‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Review: Still Spelling Trouble

The 1993 Disney movie “Hocus Pocus” is the story of three witch sisters who were executed in Salem in 1693 and returned to create havoc 300 years later on Halloween.

Nearly 30 years later, “Hocus Pocus 2” should make fans of all generations happy, paying tribute to the original and adding some gentle updating and some welcome diversity, subtracting some violence. 

Disney hit just the right spot between spooky and silly, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a sort of witchy Three Stooges.

 “The Shape of Water” and Abe in “Hellboy,” as the hapless zombie Billy Butcherson.

The first movie was about the relationships between brothers and sisters (with a little teen romance); this one is about friendship.

After an aerial opening shot referring back to the original "Hocus Pocus," we see the Sanderson sisters as young girls.

And so, the Sandersons return on Halloween night, as costumed partygoers and trick-or-treaters are out celebrating, led by the town’s jolly mayor, who is also Cassie’s very strict father. 

“Hocus Pocus 2” gets that just right.

It is not a spoiler to say that smart, brave, and loyal teenagers get more comic treats than tricks.