HOCUS POCUS (1993)
TRICK OR TREAT?: Total treat! Two words: It’s Disney. Three more words: It’s Bette Midler.
WHY IT GETS US IN THE SPIRIT: Hocus Pocus is everything that you wanted Halloween to be when you were an angsty almost-too-old-for-trick-or-treating pre-teen. It’s a little bit out-of-control, a little bit traditional and a whole lot of purposefully PG fun. And did we mention it stars Bette Midler?
SCENE TO DIE FOR: When the Sanderson sisters crash the big adult costume party and work their magic on the town parents with a rousing rendition of “I Put a Spell on You.” Obviously.
BEST COSTUME: Max’s “rapper” costume – which consists of a baseball hat, sunglasses and a surly, parents-just-don’t-understand ‘tude. The only thing cooler? I-C-E.
SUGGESTED SWEET: Homemade caramel apples. Like this perfectly over-the-top family All Hallow’s Eve fantasy, they’re deliciously bad for you and totally wholesome – at the same time.