Hocus Pocus reunion Halloween fundraiser features some surprising celebrity guests

October 30, the Halloween season got a little spookier. Bette Midler, star of hit 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, held her annual “Hulaween” fundraiser and reunited fellow stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Viewers purchased tickets for $10 and were treated to a viewing of a video starring the Sanderson Sisters as well as surprise celebrity cameos. In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover was streamed October 30 at 8 p.m. E.T.

Viewers commented on how the plot of the fundraising video did not make sense and rather relied on the surprise of familiar faces and random tidbits. Though the original Sanderson Sisters were the main focus, the video itself relied on its special guest stars. The strange, nonsensical video featured celebrities such as Glenn Close, Martin Short, John Stamos, Billy Crystal, Alex Moffat, Billy Eichner, Alex Brightman, Bella Hadid, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Hudson, George Lopez, Sarah Silverman and Keenan Thompson. This video made many references to popular culture, as well as poked fun at current events, such as the election and pandemic chaos. It had several musical performances, and the hour long video of Hocus Pocus madness ended with a Mariah Carey cameo with Carey claiming it was “[her] turn now,” a direct reference to her hit song All I Want for Christmas is You, which dominates every holiday season.

The event was a fundraiser for Midler’s non-profit organization, the New York Restoration Project. The organization works on restoring and preserving parks and gardens in New York.