Hocus Pocus kids look unrecognisable as they reunite for cult film's 25th anniversary

THE child actors from Hocus Pocus look unrecognisable nearly 30 years after the film premiered.

The hit film was first released in 1993, and featured a great child cast alongside all-star Sanderson sisters cast, which included Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Pictures show how former child stars – including Dani, Max and Allison – all grown up 28 years later.

The plot of the film centres on the Sanderson Sisters returning from the dead 300 years after being hanged for witchcraft.

Their comeback to life is thanks to the combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of teenager Max.

The sisters then have just one night to secure their continuing existence and all they need to do is sacrifice the lives of local children.

See what the cast look like today, as many of the cast have kept acting in TV series and films…

Thora Birch

Dani was famously played by Thora Birch, now 38,  who went on to have a hugely success career starring in American Beauty.

In the cult movie she played Max Dennison’s spoiled eight-year-old little sister.

Recently, she appeared in the TV series The Walking Dead.

She revealed in 2018 that she married Michael Benton Adler.

Omri Katz

Max, played by Omri Katz, was a teenager originally from LA who moves to Salem with his family.

He is responsible for bringing back the Sanderson sisters 300 years later on Halloween night.

Now 44, the former actor has led a quiet life in recent years.

Before Hocus Pocus, he made a name for himself as he played John Ross Ewing in the TV series Dallas, from 1983 to 1991.

He acted in a handful of TV series following Hocus Pocus – and after 2002, took a break from the screen.

In 2018, he appeared in an episode of the TV series Childhood Thoughts – but he's not had any more credits since.

Vinessa Shaw

Max's girlfriend Allison Watts, was played by Vinessa Shaw, now 44.

Allison is a is a wealthy native Salem resident, who forms a close bond with Dani.

Shaw has kept busy acting in recent years.

Some of her most notable film credits include Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007).

In 2017, Shaw and husband Kristopher Gifford tied the knot.

The duo have one son together, who was born in 2018.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker, now 55, played the witch Sarah in the beloved movie.

She's gone on to have a fruitful acting career – appearing in a mix of TV series and movies.

One of her most famous roles includes Carrie Bradshaw in the hit Sex and the City franchise.

In 1997, she tied the knot with actor Matthew Broderick.

The duo have three children together, a son age 18, and twin daughters age 11.

Sarah is set to appear in the spinoff series And Just Like That, which checks in on the SATC cast more than a decade after the series ended.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler, 75, was already a famed actress when she starred as Winifred in Hocus Pocus.

She's continued acting in a range of TV series and movies over the years.

Recently, she's appeared in the series The Politician (2019-2020), The Glorias (2020) and voiced Grandma in The Addams Family (2019).

Midler's come under fire for some of her tweets – including one where she mocked former First Lady Melania Trump.

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy, 64, played Mary in the 1993 Halloween favorite movie.

Over the years, she's kept acting in various TV series and movies.

Recently, she appeared as Millie's Mom in the movie Dumplin' (2018), and as Mayor Jen in the TV series Duncanville.

She and husband Dan Finnerty wed in 1998.

The duo have one daughters together, age 24.


The trio of kids posed up with the film’s director Kenny Ortega – showing just how different they look these days in a reunion 25 years after the film.

“We had a good time making it, and I feel that energy of what was present when we were making it is evident in the movie. You can see everyone’s having a good time. It’s there. It lives underneath the dialogue and underneath the music.”

Speaking about the film, Kenny said: “It’s a fun movie that just takes you away and there’s just magic there.

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