Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy Reunite for 'Hocus Pocus' Halloween Takeover

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The virtual event on Friday also included appearances from Meryl Streep, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, Glenn Close and more top talent.

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker were among the castmembers from Kenny Ortega's 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus who gathered together on Friday for a virtual "Hulaween Takeover" event to raise money for the New York Restoration Project.

Titled "In Search of the Sanderson Sisters," the scripted event opened with Elvira, mistress of the dark, declaring "What better time for a vampire to try witchcraft," adding that she's taking online classes with the wicked witch of the west.

The fake documentary included the credit "A pretentious indie studio picture" and showcased a theme song by Adam Lambert and appearances from George Lopez, Sarah Silverman, Meryl Streep, Billy Eichner, Glenn Close, Billy Crystal and John Stamos.

A Salem native was played by Vinessa Shaw from the original film, who said, "I was five years old when I first heard of the Sanderson sisters…" She noted that Salem has been Sanderson-free since 1993 and now people dress up like them and make jokes.

Meryl Streep appeared as herself, telling a story of sitting in hair and make-up on Into the Woods, when a face appeared, overly made up, with two red growths on top of its head, holding a script. "She leans in and says 'go home, you’re not going to get the part,' Steep recalled, in character. "I already have the part" was her response, which caused the face to go "nuts." Security grabbed the creature, and then they disappeared.

Streep flashes forward to two weeks ago, when she was researching curses and came upon an etching that reminded her of that unsettling encounter. "You don’t forget that face," she said.

Silverman, labeled as "witch enthusiast," appeared reading a book about the Salem sisters and recalled how, in the late 1600s, it was a dangerous time to be a witch.

Doug Jones reprised his role as Billy Butcherson, who appeared perched on a grave and recalled, "I never intended to hurt anyone, none of us did… except, maybe Winifred," before recounting the story of how Winifred sewed his lips shut when she spotted him with Sarah.

There were a few 2020-themed references sprinkled throughout, such as Elvira's declaration that the pandemic has kept her on her toes.

Following a number of musical numbers — including one from Jennifer Hudson — and a costume contest featuring contestants debuting outfits on TikTok, Stamos finally encouraged Winfred to support a worthy cause, even though it's against her nature.