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The 'Hocus Pocus' Secrets You Didn't Know About

The 'Hocus Pocus' Secrets You Didn't Know About

Hocus Pocus is one of those movies you HAVE to watch around Halloween time, and if you don’t, then what are you actually watching?

The flick, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, has become a cult classic — and before you watch it tonight on Freeform (don’t lie, we know you are), we’ve got a few secrets to spill about the flick.

Director Kenny Ortega spoke with EW about how Leonardo DiCaprio once auditioned for Max, and how the dust flying out of Billy Butcherson’s mouth was actually dust.

He also shared that at first, Disney didn’t like how Bette, Sarah and Kathy looked as the Sanderson sisters.

“The ladies came in with idea for their characters,” Kenny says. “They came in with ideas for makeup and hair. Bette [Midler] threw on those buck teeth and had that crazy wild hairstyle and disappeared as we knew her. When Disney looked at the makeup test and the hair test, they came back and said, ‘You need to pull back on this, there’s no Bette Midler there.’”

He adds, “Then Kathy [Najimy] came in with the sort of that bit of paralysis and Disney at first was really concerned that we had gone too far and that we were losing the women in the characterizations and makeup. But they stood strong. We managed to gain the support of the company and went forward.”

We wonder what the Sanderson sisters were going to look like if Disney had their way!

Another secret from the set? Bette, Sarah and Kathy got stuck on their brooms!

“One of the first times that we went up to shoot with the girls on the vacuum cleaner and the brooms — their first take-off — we had some computer glitches and they were all stuck up in the air in these strange positions,” Kenny remembers.

“The girls were cackling [at first]. Then they were like, ‘Okay it’s not funny anymore, get us down from here.’”

Hocus Pocus airs TONIGHT @ 6:20PM ET/PT on Freeform.

Teala Dunn Dishes On Her Favorite Halloween Movies (Exclusive)

Teala Dunn Dishes On Her Favorite Halloween Movies (Exclusive)

Teala Dunn LOVES Halloween season, especially because all of the scary movies.

JJJ caught up with the actress and digital creator to chat all things fall and she could not stop telling us movies to watch — which we loved!

“I always, always watch Hocus Pocus and all the cute Halloween movies with my family, especially Charlie Brown,” Teala shared with us. “I know that sounds corny, but my family, we are a Charlie Brown family. We watch it for Thanksgiving, for Christmas, for Halloween…all the holidays, you name it.”

However, Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown are two of her absolute favorite movies — besides all the scary ones.

“I’ve always just loved scary movies,” she adds about her fascination. “It’s so hard to pick my favorites. I love the classic Michael Myers movies, those are always so good.”

Teala continues, “I love Friday the 13th, and if you’re really looking for something insanely scary, then The Conjuring or Insidious, those are good.”

“Watch at your own risk,” she warns.

TELL JJJ: What are your favorite Halloween movies?

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Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween Full Schedule!

Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween Full Schedule!

Freeform has officially launched their 13 Nights of Halloween event and we are so ready!

Starting TODAY, October 19th, the network will be airing Halloween-themed programming day in and day out, from The Addams Family and Hocus Pocus to Twilight and even Harry Potter and Monsters, Inc.!

JJJ has the full line-up and while we may have missed a few hours, we guarantee that you can still get your Hocus Pocus fix!

Check out the full schedule inside right now!

Jojo Siwa Takes on Brother Jayden in Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Jojo Siwa Takes on Brother Jayden in Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Jojo Siwa just totally nailed the pumpkin carving game!

To celebrate the Halloween season, the 14-year-old Dance Moms alum and her brother Jayden teamed up for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving and they want you to decide whose pumpkin is best!

While Jayden went for a more traditional pumpkin, Jojo used her carved pumpkin to celebrate a major milestone.

“My pumpkin is one million and that is because we hit one million subscribers on the vlog channel so thank you guys so so so so much!” Jojo said.

Check out their finished pumpkins in the video below…

Vanessa Marano Turns Into Wednesday Addams In Halloween-Perfect Pic

Vanessa Marano Turns Into Wednesday Addams In Halloween-Perfect Pic

Not that we need an Addams Family remake at all, but if we did, Vanessa Marano would be the PERFECT Wednesday Addams.

The former Switched at Birth actress shared the haunting image on her social media pages today of her dressed up just like Wednesday in honor of the upcoming holiday.

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“b e a f r a i d b e v e r y a f r a i d,” she captioned with another spooky pic the day before.

Psst, did you know that Vanessa‘s birthday is actually on Halloween?!

b e a f r a i d b e v e r y a f r a i d . . . #runyon #losangeles #eternaldarkness

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Lizzy Greene Scares Ricardo Hurtado Out of His Socks in 'Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House' (Exclusive)

Lizzy Greene Scares Ricardo Hurtado Out of His Socks in 'Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House' (Exclusive)

Lizzy Greene is pulling all the cords to scare her Nickelodeon family in the upcoming Ultimate Halloween Haunted House special, airing on Saturday, October 14th.

Celebrating the spookiest holiday, Nick stars Breanna Yde, Ricardo Hurtado, Jade Pettyjohn, Aidan Miner, Tony Cavalero, Diego Velazquez, Addison Riecke, Ella Anderson, Daniella Perkins and JoJo Siwa all embark on a terrifyingly-fun scavenger hunt through a classic haunted school, collecting the five keys they need to make their ultimate escape.

It’s all controlled by Lizzy, and the Nick fam will have to go through multiple scares and surprises to capture the five keys to get out of there as fast as they can.

Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House airs Saturday @ 8PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

Check out the sneak peek below!

Niki & Gabi Share Halloween Suggestions for Girly Girls and Edgy Girls!

Niki & Gabi Share Halloween Suggestions for Girly Girls and Edgy Girls!

Niki and Gabi DeMartino are back with more Halloween costume ideas!

After sharing some amazing costumes for pairs last week, Niki and Gabi have suggestions for girly girls and edgy girls!

“There are probably two types of girls out there who want some girly options and some non-girly options for Halloween,” Niki explained.

The girls went through several categories like movie costumes, time period costumes and Disney costumes!

Some of their suggestions included Wonder Woman, Mary Poppins, Kim Possible and Alice in Wonderland.

Check out their entire video below…

Tyler Oakley Has Some Amazing Halloween Costume Ideas!

Tyler Oakley Has Some Amazing Halloween Costume Ideas!

Looking for some Halloween inspiration? Tyler Oakley has you covered!

The social media star kicked off his Spooktober celebrations by giving fans suggestions for four iconic Halloween costumes.

Tyler‘s first suggestion was Ben Platt‘s character in super popular Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

His other amazing suggestions included a bottle of La Croix, a handmaid from The Handmaid’s Tale and a dating app!

Check out all of Tyler‘s ideas and how to make the costumes in the video below…


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