils” house.
* In this film, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600s. While researching her family history for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2004), Parker was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother Esther Elwell was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing “sundry acts of witchcraft” and choking a neighbour to death. Esther’s case never went to court, she escaped with her life and the accusation ended the Salem Witch Trials. Parker said: “It has changed everything about who I thought I was.”