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Halloween is so close you can practically taste the candy corn. And with that in mind, most of us are probably marathoning our favorite Halloween movies. One Halloween film that seems to be everyone’s favorite is Hocus Pocus. The feel-good film has become a cult classic since its 1993 release. But for those who love the movie, people will be happy to know that Newsday has reported a pop-up bar that is “Hocus Pocus” themed. And it’s coming to Farmingdale.

For those who may not be familiar with Hocus Pocus, the movie’s plot follows three Salem witches who are resurrected 300 years after their death on the night of Halloween. The movie stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary. The fictitious Sanderson sisters have become synonymous with the spooky season and as a result, there are often many Halloween events or foods which are inspired by Hocus Pocus.

And this pop-up bar is no different in that it takes its inspiration from a beloved Halloween movie. However, it’s a little different in that it is supposed to be a pop-up experience that will never be forgotten by those who attend.

The event will be taking place on certain October dates at the Main Street Social, an event space that often hosts pop-ups. According to Inner Splendor, the president of the Unique Social Events company and creator of the “Witch Craft” Halloween pop-up bar, Mike Marra, said the space will be transformed into a bar that boasts everything “Hocus Pocus” themed – from the decor to the drinks, and even the food. As Marra stated, “Being a big movie fan, there’s always that one favorite movie during a specific time of year. During Halloween, almost everyone loves the movie ‘Hocus Pocus.'”

The pop-up event will be held on October 16-18, October 21-25, and October 28 to November 1. Because of COVID-19, each seating time will be limited to 2 hours per table, since the event will be in an indoor space. Marra shared that the biggest priority will be placed on the health and safety of the guests and the staff, which is why there are so many precautions in place. Besides the time limits, tables will be socially distanced and guests will be required to wear masks when they’re not eating at their table. In addition, all tables will be equipped with hand sanitizer.

With such care for health and safety, those guests who are able to attend will be able to enjoy all that the pop-up bar has to offer in relative comfort and ease. Some of the food plates that attendees can look forward to enjoying are pumpkin risotto balls and fall crostini, which is crostini topped with brie cheese, apples, and honey – yum!

And no pop-up bar would be complete without drinks and this event will have plenty of witchy-themed cocktails as well as mocktails. Some of these drinks will even be smokey like a witch’s bubbling cauldron. The decor of the event space will incorporate different elements from the movie, and those who arrive on Friday and Saturday can expect to be greeted by the Sanderson sisters themselves.

Unfortunately, they won’t be the original Sanderson sisters but performers who dressed up for the occasion. Still, Marra shared that the overall aim of the event is to blow peoples’ expectations away. He stated, “We saw this as an opportunity to provide a ‘celebration’ but to make it an experience, all while keeping it in a safe environment.”

Sounds like it’ll be so much fun. I’m a little sad that I don’t live in Farmingdale. Is this an event that you would like to attend? Let us know!

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