Quick Hocus Pocus Filming Locations To Visit in Salem, Massachusetts





Is there a season better than fall? No. The answer to that question is no. At least in my little world. 😉

Every year when fall comes around, I light the pumpkin-scented candles, drink mug after mug of hot coffee with the perfect hazelnut creamer, and cozy up under fluffy blankets to watch some of my favorite fall films.

The fall film to end all fall films? For me, it’s Hocus Pocus

I love that movie more than I probably should and have for as long as I can remember. So when our family traveled to Salem, Massachusetts this summer, I couldn’t resist checking out some filming locations from the movie. (Okay, so there’s a slight chance that the whole reason we were visiting Salem in the first place was to visit these filming locations, but I’m not ready to own up to that one QUITE yet. At least not in a public forum such as this.)

 




 

Quick Hocus Pocus Filming Locations to Visit in Salem, Massachusetts

One of the reasons that Hocus Pocus feels so fall-like is the classic New England setting, which was achieved by actually filming in the historic witch trial town of Salem. There are four locations right around downtown Salem that are quick, easy stops that every fan of this film will love seeing.

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1. Max and Dani’s House

Hocus Pocus filming locations in Salem ma

This was, hands down, the location that I was most looking forward to visiting, and it did not disappoint. Although it’s a quick little drive from the heart of town, the house looks exactly like it does in the movie, and is located right in front of the gorgeous Salem waterfront.

And because it’s on a quiet street with lots of free parking, it’s an easy stop to snap some photos.

However, please keep in mind that this house is on a residential street, which means this house and all of those around it are people’s homes. Make sure you stay on public property (aka the street and the sidewalk) when stopping by and taking pictures. Don’t go on the porch. Don’t knock on the door. If you find your voices reaching Sanderson-Sister-esq volume due to sheer excitement, take it down a notch or two. 😉 Courteous and respectful, loves.

Hocus Pocus house in Salem massachusetts

Real Life Address:

4 Ocean Avenue

Salem, MA

 

 

2. Halloween Party at Old Town Hall

Hocus Pocus filming salem

Old Town Hall is a historic Salem building in itself, but Hocus Pocus fans will probably know it best as the location of the “I Put a Spell On You” Halloween Party where all of the town parents were placed under a spell by the Sanderson Sisters.

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There are lots of little shops right in this area, and a large courtyard with tables and chairs, making it a great spot to relax in if you’re exploring town. My girls and I were able to share some ice cream while taking in this spot.

Visit hocus pocus locations

Real Life Address:

32 Derby Square

Salam, MA

 

 

3. Allison’s House

Filming location for hocus Pocus in salem

This massive mansion where Max and Dani stopped in for some trick-or-treating is the Ropes Mansion in real life. Because it’s a museum and not a private home, you can actually walk up the path and sit on the steps for a photo (which we SO did)—a rare treat for a house used in a movie.

Visit hocus Pocus filming location in massachusetts

It’s also right next door to the historic Witch House, which you’ll definitely want to stop and see while you’re there. We had to break out our best tips for taking badass travel photos of kids for this one because these two were having a MORNING when we were there, y’all.

Witch house Salem hocus pocus

Real Life Address:

318 Essex Street

Salem, MA

 

 

 

4. John Bailey High School

This “‘Tis a prison, for children!” school (actually Phillips Elementary School in real life) is located down the street from Allison’s House, right in the heart of town. The park across the street (Salem Commons) was also seen in the film in the scene where Allison returns Max’s phone number.

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Real Life Address:

86 Essex Street

Salem, MA

 




 

BONUS: Some Not-As-Quick Hocus Pocus Filming Locations in Massachusetts (In Case You Have Time)

The Hocus Pocus filming locations listed above were the ones that we visited because they were super quick, in-town, and completely free to see. If you’re willing to spend a little money, you can also visit Thackery’s Village from the opening scene (located in Salem Pioneer Village). If you have a little extra driving time, you can head over to Marblehead to see the cemetery that was used for the daytime scenes were Max is confronted by the bullies. (The nighttime cemetery scenes were shot on set in Los Angeles, so unfortunately you can’t visit those. I know. I was completely heartbroken, too.)

  1. Thackery’s Village (Salem Pioneer Village; 98 West Avenue, Salem MA)
  2. Daytime Cemetery  (located here in the neighboring town of Marblehead, MA)

 

If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan and you every find yourself in Salem…do not miss out on seeing a few of these spots. I was geeking out completely for weeks after seeing them. 😉





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27 Comments

  • Reply Mamabasic

    Salem looks amazing! The designs of the houses are incredible! Love this post and your pictures are SO good. Are you allowed to enter the museum?

