Disney Plus: 10 best 90s movies to stream now

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7. Hocus Pocus

Ever since we first met the Sanderson sisters in 1993’s Hocus Pocus, Halloween hasn’t been the same, and Disney Plus is the perfect place to become reacquainted with them.

What it’s about: In short, Hocus Pocus is about a group of kids (and one semi-immortal cat, who was once a teenaged boy himself) having the adventure of their lives on Halloween night. By now, though, we all know it’s so, so much more than that.

Max Dennison is the new kid in Salem, Massachusetts, and he’s unlucky enough to have made the move from Los Angeles to the town of witchy legend just in time for Halloween. He’s bullied by his classmates, to the point where he even has to give up his shoes; and he’s stuck spending his night taking his little sister Dani trick-or-treating.

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The problem is, rather than just getting some candy and going home, Max decides to prove how much bigger he is than the local town legend by lighting the Black Flame Candle. He doesn’t believe that this will resurrect some nasty witches from 1693. But. Well. It turns out the old tale was 100% accurate: The Sanderson witches, who get their power from luring children to their home with songs and then sucking out their souls, come back to life. And after 300 years, they’re ready to take over the town.

Why you should watch it on Disney Plus: I can not begin to explain how important Hocus Pocus is for ’90s kids (and quite a few kids that came after). There’s a real message about the bond between siblings, a chance for kids to watch a movie about Halloween that isn’t all fluff and getting candy without it being too scary, a chance for the outsider to become the hero, and just a beautiful tale of how we can live with our guilt and let it destroy us for too long or accept it and move on (to the afterlife, in Thackery Binx’s case).

Oh, and you get to see Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as singing witches. They’re simultaneously hilarious and a little terrifying. (But again, not too terrifying since Hocus Pocus is technically a kids’ movie.)

Disney Plus is also working on a sequel, which we’re really hoping is a pleasant add-on instead of something that destroys our childhoods.