It’s Halloween season, and so Hocus Pocus fans are ready to stream the holiday classic, but where is the film available, and for how much? Here’s everything you need to know about where to watch Hocus Pocus, a 1993 comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. Hocus Pocus focuses on three witches who are brought to life on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. While trying to adjust to modern life, they also plan to consume the souls of local children. The story premise was partially conceived by David Kirschner, who is best known for producing the original Child’s Play films.
Directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), Hocus Pocus features witch performances by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson sisters. Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw have supporting roles. In October 2019, after years of speculation, a Hocus Pocus sequel was announced and will be available to stream at Disney+, and with the original stars reprising their roles. As for Halloween 2019, though, Disney+ is still a few weeks away from its November 2019 launch date - so it's a no-go for the original Hocus Pocus (which will be available on the service). Fans will have to look elsewhere for Halloween Hocus Pocus streaming.
While Hocus Pocus wasn’t a critical or commercial success upon its initial release, the film has become regarded as a cult classic over the years. Now that so many people are streaming movies at home during Halloween, it’s not hard to find Hocus Pocus online - or is it?
Hocus Pocus Isn't Streaming On Netflix, Prime, Or Hulu
Unfortunately, Hocus Pocus is not available to stream traditionally through Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even Shudder subscriptions. And it’s unsurprisingly not part of the current lineup at the Criterion Channel, either. A new streaming service like Tubi features a strong collection of movie titles, but doesn’t have the Halloween classic that is Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus isn't directly available on Hulu either, but subscribers can watch it.
Where You Can Watch Hocus Pocus
If you are a subscriber, then Hulu will re-direct Hocus Pocus enthusiasts to the live television feature, as the film is available through Freeform (formerly ABC Family). For those with a traditional cable account, Hocus Pocus can be streamed directly through the Freeform website or mobile app. Over the years, Ortega’s film has usually been available on the same platform, much like A Christmas Story has traditionally aired on Turner Broadcasting channels during the holiday season.
Where You Can Stream Hocus Pocus Online
If you don’t have Hulu or Freeform, don’t worry. Hocus Pocus is available to stream/rent through Vudu and FandangoNOW for $2.99 (SD) or $3.99 (HD). It’s also available to stream/rent via YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, so you can definitely find some way of watching it online this Halloween.