Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween
You had to have known this day was coming. I mean, it’s just not Halloween without watching these bad (and somewhat mad) ladies of All Hallow’s Eve. So many great scenes! So many great lines! Hey, did you know Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson? Could you imagine? Ummm . . . how about no! Definitely more trivia coming at you later in this post, but right now I want to talk to you about a possible Hocus Pocus 2. Rumors of a potential sequel to this beloved movie are flying around faster than the broom riding sisters in hot pursuit of Max, Dani, and Allison. After seeing this (Bette is the shit–am I right?) yesterday on Twitter I decided to sniff around Google. Here’s what I came up with: According to one Huffington Post article, Bette Midler said that she’s ready to make a sequel to the Halloween favorite — and so are Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, however, Disney execs have yet to get the ball rolling. Earlier rumors that Tina Fey would be writing a new script for the Sanderson sisters turned out to be bull shit. Too bad, I say, because Tina Fey is an extremely talented writer with a sharp sense of humor–dammit. So, in a nutshell, the fate of Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson is ultimately in Disney’s hands. SISTAHS!! Let’s get started.
In this post:
- Fun Facts
- Song of the Day
- Tonight’s Movie
- Movie Drinking Game
- Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert
Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus (IMDb)
- At a 20th anniversary screening of Hocus Pocus, Doug Jones (“Billy Butcherson”) revealed the moths that come out of his mouth at the end of Hocus Pocus are real and not CGI.
- Mrs. Potts from Beauty & the Beast (1991) can be seen as a trick-or-treater in front of “Satan’s” house.
- It’s often incorrectly reported that the song Sarah Sanderson sings from the sky was written by Edgar Allan Poe. It isn’t by him, nor does it carry the style or meters he would have used. It was written specifically for the film.
- During the final fight in the cemetery, the background music imitates Miss Gulch’s (the Wicked Witch) theme from The Wizard of Oz (1939).
- Sean Murray played the human Thackery Binx, but was dubbed over by Jason Marsden, voice of the cat Binx, for consistency. (These days you can find Sean Murray here.)
(Dude–Mary’s totes giving Winny bunny ears!)
Song of the Day
I’m gonna get kinda predictable here but I know you’ll love it.
Yes, that’s really Sarah Jessica Parker singing.
Well . . . Duh . . .
Now, of course, this isn’t something you’re going to do while sitting around watching it with your kiddos. So, don’t come at me with your righteous “gurrrrrrrl” of disapproval. I’m putting this out there for those of you that are well within your legal rights to drink and want a fun way to shake things up a bit. Have fun. Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver. Wear your seat belt. And have your pets spayed or neutered.
Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert
- Devil burgers
- Nose of a witch
- Mud sodas
- Ghost sugar cookies
This is another one of those recipes that I’ve been doing since the beginning of the 13 days. I lost the recipe long ago, and now, basically, make it from memory.
- 2 lbs ground beef (or however much you need to feed your crew
- 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
- Whatever else you want to put on your burger e.g. lettuce, tomato, cheese
- 1 red pepper
Mix the ranch packet into your ground beef and make hamburger patties. Cook patties to desired “doneness” (little pink — no pink).
In the meantime, cut pieces of red pepper into “devil horn” shapes.
When burgers are done cooking, place on the buns along with whatever else you want to throw on there. Take a knife and cut little vertical slits into the tops of the buns on either side. Place red pepper into slits. There–your burger is now deviled.
Nose of a Witch
- Basically, these are ranch flavored Bugles.
This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.
4 cups chocolate milk, chilled
- 4 cups root beer, chilled
- 1 pint (2 cups) chocolate ice cream (I used vanilla this time.)
- In each of 8 tall glasses, place 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup root beer; stir to mix.
- Top each serving with 1/4 cup ice cream.
Ghost Sugar Cookies
In my house, we make these addictive little treats repeatedly throughout the month of October. They also have pumpkins and black cats (which I rarely come across–boo–and I mean that in a non-haunting-type of way). Anywho, they’re feckin delish and are always gone in a blink. Well done Pillsbury . . . well done.
Getting back to the Hocus Pocus 2 rumors . . . Anyone ever come across this one? I know, I have been guilty of passing this one off as a truth. There’s even a page on Facebook dedicated to whipping us all into a frenzy. Well it’s not–it’s complete bull shit. Click here and see for yourself. So, if you seen these fabrications floating around social media–debunk!
Until tomorrow . . .