During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers this week, Bette Midler talked about her role in the cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus, and the cast’s upcoming reunion event—which is very different than the Hocus Pocus sequel that Disney+ hinted at in 2019.
“It was a picture that started off a little bit sleepy, but somehow it found its niche, and it became kind of a cult classic and now it’s everywhere,” she said. “I wish I had a nickel for for every person who turned out in a Winifred Sanderson costume.”
Meyers also asked Midler about how it felt to be a part of a film with so much staying power over several decades.
“It’s so strange. We had so much fun making it, and we had no expectation for it, none at all, and as the years have gone by it’s just become this snowball, this gigantic snowball, and I have to say it has been so rewarding. People come to me and say, ‘Oh, I saw this when I was 6' and these people have white hair.”
And don’t worry—Midler’s Winifred Sanderson teeth will be returning in the reunion. But she won’t be wearing her character’s original teeth, which apparently broke bringing them out “on special occasions.” I’m picturing Midler just showing up at a regular dinner party wearing them, breaking out into Winifred’s slightly ominous but mostly goofy smile.
This Friday’s event, billed as a “one night only Halloween extravaganza,” will involve Bette Midler reuniting with her costars Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker to perform a mockumentary called In Search of the Sanderson Sisters. The mockumentary will also feature Doug Jones, who played Billy Butcherson in the original movie, and the performance will be raising money for the New York Restoration Project.
Watch the whole interview here.