You Can Stay in the Hocus Pocus Cottage or Recreate It at Home With These 12 Decor Dupes
If you’re not selected for the exclusive stay at the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage, don’t fret. You can mimic that spooky “Hocus Pocus” feel in your own home.
As soon as “Hocus Pocus 2” is available for streaming on Disney+, the competition to stay in the “Hocus Pocus” cottage will be fierce.
The Sanderson Sisters’ cottage—a re-creation of the witchy home from the movie—is inviting guests to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime stay. Magical fans can request to book the cottage through Airbnb starting on October 12, 2022. However, only two guests will be selected for this witchy experience that takes place on October 20.
Toss your hat in for a try, but if you don’t make the cut, the right decor dupes can help you recreate the “Hocus Pocus” experience in your very own haunted house.
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Cauldron with Green Glow
Bubble, bubble, and brew up trouble with a green-glowing cauldron for potions. A step up from the standard cauldron decoration, this “Hocus Pocus” house staple is the perfect centerpiece to a spooky room.
Hang a black cauldron–we like this oversized cauldron on Amazon–in a central location or tucked into an unused fireplace hearth. If you don’t have a recipe for a glowing potion, don’t worry. You can simply place a green LED light, like this puck light on Amazon, inside or beneath the cauldron to mimic the effect. A little dry ice will look like steam from your boiling potions.
Candelabra with Blood-Red Candles
Pay homage to the antiques of the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage with an antique—or antique-looking—candelabra, like this candle stand available on Amazon. Fill the candelabra with blood-red candles, and place it on an end table or near the front door to help set the mood. You can also surround the candelabra with old books, add a few spiders, and create a “Hocus Pocus” table centerpiece for a Halloween feast to remember.
The “Hocus Pocus” witches can’t gain immortality without their spellbook. Make your decor eternally spooky with a spellbook of your own. If you’re a DIYer, gather a large old book, some paint, Mod Podge, and clay. Roll the clay out to create the long snakes and eyeballs featured on the spellbook from the movie.
If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own spellbook, shop for a distressed journal, like this leather journal on Amazon, as a stand-in for the gruesome one belonging to the Sanderson Sisters.
Apothecary Shelf and Potion Bottles
If you’re trying to DIY a haunted house, you won’t spellbind any guests without potion bottles. They’re a featured display in the “Hocus Pocus” cottage. After all, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary needed their potion bottles handy to make The Life Potion, which allows them to steal the life force away from children and extend their own lives.
To make a variety of your own less-potent potions, take a few glass bottles, like these bottles with cork stoppers on Amazon, fill them with colored water, and display them on a bookshelf or arrange them around your glowing cauldron.
Conjure up a ghoulish good time with a crystal ball like the one the “Hocus Pocus” cast used–we like this crystal ball on Amazon that’s available in 10 different colors.
While the crystal balls you’ll find in store may not possess the same magic powers, you can add a little mystery by placing yours on a tall candle holder or in the hands of a posable skeleton. You could even glue on a few spiders, scorpions, and assorted insects to up the creep factor.
Black Flame Candle
If not for the Black Flame Candle, Max never would have woken the Sanderson Sisters to run amok in Salem. Naturally, you’ll want to add a Black Flame Candle, like this battery-powered replica candle on Etsy, to your “Hocus Pocus” inspired decor. Just be careful not to light it on Halloween night when there’s a full moon–unless you want a visit from the grave.
Wall of Frames
Several rooms in the “Hocus Pocus” cottage are adorned with picture frames. Some of these frames are empty, while others are filled with portraits of family members and other spooky figures.
The wall of frames is a relatively easy feature of the cottage to replicate in your home. You’ll just need some picture frames and a few black and white or sepia photograph prints. Remember to leave a few empty. If you’d rather not swap out your existing photos, grab these Halloween gothic portraits on Amazon, and don’t worry about keeping them straight. Crooked is creepier.
Every witch needs her trusty broomstick to get around, so you won’t want to leave this detail out when decorating your home for “Hocus Pocus.” Skip the modern brooms with colored bristles and plastic handles, and choose a traditional version, like this straw broom on Amazon. You might want to grab three, so you’re prepared in case Winifred, Mary, and Sarah drop by.
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A dusty old cottage isn’t complete without antique books strewn about, setting the stage for cobwebs. Duplicate the old-time feel of the Sanderson Sisters’ house by visiting a local used bookstore for vintage or antique books, or consider a decorative wooden box that’s made to look like a stack of books, like this set of two wooden book boxes on Amazon. The boxes will double as a decoration and a convenient storage space for all that Halloween candy you’re hiding from the kids.
Loads of Candles
If you look through the pictures of the “Hocus Pocus” house, you’ll notice there are candles in every room. This makes sense, as the Sanderson Sisters were alive in the 1600s, before the invention of electricity. Plan to turn off your lights and add several pillar candles on every surface and in unexpected spaces. If you want to avoid the fire hazard presented by so many candles, consider flameless LED candles, like this set of wax candles on Amazon.
Hanging Herbs and Ivy
Another way to bring the film’s distinctive vibe to your home is by hanging ivy in places where it does not belong. Several walls of the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage are covered with ivy that grew in the centuries between their death and resurrection. Among the ivy, like these fake vines with string lights on Amazon, add some dried herbs or flowers to match the feel of the witches’ cottage, as the sisters would have needed these ingredients for their potions.
Diamond Window Grilles
Enhance your indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations with black lattice window film to mimic the diamond window grilles on the “Hocus Pocus” house. We like this lattice window film from Amazon. The decorative film is easy to apply and remove, so you can leave this decor accent up all year or take it down after Halloween when you’re ready to send the Sanderson Sisters packing.