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Bette Midler Joins Freeform’s ‘Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash’

Freeform announced today that Bette Midler will join Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker for the network’s “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” an all-star party in honor of the cult classic film’s milestone anniversary. The two-hour special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the movie’s status as a Halloween staple, will premiere on SATURDAY, OCT. 20 at 8:15-10:15 p.m. EDT/PDT, as part of Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event.  

Hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher, “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” will feature exclusive interviews with the Sanderson sisters themselves, Bette Midler (“Winifred Sanderson”), Kathy Najimy (“Mary Sanderson”), and Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sarah Sanderson”), plus musical performances by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Jordin Sparks, Jordan Fisher, Emily Estefan, PrettyMuch and Junior New System, as well as a “Hocus Pocus” themed costume contest, judged by Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho and hosted by Ross Mathews. The special will also include exclusive interviews with “Hocus Pocus” cast and crew members Kenny Ortega (Director), Mick Garris (Writer), David Kirschner (Writer), Omri Katz (“Max”), Thora Birch (“Dani”), Vinessa Shaw (“Allison”), Sean Murray (“Thackery”), Amanda Shepherd (“Emily”), Doug Jones (“Billy Butcherson”), Larry Bagby (“Ernie”), Jason Marsden (voice of “Thackery Binx”), Tobias Jelinek (“Jay”), Peggy Holmes (choreographer) and John Debney (Composer). Drag superstar Lady Bunny will be rocking the spooky beats throughout the evening as the resident DJ. 

The night of Oct. 20 will be full of bewitching fun as the network will also be airing a “Pop’n Knowledge” edition of “Hocus Pocus,” before and after the Bash at 6:05 p.m. EDT/PDT and 10:15 p.m. EDT/PDT. The special edition will celebrate everything about the iconic film and the fandom with a mix of trivia, funny observations and commentary around key moments and quotes. This “Pop’n Knowledge” version of “Hocus Pocus” is an experience no fan should miss! 

“Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” is executive produced by Kenny Ortega and Michael Levitt. 

Twenty-five years after its theatrical release, “Hocus Pocus” is more popular than ever – exclusively airing on Freeform during the Network’s “31 Nights of Halloween” stunt, the film reached 8.2 million Total Viewers in its first week. If NATO’s average ticket price of $8.97 were applied to the film’s performance, “Hocus Pocus” would have had a weekend box-office equivalent of approximately $73.6 million in its first five days if it were released today. 

During the first week of “31 Nights of Halloween,” Freeform ranked as the No. 1 cable network in the daypart among Women 18-34 (164,000) and Females 12-34 (202,000).

Freeform has expanded their annual Halloween programming event to “31 Nights of Halloween,” bringing more thrills and chills to the entire month. From Oct. 1, the network will be invaded by everyone’s favorite witches, a murderous barber, out of control dinosaurs and everything else that goes bump in the night. “Hocus Pocus” will air throughout the most haunting stunt on television, as well as conclude the event with a day-long marathon featuring the Sanderson Sisters on Oct. 31.

‘Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic’ Airs Tonight on Freeform

“Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic,” premiers October 14, 2018 on Freeform Channel during their 31 Nights of Halloween event.

This special will give audiences a spooky behind the scenes tour on how Halloween “spirits” spread throughout the Disney parks. From the executive producers of the “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” series and last year’s special “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” viewers will learn how the dedicated team of Disney cast members bring Halloween to life with pumpkins, ghosts and ghoulish delights around every corner of these magical destinations.

Freeform has expanded their annual Halloween programming event to “31 Nights of Halloween” bringing more thrills and chills to the entire month. From Oct. 1, the network will be invaded by everyone’s favorite witches, a murderous barber, out of control dinosaurs and everything else that goes bump in the night. “Hocus Pocus” will air throughout the most haunting stunt on television, as well as conclude the event with a day-long marathon featuring the Sanderson Sisters on Oct. 31.


