This spooky season is scarier than ever this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC has recommended we avoid most of our favorite Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating and indoor haunted houses in order to stay safe and healthy. Fortunately, the starlets of the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) have reunited in costume 27 years later to bring us some good-natured seasonal fun that we can all enjoy from the safety of our homes.
The actresses are coming together for a one-night-only broadcast at 8 PM EST on October 30th in character as the Sanderson sisters to bring a bit of magic into our lives with the reunion special dubbed “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover.” Middler throws a “Hulaween” benefit annually to raise money for her charity, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), which has been working to ensure there are green spaces within walking distance of all New Yorker’s homes since 1995.
Middler has been teasing spoilers on her Instagram including which original characters will be a part of the festivities. The zombie Billy Butcherson (played by Doug Jones) will make an appearance. The original cast will be joined by additional star power including George Lopez. Other famous guests include Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis, Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, Kenan Tompson, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, and more. Halloween queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will be hosting the event.
The performance will be streamed worldwide. Tickets can be reserved in advance for $10 and benefit the NYRP. You can get in on the festivities by dressing up for the event and sharing your ghoul-like get-ups for the costume contest judged by fashion designer Michael Kors and the legendary party planner Susanne Bartsch.