The sequel takes place twenty-five years after the original story. It focuses on Max and Allison's daughter, Poppy, who grew up hearing the family story of the first film and parents who avoid Halloween as much as possible. Poppy is skeptical of the tale and ends up in the Sanderson house on Halloween, twenty-five years to the day after the movie, in an attempt to prove there's nothing to the story.
This book provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Zig-Zagged. Max, Allison and Dani are sent off to Hell before they can even start to help, Jay (now the school principal) is deliberately unhelpful because Max left him and Ernie in the cages, but Poppy and her friends do get help from an adultnote , albeit one that's a ghost.
- Brick Joke:
- The school kiln used to burn the sisters is still broken.
- When Poppy meets Binx in the sequel, his very first words refer to the Running Gag of the first one.Binx: Hello, Poppy. I'm guessing your dad's no longer a virgin.
- Call-Back: While in the sequel, neither of them decorate for Halloween for obvious reasons, Allison's specifically stated to avoid fake gravestones because she finds them tasteless "since she had a soft spot for a zombie named Billy she met twenty-five years ago."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The book is both a novelization of Hocus Pocus as well as a sequel story.
- Lampshade Hanging: Just about everywhere in the sequel story, including a reference to the original film's Cult Classic status.Dani: We haven't really wrapped up the Halloween festivities yet, so it's not to late to watch our favorite Halloween movie. [Max and Allison both groan] Come on! It's a cult classic! We've watched it every Halloween since we were kids!
- Out of Focus: Mary and Sarah Sanderson play very little part in the sequel novel.
- Sequel Hook: The sequel novel has this at the ending. Poppy realizes that Winifred's book has gone missing, and then exactly one year later a teenage warlock uses it to re-awaken his brother, Billy, again.
- Shout-Out: In the sequel, Allison is now an attorney and then negotiating with "the Man in charge" of Hell while she, Max, and Dani are there, which is likely a nod to The Devil and Daniel Webster.
- Skeptic No Longer: Max and Allison's daughter in the sequel believes her parents' story about what happened with the Sanderson sisters is just them being ridiculous, and says as much to them. And then she goes to the Sanderson house on a Halloween that coincides with a blood moon and ends up waking the Sanderson sisters herself.
- Spin-Offspring: The sequel takes place 25 years later. It stars Max and Allison's 17-year old daughter Poppy.