‘Life-Size 2’ Premieres December 2 During 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform

Freeform’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event will be a lot brighter as Tyra Banks reprises her iconic role of Eve in the highly anticipated sequel “Life-Size 2,” SUNDAY, DEC. 2 at 9:00–11:00 p.m. EST. Television’s biggest event of the year, “25 Days of Christmas,” airing DEC. 1 – 25, brings viewers a season full of festive specials, classic holiday movies and returning favorites.

Grace Manning (Francia Raisa) is the 20-something CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also in the middle of her quarter-life crisis, realizing she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.

“Life-Size 2” is executive produced by Tyra Banks and Stephanie Allain. The film is written by Cameron Fay and Stacey Harman, and directed by Steven K. Tsuchida. “Life-Size 2” stars Tyra Banks, Francia Raisa, Gavin Stenhouse, Shanica Knowles, Hank Chen and Alison Fernandez.


Freeform’s ‘Kickoff To Christmas’ New Month-Long Programming Event Starts Nov. 1

As the Halloween season comes to a close, Freeform will continue to be the home for all holiday programming as the brand-new “Kickoff To Christmas” programming event starts on NOV. 1. Adding a month full of holiday fun, the programming event will also include the premiere of the Freeform original film “The Truth About Christmas,” from MarVista Entertainment, airing SUNDAY, NOV. 25 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST.

In “The Truth About Christmas,” Kali Hawk (“New Girl”) stars as Jillian, a successful political consultant confident in her ability to put a spin on anything, whose next big project is the upcoming mayoral campaign for her boyfriend George (Damon Dayoub, Freeform’s “Stitchers”). On the way to meet George’s family for the first time during the holidays, an unusual confrontation with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in Jillian where she can’t stop herself from wildly spilling the truth. Ali Ghandour (Freeform’s “Alone Together”) co-stars as George’s brother Blake, who believes you should always be true to yourself but thinks Jillian just might be losing it. Jillian must find a way to make it stop before her holidays, her job and her relationship are ruined.

Below is a night-by-night list of the movies airing during “Kickoff To Christmas”:

Thursday, Nov. 1
5:00 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
7:10 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
8:50 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out”
12:00 a.m. – “Snowglobe”

Friday, Nov. 2
2:30 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
4:40 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
6:20 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out”
8:30 p.m. – “Disney’s Frozen”
12:00 a.m. – “12 Dates of Christmas”

Saturday, Nov. 3
7:00 a.m. – “Titanic” (1997)
11:30 a.m. – “12 Dates of Christmas”
1:35 p.m. – “The Holiday”
4:50 p.m. – “Disney’s Frozen”
7:20 p.m. – “Pitch Perfect”
10:00 p.m. – “Life-Size” – Freeform Premiere
12:00 a.m. – “Snow”

Sunday, Nov. 4
7:00 a.m. – “Sixteen Candles”
9:05 a.m. – “Snow”
11:10 a.m. – “The Holiday”
2:25 p.m. – “Life-Size”
4:30 p.m. – “Pitch Perfect”
7:10 p.m. – “Just Go With It”
9:50 p.m. – “Maleficent”
11:55 p.m. – “Sixteen Candles”

Monday, Nov. 5
4:00 p.m. – “Just Go With It”
6:30 p.m. – “Maleficent”
8:30 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
12:00 a.m. – “Billy Madison”

Tuesday, Nov. 6
3:30 p.m. – “Billy Madison”
5:30 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
8:00 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
12:00 a.m. – “Angels Sing” – Freeform Premiere

Wednesday, Nov. 7
3:30 p.m. – “Angels Sing”
5:30 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
8:30 p.m. – “Sweet Home Alabama”
12:00 a.m. – “The Family Stone”

Thursday, Nov. 8
3:30 p.m. – “The Family Stone”
6:00 p.m. – “Sweet Home Alabama”
8:30 p.m. – “Love the Coopers” – Freeform Premiere
12:00 a.m. – “Babe”

Friday, Nov. 9
1:00 p.m. – “Babe”
3:05 p.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (2007)
5:10 p.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” – Freeform Premiere
7:15 p.m. – “Storks” – Freeform Premiere
9:20 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
12:00 a.m. – Beethoven

