Hocus Pocus Halloween


Magic And Halloween

Halloween draws near.

It's time to bask in the spells of magic and make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Preparation for magical spells demands a viewing of Disney's 1993 movie, Hocus Pocus. It's a Halloween tradition we enjoy in our house. We pop in the DVD and curl up in front of the wide screen with warm drinks, caramel apples and popcorn.

Get ready, get set, and off we go for a wee bit of magic and time travel.

Hocus Pocus is a light-hearted show the whole family enjoys. True to Disney style, there's just enough play on words and intrigue to keep the adults entertained.

Do you have get-in-the-mood-for-Halloween traditions?

Here's the Book of Magic Spells from Hocus Pocus with a "real" eye to watch over us.

I Put A Spell On You

Critics tore apart the horror comedy, but it then went on to establish a cult audience thanks to its release on home video.

Hocus Pocus revolves around the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, who are resurrected inadvertently, 300 years after their deaths, on the eve of Halloween in 1993.

Hanged as witches those many years past, they live up to their reputations and wreak havoc across Salem. Only a teenage boy (Omri Katz), his girlfriend (Vinessa Shaw), his little sister (Thora Birch) and a talking cat (Sean Murray) are able to stop them.

A talking cat? Who can resist? Our first clue that mystical powers are afoot in this tale. 

Other clues of magic in this movie? Apparently, a magical spell was cast so the movie wouldn't disappear into obscurity. The film has developed an adoring cult following.

Who says magic's not real?

The Sanderson Sisters – Three Witches

Bette Midler as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, the buck-toothed leader of the Sanderson sisters. She is the eldest and the wickedest of the sisters, as well as the most intelligent. She has a great knowledge of dark magic. Her robes are green.

Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, the second witch sister. Often complimenting and comforting her domineering older sister Winnie, she likes to eat children. Her powers are smelling children. Her color is red.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson, the youngest and most beautiful witch sister; she also is ditzy and vague. Her powers are mesmerism (by singing a siren song), which she uses to lure children to feed upon their life force. Her somewhat revealing robes are purple.
— source: Wikipedia

Wicked And Delightful

Listen to the resonate ring of Winifred's voice, "SISTAHS !!!" as she calls out to her beloved sisters. They are bonded in a coven as sisters and witches, even if she does call them idiots at one point.

The three sister-witches are a goofy bunch, (after all, it's a horror comedy), but while you can't take them too seriously, their magic is certainly wicked enough. Sucking the life out of innocent children qualifies, don't you think?

Sarah's Enchanted Song

In a memorable scene, Sarah sings a melodious song as she weaves a thread of magic that lures the town's children to the witches' lair. 

As the witches fly on their broomsticks, Winifred calls forth to Sarah:

Use thy voice, Sarah,
Fill the sky!
Bring the little brats to die!
Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha...

Perched on her flying broomstick, Sarah sings a lullaby into the night sky. Her dulcet tones melt onto the children, mesmerizing them into obedience:

Come, Little Children, I’ll take thee away
Into a land of enchantment
Come, Little Children, the time’s come to play
Here in my garden of magic...

Come Little Children

Sarah sings only one verse of the song, but its haunting melody has ensnared people near and far.

Who is the author of the song's lyrics?

Some claim it was written by Edgar Allen Poe; that is simply not true. To add to the confusion, more verses were tacked on to create a longer version of the song.

It's our good fortune that author D. Melhoff launched an inquiry into the matter. Leaving no stone unturned, Melhoff's research on the topic provides the most satisfactory answers.

The first verse was written by Brock Walsh for the Disney movie and the music was composed by James Horner.

The origin of the added verses remains shrouded in mystery. Perhaps that's how it should be when you're dealing with a song that leads to the supernatural.

You can read all the circuitous details found by D. Melhoff in the post entitled: Who Really Wrote the Poem "Come Little Children"?

The singer, Erutan, sings a full version of the song. She created a YouTube video with images from the movie Pan's Labyrinth as a cover (just to add another movie to the mix).

Listen to its haunting song:

Delve Into Halloween

Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can enjoy spooky holidays too. While watching Hocus Pocus, you can apply TRT® hands-on in various positions, such as over the heart or abdomen, or on the adrenals.

It's easy to combine positions, such as one hand in the heart and the other in the abdomen. Any TRT® hands-on position is helpful when watching suspenseful or scary movie scenes.

Halloween is enjoyable for its fun-loving aspects as well as its historical background. You'll discover more in my post entitled Halloween – A Magical Night Beckons You.

See how the tradition of "souling" evolved into today's trick-or-treat and how Samhain celebrates the harvest.

Students of The Second Degree of TRT® can direct energy to the energies of Halloween and discover hidden meanings for themselves. 

Be sure to take extra time for TRT® hands-on during the upcoming busy holiday season that officially launches on Halloween night. Incorporate hands-on into your activities for bonus stress reduction. 

Enjoy your Halloween!