**UPDATE – This Airbnb is no longer available**
The Sanderson sisters have retuned to the home-sharing game. Their Hocus Pocus house* is once again being offered on Airbnb. And if you love cinematic history, themed architecture, or just want a unique way to celebrate the season, keep reading.
Hocus Pocus cottage
Just a few miles from Salem Mass., in the Danvers Woods, the cottage sits. It’s a recreation of the one in the original movie, but it has all the bells, books, and candles, including a simmering cauldron, Booook?!, and the iconic black-flame candle.
The movies are set in Salem where the infamous witch trials took place in the late 17th century. Over 200 people were accused of being witches and some were killed because of it. Hocus Pocus I and II are light-hearted takes on that part of history.
“We all know that the Sanderson Sisters’ story might not have ended when we turned to dust, nor did our shenanigans,” said actress Kathy Najimy last year on Airbnb. “What better way to celebrate the season than to host guests at the trio’s historic haunt for a night they’ll remember for years to come?”
Thirty years ago, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Najimy created their seminal roles. In the sequel, a new witch is introduced played by Hannah Waddingham. We also get a little origin story that explains why the sisters became so wonderfully evil.
Unfortunately, the cottage doesn’t have a full bathroom, but there is a modern portable one just outside.
If you should happen to nab the reservation the cost for two people is only $31 (that doesn’t include some taxes and fees).
Booking opens at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for an exclusive stay on Thursday, Oct. 20.*
*This one-night stay is not a contest. Guests are responsible for their own travel, by broomstick or otherwise.
As though untouched by time, our creaky old cottage stands tall amidst the trees, beckoning visitors as if by trance. Enter by window or water wheel, but watch your step – a cobweb or two and the smoke from our cauldron await you inside.
Amidst the broomsticks and apothecary bottles, the Black Flame Candle flickers and our beloved Manual of Witchcraft and Alchemy sleeps deeply – lest something (or someone) wakes it. It’s a magnificently eerie scene certain to get guests in the Halloween ‘spirit.’
Prior to slumbering in our humble abode, guests can:
– Try their hand at enchantments enshrined in the ancient spellbook that guided us in all our mischief. (Maybe just don’t expect to turn anyone into cats as a result).
– Explore the dark, rich history of Salem with visits to some of the town’s most haunted properties.
– View a special screening of Hocus Pocus 2, streaming on Disney+ beginning Sept. 30 (rated PG, Disney+ subscription required, must be 18+ to subscribe).
To support the next generation of the historic city, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, which aims to ensure that success is within reach of every young person who walks through their doors.
Other things to note
We aren’t much for sunshine, so our socially distanced on-site concierge will ensure a comfortable stay for you and your guest in our stead – including showing you around and arranging meals.
Guests should also note that because our precious cottage doesn’t come with ‘facilities’, if you will, we’ve added a modern outhouse just steps from the home for your convenience.
Those looking to book should note that this stay’s rules require strict adherence with local COVID-19 guidelines. On-site staff will follow applicable local, state and federal guidelines as well as Airbnb’s COVID-19 Safety Practices, which include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing when required by local laws or guidelines, and abiding by our five-step enhanced cleaning process.
The cottage is privately owned and operated.
This article has been updated to reflect 2023 details.