Halloween Hocus Pocus


A quick question for you to get things rolling…What’s the first cult classic spooktacular film of the ‘90s that pops into your head?

We bet you immediately thought of Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus, the 1993 Walt Disney movie that you LOVE to watch year after year. It’s a tie in your family whether you love it more, or whether your kids do.

That’s OK – you don’t have to decide. Instead, take in some trivia about Hocus Pocus that you and the whole family never would have guessed about your favorite Halloween movie.

  1. Leonardio DiCaprio was reportedly offered the role of Max Dennison, but he turned it down to star in What’s eating Gilbert Grape?
  2. The Max Dennison we know and love was played by Omri Katz. Katz, however, was sick during his first audition and was initially rejected for the role. At callbacks, though, he scored the role.
  3. Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson. She turned down the opportunity, citing that she didn’t want to play the role of a “scary witch.”
  4. In the original trailer, two scenes were shown that didn’t show up in the final version of the movie. If you’re curious, head to YouTube to check it out.
  5. In 2008, Bette Midler said that out of all the movie characters she’s played, Winifred Sanderson was her favorite.
  6. Originally intended as only a Disney Channel Original Movie, Hocus Pocus landed on the big screen in July 1993.
  7. Remember when Max gave Alison his phone number in class? When she returns it to him, it’s a different note, with the number written on a different side of the paper. Watch for it!
  8. The movie takes place on Halloween in 1993. Halloween in 1993 was a Sunday, which means class would not have been in session.
  9. The Sanderson sisters were hanged on Halloween, 1693. In actuality, the Salem Witch Trials ended in May 1693.
  10. Sean Murray, the actor for Thackery Binx, did not provide the voice for Binx, our favorite black cat. Jason Marsden provided the voice for Binx…but we bet you never would have noticed the difference, had we not informed you.
  11. Sarah Jessica Parker provided the actual vocals for “Come Little Children” in the movie.
  12. “Satan” and his wife are actually brother and sister in real life. Both are Hollywood veterans. In fact, “Satan” directed the Princess Diaries movies.
  13. Hocus Pocus only made about $40 million in the box office…but with VHS and DVD sales, it has certainly made up for the unimpressive theatre run.


We’ve got a little Hocus Pocus of our own happening at JB’s on 41 this Halloween, and, just like the movie, we’ve planned it especially for families! Come to JB’s on 41 on Halloween for a costume contest beginning at 8:30 pm! We’ll have prizes for:

Top Family Costume

Top Kids Costume

Top Funny Costume

Top Scary Costume

We’re also offering a special package of 1 lane of bowling + 1 pizza + 1 pitcher of soda + $10 Game Room card for only $49.99. It’s a great way to get the whole family together for fun this Halloween.

And the best part? All kiddos who come to JB’s on 41 on Halloween will receive a treat bag filled with special goodies! Take your treat bag home after bowling at JB’s to enjoy while watching Hocus Pocus…again.


For more information on Halloween at JB’s on 41, visit our website at www.jbson41.com/specials

Did you know?

Halloween is the second most commercial holiday in the United States, right after Christmas. Americans spend roughly $6 billion on Halloween annually.