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A 1993 [[HalloweenSpecial Halloween-themed]] {{Disney}} film for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids "kids"]]. This was the second film directed by Kenny Ortega, previously known for ''{{Newsies}}'' (1993). Now considered [[CultClassic a cult favorite]], the film's rather campy, but pretty entertaining. It does, after all, contain a memorable rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" by Bette Midler. The song "Come Little Children" from this film went on to become a Halloween classic.

The film opens in the year 1693. Thackery Binx (role shared by Sean Murray and JasonMarsden), a teenager living in Salem, Massachusetts, discovers his little sister Emily (Amanda Shepherd) has gone missing. Emily has been lured away to the farm of the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches--consisting of older sister/leader Winifred "Winnie" (Bette Midler), middle child/tracker Mary (Kathy Najimy) and little sister/siren-like predator Sarah (SarahJessicaParker) -- who suck the life-forces of little children to prolong their lives; such is the fate suffered by Emily. Thackery attempts to save her, but the sisters transform him into an immortal black cat. The sisters are soon after captured by the townspeople and hanged. Before her death, Winnie pronounces her death-curse, that "on AllHallowsEve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground."

The scene shifts to 1993. The Dennisons are a California family who have just moved to Salem, bringing along teenaged son Max (Omri Katz) and 8-year-old daughter Dani (Creator/ThoraBirch). Max is a virgin. Halloween night, Max takes his sister trick-or-treating and gets to hang with new {{love interest}} Allison (Vinessa Shaw). Allison tells him of the legend of the Sanderson sisters and of a supposed way to revive them; Max laughs and tries it out, bringing the Sandersons back to life. Now the three kids and the immortal cat Binx have to face the witches throughout the night, with the lives of every kid in Salem at risk.

[[IThoughtItMeant While a 1994 side-scrolling platformer]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks by the same name]] [[IThoughtItMeant also exists, they don't have any connection to each other]]. Also unrelated is KurtVonnegut's 1991 novel of the same name.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Max, Dani and Allison have to flee the witches and zombie Billy Butcherson by following Thackery into the sewers, which are filled with spiders and rats, [[ReducedToRatburgers which is what Thackery eats as a cat]]! Very {{squick}}y to the trio.
* AccidentalMisnaming: In one scene Max introduces himself to the two bullies, Jay and "Ice", and says he's from Los Angeles. They start calling him "Hollywood" from then on.
* AdultsAreUseless:
** The children tried to get help from their parents and the rest of the party-goers. They don't believe them and think it's some kind of Halloween prank.
** They also tried for help from the man they thought was a police officer. ([[spoiler:He was only in costume.]])
* AllHallowsEve: The Black Flame Candle only works on this day, and once lit, will not last beyond this day.
* AllPartOfTheShow: What the adult party-goers think of the Sandersons taking over the stage and singing a song to them, to the point they indulge in audience participation and sing too, thus ''[[RefugeInAudacity unknowingly enchanting themselves]]''.
* AllWitchesHaveCats: Inverted. The witch sisters transform Binx into a black cat ForTheEvulz. By the time of the main narrative, he's their sworn enemy. As mentioned in Animal Motifs below, Mary's more like a dog.
%%* AltoVillainess: Winnie.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Whereas Winnie is evil and scheming, Sarah and Mary are basically dumb and more or less harmless -- until Sarah's NotSoHarmless moment. If Winnie wasn't around they probably wouldn't even be villains.
* AndIMustScream: Ironically, This would have been Winnie's fate [[spoiler: at the end, had she succeeded in draining Max's life force]], having violated hallowed ground.
* AnimalMotifs: The animal itself is never mentioned, but Mary's appears to be a dog, what with her tendency to bark, her power to smell children, and the way she's always at Winifred's side.
* BadassNormal: The kids fight against witches and zombies without any kind of special power of their own.
* BerserkButton: The minute someone calls Winifred "ugly" she starts handing out the DisproportionateRetribution.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Sarah -- see NotSoHarmlessVillain below.