Saturday, Nov. 10
7:00 a.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (2007)
9:10 a.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
11:15 a.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
1:20 p.m. – “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish”
3:25 p.m. – “Storks”
5:30 p.m. – “Disney’s Meet the Robinsons”
7:35 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
9:15 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
11:55 p.m. – “Call Me Claus” – Freeform Premiere

Sunday, Nov. 11
7:00 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”
8:00 a.m. – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
10:10 a.m. – “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish”
12:20 p.m. – “Call Me Claus”
2:25 p.m. – “Disney’s Meet the Robinsons”
4:30 p.m. – “Deck the Halls”
6:35 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
9:15 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s The Incredibles”
11:55 p.m. – “Norm of the North” – Network Television Premiere

Monday, Nov. 12
4:00 p.m. – “Norm of the North”
6:10 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s The Incredibles”
8:50 p.m. – “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – Freeform Premiere
12:00 a.m. – “Dennis the Menace” (1993)

Tuesday, Nov. 13
4:30 p.m. – “Dennis the Menace” (1993)
6:40 p.m. – “Ice Age: Continental Drift”
8:50 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
12:00 a.m. – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1998)

Wednesday, Nov. 14
4:30 p.m. – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1998)
6:40 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
8:50 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur”
12:00 a.m. – “Daddy Day Care”

Thursday, Nov. 15
4:00 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur”
6:00 p.m. – “Deck the Halls”
8:00 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
12:00 a.m. – “A Cinderella Story”

Friday, Nov. 16
4:00 p.m. – “Deck the Halls”
6:00 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
9:00 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story”
12:00 a.m. – “Boxtrolls”

Saturday, Nov. 17
7:00 a.m. – “Race for Your Life Charlie Brown”
8:35 a.m. – “Bon Voyage Charlie Brown”
10:10 a.m. – “Little Giants”
12:45 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
2:50 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story”
4:50 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 2”
6:55 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3”
9:25 p.m. – “Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph”
11:30 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)

Sunday, Nov. 18
7:00 a.m. – “Little Giants”
9:35 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
11:40 a.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
2:15 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 2”
4:20 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3”
6:50 p.m. – “Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph”
8:55 p.m. – “Disney’s The Lion King” (1994)
11:00 p.m. – “Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride”
1:00 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”

Monday, Nov. 19
2:30 p.m. – “Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride”
4:30 p.m. – “Storks”
6:30 p.m. – “Disney’s The Lion King” (1994)
8:30 p.m. – “Cinderella” (Live Action) (2015)
12:00 a.m. – “Sixteen Candles”

Tuesday, Nov. 20
12:00 p.m. – “Sixteen Candles”
2:00 p.m. – “Titanic” (1997)
6:30 p.m. – “Cinderella” (Live Action) (2015)
9:00 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Brave”
12:00 a.m. – “Uncle Buck”

Wednesday, Nov. 21
11:30 a.m. – “Uncle Buck”
1:30 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
4:30 p.m. – “Disney’s Mulan”
6:30 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Brave”
8:30 p.m. – “Disney’s Zootopia”
12:00 a.m. – “Happy Gilmore”

Thursday, Nov. 22
7:30 a.m. – “Happy Gilmore”
11:00 a.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
2:00 p.m. – “Disney’s Mulan”
4:00 p.m. – “Ice Age: Continental Drift”
6:00 p.m. – “Disney’s Zootopia”
8:30 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille”
12:00 a.m. – “The Lego Movie”

Friday, Nov. 23
7:30 a.m. – “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups”
11:00 a.m. – “The Lego Movie”
1:30 p.m. – “Ice Age: Continental Drift”
3:30 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
6:00 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille”
8:30 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo”
12:00 a.m. – “Call Me Claus”

