27 Hocus Pocus Trivia Questions

Welcome, fellow witches, warlocks, and mortals alike, to a bewitching journey into the world of Hocus Pocus! 

As one of the most beloved Halloween classics, this film has enchanted audiences for decades with its whimsical charm, comedic antics, and a touch of spooky magic. 

Now, prepare your broomsticks and gather ’round as we delve into a spellbinding array of trivia questions that will put your knowledge of Hocus Pocus to the test!

Hocus Pocus Trivia Questions

  1. In “Hocus Pocus,” what is the full name of the character played by Bette Midler, and how does it relate to historical witch trials?

  2. What specific spell do the Sanderson sisters cast to regain their youth, and on whom is it first demonstrated in the film?

  3. Can you name the fictional Massachusetts town where “Hocus Pocus” is set and its significance in real-world history?

  4. What is the exact phrase Max Dennison uses to inadvertently resurrect the Sanderson sisters, and at what specific time does this occur on Halloween night?

  5. Detail the full process and ingredients for the potion the Sanderson sisters brew to suck the life force out of children. Which ingredient is emphasized as most crucial?

  6. Identify the ancient book’s unique feature belonging to the Sanderson sisters, including its origin and the material used for its creation.

  7. How does Thackery Binx become a black cat, and what specific curse is placed upon him by the Sanderson sisters?

  8. What song does Winifred Sanderson perform at the Halloween party, and what is its effect on the adults in attendance?

  9. Who is Billy Butcherson, and what is his relationship to the Sanderson sisters both before and after his resurrection?

  10. Describe the series of events leading to the Sanderson sisters’ final demise and the specific actions taken by Max, Dani, and Allison to defeat them.

  11. What is the name of the high school that Max and Dani Dennison attend in “Hocus Pocus,” and how does it play into the climax of the film?

  12. Describe the historical context provided in the film regarding the Sanderson sisters’ execution. What year did it take place, and under what circumstances were they hanged?

  13. What is the specific ingredient Max adds to the potion to spoil it when the Sanderson sisters try to force him to make it, and what is its effect?

  14. How does the character of Ice get his nickname, and what is his real name as mentioned in the film?

  15. What significant change does Max Dennison’s character undergo from the beginning to the end of “Hocus Pocus,” and how does it reflect his personal growth?

  16. Identify the protective talisman that plays a crucial role in the film’s plot and describe its origin and powers as explained in the movie.

  17. What is the name of the actress who plays Allison, Max’s love interest, and how does her character contribute to defeating the Sanderson sisters?

  18. In what year was “Hocus Pocus” originally released, and who directed the film?

  19. What beloved pet does Dani Dennison have, and how does it play into the plot concerning her relationship with Thackery Binx?

  20. Describe the role of the zombie, Billy Butcherson, in the film’s final battle against the Sanderson sisters.

  21. What does Thackery Binx promise to his sister Emily before the Sanderson sisters abduct her, and how does this promise affect his actions throughout the film?

  22. How do the Sanderson sisters ultimately find out where the Dennison siblings are hiding after they initially escape with the spellbook?

  23. What specific historical figure is mentioned in the movie as having cursed the Sanderson sisters’ spellbook, making it indestructible?

  24. What is the significance of the “Black Flame Candle” and the conditions under which it can resurrect the Sanderson sisters?

  25. How does Max Dennison’s skepticism of the supernatural get challenged and changed over the course of the movie?

  26. What is the “Daylight Savings Time” trick played by Max, Dani, and Allison, and how does it temporarily foil the Sanderson sisters?

  27. What is the sequence of events that lead to the Sanderson sisters’ being able to fly, including the specific modern twist that updates their traditional broomsticks?


  1. Bette Midler plays Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson. Her character loosely relates to the historical witch trials through the film’s portrayal of witchcraft and execution, resembling the Salem witch trials’ fear and hysteria.