* BiggerBad: The devil (see "Satan" below).
* [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]]: The Sanderson sisters, ostensibly - though from very early on, it's quite clear that Winifred is the dominant one, arguably making her the BigBad and Sarah and Mary her CoDragons.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Thackery Binx and Max are both deeply protective of their little sisters, and Binx projects a lot of his feelings about Emily onto Dani.
* BigEater: Mary Sanderson is clearly implied to be this with ''children''.
* BlackMagic: Mind Control, life stealing, turning people into cats, lots of nasty dark stuff here.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three witches; Sarah is blonde, Mary has dark hair, and Winnie is a redhead.
* BlondesAreEvil: Downplayed with Sarah, who is less malicious than Winifred, and averted by Allison.
* BrattyHalfPint: Dani keeps mocking her brother for being a virgin. It's possible she just doesn't know what it means but she does still keep saying it to get a rise out of him. She also mocks her brother's attraction to Allison and to Allison's "yabbos" in particular.
* [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Bratty Teenage Son]]: Max is this in the beginning, but he gets over it.
* BullyingADragon: The three witches were about to go easy on the two bullies and leave... Until they [[BerserkButton called them ugly.]]
* BurnTheWitch:
** Averted in a Disney film! The witches are hanged, just like the real "witches" of Salem. (Of course, this is a rare case where the "victims" are ''actually guilty'' of witchcraft.)
** [[spoiler:Subverted later. The kids trick them into a walk-in kiln and burn them, figuring that's the way to get rid of a witch. They probably got the idea from HanselAndGretel rather than the Salem witch trials. The candle's magic keeps them from perishing completely.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Max, whose virginity is repeatedly invoked and commented on.
** Billy Butcherson counts even more. He easily suffers the most physical abuse of any character, getting his head knocked off on two separate occasions, and his fingers crushed when he's coming out of the sewers and a motorcycle rides over top of the lid. That's not even going into Winifred poisoning him and sewing his mouth shut so that he can't speak even in death.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** Winnie Sanderson at one point says to her sisters "We are witches, we are evil!" But then, being that they got their powers by selling their souls to Satan, this probably just represents a realistic view of themselves.
** Also, during "I Put A Spell On You" song:
--> ''Your wretched little lives have all been cursed 'Cause of all the witches working I'm the worst. [...] Ask my sisters.''
--> ''([[PainfulRhyme She's vicious!]])''
* CatsAreMagic: Binx, a teenager who [[BalefulPolymorph was transformed]] into a black cat by the Sandersons. He has the ability to speak, and he is effectively {{immortal|ity}}.
* CompellingVoice: Sarah's primary power - her song about halfway through the movie calls '''all the children in Salem''' to the Sanderson sisters' home, and lets the viewers know that [[NotSoHarmlessVillain she isn't as harmless as she appears to be]] (up to this point, she played the part of TheDitz and was Winifred's punching bag).
* ConvenientSlowDance: Parodied: While the Sanderson sisters are in "[[{{Satan}} The Master's]]" house, Sarah goes to "The Master" and says, "Master, wouldst thou dance with me?" She then makes a tender slow dance with him... until his wife shows up and sees them both dancing, which triggers her BerserkButton.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Sarah tortures the two bullies by force-feeding them Halloween candy. (They were already almost sick from it in the previous scene.)
* CreditsPushback: Because of this, the DisneyChannel no longer airs TheStinger for the movie.
* CreepyCemetery: It relies on elements from the rest of the movie to add the creepiness factor. It's actually a PlaceOfProtection since witches "can't set foot" on hallowed ground.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Winnie tries to remember the life potion's recipe but gets stuck at a dead man's....something. Aforementioned Cuckoolander Sarah abruptly shouts out "Dead man's toe!" but is shushed. As Mary and Winifred continue to try to remember the ingredient, Sarah [[FunnyBackgroundEvent shrugs and wanders off screen.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: For Disney in general. Any more so, and they'd likely have changed the label to Touchstone.
