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Run Amuck With This Salem MA Hocus Pocus Tour

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Who doesn’t love the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus? With a powerhouse cast of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy this movie has quickly become one of the most beloved movies of the 20th century. And Hocus Pocus 2 is the sequel we were all waiting for. If you are curious about the filming locations, we’ve got the walking tour for you! Run Amuck With This Salem MA Hocus Pocus Tour the next time you are in New England.

Hocus Pocus Tour In Salem, MA!

Did You Know This About Hocus Pocus?

The movie is practically on every single day (sometimes twice or more!) the entire month of October. So it was clearly a huge hit, right?

Wrong!

Hocus Pocus was NOT a big Disney blockbuster hit.

In fact, it likely lost money when it was released in theaters in July of 1993. Even the adorable Thackery Binx couldn’t bring box office gold.

When Hocus Pocus landed on television (The Disney Channel, Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween) it really took off.

You can watch Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+.

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(L-R): Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson in HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Hocus Pocus 2

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge.

Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. 

Watch the Hocus Pocus 2 trailer here.

Make your own Easy Hocus Pocus Charcuterie Board for your Halloween Party.

Read the Hocus Pocus 2 parents guide and age rating recommendation.

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(L-R): Belissa Escobedo as Izzy, Whitney Peak as Becca, and Lilia Buckingham as Cassie in Disney’s live-action HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Salem MA

Salem Massachusetts isn’t just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

It has a rich history and a small-town feel. You’ll delight in the 17th-century homes still standing throughout central Salem and the gorgeous ocean views.

Founded by immigrants from Cape Cod, the town was named Salem, which is derived from the Hebrew word for peace.

The streets of Salem are most known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials of the 1700s; be sure to stop at the Salem Witch Museum in downtown Salem.

You can consider this a great place to visit any time of year, however, the month of October is clearly the most popular. If you’re going for a day trip to Salem, here’s what you should do while you’re there.

Hocus Pocus enthusiasts have made visiting in the spooky season a must-do!

Allison’s House in Hocus Pocus.

Hocus Pocus Tours

If you are happy to do lots of walking at your own pace, this Hocus Pocus Salem tour is perfect for you.

But there are also tour guide options in the town of Salem if that’s more your speed.

We love official tours as we feel you get a little more background and detailed history of Salem, maritime history, and what was happening in the United States during the witch trials.

But if you don’t have time or the money or just don’t want to join a group: this Salem MA Hocus Pocus Tour should do the trick!

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Town Hall where the Sanderson Sisters sang “Put a Spell On You” in Hocus Pocus.

What Will You See On The Salem MA Hocus Pocus Tour?

The majority of the original movie Hocus Pocus was filmed on location in Salem.

A big Hocus Pocus fan will be able to recognize each different location as you move to the next stop.

With this Hocus Pocus Salem tour you’ll be able to see:

  • Salem Common- including the basketball court
  • Max and Allison’s High School
  • Salem Old Town Hall
  • A Winnifred Sanderson statue – located in a museum on Essex Street
  • Ropes Mansion – Allison’s House
  • The Hocus Pocus House- Max and Dani’s house, a private residence
  • Salem Pioneer Village – Salem Village in the movie
  • Old Burial Hill
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Old Burial Hill scene from Hocus Pocus

2023 Hocus Pocus Tour In Salem, MA

We laid out this tour to start in the Salem Commons and end at Old Burial Hill cemetery.

If you were to walk the entire way, it will take around 2 and a half hours and you’ll cover 6+ miles.

That’s a considerable amount of walking, especially with young kids!

Most of the filming locations can be covered on foot, but the final destination may need car transportation.

Allison and Max in Salem Commons during Hocus Pocus. The basketball court is still there.

1. Salem Commons

Quite a few scenes took place in the Salem Commons which is a large common green space.

It’s one of the more popular Hocus Pocus locations. In fact, every October the movie is screened on the Commons often.

Keep an eye out for the basketball court and the Salem Common Bandstand.

The High School In Hocus Pocus was filmed in a closed-down elementary school!

2. John Bailey High School, aka Max and Allison’s School – 22-98 S Washington Square

This was once known as Phillips Elementary School, but it actually closed down in 1992.

That made it the perfect location to double as John Baily High School.

3. Salem MA Hocus Pocus Tour: Old Town Hall – 32 Derby Square

The iconic scene where the Sanderson sisters take the stage and sing, “Put A Spell on You” takes place at the Old Town Hall.

Salem ma hocus pocus tour town hall
The town has really embraced the Hocus Pocus of it all! This sign is located in the store called Coven. Bonus for October: The Sanderson Sister’s skeletons!

While this stop doesn’t have anything to do with the filming of Hocus Pocus, it does have something for the big Hocus Pocus fans.

A very cool statue of Winnifred Sanders is located inside the museum that has creepy characters from all manner of Hollywood horror movies.

If you like horror and old monster movies, this is a MUST-DO in Salem.

Winnie’s statue is awesome- pictures inside are strictly forbidden, however.

Get your tickets in advance here.

5. Allison’s House- Ropes Mansion at 318 Essex Street

This home is absolutely stunning!

Spoiler alert: the outside was the only part of it used in the movie.

The interior scenes were all sound stage.

It’s currently the home of the Peabody Essex Museum and has gorgeous gardens available to the public in the back.

The gardens are free to the public and we highly recommend taking a quick tour through them when you visit on your Hocus Pocus tour in Salem.

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Ropes Mansion, aka Allison’s House

6. The Hocus Pocus House, aka Max And Dani’s House – 4 Ocean Avenue

The Dennison house is on the typical itinerary for visitors to Salem.

This one, however, is a private residence.

If you visit Max and Dani’s house, the owners request you take your pictures from the other side of the street. Please be respectful of their home & neighborhood.

Many scenes took place here, including when Dani was abducted by the Sanderson sisters.

7. Thackery Binx Village – Salem Pioneer Village in Forest River Park

98 West Avenue

In the opening scenes of the movie, we see a young teen cursed and turned into an eternal cat.

That series of events was filmed in Salem Pioneer Village, the oldest living history museum in the country.

Please note: it’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 pm.

binx house salem ma hocus pocus tour

8. Old Burial Hill- Marblehead, MA

This is another early movie scene that doesn’t take place in Salem.

It’s in nearby Marblehead so go ahead and plan to drive to this location.

As a reminder, this is where Max takes a “shortcut” and ends up being bullied in the cemetery.

This cemetery was probably one of the most beautiful locations we saw on the Hocus Pocus Salem MA tour we took.

So don’t skip this stop if you can get out there!

Taking an Uber or Lyft wouldn’t cost too much and it’s worth the extra location.

Hocus Pocus Salem Tour Map

This simple Hocus Pocus Tour map lays out the general direction you might want to take.

As you can see, the last two stops are a distance from each other, so go ahead and call that Uber to Old Burial Hill!

Map hocus pocus tour salem

Are There More Salem Filming Locations In Hocus Pocus 2?

We’re predicting that Disney’s blockbuster movie Hocus Pocus 2 will become a cult classic just like the original Hocus Pocus.

So will we be adding more stops to the Salem Hocus Pocus movie tour?

Unfortunately no.

The majority of the movie was filmed in Rhode Island this time around. But Disney has confirmed that a Hocus Pocus 3 is in the works, so we’ll update if they make Salem, MA a filming location.

Be sure to check out the Hocus Pocus 2 parents guide, along with the best Hocus Pocus 2 memes and Hocus Pocus 2 quotes!

max allison dani from hocus pocus 1993

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