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Wondering if ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ is scary for kids? Or if the sexual content is toned down in this sequel? Here’s a spoiler-free parent review of ‘Hocus Pocus 2.’

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Hocus Pocus seems to be one of those movies everyone loves, or loves to hate. You either grew up loving it, or never understood the hype. Either way, you’re probably considering watching the long-awaited sequel Hocus Pocus 2, which premiers on Disney+ September 30th. Here’s a spoiler-free review sharing what families need to know. 

What I liked about Hocus Pocus 2

This come back story features a modern spin on an old classic, some chuckle moments. You can tell the creators tried to weave in a bit of a wholesome message about friendships and sisterhood which was appreciated. They’ve toned down the cinge factor from the 90s movie with less talk of virgins and added in a dash of feminism and diversity. Don’t expect a mindblowing masterpiece though, it’s still just as campy as the original with several parts that made me chuckle. There are some great callbacks to the first movie but not so many that someone who hasn’t seen it wouldn’t be able to follow (I hadn’t made it through Hocus Pocus until after watching this sequel). And who doesn’t love a fun backstory? This movie brings one that really weaves the story together and make it all worth it in the end. 

Is ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Too Scary for Kids?

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I feel like I need to write a review for the original Hocus Pocus movie also because some of the “Scary” factor I’m weighing against the first one (which we watched a day after this). Hocus Pocus. The run-over cat, broken fingers, and soul-sucking wasn’t present in this sequel, though there are a couple of parts where people are zapped with magical blasts, and a zombie’s head is stolen. Of course the witches still threaten and chase children, but it’s all much lighter and sillier than the original.  

In terms of sexual content in Hocus Pocus 2, there is still that line about “a virgin lighting a black flame candle” but they don’t beat it over and over and over throughout the movie like in the first one. They kinda lean into it with a kid asking “What’s a virgin?” (as every child did watching the first movie). But don’t get into the real answer. So parents can prepare for that. Unlike in the first movie there is not pillow groping and talking about crushes and a girl’s breasts. In my opinion Hocus Pocus 2 is much less cringey and more family friendly than the original. 

Hocus Pocus 2 Review: What I didn’t like 

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When I say campy,  I mean CHEESY. Perhaps even more so than the original. I’ll allow it though because steering from that just wouldn’t feel right. However, for a movie we waited (well, ya’ll, waited, not me) nearly 30 years to see… It left me feeling a bit like that’s it? The story slows down in the middle and there seemed to be obvious opportunities to bring in more of the OG cast that were missed. Fans of the first will likely enjoy it and spot the potential for a possible spinoff or trilogy which with the way Disney is going… I can expect they’ll do. So is it a movie to write home about? Meh. However, it still fills a void for cute family-friendly movies worth adding to the Halloween lineup and definitely one you can turn on for a Halloween party for tweens and not worry about parents complaining.  

What My Kids Thought

(L-R): Belissa Escobedo as Izzy, Whitney Peak as Becca, and Lilia Buckingham as Cassie in Disney's live-action HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

My youngest daughter, Lee Lee is 4 and into creepy movies (she’s the only one in our house who enjoys Nightmare Before Christmas) so while she was captivated by some of the spookiness and scares in Hocus Pocus, Hocus Pocus 2 bored her a bit and she left the room. Ty, my 9-year-old son wasn’t planning to watch but stayed all the way through because I told him “it might be too scary” for him. Jayda, 12, my oldest, stayed and enjoyed the second movie more than the first. But here are their reviews first hand. 

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Kids Review

What did you think of the movie?

J: I thought it was a really good Halloween movie. Families should watch it hear Halloween

T: It wasn’t the best movie. It’s not in my top 25 but I kind of like it. 

So did you like it?

J: Yes

Ty: Kind of

Why? 

J: I think it’s a good Halloween movie. A cool sequel. Better than the first in my opinion. 

Ty: I liked it cause the kids were smart. 

What was the funniest part to you? 

J: seeing the witches in the now time and how they react to seeing all of the new stuff. 

T: When they were eating the disgusting stuff. 

Would you recommend it to your friends? 

J: Yeah. 

T: No, my friends would not like it probably. 

What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?

J: Family is really important. 

T: There’s no lesson in this movie. 

Who was your favorite character?

J: Becca. 

T: The kitty cat

Who would you recommend this movie to? 

J: people who liked the original. 

T: Yo you (my mom)

Do you think it’s for older kids? 

J: yea. 

Ty: it’s kind of violent like ripping hands off ripping head off. 

Did you think it was scary?

J: No. it’s ok for little kids. 

T: No. you said it was scary but it wasn’t. 

Would you want to watch it again? 

J: Yes. 

T: Well, if you were forcing me to, only one more time. 

How would you rank it compared to other Halloween movies? 

J: I think it’s a really good one that’s not scary. I liked it more than Hocus Pocus.  

T: I liked Casper more. But I maybe like this more than witches. 

Q: What was your favorite part? 

J: [spoiler]

Ty: I didn’t have a favorite part basically. 

How many stars would you give it out of 5?

J: 3 out of 5. 

Ty: 2.5 out of 5

Is it worth picking it for movie night?

J: Yes! 

Ty: Yes. For a Halloween movie night 

So there you have it! Perhaps not worth the wait, but still worth a watch! Let us know what you think once you see it!

Hocus Pocus 2 is streaming on Disney Plus Friday September 30th.

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