* DeadpanSnarker: Max and Binx. Winnie has her moments, as well.
** LittleMissSnarker: Dani.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Thackery and Emily at the end. Thackery consoles a grieving Dani.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Pissing off Winnie usually gets you this.
** Thackery Binx was already going to have his life sucked out of him for trying to stop the witches from killing his sister, but he makes the mistake of [[BerserkButton calling Winifred a hag]] and is instead damned to a FateWorseThanDeath in the form of being trapped in the form of a black cat... for all eternity... living with his failure.
** In case of Billy Butcherson, Winnie's lover. Winnie poisoned him and sewed his mouth shut after she caught him sporting with Sarah.
* DisneyDeath: Binx revives after being crushed by the bus. In a darkly humorous twist, it only seems this way because the characters (and presumably the audience) forgot that he couldn't die (though it also sets up [[spoiler: his death later]]). When he revives, he shrugs it off like it was nothing and is legitimately surprised that the others were concerned.
-->'''Binx:''' (as though getting run over by a bus is the most normal thing in the world) "What? I can't die, remember?"
* TheDitz: Sarah.
* DoNotCallMePaul: One of the two bad boys, "Ice", hates being called "Ernie."
* DontGoInTheWoods: The witches lived in the woods prior to their execution.
* DyingCurse
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sarah's first appearance after being resurrected.
-->'''Sarah:''' My lucky rat tail! Just where I left it!
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Winnie apparently can't understand self-sacrifice, especially for a family member.
* EvilIsHammy: Let's face it, the witches are about the biggest hams you've ever seen.
* EvilPlan: The witches want to be young and beautiful forever but they need to retrieve their spellbook from three human children and a cat.
* EvilRedhead: Winifred.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Winnie is this when she's not busy to kill children or whatever.
* FemmeFatalons: Winifred's sharp nails.
* FeteWorseThanDeath: The party at the town hall, at least after the witches take over the proceedings.
* FieryRedhead: Winifred.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader - Max
** TheLancer - Dani
** TheSmartGuy / TeamPet - Binx
** TheBigGuy - [[spoiler:Billy]]
** TheChick - Allison
* FlyingBroomstick: Played straight and then parodied when their brooms are stolen, forcing Sarah to fly on a mop and Mary on a vacuum cleaner.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself:
** Max wears street clothes when he takes Dani trick-or-treating. His father Dave thinks he's supposed to be a hip-hop deejay, while Dani insists he's a Little Leaguer.
** The Sanderson sisters are dressed as stereotypical witches because, well [[CaptainObvious that's what they are]]. Meaning they're attending Halloween as themselves, but just happen to fit in extremely well.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the cable version, the "phone number" that Max ostentatiously hands to Alison is just the famous FiveFiveFive exchange...and nothing else. The real movie contains a seven-digit FiveFiveFive number.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Dani regarding Max's nonexistent sex life.
** Also, "You sold your soul!" to Winifred.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Winifred is choleric, Sarah is sanguine, and Mary is phlegmatic.
* FunctionalMagic
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During a scene where the witches are hiding from firemen after Max sets of the sprinkler, Winnie explains to Mary they must be which hunters, whereas Sarah notices "a pretty spider" [[{{Squick}} and proceeds to eat it]].
* GenkiGirl: Sarah.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See above.
-->'''Winifred:''' We desire...''[[EatsBabies children]]''.\\
'''Bus Driver:''' Hey, it may take me a couple of tries, but I don't think there will be a problem.
** One wonders ''how'' it was so easy for this movie to have a male character being a virgin as a major plot point, despite being for kids. It may be the same reason it was so easy for Dani to keep insulting said virgin: because most kids watching this movie don't even know what a virgin ''is''.
* HairTriggerTemper: Winnie.
* HandsomeLech: Sarah is a rare female example. It's honestly shocking for a Disney film that she flirts with every single male she comes across--from Thackery to Max to Billy to a random bus driver to Max's bullies to a random costumed man at the party...the list goes on and on. And despite being rather attractive and flirtatious, there is no evidence to suggest she actually is successful with men or boys. Moreover, her idea of [[ColdBloodedTorture fun]] probably isn't what most men anticipate.
