If You’re Visiting Salem You Must Stop By These ‘Hocus Pocus’ Filming Locations
When Hocus Pocus was released in July 1993, no one thought it would become a cult classic. That’s exactly what happened though. Each October kids young and old visit with the Sanderson sisters and the three 20th century kids who attempt to keep them at bay. If you are a massive fan of the film, you are in luck. Much of the movie was filmed on location, and several spots around Salem will transport you right into the film.
The opening scene utilized a living museum right in Salem
The opening scene of Hocus Pocus takes viewers way back in history. To ensure historical accuracy, the production crew filmed the opening scene of the film at Pioneer Village, a living history museum located in Forest River Park. The living museum transports visitors back to the 17 century.
Fans visiting the location in October, however, will be out of luck. Tours are only offered from June through September, according to Salem’s official website. While Pioneer Village isn’t open for tours in October, you’ll still be able to stake out the area, and Forest River Park, as a whole, is an easily recognizable location.
Ropes Mansion served as Allison’s house
Ropes Mansion and Gardens is a museum that is open to the public, but back in the 1990s, it served as Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus. The exterior of the mansion is easily recognizable in the film when Max shows up to trick or treat with Dani.
Located at 318 Essex Street, the gardens are open to the public year-round, but you might be shocked to find out that nothing spooky is happening on the property. The photo opportunity is worth a visit, though.
Max and Dani’s house is a private residence
Maxi and Dani’s house was a significant location for Hocus Pocus, but fans hoping to check out the place are going to be disappointed. The home, which was built in the 1870s, according to USA Today is owned by private citizens.
The address is readily available online, and plenty of fans have managed to grab a photo op outside of the house. The exterior of the home is the most recognizable feature from the film, anyway. Because private citizens currently own the home it’s best to be respectful. Take a quick snapshot if you must then move on.
Old Burial Hill was the site of a little bullying
Hocus Pocus is about more than just the supernatural. Max isn’t particularly thrilled to be in his new home, and the kids at school aren’t all that welcoming either. On his way home, Max encounters a couple of bullies. The scene was shot at Old Burial Hill, which is located in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The cemetery dates back centuries and even includes a memorial for one of the victim’s of the Salem Witch Trials. During a walkthrough, you’ll encounter gravestones from as far back as the 1700s. It’s free to enter the ceremony during the day, but it’s best to steer clear of the area in the evening.