How to Host a 'Hocus Pocus'-Themed Party | BlissLights

Article by BlissLights LLCFri, Sep 02, 22
How to Host a 'Hocus Pocus'-Themed Party | BlissLights

After nearly 30 years, Hocus Pocus is returning with a sequel in fall 2022. What better way to celebrate the remaking of this classic Halloween comedy horror film, than to host a Hocus Pocus-themed party. Below are some Hocus Pocus party ideas to help you throw a Halloween party that’s sure to have all your guests spellbound.

How to host a 'Hocus Pocus'-themed party

A great Hocus Pocus bash includes witch-inspired snacks, refreshments, and desserts to keep everyone’s cravings satisfied. Decorations and costumes can also set the scene and make you feel like a character from the beloved movie. You can also elevate the gathering with unique experiences and activities (that don’t involve lighting the black candle) as you fully immerse yourself in a Hocus Pocus screening.

‘Hocus Pocus’ party decorations

Bring your Hocus Pocus party theme to life with these spooky decoration ideas.

Hang some black witch hats from the ceiling

Transform your ordinary living room into an eerie castle with black witch hats. Try suspending your witch hats from the ceiling at different heights to create a floating effect. Then, add some black streamers and fake cobwebs to create a room as eerie as the abandoned museum in the movie.

Make a 'Hocus Pocus' cauldron

It’s not a true Hocus Pocus party without the potion-concocting cauldron. Set the scene for your party with your own cauldron filled with punch for all your guests. To go the extra mile, you can add a smoke machine, or some magical color changing lights, to truly bring your witch’s brew to life.

Lean some old brooms (and a vacuum) against the wall near the door

Every witch needs her broomstick to fly into the night and chase some children – or, in Mary Sanderson’s case, a vacuum. Grab an old broom or two, then grab your vacuum, and place them on the wall by your entryway. This way, you and all your witch friends can make a quick escape into the night.

Create some ingredient jars for your witch potion ingredients

Instead of serving your party snacks and drinks in your everyday bowls, create your own Hocus Pocus-themed ingredient jars. For example, you can set up a youthful potion station with mini glass jars filled with all your necessary ingredients. In this case, you can add chocolate candies, juices, or any tasty treat that can put a spell on you.

Spread decorative spider webs across the decor

To transform your surroundings into an old, abandoned building like Pioneer Village, try hanging some spider webs around your home. First, place a few large spiderwebs around the corners of your room to create an old, abandoned effect. Then, move on to a few main decor pieces such as the dining room table or TV stand. This small decor piece can turn your home from comfortable and new to spine-chilling in just seconds.

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Nail the spooky vibe with accent lighting

You can’t really say you successfully hosted a hair-raising event with your overhead lights on full blast. To set a chilling, uncanny scene, turn off all your overhead lights and set up an ambient mood light to create your spooky atmosphere.

The BlissRadia, for example, is a smart ambient mood light that lights your whole room and seamlessly transitions among colors. Choose a blood red as you re-watch Hocus Pocus for the 10th time. After that, cycle through the whole rainbow as you jam out to “I’ve Put A Spell On You.” Through the BlissHome app or voice control, you can set effects that will take your party back to Halloween night with the Sanderson sisters.

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'Hocus Pocus' party food

No Halloween party is complete without crowd-pleasing, theme-inspired snacks. For low-maintenance food and drinks everyone will enjoy, try the below ideas.

Witch-inspired appetizers

You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to create a tasty, Hocus Pocus-inspired snack. Instead, choose some easy, few-ingredient treats that will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and savory cravings.

One good go-to snack is to create a witch’s broomstick using pretzels and peanut butter cups. You can also concoct your own magical munchable using triangle-shaped crackers, chocolate candies, cereal, and nuts. Bake it all in the oven to bring Halloween right to your taste buds.

Witch-inspired drinks

Send your taste buds on a journey with some delicious hot and cold witch-inspired drinks. For a chilly fall evening, cozy up on the couch with a warm Halloween hot cocoa bomb. All you need is hot chocolate mix, melting wafers, marshmallows, sprinkles, and some purple and green frosting. For something more refreshing, try Hocus Pocus punch made from fruity V8 juice, sparkling peach juice, and orange sorbet. This drink can take your taste buds on a broomstick ride out of this world.