-->'''Sarah:''' Thou wouldst hate me in the morning.\\
'''Bus Driver:''' No I wouldn't![[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ...st]].\\
'''Winifred:''' ''Believe me'', thou wouldst.
** When they are deciding what to do with Binx, Sarah says, "Hang him on a hook and...let me play with him?" in a very suggestive but creepy manner.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Invoked in setting up the AManIsNotAVirgin OverlyLongGag.
* TheHecateSisters
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Billy]] (although he really wasn't a bad guy to begin with, aside from the obvious fact that he [[spoiler:two-timed Winifred]]).
* HolyBurnsEvil:
** When Winifred sneezes, a passing little girl (in costume as an Angel) says "Bless you!" prompting all three sisters to react with horror.
** As per the spell that only resurrected them for one night, the Sanderson sisters will be turned to dust when the sun rises.
** Witches can't set foot on hallowed ground and when Winifred tries to quickly kill Max in the graveyard before sunrise, she's [[TakenForGranite turned into a stone statue]] for standing in a holy place. As if that weren't enough, when the sunlight hits the statue, it explodes.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Jay:''' Man, how come it's always the ugly chicks that stay out late?!\\
'''Winifred:''' ''Chicks?''
** Contrast with Winifred's offense at Dani calling her "Ugly."
* IdioticPartnerConfession: At the beginning of the film, the Sanderson sisters are trying to convince the angry mob that they are not witches:
-->'''Winnie:''' Don't get your knickers in a twist! We're just three kindly old spinster ladies.
-->'''Mary:''' Spending a quiet evening at home.
-->'''Sarah:''' Sucking the ''lives'' out of little children!
-->[Winnie chokes Sarah]
* InfantImmortality: {{Averted}} in a Disney movie! The Sanderson sisters kill Emily.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' First plot point, death of a child.
* IfICantHaveYou: Winifred's reason behind killing her ex-boyfriend.
* IntellectualAnimal: Binx to some extent, but especially when compared to those around him...
* IronicEcho: At one point, Winifred swoops in on the kids, taunting them with Max's earlier line "It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!"
** FridgeHorror bonus - Max said this ''before'' reviving the witches.
* ItsPersonal: The witches spend much of the time trying to capture and kill Dani, but when she calls Winifred ugly, this very trope makes her even more determined to capture and kill Dani.
* LargeHam: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iprS0lCaiGs&feature=related Bette Midler]]. And it's surprisingly awesome.
* LaughablyEvil: The witches are surprisingly comedic considering the fact that they drain the life out of children, particularly Sarah.
* LifeEnergy: With the help of a potion, the witches could just take a few long whiffs and their victim will be dead.
* LightIsNotGood: Beautiful, sunny-haired, ditzy Sarah, singing sweetly to lure children to their deaths at the hands of the witches.
* LiteralMetaphor: "I Put a Spell on You" as sung by Winnie.
* MagicMusic: "Come Little Children" and "I Put a Spell on You" combine this with Compelling Voice, providing an excellent justification for a VillainSong.
* TheManBehindTheMan: The devil is implied to be behind the Sandersons (see "Satan" below).
* AManIsNotAVirgin: The audience is reminded every five minutes that [[OverlyLongGag Max is one]]. Rather jarring considering the target audience and that Max is young enough to still be commuting by bicycle. Seriously, Disney?
** [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick "What are you doing if you're in High School and still a virgin?"]]
** Insinuating that Max is not a real man.
* MurderByCremation: The main characters do this to the trio of witches. However, [[spoiler:they are later revived by their magic book, and the kids have to come up with a different plan.]]
* NatureAbhorsAVirgin: Surprisingly matched with VirginPower. Virginity provides the wherewithal to bring Satan's minions to earth. Subverted in that Max never gets over his virginity. (This being a {{Disney}} film, and Max being 15.)