    July 14, 2017 at 4:47 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Yep! You can go inside whenever tours are offered (although the inside of the mansion is not the interior you see in Hocus Pocus. That was shot at a different house in Los Angeles.) There is also a beautiful public garden behind it that is breathtaking.

      July 14, 2017 at 5:16 am
  • Reply Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups

    What a wonderful guide! I love Hocus Pocus and have always wanted to visit Salem!

    July 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Hewitt

    wow, it looks amazing here, I’d loved to visit one day

    July 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Kerri

    Hocus Pocus is such a fun movie I bet you had a great time visiting some of the locations. Thanks for laying it out with an easy way to find the spots.

    July 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    What a fun post and adventure. my hubby wants to go to NewZealand and see the locations of the Hobbit movie. 🙂 I have not seen Hocus Pocus but the houses look creepy and old in a good way!

    July 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Pam

    Salem looks like a fun place to visit! Next time we can make it up there, I’ll definitely keep these sites in mind. We loved the Hocus Pocus movie!!

    July 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Cummings

    I’d forgotten about hocus pocus! I used to love that film but i can’t remember the last time i saw it. All these houses are beautiful. I’d love to see them in real life x

    July 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Nayantara

    I havent seen Hocus Pocus but your post here makes me want to see it. The houses have such charm. I love movies set in real backdrops.

    July 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Holly

    I really love that movie. I’ve never really been to places where movies are filmed. I do like to travel when I get the chance.

    July 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      It’s a fun little way to put a twist on your vacation, for sure. 🙂

      July 17, 2017 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Chrissyadventures

    Oh wow! I love the Hocus Pocus movie to. I didn’t know where these locations were. I’m going to bookmark your page so that I can refer back to it in the event that we ever make it to Massachusetts. I haven’t added that stay to my bucket list yet but I just might!

    July 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Isn’t it cool that you can see them in real life?! Definitely go if you ever get the chance. 🙂

      July 17, 2017 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Victoria

    I’ve always wanted to visit Salem. I can’t remember the last time I saw Hocus Pocus but if I make it to Salem this fall your location list will be really handy!

    July 17, 2017 at 1:40 am
    • Reply Kaity

      It’s SO worth the visit if you ever get the chance to go. 🙂

      July 17, 2017 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    Can you believe that I’ve never seen Hocus Pocus?! Although this house does look really familiar and I have no idea why x

    July 17, 2017 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Kaity

      The houses are absolutely lovely, even without seeing the movie. Although I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun little fall flick. 🙂

      July 17, 2017 at 11:18 am
  • Reply krystal

    A girl after my own heart! I am obsessed with this movie and always wanted to wander around where it was filmed. So much fun!

    July 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    I’ve always wanted to go to Salem! This looks like it would so much fun! I love anything to do with entertainment!

    July 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Toughcookiemommy

    There is so much mystical witch history in this American location. I love that they chose such a historical place to add authenticity to their story.

    July 18, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Glenda

    Wow so great to see where Hocus Pocus was filmed. Salem, Massachusetts looks like a great place to visit.

    July 18, 2017 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Colleen Savoie

    The best time of year to visit Salem is in October when they do a whole month called Haunted Happenjngs. It is the ideal place to visit if you love history and fall in New England. I love that I live only 45 minutes away

    August 10, 2017 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Erica

    Was the Sanderson sisters home an actual place or a set do you know?

    August 11, 2017 at 1:02 am
    • Reply Kaity

      I believe that was a set. They used Salem Pioneers Village for the opening scene, but the house isn’t part of the village. Almost anything featuring the witches was shot in Los Angeles or on a set, to my knowledge (such as the nighttime graveyard scene being on a set, and the trick-or-treating scene/Satan’s house being in Los Angeles).

      August 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Karen Saavedra

    I have always wanted to visit Salem and now I have a few more “to dos” to add to the list! Thanks for the info! Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite films, and the classroom scene at the beginning was actually filmed at my middle school in Whittier! My brother remembers the Halloween decorations still being up in the classroom after filming! :o)

    August 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I loved Salem! Me dragging my husband and sister in law to Salem on our trip to Boston was 25% motivated by my history nerd side, 75% motivated by my Hocus Pocus obsessed side. I missed seeing the school somehow! But Max’s house was definitely a highlight! I need to write up my own post about our trip!
    -Amanda, livecheapandtraveloften.com

    August 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Stefanie Garcia

    I love Hocus Pocus and all things Halloween, we will have to plan for Salem, MA as one of our Halloween Adventures in the future.

    October 17, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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