Photographs from the cemetery used in ‘Hocus Pocus’

Hocus Pocus has been a staple of Halloween for over twenty years, Some of it’s most memorable scenes took place in the cemetery, including the resurrection of Billy and the hilarious vacuum cleaner battle.

Much of the night-time scenes were filmed on a sound stage at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, but the day filming took place just outside Salem itself. The cemetery used is a historic burial site in Marblehead, Massachusetts called Old Burial Hill. The graveyard is actually the resting place of Wilmot Redd, a victim of the real Salem Witch Trials.

Old Burial Hill was founded in 1638 and contains many historic Puritan gravestones with stone carving artwork from the seventeenth century. It is also mentioned in  H.P Lovecraft’s short-story, The Festival.

Instagram user Miss E visited the site twenty two years after the release of Hocus Pocus and took these awesome photographs. Check them out below.



hocus pocus cemetery

hocus pocus cemetery

hocus pocus cemetery

2 thoughts on “Photographs from the cemetery used in ‘Hocus Pocus’

    September 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This makes me homesick. I grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island and lived right next door to the town graveyard. I would go there and sit by one of the big oak trees and sketch or read until it got dark. I was a lonely kid who didn’t have any real friends so whenever I was feeling sad I would go there and imagine what kind of lives the people who were buried there had led. It helped me get over my fear of the dark, too. I wish I could go back and visit.


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