Saturday, Nov. 24
7:00 a.m. – “Bon Voyage Charlie Brown”
8:30 a.m. – “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure” – Freeform Premiere
10:30 a.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
1:05 p.m. – “Disney’s Tarzan”
3:10 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
5:15 p.m. – “Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo”
7:45 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”
9:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”
11:55 p.m. – “Life Size”

Sunday, Nov. 25
7:00 a.m. – “Yogi Bear”
8:35 a.m. – “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish”
10:35 a.m. – “Disney’s Tarzan”
12:40 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
2:45 p.m. – “Life Size”
4:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”
6:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”
9:00 p.m. – “The Truth About Christmas” – Freeform Original Film Premiere
11:00 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”

Monday, Nov. 26
12:00 p.m. – “The Truth About Christmas”
2:05 p.m. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
5:10 p.m. – “Disney’s Meet the Robinsons”
7:15 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
8:55 p.m. – “Paddington” – Network Television Premiere
12:00 a.m. – “Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Tuesday, Nov. 27
1:00 p.m. – “Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)
3:00 p.m. – “Disney’s Meet the Robinsons”
5:05 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
6:45 p.m. – “Paddington”
8:50 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
12:00 a.m. – “Eight Crazy Nights”

Wednesday, Nov. 28
12:00 p.m. – “Eight Crazy Nights”
2:00 p.m. – “Unaccompanied Minors”
4:10 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
6:40 p.m. – “Despicable Me”
8:50 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
12:00 a.m. – “Unaccompanied Minors”

Thursday, Nov. 29
1:00 p.m. – “Jumanji” (1995)
3:30 p.m. – “The Holiday”
6:40 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
8:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”
12:00 a.m. – “Jingle All The Way 2” – Freeform Premiere

Friday, Nov. 30
1:30 p.m. – “The Holiday”
4:35 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”
6:40 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”
8:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”
12:00 a.m. – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1998)


Freeform to Host 90-Minute ‘Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash’ Special

Freeform announced today that it will air “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” an all-star party in honor of the cult classic film’s milestone anniversary. The 90-minute special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the movie’s status as a Halloween staple, will premiere on SATURDAY, OCT. 20, at 8:15 PM EDT/PDT as part of Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event.

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“Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” will feature musical performances by Dove Cameron, PrettyMuch, and Junior New System, as well as a “Hocus Pocus” themed costume contest, judged by Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne. The special will also include exclusive interviews with “Hocus Pocus” cast and crew members Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sarah Sanderson”), Kathy Najimy (“Mary Sanderson”), Kenny Ortega (Director), Mick Garris (Writer), David Kirschner (Writer), Omri Katz (“Max”), Thora Birch (“Dani”), Amanda Shepherd (“Emily”), Doug Jones (“Billy Butcherson”), Larry Bagby (“Ernie”), Jason Marsden (voice of “Thackery Binx”), Tobias Jelinek (“Jay”), Peggy Holmes (choreographer) and John Debney (Composer). Drag superstar Lady Bunny will be rocking the spooky beats throughout the evening as the resident DJ. More surprise guests will be announced at a later date.

The night of Oct. 20 will be full of bewitching fun as the network will also be airing a “Pop’n Knowledge” edition of “Hocus Pocus,” before and after the Bash at 6:05 PM EDT/PDT and 9:45 PM EDT/PDT. The special edition will celebrate everything about the iconic film and the fandom with a mix of trivia, funny observations and commentary around key moments and quotes. This “Pop’n Knowledge” version of “Hocus Pocus” is an experience no fan should miss!

Freeform has expanded their annual Halloween programming event to “31 Nights of Halloween” bringing more thrills and chills to the entire month. From Oct. 1, the network will be invaded by everyone’s favorite witches, a murderous barber, out of control dinosaurs and everything else that goes bump in the night. “Hocus Pocus” will air throughout the most haunting stunt on television, as well as conclude the event with a day-long marathon featuring the Sanderson Sisters on Oct. 31.

“Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” is executive produced by Kenny Ortega and Michael Levitt.

Fans in the Los Angeles area interested in attending the live taping can click here for more information.