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Celebrate Halloween With the Self-Guided “Hocus Pocus” Walking Tour

Halloween is right around the corner and that means that the cult classic spooky film “Hocus Pocus” is airing all the time on television. This films about a trio of witches known as the Sanderson Sisters who are resurrected in modern-day Salem by a virgin who lit a candle has gained a massive following in the twenty-five years since its release and is pretty much required viewing in October.

  1. Max and Dani’s House

What some fans of the film may be unaware of is the fact that it is possible to visit the filming locations used in the popular film as all of them are still around today. The most iconic is probably the exterior of Max and Dani’s house, with the recognizable lookout tower at the top. The house was built in 1870, and has become a major tourist attraction since the film’s release.

2. Alison’s House

Another historic location is Alison’s house, which is a mansion that Max and Dani go trick or treating to before Alison decides to join them at the Sanderson house. The exterior shots of her house are from the Ropes Mansion, a Georgian Colonel mansion from 1720, which is now owned by the Essex Peabody Museum and open for the public.

3. Old Town Hall

One of the most memorable scenes from the movie takes place when Max and Dani’s parents attend a Halloween party, and are put under a dancing spell by the Sanderson sisters singing. The parents stumble out onto the street at dawn, and the exterior of a brick building with distinctive doors can be seen. This is Old Town Hall, which houses the Salem Museum and is the oldest surviving municipal building in Salem.

Additional filming locations are the fictional John Bailey High School, Forest River Park, where the opening scenes of the film were staged and shot to look like Thackery’s village. Fans can also visit Old Burial Hill, the oldest cemetery in America, where all of the cemetery scenes were shot.