Amanda as Sarah, Lauren as Winifred, Chrissy as Mary
Photo by Joits Photography
Bubble. Bubble. We're in trouble. All Hallow's Eve is upon us and Hocus Pocus is and will forever remain one of the greatest Halloween films ever. So, when photos starting circulating of this magical trio...we about lost our marbles. From the intricate details to the on-point signature expressions, we are officially under their spell. We had the opportunity to chat with the Sanderson sisters for a bit and it was nothing short of captivating!
All of these maahvelous ensembles were created by Lauren of Castle Corsetry, here serving up one glorious performance as Winifred. She poured hundreds, if not thousands, of hours into these pieces and her hard work certainly shines through. During creation, Lauren found it increasingly difficult to find any full length reference photos of Winifred's robes and certain details were a mystery. Because of this, she hid her own little Easter eggs among the rune-like designs all around the border of her over-dress. Some of these included nods to her favorite fandoms, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and even the Castle Corsetry logo! Lauren also taught herself how to do hand-drawn acid burn out on the silk velvet. Seriously now. Her skills go beyond this realm and we're convinced there most certainly is a degree of Hocus Pocus involved.
One year, this troupe of Sanderson sisters attended Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. It's normally against Disney policy to allow non-park employees to pose for photos with other guests, but the park was so taken with their mystifying aura and flawless costumes that they not only invited them to the parade later that evening, but also gifted them with VIP passes for the fireworks! Spellbound or hell-bound, either way, these ladies know how to work a crowd.
Photo by Joits Photography
Speaking of star treatment, Lauren (Winifred) and Amanda (Sarah) had the incredible honor of attending the 20th Anniversary screening on the Disney lot where they met a good chunk of the cast. Lauren also got to meet the legendary Bette Midler at the opening of her Los Angeles show where she snuck in her spellbook and had Bette sign it. We must also mention that Lauren rocks her spellbook like a clutch and stores her cellphone and business cards inside it while she's getting her witch on. When asked if she finds herself gently speaking to it, she had this to say, "I have been caught once or twice cooing to it, but I may have just been talking to Siri!"
Lastly, we must touch on what's next for these enchanting sisters of cosplay. There's been talk of Lady Tremaine and the wicked stepsisters, Josie and the Pussycats, but the Witches of Eastwick are a sure bucket list item! Did you, however, happen to catch their unique spin on the Sanderson sisters at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con? This mashup was based off of artwork created by SamHain1992. Hocus Pocus meets The Craft in a perfect medley of witchy angst and attitude! Hail to the Sanderson sisters! Hear us!