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Enchanting Secret Revealed About ‘Hocus Pocus’ Character

Hocus Pocus Cast
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Hocus Pocus (1993) is a beloved Halloween movie by many. The original Hocus Pocus focuses on a teen boy, Max, played by Omri Katz, who, along with his younger sister Dani (played by Thora Birch), awakens a trio of witches. With the help of Allison, a Halloween guru, Max works to send the three Sanderson sisters back to where they came from. As we prepare for another Halloween, the question returns to Allison’s background in the movie. Was she a witch herself?

Max and Allison Hocus Pocus

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Allison in Hocus Pocus

In the original film, Allison, played by Vinessa Shaw, was a teenage coven expert. Max quickly falls for Allison as they work together to solve the issue of the Sanderson sisters. Not much is known about Allison’s background or history. This mystery continues to have fans of the franchise questioning if she could have been a witch herself.

In the film, a few references could lead viewers to believe that Allison could be a witch. One reference relates to her mother running a museum inside the cottage that used to belong to the Sanderson sisters years before.

Another reference to Allison possibly being a witch is made by Winifred, one of the Sanderson sisters. When Allion uses a circle of salt to ward off the three witches, Winifred calls her “a clever little white witch.”

The director of the film, Kenny Ortega, stated that he did feel like there was a little witch in there when referring to Allison’s character.

An official answer has never been given as to whether Allison wasn’t a witch. What we do know is her knowledge and bravery had a significant impact in taking down the unruly Sanderson sisters.

winifred, mary, sarah, hocus pocus 2

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More Hocus Pocus

After years of waiting not so patiently, fans of Hocus Pocus finally saw their dreams of a sequel come true. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) saw the return of the Sanderson sisters. Once again ready to cause terror and havoc, two young women must work together to stop these three witches.

Fans were thrilled to see Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return to their original roles as the Sanderson Sisters. We can only hope that we can see them cause more chaos in Hocus Pocus 3.

New 'Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular' Show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Sanderson Sisters

The three spooky and little crazy Sanderson sisters are a fan favorite. These three come back every Halloween to entertain and have a little wicked fun along the way.

During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, guests enjoy the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. This castle stage show features not only the three Sanderson Sisters but also a variety of other Disney villains. Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, and even Maleficent join Winifred Sanderson, Mary Sanderson, and Sarah Sanderson as they take the stage to run amuck.

They hope to cast a spell on everyone in Magic Kingdom Park using their terrifying powers. The show happens multiple times throughout the party, making it easy to experience.

We may never know if Allison was a witch, but what is for sure is that Hocus Pocus continues to be a Halloween staple for many.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.