How do you celebrate Halloween? One of my favorite Halloween traditions is to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and watch Hocus Pocus, the 1993 movie about three witches from Salem, Massachusetts who come back to life to terrorize the town (and suck the life from children, of course!). Despite that scary premise, Hocus Pocus is a silly and fun kid’s movie rather than a horror film, which is one of the things I love about it. The other this I love is that it stars Kathy Najimy, a prominent Arab American actress, as one of the witches. Najimy has been a great friend to the museum and has donated a number of items from her acting work, including a copy of Hocus Pocus and a signed photograph from the film. These seem like perfect items to share for Halloween!
Hocus Pocus is one of Najimy’s better known films, but did you know it wasn’t her only turn at playing the undead? She also starred in the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie The Scream Team, about two children who discover a group of ghosts whose job it is to help the recently deceased “cross over.” Najimy plays Moriah, a dead bride who is the boss of the so-called “soul patrol.” Another item in our collection is an original rendering of the costume for Moriah, once again signed by Najimy.
The collection also includes items from Najimy’s less spooky work, which includes both Sister Act movies, the TV shows King of the Hill and Veronica’s Closet, and the stand up comedy special The Kathy and Mo Show. We have a few of these items on display in our Making an Impact exhibit – be sure to check them out next time you are visiting the museum!