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Max appears to be this at first, and gets treated this way by most of the other characters. And who can blame them? Max does wear a tie-dyed T-shirt and harbors radical left-wing beliefs (such as his suspicion that Halloween is actually a conspiracy on the part of the candy companies). But he ultimately subverts the stereotype [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar when he's offered a marijuana cigarette and he turns it down]].
** Then again, it IS Massachusetts. It is one of the most liberal states in the country, but has yet to legalize marijuana. (Not that it matters, since the movie takes place in 1993...)
* TheNineties: Max's ''hair'' alone dates this movie.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Max lights the enchanted candle to impress Allison, showing that he's not afraid of an old legend. Binx nearly says the trope name when he reveals to Max he can talk.
-->'''Binx:''' ''(sarcastically)'' Nice going, ''Max''.
* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: When Max finds out how dangerous the Winifred's book is he is GenreSavvy enough to try to destroy it on the spot. Unfortunately it's protected by dark magic which makes this impossible.
* NoOntologicalInertia: The party-goers are cursed to dance until they die. The curse ends when the witches die. The curses [[spoiler: binding Binx and Billy to life also break]].
** Subverted earlier in the film. [[spoiler:After the Sandersons are led to burn in the school kiln and the group believes they have won, Binx is still alive as a talking cat, and Allison believes another spell is necessary to undo the curse.]]
* TheNoseKnows: Mary can smell children from very far away (possibly a ShoutOut to ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''); this leads to a rather humorous scene, where she can smell them all over the place, but can't see them, and starts to lament that she may have lost her powers. (They're actually all in plain sight, but the Halloween costumes are confusing all three of them.)
** Actually, it's far more likely a ShoutOut to ''TheWitches'', the film of which had just come out in 1990.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: [[spoiler:Billy, unless you count two-timing on his lover "evil". The whole reason he's assumed to be evil for most of the movie is because his lips are sewn shut and he can't speak; when he finally manages too, ''then'' he's able to express his true loyalties.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Sandersons may seem comically bumbling about 80 percent of the time, but you'd be wise not to mess with them when they ''really'' get angry. Sarah in particular seems a harmless, ditzy woman through most of the movie. Then she starts singing sweetly, luring children into the trio's clutches, and you ''know'' she's deadly.
* OhCrap: Billy reacts in this way ''twice'', each time just before he (literally) loses his head.
* PainfulTransformation: Thackery Binx, intentionally invoked by the Sanderson sisters.
* PillarOfLight
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Dani, to Binx. Harsher because he was immortal up until then.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted -- the apparent cop who bullies the children and insults Max's manhood is only in costume.
* PrecisionFStrike: The times within the space of a few minutes when Billy says phrases that involve the word, "Hell!"
* ProductPlacement:
** "[[{{Satan}} The Master]]" gives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Bar Clark Bar candy bars]] to the Sanderson sisters. They think they are chocolate covered fingers of a man named Clark.
** Also, while still at "the Master's" house, Mary turns on the TV and sees [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ABvOay1g7U a commercial for DuPont Stainmaster with a running baby in it]], and [[{{Squee}} she gets ecstatic]].
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Sarah. She's so childlike, it's very easy to forget she's homicidal and very dangerous, and her idea of "play" likely involves death and, at one point, possibly torture. Sarah Jessica Parker's delivery makes her lines less creepy, until you think about them.
** One line sums her up instantly.
-->'''Sarah:''' My lucky rat tail! Just where I left it!
* RedheadInGreen: Winifred.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: What Thackery is cursed with.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The witches could have won if they'd given the potion to the two bullies, but Winifred wanted specifically to consume the life force of Danni, who had [[BerserkButton called]] [[ItsPersonal her]] [[VainSorceress ugly]].
* RuleOfFunny: The entire film, except for certain moments of MoodWhiplash.
