Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Starred in 'Hocus Pocus' — and 6 More Secrets You Never Knew
"Hocus Pocus" is ready to put a spell on you once more this Halloween. The Disney cult classic is officially hitting participating AMC theaters around the country from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
In case you’ve somehow lived under a rock for the last two and a half decades, the film follows the story of a teenage boy named Max Dennison, his little sister Dani, and their friend Allison as they explore an abandoned home in Salem, Massachusetts.
Allison warns the two that the home once belonged to the Sanderson sisters, three presumed witches who were killed during the Salem witch trials. Max unwittingly releases the witches from their death spell by lighting a candle. From there, both hilarity and spookiness ensue.
Before you head out to the theaters to re-watch this Halloween classic — or introduce it to your kids for the first time — read up on seven fun facts you may have missed from the film.
Max was almost played by Leonardo DiCaprio. According to Variety, he was offered "more money than [he] ever dreamed of" but turned down the role to do "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" instead.
Rosie O’Donnell almost starred in it too as Mary Sanders. However, she turned down the role as she thought it was a little risqué to play a character who murdered children.
When Billy’s mouth is cut open for the first time, those are real moths that fly out of his mouth. According to Buzzfeed, the actor used a dental dam to make sure the moths didn’t fly down his throat.
The director used nine different cats to play Thackery Binx.
If you watch closely you’ll see Sarah Sanderson’s hair switch from curly to straight and back to curly throughout the film.
In many other countries, the film is known as “Abracadabra.”
Hocus Pocus wasn’t originally a Halloween movie; it was released in August of 1993. But, a classic is a classic no matter when it came out.