See How the Original 'Hocus Pocus' Cast Has Changed Over the Past 27 Years

Thackery Binx and Dani Dennison are not even recognizable.

Even though it's been 27 years since Winifred first put a spell on viewers, Disney's Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab) is still widely considered required viewing every October (in fact, Freeform's "31 Nights of Halloween" (opens in new tab) programming usually includes 27 airings of the classic Halloween movie (opens in new tab)). In case you're curious about where the Sanderson sisters and Dennisons ended up though, here's a rundown of what the cast of the iconic Halloween flick has been up to after all of this time.

1. Then: Bette Midler

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Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab) fans may remember Bette Midler as the hilariously wicked Winifred Sanderson, but this was far from Bette's only major acting role when the movie premiered in 1993. In 1979, she starred in The Rose (opens in new tab) (and earned an Oscar nomination for it (opens in new tab)) and sang the film's title soundtrack also entitled "The Rose." By the early 1990s, Bette's résumé (opens in new tab) also included a Special Tony Award, two Emmys, three Grammy Awards, and three Golden Globe awards.

2. Now: Bette Midler

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Bette has continued to receive many accolades. Her principle role in Hello Dolly! (opens in new tab) scored her a Tony, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award all in 2017. A few years back in 2015, Bette was busy on her 10th concert tour entitled Divine Intervention. Most recently though, you may have seen her (opens in new tab) on The Good Place (opens in new tab)Wedding Day Winners, or The Goldbergs (opens in new tab). She also appeared at the 2019 Oscars to perform the Mary Poppins Returns (opens in new tab) ballad "The Place Where Lost Things Go." Today, she remains married to her husband, Martin von Haselberg.

RELATED: The Best Hocus Pocus Costumes to Wear This Halloween (opens in new tab)

3. Then: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Like Bette, Sarah Sanderson — er, Jessica Parker — was making waves well before casting spells on the children of Salem. Her credits (opens in new tab) in the '80s included Square Pegs (opens in new tab)A Year in the LifeFootloose (opens in new tab)Hotel (opens in new tab), and The Ryan White Story (opens in new tab).

4. Now: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Since Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab), Sarah has gone on to receive worldwide fame for her titular role in Sex and the City (opens in new tab) (which also inspired two films). More recently, Sarah has acted in Glee (opens in new tab)Failure to Launch (opens in new tab)The Family Stone (opens in new tab), and starred in the HBO TV series Divorce (opens in new tab). Four years after Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab) was released, Sarah got married to fellow actor Matthew Broderick.

RELATED: Where Was Hocus Pocus Filmed? (opens in new tab)

5. Then: Kathy Najimy

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Kathy had an amazing acting career in the '90s. Apart from Hocus Pocus, (opens in new tab) she scored several parts in films, TV series, and animated projects. Most notably, Kathy worked on Sister Act (opens in new tab)It's Pat: The Movie (opens in new tab)Topsy and Bunker: The Cat KillersKing of the Hill (opens in new tab), Chicago Hope, and The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.

6. Now: Kathy Najimy

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In the new millennium, Kathy began taking on roles behind the camera, as well. In 2012, she worked on the film These Girls. Four years later, she served as a consulting producer for the TV series The Jamz. Her latest roles to date include acting as Wendy Keegan in V (opens in new tab)eep (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)and Judge Gayle Eno in The Good Fight (opens in new tab). In 1998, she married singer and actor Dan Finnerty.

7. Then: Sean Murray 

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Thackery, a.k.a. Sean, was only 16 at the time when he played Emily's heroic older brother. Because of his young age, he only had a few credits to his name (opens in new tab) in 1993, including Too RomanticCivil Wars, and This Boy's Life.

8. Now: Sean Murray

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Post HPthe acting jobs (opens in new tab) kept coming for Sean. Aside from appearing in various TV series — Touched by an Angel (opens in new tab)The Random YearsHarts of the West (opens in new tab) — most NCIS (opens in new tab) fans know him today as Timothy McGee. In 2005, Sean married Carrie James.

9. Then: Omri Katz

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Just like Sean, Omri was only a teen (17 to be exact) when he was cast as Max. Even though it seems early, Omri actually started acting (opens in new tab) when he was seven as John Ross Ewing in the TV series Dallas (opens in new tab).

10. Now: Omri Katz

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There are no recent public photos of Omri, and his Instagram page has been disabled (opens in new tab). But thankfully, Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, posted this photo with her co-star in 2015. Omri's IMDb (opens in new tab) shows that he retired after his role in Journey Into the Night in 2002 and  (opens in new tab)instead took up hairdressing (opens in new tab). Since then, he's kept a relatively low profile.

11. Then: Vinessa Shaw

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Vinessa was just 17 at the time when she appeared as Allison in the popular Disney flick.

12. Now: Vinessa Shaw

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Vinessa continued to appear here and there in various projects (including in CSI NY (opens in new tab)). She has also scored bigger roles in Ray Donovan (opens in new tab)Vegas (opens in new tab)Those Who Kill (opens in new tab), and, most recently, Family Blood (opens in new tab). On a personal note, Vinessa Shaw tied the knot with Kristopher Gifford back in 2008.

13. Then: Thora Birch

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Though Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab) was a big deal to the then 11-year-old, Thora had already been discovered when she appeared in Patriot Games (opens in new tab) as little Sally Ryan. Before that, Thora played Molly Johnson in Purple People Eater (opens in new tab) when she was only six.

14. Now: Thora Birch

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Six years after Hocus Pocus (opens in new tab), Thora gained even more notoriety in Hollywood for her starring role in American Beauty (opens in new tab). She has since landed many big roles (opens in new tab) in the industry, such as Colony (opens in new tab)Night VisionsDeadline (opens in new tab), and Affairs of State (opens in new tab). The last two years have been particularly busy ones for Thora. Most recently, she's portrayed Jolene in Above Suspicion and Chloe in Kindred Spirits.

15. Then: Doug Jones

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Doug Jones is a man of many talents. Not only was he an actor when he played the sympathetic zombie Billy Butcherson, but he was also a well-known contortionist (opens in new tab). Besides his role as Billy, his IMDb (opens in new tab) shows that he had only priorly worked on the TV series McDonaldland (opens in new tab)Batman Returns (opens in new tab)Night Ken, and In Living Color (opens in new tab).

16. Now: Doug Jones

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Today, Doug has a whopping 166 acting credits (opens in new tab) to his name, many of which you've never seen his face for. That's because Doug has taken on so many (opens in new tab)projects (opens in new tab) involving heavy prosthetics and movie makeup. His work includes playing Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four  (opens in new tab)sequel, the Gentleman in Buffy the Vampire (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)Slayer (opens in new tab), the Faun in P (opens in new tab)an's Labyrinth (opens in new tab), and Satu in Star Trek: Discovery (opens in new tab). He remains married to his wife, Laurie Jones, who he wed in 1984.

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Kayla Keegan covers all things in the entertainment, pop culture and celebrity space for Good Housekeeping. She is the go-to TV consultant for the brand when it comes to shows like The Masked SingerThis Is Us, and America's Got Talent. Prior to joining the team, she worked at House BeautifulRedbookCosmopolitan and Seventeen.