* SanityBall: Is briefly held by Sarah and Mary when they point out to Winifred that they don't need to chase after Max and Dani because they've already got a kid to feed their potion to, and thanks to Sarah's singing more are coming to the house. They can always make more potion afterwards because they've got the book back, [[ItsPersonal but Winifred's too dead set on getting back at Dani for calling her "ugly" to care.]]
* {{Satan}}: Never appears in person, but the Sanderson sisters call him their "master" and a museum sign claims he gave Winnifred her spell book.
* SchmuckBait: The candle.
* SeekingSanctuary: cemeteries are hallowed ground, and any witch who sets foot on hallowed ground [[spoiler: gets turned to stone.]]
* SeeYouInHell:
-->'''Billy Butcherson:''' Go to Hell!\\
'''Winifred:''' Oh! [[InsultBackfire I've been there, thank you. I found it quite lovely]].
* ShadowArchetype: Max begins the film extremely self-centered, over-dramatic, short-tempered and showing an enormous amount of disdain for his annoying but loving little sister. Obvious and weak comparisons are drawn with Max and Binx, but the stronger parallels are with Max and Winifred, an extremely self-centered, over-dramatic and short-tempered witch who despises her incompetent, yet devoted, younger sisters. Sarah and Mary follow Winifred into what will clearly be their own demise and die after a clumsy attempt to save her from Max, a gesture Winifred would hardly return.
-->'''Winifred:''' [[spoiler:What a fool to give up ''thy'' life...for thy ''sister's''.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Winnie can do this on [[Franchise/StarWars Emperor Palpatine's]] levels.
* ShoutOut: During the "I Put a Spell on You" number, Winnie calls out, "Hello, Salem, my name is Winifred! What's yours?" This is a nod to Mama Rose in ''{{Gypsy}}'', who said, "Hello, world, my name is Rose! What's yours?" (which was spoken by Louise earlier) Doubles as an ActorAllusion when Bette Midler played Mama Rose in the TV version on the same year that ''Hocus Pocus'' was released.
** At the beginning of "I Put a Spell on You", Winnie gives out a shout-out to one of Music/EltonJohn's songs:
--->'''Winifred:''' Now the {{witch| with a capital B}} [[Music/EltonJohn is back!]] And there's hell to pay.
** Also, the "I Put a Spell on You" number is an {{homage}} to Screamin' Jay Hawkins, who wrote the song, [[BeamMeUpScotty although the original actually started with "I put a spell on you, 'cause you're mine."]]
** Winnie also gives a nod to Music/TheBeatles when she {{shock|AndAwe}}s Max:
--->'''Winifred:''' Hello... goodbye!
* SkepticNoLonger: Max.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Binx snarling [[TotallyRadical "Nice going, Max!"]] in his standard 17th-century Colonial accent.
* SpellBook: Bound in human skin, and emblazoned with a living human eye, no less.
* TheStinger: A number of them, actually. After we see [[spoiler:Thackery and Emily finally reunited at the gates of {{Heaven}}]], the end credits are accompanied by the following: Dave and Jenny Dennison and all the other townspeople stumbling out of the town hall in their costumes, with Dave commenting that "I thought L.A. was a party town!"; [[OffscreenInertia Jay and Ice still locked in birdcages in the Sandersons' lair, pitifully singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to pass the time]]; and a final tip-off that [[spoiler:the Sanderson sisters may be NotQuiteDead]].
* SurroundedByIdiots:
-->'''Winifred:''' WHY? Why was I cursed with such IDIOT sisters?\\
'''Sarah:''' Just lucky, I guess.
** Binx as well. Max, Dani and Allison are about as sharp as bowling balls.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:At the end, Max either has to give up the potion or Dani dies. What does he do? He drinks the potion instead.]]
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler:Max drinks the potion to keep Winifred from force-feeding it to Dani. "What a fool to give up ''thy'' life... for thy ''sister's''."]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Winifred. The result of her standing on hallowed ground while trying to steal Max's life.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Binx.
* TerribleTrio: The witches, of course.
* TitleDrop: "C'mon, it's all just a bunch of hocus pocus."
