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7 Movies To Watch If You’re Sad “Hocus Pocus 2” Isn’t Longer

published Oct 7, 2022
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Hocus Pocus 2 still: the Sanderson sisters in a pharmacy
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The first weekend of October may be over, but Halloweekend is still four weeks away. On September 30, “Hocus Pocus 2” premiered on Disney+ starring the bewitching trio from the 1993 original “Hocus Pocus” movie. Approaching nearly two hours, the sequel quickly comes to an end with a suspicious hint toward a potential trilogy.

If you had a similar reaction to me (in awe that the movie ended so soon), there’s plenty of spooky family-friendly movies to watch next. Luckily, Disney+ has uploaded multiple nostalgic Halloween-themed movies from the late 90s and early 2000s, so grab your remote and get in the holiday spirit.

And between us, you can shamelessly watch “Hocus Pocus” again (or multiple times). After all, it is October.

Casper

In need of another ghoulish tale to watch after seeing the ghosts of Salem, Massachusetts, throughout “Hocus Pocus 2”? The 1995 supernatural comedy Casper introduces viewers to the friendly ghost alongside an adorable Christina Ricci. The movie is a little shorter than “Hocus Pocus 2,” and it’s available to stream on Tubi and Peacock.

Twitches

If you’re looking for another beloved set of witches to watch this October, Tia and Tamera Mowry are definitely a memorable, magical duo in “Twitches.” The movie and its sequel are available to stream on Disney+, so gather your broomsticks and popcorn!

The Haunted Mansion

Need a laugh? Any of Eddie Murphy’s movies will solve that, but in honor of Halloween, you’ve got to watch “The Haunted Mansion.” The 2003 film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat while laughing, and you might even receive some inspiration for decorating your home.

Halloweentown

Imagine discovering on your birthday that you’re a part of a powerful lineage of witches. Sounds familiar? Although “Hocus Pocus 2” didn’t offer much story development for Becca’s magical powers, Marnie from “Halloweentown” has a similar experience with her newfound abilities. Of course, Disney+ has the entire saga to stream.

Hotel Transylvania

A little bit of animated horror won’t hurt, especially if it’s “Hotel Transylvania” or any of its saga. It’s been ten years since the first movie premiered, so you’ll have an excuse to have a movie marathon. Fortunately, all of the “Hotel Transylvania” saga is available to rent or stream on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

The Curse of Bridge Hallow

Starring Halloween movie veteran Marlon Wayans and Stranger Things star Priah Ferguson, “The Curse of Bridge Hallow” is premiering on Netflix on October 14. After a curse results in the town’s Halloween decorations coming to life, a father-daughter duo bond while battling a mischievous soul to save Bridge Hallow.

Wendell & Wild

Arguably one of this year’s most-anticipated Halloween movies, directors Henry Selick and Jordan Peele have created a stop-motion animated film about a troubled teen battling her demons. Based on Selick’s work on “Coraline” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Peele’s production on “Nope,” “Us,” and “Get Out,” “Wendell & Wild” has the potential to be a popular Halloween flick. It hits Netflix on October 28.