  2. The Sanderson sisters cast a “Life Force Sucking” spell, first demonstrated on Emily Binx to regain their youth.

  3. The fictional Massachusetts town is Salem, significant in real-world history for the Salem witch trials of 1692.

  4. Max Dennison uses the phrase “I summon thee” while lighting the Black Flame Candle; this occurs exactly at the stroke of midnight.

  5. The potion requires a dead man’s toe, a newt’s saliva, a dash of pox, and a piece of thine own tongue, among other ingredients. The dead man’s toe is emphasized as the most crucial ingredient.

  6. The Sanderson sisters’ ancient book, known as the “Manual of Witchcraft and Alchemy,” has a unique feature: it is bound in human skin and can blink its eye. Its origin is not detailed in the film, but its creation from human skin hints at dark magic.

  7. Thackery Binx is turned into a black cat by the Sanderson sisters as punishment for attempting to thwart their plans, cursed with immortality to live forever with his guilt.

  8. Winifred Sanderson performs “I Put a Spell on You” at the Halloween party, which hypnotizes the adults into dancing until dawn.

  9. Billy Butcherson is Winifred’s ex-lover, whom she killed because he cheated on her with her sister Sarah. After his resurrection, he initially seeks revenge but ultimately aids Max, Dani, and Allison.

  10. The Sanderson sisters’ demise is triggered by their failure to suck the life force out of enough children before sunrise. Max, Dani, and Allison disrupt their spellcasting, leading to their disintegration as the first light of dawn strikes.

  11. They attend Jacob Bailey High School, which becomes the setting for the climax when Max uses the school’s public address system to trick the witches.

  12. The Sanderson sisters were executed in 1693 for practicing witchcraft and bewitching children. They were hanged after being sentenced by the townspeople of Salem.

  13. Max adds salt to the potion, intending to corrupt it. Salt is traditionally believed to ward off witches.

  14. His nickname, “Ice,” is derived from the word “ice” shaved into the back of his head. His real name is Ernie.

  15. Max undergoes a transformation from a skeptic who disdains Halloween to a brave hero who fights to save his sister and defeat the witches, reflecting his personal growth and acceptance of responsibility.

  16. The protective talisman is Winifred Sanderson’s spellbook, which has a magical eye. It is said to be protected by magic from all forms of damage and contains the recipes for their most powerful spells.

  17. Thora Birch plays Dani Dennison. Allison’s knowledge of the Sanderson sisters and her quick thinking are crucial in helping to thwart the witches’ plans.

  18. “Hocus Pocus” was released in 1993 and directed by Kenny Ortega.

  19. Dani does not have a pet in the traditional sense, but her bond with Thackery Binx, who is a cursed black cat, plays into her caring nature and the theme of loyalty throughout the film.

  20. Billy Butcherson, initially summoned to chase the children, ends up helping them against the Sanderson sisters in the final battle, showing his true allegiance.

  21. Thackery promises to protect Emily from harm, a promise that turns into a centuries-long mission to prevent the witches from harming other children.

  22. The Sanderson sisters use a spell to track down Max, Dani, and Allison after they overhear a police officer (who they don’t realize is a human and not an ally) mention the children’s plan.

  23. The historical figure mentioned is not explicitly named in the movie, but the book is implied to be cursed with protection spells that make it indestructible.

  24. The “Black Flame Candle” is made from the fat of a hanged man and can only resurrect the witches if lit by a virgin on Halloween night under the full moon.

  25. Max’s skepticism is challenged as he directly experiences the supernatural events caused by the Sanderson sisters, leading him to believe in the existence of magic and witchcraft.

  26. The “Daylight Savings Time” trick involves Max, Dani, and Allison pretending the sunrise is happening an hour early, using the headlights of a car to simulate sunlight, which scares the witches temporarily.

  27. The sisters initially lose their broomsticks to children trick-or-treating. They improvise with modern equivalents: Winifred takes a broom, Sarah rides a mop, and Mary uses a vacuum cleaner, adding a humorous twist to their traditional flying methods.

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