** Winifred later repeats the same line in a mocking way when they're flying/chasing after the protagonists through the graveyard.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Binx's spirit reunited with his sister in the afterlife.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Winifred's spellbook. Bound in human skin (complete with human eyeball) and given to her by {{Satan}} himself. Plus, it's at least partially sentient.
* TooDumbToLive: Sarah and Mary Sanderson.
** The kids count, too. They truly grab on to the IdiotBall in one of the final scenes on the graveyard. Dani is safely protected by a circle of salt - with enough space for the other two to join in the circle as well, by the way. But then - ah, genius! - Dani decides to ''leave'' the circle to help Billy get his head back. At least partly justified since a child her age would realistically make such decisions, but still.
** Winnie Sanderson turns out to be literally to dumb to live. See VillainBall below.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Thackery's cursed immortality at the end, along with his sister, who has apparently been a ghost for 300 years.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Yabbos" to describe what Max loves.
** ''Hocus Pocus'' didn't originate this term. According to [[http://www.imdb.com/search/text?realm=title&field=quotes&q=Yabbos IMDB]], "yabbos" was used in ''National Lampoon's AnimalHouse for breasts in the phrase "major-league yabbos."
* VainSorceress
* VillainBall: Winnie holds it pretty hard at some points, but the worst is when the three sisters have everything they need to win, at least temporarily -- enough potion to suck the lives of at least one child, which would give them enough time to live at least past Halloween and make more, plus the spellbook and a whole crowd of children on which to use it, and Winnie gives up the perfect opportunity to go get the life of one specific child, who called her "ugly." Even given that Winnie had been shown many times beforehand to be vain, self-centered, arrogant and vindictive, you would still think she would insure that she would live past the end of the night, then go after Dani.
** This could probably be her one true IdiotBall moment too.
* VillainSong: Two, "I Put A Spell On You", and the later [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsda4GJuzcQ "Come Little Children".]]
** "Come Little Children" also opened the movie in Salem 300 years earlier.
** The chant Winifred uses to turn Binx into a cat at the beginning of the movie (with Mary and Sarah providing backup) may count as one too
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Virgin is almost a synonym for idiot, and Max [[NeverLiveItDown never lives it down]].
* VirginPower:
-->'''Max:''' ''(after feeling the room shake)'' What happened?\\
'''Dani:''' A ''virgin'' ''(referring to Max)'' lit the candle.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** What happened to the three girls who got the Sandersons' brooms?
** The last we saw of Max's house was the Sanderson sisters completely destroying the top floor. One wonders what his parents will think when they finally get home.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happens to Binx in the beginning. Not that he wanted it in the first place.
** LivingForeverIsAwesome: You might think the Sanderson sisters are {{Vain Sorceress}}es but eternal youth is only half of what they want.
-->'''Winifred:''' We want to live ''forever''. Not just until tomorrow!
* WickedWitch: Three of them.
* WitchWithACapitalB: Winnie does this in a nod to Music/EltonJohn during "I Put a Spell on You"; see ShoutOut.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Sanderson sisters drain Emily's life.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The Sanderson sisters, and Thackery and Emily Binx, and the rest of the Salem townsfolk in 1693.
** Played with on the bus:
-->'''Sarah:''' Thou wouldst hate me in the morning.\\
'''Bus Driver:''' No I wouldn'st!
** One {{egregious}} example:
-->'''Sarah:''' Come little children, I'll take ''thee'' away.[[note]]Should be "you"; "thee" is singular.[[/note]]
* YouCanTalk: Max's first words to Binx.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Virgin." It's bandied about like it's the most horrifying thing ever. Dani at least has an excuse since she's eight, but Binx should know a little better.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: For a little while, it seems that [[spoiler:the witches have been cooked in the school oven. They were, but it didn't stick]].
* ZombieApocalypse: Averted; it's just one zombie and [[spoiler:he's not exactly evil.]]
* ZombieGait: Billy's silly zombie stumble.
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[[spoiler:[[OverlyLongGag Virgin]].]]
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