Witch-inspired desserts

You can turn any normal dessert into a spooky Halloween treat with just a bit of frosting and decoration. For example, if you and your friends are chocolate lovers, whip up a batch of brownies, then add some spidery designs using black icing. Or try creating your own witch hat cupcakes using classic cake mix, green frosting, and a black-frosted ice cream cone. With these delicious sweet treats, you’ll feel like you’re right inside Allison’s parents’ sophisticated Halloween celebration.

'Hocus Pocus' party drinks

Here are some Insta-worthy mocktails you can try at your Hocus Pocus palooza.

Another Glorious Morning ‘Hocus Pocus’ Drink

“Oh, look. Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!” It only makes sense to serve drinks named after the famous Winifred Sanderson quote. To make this bubbly black magic mocktail, all you need is black raspberry sparkling water and lemon-lime soda. With just one sip, you’ll be transported into the eerie hallows of Salem.

Spirit Summoner

If you’re a Winifred enthusiast, you’ll want to try this gorgeous green mocktail at your next Halloween party. To make this “spirit summoner” drink, start with lemon-lime soda and apple martini mix. If you really want to make your mocktail pop, sprinkle a bit of green edible glitter on top for a sparkly, potion-like vibe.

Candy Corn Ice Cream Float

If your guests are craving a sweet treat, serve everyone a delicious Halloween-inspired ice cream float. This just takes vanilla ice cream, caramel, a bag of candy corn, and orange soda. Your chilling treat just might give you the same sort of goosebumps and heebie-jeebies as the movie you’re celebrating.

'Hocus Pocus' party activities

Now that you have conjured up some snacks, brewed your drinks, and set up your spooky decor, it’s time to choose some party activities that will keep all your guests entertained. Below are a few activity ideas for your Hocus Pocus-themed party.

Host a costume contest

A great way to immerse yourself in the Hocus Pocus universe is to have all your friends dress up as characters from Hocus Pocus. From the Sanderson sisters to Max and Dani Sanderson, there’s a costume for everyone. With all the Hocus Pocus characters in the room, you’ll really feel like you’re in the movie.

Hold an “I’ve Put A Spell On You” dance contest

Turn up the tunes and clear the dance floor for an “I’ve Put A Spell On You” dance competition. Transform your living room into a colorful, bright dance floor for you and all your guests to show off your best dance moves. First, hang a colorful disco ball in the center of the room. Then, add some black and orange balloons, streamers, and glitter to really put your guests under the Sanderson sisters’ dancing spells.

Witch hat ring toss

After a bit of a Halloween sugar rush, your guests can exhaust their energy with a friendly game of witch hat ring toss. With a few witches’ hats and some colorful light-up rings, you can find all the fun in your spooky surroundings.

Start by placing your witch hats an equal distance apart on the ground, then give each guest a few rings in the same color. Whoever has the most rings wrapped around the witch’s hat wins. This game is a great way to battle off the Sanderson sisters as they try to scoop you up onto their broomsticks on Halloween night.

Hold a witch cackle contest

A witch costume can only go so far – what truly indicates a true witch is whether you have that classic evil cackle. Gather your guests together to see who can let out the best witch cackle in the room. Have each person laugh one by one with everyone else rating their cackle on a scale of one to five. The person with the highest score wins and is crowned the reining supreme witch of the evening.

Screen the movie

If you’re going to host a Hocus Pocus-themed party, you should make screening the movie a high priority for your guests to enjoy. Create your own at-home movie theater complete with a movie projector, lots of cozy blankets and pillows, and some delicious movie theater snacks.

To really set the scene, you’ll need a light that looks just like the eerie night sky in the movie. The Sky Lite Evolve, for example, is a galaxy projector with floating nebulas in seven different colors – red, blue, pink, white, teal, purple, and orange. Use the BlissHome app or voice control to change your galaxy’s colors, effects, speed, and brightness throughout the film. With just a tap on your phone screen, you’ll create an eerie sky that’ll take you right to Jacob Bailey as it’s smoking up.

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Create the ultimate ‘Hocus Pocus’ themed party with BlissLights

A Hocus Pocus-themed party can be more than an ordinary gathering if you include unique dishes, immersive games, and a well-decorated, appropriately lit space. BlissLights are great options for eerie green and orange lighting that matches your favorite scenes. Browse the BlissLights collection now to take your party into Salem for a night with the Sanderson sisters.

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