In 1993, director Kenny Ortega (who'd go on to direct the "High School Musical" trilogy") debuted "Hocus Pocus," a dark fantasy comedy that's become a Halloween favorite. In case you haven't seen this film, it begins in 1693 with a boy named Thackery Binx who follows his little sister into the woods of Salem after she's been tricked by three witches. These three witches are the Sanderson sisters—the leader Winnifred (played by Bette Midler), the flirty Sarah (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and the kooky Mary (played by Kathy Najimy). The witches proceed to cast a spell on Thackery, transforming him into an immortal black cat and are soon after hanged by the townspeople. However, before the witches are killed, they cast a spell that allows them to come back from the dead for one night if a virgin lights their black flame candle on Halloween (only if it's a full moon). Three hundred years later, a teenager named Max Dennison lights the black flame candle to impress his crush, Allison, and the pair, as well as Dennison's younger sister Dani must confront the resurrected Sanderson sisters and save the children of Salem.
The film became a cult favorite and only continues to grow in popularity to this day. And there are many elements that contribute to it's success. First and foremost, the performances by the Sanderson sisters are iconic and the casting in this movie overall was spectacular. Second, it's incredibly quotable—with memorable lines including "Another glorious morning, makes me sick!" and "It reeks of children!" Third, it's just the right amount of cheesy camp that keeps you coming back year after year. Honestly, I cannot even count the number of times that I've seen this movie and it never gets old. And with a sequel for Disney + in the works, this film has truly stood the tests of time.
In honor of Halloween and the magic of "Hocus Pocus," take a look at 45 of our favorite tattoos inspired by this film. Then let us know your favorite scene from this movie in the comments section on social media. And remember virgins, this Halloween is a full moon so leave that black flame candle alone!