It’s been almost 30 years since someone last lit the Black Flame Candle, and the witches are back. Hocus Pocus 2 premieres on Disney+ on September 30. Hocus Pocus (1993) has become somewhat of a cult classic over the past decade, inspiring merchandise, spooky recipes, and a Disney Parks stage show. Most fans are thrilled that the original Sanderson sisters and Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones) are reprising their roles in the film.

Still, you can’t please everyone. A viral Facebook post suggests Christians avoid Hocus Pocus and its upcoming sequel, claiming Hollywood is trying to indoctrinate children into witchcraft. Kelli Covil Duncan wrote in part, “But, back to the point, there are movies that can open children up to the “glamor” of the occult. It can make it look amazing to be a witch. It shows harmless seances and fun nights over a ouija board. But, I am here to say the occult is REAL. Witchcraft is REAL. The world wants it to seem like it’s only in the movies, but I can guarantee you, the world is coming hard and fast for your kids.”

Duncan continued, “One movie we have said no to, that I literally watched every year as a child, is Hocus Pocus. In a world where predators are killing children (ummm, Hollywood elite drinking blood of children in real life is a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down), it is hard for me to see the innocent fun of watching a movie where witches kill children so that they can stay young. I’m sorry, I just can’t make it make sense in my brain how we can be ok with that. There are children EVERY YEAR being taken from places where no one will miss them to be sacrificed by witches to satan. This is NOT make-believe!”

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Duncan ended her post by saying Christian parents shouldn’t want their children to take the occult route. She also recommended taking the time to ask the Holy Spirit what’s best for your family. Numerous people in the comments agreed with Duncan’s ideas, with one person commenting, “Amen! 100% so much more to the spirit realm. It’s an open door.”

Some mentioned Adrenochrome, a chemical compound discovered in the 1950s that is the subject of conspiracy theories online, particularly from QAnon. The conspiracy theory suggests that Hollywood elites harvest Adrenochrome from children’s blood to stay young. There is no connection between Hocus Pocus and the Adrenochrome conspiracy. The idea has been disproven multiple times, though many believers are further encouraged by public controversy about its existence.

Fall is a lot of people’s favorite time of year. With it comes cooler sweater weather, state fairs, and everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Hocus Pocus has become a big part of Halloween celebrations, with thousands of people watching it yearly. However, some believe that Hocus Pocus encourages children to practice the occult or delve deeper into what it is.

As parents, you should monitor what your children watch and allow them to enjoy things, and use your judgment wisely. Perhaps you should watch Hocus Pocus 2 with your children and explain the occult to them. Hocus Pocus 2 is available for streaming on Disney+ on September 30.

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