After almost 30 years, Hocus Pocus fans will finally get to spend time with the Sanderson sisters once again when Hocus Pocus 2 arrives on Disney+ on September 30. Like the original 1993 film, the sequel is about the three Sanderson witches: Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), being called to modern times by teenagers in Salem, Massachusetts. the catchphrase “we’re back, witches” really says it all.
but were the hocus pocus movies *really* shot in salem, or is there some kind of witch movie magic? Well, it turns out that hocus pocus fans can visit some of the spooky filming locations in the historic city after all.
As for the first film, part of the production took place in Salem, while other scenes were shot on location in California. And as for hocus pocus 2, much of the production took place on rhode island, where sets were built and streets were made to mimic those of salem. reshoots were also done in new york city.
But if you want to get some spooky, wizardly vibes on your travel itinerary, fear not, because there are some hocus pocus filming locations from the first movie you can see irl. So what are you waiting for? Read about the places below and start planning that trip!
max and dani’s house
Teenager Max (Omri Katz) and his little sister Dani (Thora Birch) spend the movie trying to flee from the Sandersons after Max accidentally brings them back to modern times. the exterior of his house was filmed at 4 ocean ave. in salem. The house is a private irl residence, but fans can see the outside if they walk past.
“It’s inundated with visitors, and I feel really bad for [residents] because not everyone cares about their manners,” Katie Fox, CEO of Destination Salem, told boston.com in 2018. “They’re really good sports about it, to a certain extent. But people walk up to your porch or leave trash in your yard. It’s very disrespectful.”
Allison (Vinessa Shaw), Max’s crush, also joined Max and Dani on their mission. the exterior of her home is the string mansion at 318 essex st. in salem. according to roadtrippers, the mansion is owned by the peabody essex museum and tourists can enjoy the garden on site.
the building used for max and allison’s school is phillips elementary school at 56 s washington square, which is also in salem. according to boston.com, it has not been used as a school since 1992 and are now apartment units.
The setting for Salem in the late 1690s in the film was Pioneer Village, a tourist attraction that shows Salem as it was in the 17th century. It was built in 1930 when it became the first living history museum in the United States. it is located at 98 west ave. in salem and admission is $5.
old town hall
In the movie, the salem halloween party takes place in the old town hall, which in real life used to be a government building but is now used for cultural events and can be rented out, according to the website from salem.
According to salem.org, some of the film’s outdoor scenes were filmed on Salem Common, a park in downtown Salem that has existed since the 17th century. Every year a Halloween event called Haunted Happenings is held in the park, which includes movie screenings and, of course, hocus pocus is often shown.
The daytime graveyard scenes in Hocus Pocus were actually filmed not in Salem, but in the old Burial Hill Cemetery in Marblehead, Massachusetts, according to Salem.org. but it’s not too far from the other locations, only about five miles from salem.