There was a book sequel to Hocus Pocus released in 2018

Ian Sandwell
·2-min read
Photo credit: @bettemidler - Instagram
Photo credit: @bettemidler - Instagram

Hocus Pocus fans are rightly getting excited for the planned Disney+ sequel that's set to bring back the original Sanderson sisters.

However, not all fans would have known that Hocus Pocus has already had a sequel from Disney. Don't worry, you didn't miss it as it wasn't released on the big screen – it was on the page instead.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel was released in July 2018, written by AW Jantha and illustrated by Matt Griffin. It included a novelisation of the original movie and a follow-up story that picked up 25 years later.

It turns out that Max and Allison (played by Omri Katz and Vinessa Shaw in the original movie) got married after Hocus Pocus and are still together more than two decades later.

They've even got a 17-year-old daughter named Poppy, an aspiring photographer who isn't a big fan of Halloween. Even more shockingly, Poppy just doesn't believe her parents' story about what happened to them at Halloween 25 years ago.

Poppy's best friend Travis knows about her family history involving the Sanderson sisters, but like her, he doesn't believe in evil witch covens and ghosts. (The fool.)

But when Poppy and Travis become friends with Isabella, the most popular girl at their school, and Poppy develops a serious crush on Isabella, she decides to tell Isabella about the Sanderson sisters – and Isabella is very interested in the witch trio.

Photo credit: Buena Vista Pictures - Disney
Photo credit: Buena Vista Pictures - Disney

Watch Hocus Pocus on Disney+

In order to impress her crush (you might say Isabella put a spell on her...), Poppy sneaks into the Sanderson house during a blood moon, accidentally bringing the sisters back to life. Whoops.

Poppy, along with Travis and Isabella's help, soon faces a fight to save her family and all of Salem from the sisters' latest scheme.

We won't spoil how things pan out, but the book sequel sticks pretty closely to the original movie and features plenty of nods and returning characters for fans to enjoy. With an unknown release date for the movie sequel, this might be just the Halloween treat for you.

As far as we know, the movie sequel isn't set to be an adaptation of the book, so there's an added bonus of not spoiling anything for you when the movie sequel does finally arrive.

Now, where's our broomstick?

Hocus Pocus is available to watch on Disney+.

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