The wonderfully witchy Hocus Pocus Houses & filming locations for the new movie

With a new Hocus Pocus movie taking this spookseason by storm, we couldn't think of a better time to take a look back at the original Hocus Pocus house, plus a few filming locations for the much-awaited sequel.

Jenny Schafer
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Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in Disney's live-action HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Abracadabra and bibbidi-bobbidi- boo, the Sanderson sisters are coming back to entertain me and you.

Starring Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, Hocus Pocus 2 is hitting Disney+ this fall, nearly three decades after the first one was released.

The much-anticipated sequel to the popular 1993 film has us eagerly embracing our inner witch vibes.

In celebration, we’re dishing out the details of the Hocus Pocus houses — from their locations to their visitation policies. Continue reading all about the wonderfully witchy homes of Hocus Pocus.

A throwback to the original movie that bewitched us all

The classic Halloween film that started it all was released almost three decades ago.

Has your memory bewitched you? No worries, here’s a quick recap.

In the original 1993 Hocus Pocus movie, the Sanderson sisters — Winnie, Mary, and Sarah — come back to life on Halloween night after their deaths in 17th-century Salem, Mass. Alive again, the Sandersons try everything in their power to stay immortal. 

At the beginning of the classic ’90s film, viewers get a glimpse of the 17th-century Salem witch trials.

Filming for the Sanderson house and the hanging took place in Salem’s Pioneer Village, a museum built in 1930 which mimics the colonial architecture of thatched roof cottages and wigwams of the 1600s.

The Sanderson sisters' house in Hocus Pocus (1993).
The Sanderson sisters’ house in Hocus Pocus (1993). Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Here is where we first meet the Sanderson sisters in their witchy house, before the townspeople come knocking on their door to hang them.

Can you visit it?

Indeed, all witchy fans are welcome!

Since Salem’s Pioneer Village is a museum, visitors are encouraged to explore.

According to the Wikipedia page, “The village allows visitors to gain an appreciation for the spirit of these English settlers by imagining their lives.” 

And to plan your trip, visit the official website of the historic museum.

Where is the original Hocus Pocus house?

In the original Hocus Pocus film, Allison’s house takes center stage. And you’ll be happy to learn it’s not a fake movie setting but rather a real house that’s located at 318 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

Alison's house in Hocus Pocus, decorated for Halloween
Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus (1993). Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Known as the Ropes Mansion, the historic structure was built back in the 18th century (1727), and has served as home to three generations of the Ropes family, after being purchased by Judge Nathaniel Ropes, Jr. in 1768.

Initially built in the Georgian style, Allison’s Hocus Pocus house was later renovated in 1894 in the Colonial Revival style, and later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It is now owned by the Peabody Essex Museum and is free to visit.

Located in Salem’s McIntire Historic District, visitors can tour the interior of the famous mansion and the property’s beautifully maintained gardens.

As for Max’s house where he and Allison foolishly explored the Sanderson sisters’ spell book, that home is actually located at 4 Ocean Avenue, also in Salem.

Max's house in Hocus Pocus (1993)
Max’s house in Hocus Pocus (1993). Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures

According to Zillow, the house was built in 1870 and is currently estimated to be worth over $553,000.

Although the house is privately owned, hardcore fans have been known to take a photo or two in front of the boo-tiful abode.

Although perfectly tidy, you’re welcome to bring your brooms to the spooktacular homes featured in Hocus Pocus.

Where was Hocus Pocus 2 filmed?

In keeping up with the Sandersons, we were able to locate their current whereabouts — which are nowhere near Salem this time around.

As opposed to the original movie, which was shot almost entirely in Salem, Massachusetts, the Hocus Pocus sequel was filmed in Rhode Island.

(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+.
(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.

According to The Providence Journal, residents of Rhode Island welcomed the infamous witches to town.

In December 2021, the locals were warned about the upcoming out-of-season Halloween decor that would hit the town due to the film’s crews.

Most of the filming took place on the blocks between Sutton Street and De Pasquale Square in Providence, RI

Fun fact: even Walgreens got into the spooky spirit. The store’s windows posted “Walgreens welcomes you to Historic Salem” and even had advertisements for the “SalemFive Bank.”

And according to IMDb, film crews were also busy at work in Newport and Lincoln, RI. 

We cannot wait to see those famous colonial-era witches hit current-day Salem/ Rhode Island!

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Jenny Schafer is the former senior editor of a high-profile celebrity blog she ran for 10+ years. A proud mom-of-three and resident of Vancouver, B.C., Jenny writes with a keen social consciousness and passion to keep things positive. She has been interviewed by various news sources such as CNN, Zimbio, Mom Spark and was a regular contributor for HerSay.