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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