Halloween is coming early this year. September 30 sees the Disney+ premiere of Hocus Pocus 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 box office disappointment-turned-annual tradition. And the Sanderson Sisters appear to be in fine form in the just-released first trailer for the film, which reunites Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as their witchy alter egos. (Watch the trailer above.)
Set nearly three decades after the events of the original film, Hocus Pocus 2 follows a new generation of high school students who accidentally summon Salem's premiere 17th-century troublemakers. Best friends Becca, Cassie and Izzy (played by Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckinghman and Belissa Escobedo respectively) are the trio who inadvertently summon the Sanderson siblings, and then have to prevent them from once again wreaking havoc on the town. "Lock up your children!" announces Midler's lead sister, Winifred. "Yes, Salem ... we're back!"
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment two years ago, The Rose star called the first Hocus Pocus "one of the most fun experiences I ever had," which made the idea of signing on for a sequel a no-brainer. And Midler also teased that Hocus Pocus 2 would feature a new variation on the showstopping sequence from the original movie, where Winifred brings the house down with her rendition of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins standard, "I Put a Spell on You."
"[He] made the song immortal; I just cribbed it," Midler said at the time, adding that she wasn't sure what song Winifred would slay this time around. The Hocus Pocus 2 trailer confirms that she'll be warming up her pipes again, though. At the end of the teaser, a Salem resident warmly greets the sisters and says, "I bet you're looking for the stage." With a sly grin, Winifred replies, "Always."
On Twitter, fans are ready to summon Hocus Pocus 2 into their lives in September, especially as it'll help distract from the real perils happening in the world right now.
I'm not crying YOU'RE CRYING
They're back September 30 al fin 😍🖤🖤🖤🖤
Been waiting for this almost 30 years#hocuspocus2 #HocusPocus pic.twitter.com/Hl45ofns4h
— LalaMunster (@QueenLalah) June 28, 2022
I may not have rights but at least Hocus Pocus 2 is coming out in September
— Jas Jose (@jasjose96) June 28, 2022
Hocus Pocus 2 trailer making me emotional at 10am? Confirmed.
— Marshal Knight (@Marshal_Knight) June 28, 2022
The world is shitty and on fire… but at least we get Hocus Pocus 2?? 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/ShQfRhkLKo
— Stephanie Hicks (@snarkystephy) June 28, 2022
— A̶J̶ ̶S̶c̶h̶m̶i̶t̶z̶ (@Dr_AJknowsaword) June 28, 2022
Hocus Pocus 2 premieres Sept. 30 on Disney+