Freeform TV announced on Thursday (October 18) that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy will reunite during the Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash airing on Saturday (October 20) at 8:15-10:15 p.m. ET/PT, as part of their “31 Nights of Halloween” series.
The special will feature exclusive interviews with the Sanderson sisters themselves, plus musical performances by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, and Jordin Sparks as well as a “Hocus Pocus” themed costume contest, judged by Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho and Ross Mathews.
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.”
Rumors of a remake or sequel have been bubbling for what feels like 300 years. (As for why it’s taken so long, Midler once joked that Disney was having “trouble finding a virgin.”) Garris hinted to Forbes in an interview on Tuesday that Disney Channel might be brewing a remake, which perhaps prompted the official confirmation.
Still, we have to wonder why the film is being recast, considering the number of times the original trio has confirmed that they would be interested in reprising their roles. “I would love that,” Parker said in 2016 about filming a Hocus Pocus sequel. “I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen, but that hasn’t created any ground swell of movement.” No matter why the movie is moving forward without her, Midler, and Najimy—who presumably would call for higher salaries than a TV movie may be prepared to pay—it’s hard to imagine Hocus Pocus without the original Sanderson sisters.
Well since Disney has not learned from the HUGE mistakes of other networks recent television remakes including Beaches, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dirty Dancing I guess we’ll just have to put a spell on those greenlighting Mouse Ear executive asses!
“Ah say ento pi alpha mabi upendi. Ah say ento pi alpha mabi upendi. In comma coriyama. In comma coriyama
Ay, ay, aye, aye, say bye-byyyyyyyyyyye! Motherfuckers bye bye!