Bette Midler posts a final Hocus Pocus reunion photo with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy to raise funds for an NYC nonprofit
Bette Midler joined her Hocus Pocus costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy for a reunion on Friday in support of the New York Restoration Project.
The 74-year-old actress was in full makeup and costume as the witch Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson from the 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus as the three stars performed in front of blue screen.
The trio were back in action to help raise funds for the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), which helps to create parks and green spaces in under-resourced communities in New York City.
Last glimpse: Bette Midler, 74, shared a final photo from her Hocus Pocus reunion with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy on Friday ahead of their performance at the New York Restoration Project benefit
Midler’s photo showed her gesturing sinisterly while flashing her cartoonish fake teeth, while Najimy and Parker seemed to be pulling at something unseen.
The theatre legend was dressed in a green and purple costume, while the other actresses both wore red and orange dresses with purple skirts.
‘It is time! The reunion of all reunions is very near,’ Midler wrote, before reminding her 1.2 million followers to check in at 8 p.m. ET.
After the show, the First Wives Club star shared a text post in her Instagram Stories to thank her viewers.
‘THANK YOU to everyone who watched, participated, or had a hand in the creation of #HocusPocus #NYRPHulaween to benefit @nyrp,’ she wrote.
‘I am flabbergasted at the outpouring of love & goodwill for the return of the Sanderson Sisters, witches extraordinaire!’
‘Flabbergasted’: After the show, the First Wives Club star shared a text post in her Instagram Stories to thank her viewers
On Monday, Sarah Jessica Parker posted three images from her recent Hocus Pocus reunion to promote the benefit on Instagram.
‘The candle was lit,’ the actress, 55, said in the caption. ‘For the best possible reason. In support of [New York Restoration Project].’
Parker, who played Sarah Sanderson in the 1993 Disney movie, added: ‘We laughed, made mischief and even sang a little song that might be familiar.’
Promotion: On Monday, Sarah Jessica Parker, 55, posted three photos from the reunion
She tagged the post #NYRPHulaween and added: $10 dollar tickets and all details available with a link to the project’s website, adding a pair of other shots from the promotional shoot.
The post came a day after Midler shared a photo of the trio in costume as the Sanderson sisters from the movie to promote the event on the eve of Halloween.
Midler posted the pic to her Instagram and wrote alongside it: ‘Your 3 fav witches – @sarahjessicaparker @kathynajimy & ME – are returning for 1 night only on 10/30 at 8p ET!’
She added: ‘In Search of the Sanderson Sisters’ is the best thing to happen to #Halloween since Hocus Pocus + Reeses Pieces.’
Jubilant: Parker played Sarah Sanderson in the 1993 Disney movie
Fun day: She said of the outing, ‘We laughed, made mischief and even sang a little song that might be familiar’
Hocus Pocus: On Sunday, Midler shared a photo of herself, Najimy and Parker back in costume as the Sanderson sisters to promote a charity fundraiser
The New York Restoration Project. nonprofit was founded by Midler and partners with communities to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the benefits of nature, through its environmental justice work.
In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover will be a one-hour virtual broadcast hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Also slated to make an appearance are celebrities such as Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Billy Crystal, Martin Short and Sarah Silverman.
Charity event: The three stars are reuniting to raise money for the New York Restoration Project that was founded by Midler and works to ensure all New Yorkers have access to nature
For a good cause: ‘In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover will be a one-hour virtual broadcast hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Tickets cost $10 and there is also Hocus Pocus-themed merchandise available to purchase.
Hocus Pocus was released in 1993, and the comedy followed the Sanderson sisters who come back from the dead to terrorize Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween.
The movie was directed by Kenny Ortega and has become something of a cult classic, especially around Halloween, though it was initially a commercial flop and was met with mixed reviews from critics.
Cult classic: Hocus Pocus was released in 1993 and the comedy followed the Sanderson sisters who come back from the dead to terrorize Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween