Christmas Creeps 56: Hocus Pocus

10/31/2017  By  Joseph Wade     No comments

Christmas Creeps is a podcast in which FRC writer Joseph Wade and his co-hosts crack wise about holiday movies and specials in search of the “True Meaning of Christmas”. They do this all year round for some reason. For more episodes, visit

Happy Halloween, everybody! Since today is the spookiest day of the year, no Christmas movie will do! On this double-wide episode, we tackle two staples of the Halloween season: First up, the Creeps dig into It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and whether or not it’s actually a terrifying portrait of existential dread. Also, we take a moment to consider how its normalized form of bullying has dated the Peanuts brand over time. (That’s a lie, we mention it maybe once. Still, it’s worth considering.)

After that, we talk out the weirdly sexual undertones of Disney’s 1993 witch comedy Hocus Pocus. What works about the story? What doesn’t hold up? Why did this flop back in 1993, and how did it creep into its status as a millennial cult classic? We attempt to answer these questions and more!


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Joseph Wade is secretly three bulldogs in a trenchcoat. Their favorite movie is Turner & Hooch.

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