For almost 30 years, audiences of all ages have been under the spell of the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. Now that they are returned, the Sanderson Sisters intend to “suck the lives out of all the youngsters of Salem.”

Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) are still played by the same actors, even though Hocus Pocus 2 adds a lot of new characters who try to stop the witches from doing what they want to do.

Fans of the original Hocus Pocus from 1993 will definitely remember the costumes the witches wore in Hocus Pocus 2 when they watch the new Disney Plus movie.

In an interview with Distractify, costume designer Salvador Perez Jr. talked about recreating these classic outfits, what he changed, and Easter eggs that even die-hard Hocus Pocus fans might have missed.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ costume designer shares film easter eggs filled with nostalgia.

Salvador’s initial reaction to receiving the invitation to recreate the looks for Hocus Pocus 2 was “total excitement,” which quickly changed to “absolute horror.”

“They’re iconic, [Mary Vogt] created something that she sort of did on a whim, this little silly movie 30 years ago is now one of the most iconic films in the world. So, there was a moment of terror,” he told us.

Salvador explained that while the silhouette and colors of the three witches’ costumes had to remain the same, he was able to improve the details through the use of “new interesting fabrics and different techniques.”

Salvador, for example, saw that the first coats were printed and decided to embroider the cloaks for the second movie.

He explained, pointing out details of metallic thread and crystals that were woven into a pattern that resembled spider webs, that “Sarah’s garments were hand embroidered. Keep in mind that Sarah Sanderson enjoys eating spiders.

Rings made in the Magi’s alphabet are found on Mary’s corset.

“It’s a Wiccan language. It says fire, water, earth, and air,” Salvador said. “I wanted everything to sort of have Wiccan folklore to it.” He added, “I wanted the symbols on Winnie’s [costume] to sort of be part of the Wiccan language.”

The costume designer for “Hocus Pocus 2” also talked about where the idea for Mother Witch came from

Hocus Pocus 2 finally introduces viewers to Mother Witch, who was only mentioned in the original movie. Salvador said that the Sanderson Sisters’ clothes are similar because they probably took their style cues from the older witch, who was “possibly medieval.”

“We wanted her to stand out from the three witches because their colors are iconic,” he explained, noting that the team went with red.

“We brought that to her cape, which, ironically, is the same-color red as Dani’s costume for the original movie,” he continued. “The fans immediately picked up on that. I mean, they really look at the details and you can’t hide anything from the fans.”

Another nostalgic Easter egg from the film? “Cassie’s outfit is a combination of Max’s tie-dye shirt and Allison’s cardigan [from the original movie],” Salvador noted.

While Hocus Pocus 2 maintains the original movie’s magic, certain improvements were added, such as the addition of a Swiffer WetJet, the 21st century’s flying machine. So if you’re dressing up as these well-known sisters, Salvador advises that you keep to the color scheme, put together “your interpretation” of the Sanderson Sisters, and perhaps “go into the closet and bring out a Swiffer WetJet,” he said. “There it is, your aircraft.”

Disney Plus now has Hocus Pocus 2 available for streaming.


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