13 Hocus Pocus Easter Eggs in Disney+’s Sequel

The witches are back! The long-awaited sequel to Hocus Pocus came out on Disney+ on Friday, bringing back the witchy Sanderson Sisters (sorry, Sis-taaahs!) for more Halloween mischief.

The movie is a nostalgic sequel to the cult favorite from 1993. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones all reprise their roles as Winifred, Sarah, Mary, and Billy Butcherson. There are some obvious references to the first movie in the sequel. For example, the helpful black cat, Cobweb, is the sequel’s version of Thackery Binx. We also noticed a few other, smaller references to the first movie, which we’ve listed below.

We found 13 references to the first movie, which seems like a good number for this time of year. For example, Billy calls himself a “good zombie,” which is the same thing Max said about him at the end of the first movie. Also, a resident of Salem dresses up as Madonna for Halloween, just like Max’s mom did at the town hall party. And there’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment that makes us question everything we thought we knew about Hocus Pocus.

Circle Gets the Scare

As things got worse for the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus, Mary was the first to suggest a calming circle to help them keep their minds on the task at hand. And, as we see in the first flashbacks of Hocus Pocus 2, Mary has been starting this ritual since the girls were teenagers, even when they went into Salem’s Forbidden Woods. When they were younger, though, the calming circles were much more peaceful. Now that the witches are older, they don’t breathe as deeply and instead grunt.

When young Winifred looks through her new spellbook, the spell to change a cat into an immortal feli catches her eye. This is the spell she will use to turn Thackery Binx into an immortal felt years later.

We Miss Ya, Binx!

In the first movie, some trick-or-treaters stole the Sandersons’ brooms. Winifred, Sarah, and Mary had to ride around on a sweeping broom, a mop, and a vacuum cleaner, respectively. Even though it’s been 29 years, they’re still using the same tools, but at least they’re better! This time, Sarah gets a sleek Swiffer, and Mary puts a Roomba on each foot so she can fly. If you will, Broome.

Mary is always willing to take a little pain to help her sisters calm down when a calming circle isn’t enough. For example, Mary gives her hand to a scared Winifred so she can slap it, just like she did years ago when Winifred was crying as she waited for that fateful sunrise.

You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly

Sarah Sanderson likes saying the word “amok” over and over, even more than she likes pointing out good-looking men. (Well, maybe.) So it’s only right that she gets to chant it again in the sequel when Winifred tells them they’re going to cause trouble in Salem after they make their life potion.

“Oh, stop! I’m a good zombie!” Butchers calm Gilbert (Sam Richardson), who is scared after his grave has been moved again. But he’s right to say that about himself: In the first movie, Max Dennison told Allison, whom he liked, that Billy was a “good zombie.”

The Greatest Hits

We think this is less of a hidden joke and more of a must-have for any real Hocus Pocus sequel: In 1993, the Sandersons put a spell on the town hall party with their version of “I Put a Spell on You.” This year at the Salem Scare Fest, they brainwashed the crowd with Blondie’s “One Way or Another.” And they’ve really stepped up their choreography for the crowd.

Winifred flies by an apartment window where men are watching the first Hocus Pocus. This is the most obvious nod to the first movie in the sequel. Also, at Scare Fest, a couple is dressed up as the characters played by Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall in the movie. We have a lot of questions about what it means for the Hocus Pocus universe that Hocus Pocus exists… but really, it’s probably best not to answer them.


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