October means that Hocus Pocus fans can binge-watch the Halloween-themed movie with no shame, right? Well, it looks like Bette Midler is not apart of the club considering Winifred Sanderson herself admitted that she has not seen the spooky movie “in at least 20 years.”
“I do not watch it regularly,” Bette admitted to People at her annual Hulaween charity event on Monday, Oct. 29. The 72-year-old actress said that she hasn’t watched the movie in at least two decades, but decided to watch it the night before the 25th anniversary in July. “I thought it was so funny!” Bette added. “The first time I watched it I was only watching myself. But this time I saw everybody. And I tell ya, those girls in the back — they were going full blast! They were giving me a run for my money. The kids were great, everybody was great!”
The 1993 Halloween classic tells the story of a few kids who accidentally free three evil witches named the Sanderson sisters, played by Bette, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. After the Sanderson sisters are liberated, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells with the help of a magical cat in order to stop them from becoming immortal.
Funny enough, the iconic Disney witch flick wasn’t always a huge hit. Hocus Pocus premiered on July 16, 1993, and ended up being a summer box office flop, but thankfully, the ratings turned and now, 25 years later, it is still one of the most beloved Halloween movies there is.
At Freeform’s Hocus Pocus 25th anniversary special, Sarah, 53, revealed how surprised she was that Disney would create such an ominous movie. “I guess what I remember most is how awful we were as characters,” Sarah said to People at the milestone event. “I was surprised that the goal was to get a child and basically destroy them, but because it was done in a really heightened, ridiculous way, it was a lot of fun.”
Though the synopsis insinuates a frightening plot, the movie is rather quite hysterical. “It seems scarier on paper,” Kathy said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the set of Hocus Pocus in 1993. “But when you get me and Sarah and Bette in our characters and in our costumes, with the jokes everywhere and running around and bumping into each other, the sucking the lives out of kids becomes so secondary that it’s not scary anymore.”
Whether you think it’s hair-raising worthy or not, the movie has become a staple for the Halloween season. To prepare for this year’s Halloween, Bette began posting 25 images from the film to her Instagram beginning on Oct. 2. Her profile feed has now become decorated with timeless pictures of the film that Bette said “intrigued” her. “It was an opportunity to do things that I really loved to do,” the actress told People at Freeform’s Hocus Pocus 25th anniversary special.
With Halloween ending soon, it looks like we’re going to have to wait another whole year to get into the Hocus Pocus and Halloween spirit! We wonder if Bette will join! Until then, “Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!”