Mum Warns Parents Not To Let Children Watch Hocus Pocus 2

A mother has warned parents that watching Hocus Pocus 2 could see evil spells cast in their homes and potentially open 'the gates of hell'.
Credit: KWTX & Disney+

A mother has warned parents that watching Hocus Pocus 2 could see evil spells cast in their homes and potentially open ‘the gates of hell’.

Jamie Gooch, from Texas, said parents should not be letting their children view the fictitious Disney+ film.

The movie, a sequel to the 1993 cult classic, stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as a trio of Salem witches known as the Sanderson Sisters.

Talking to KWTX, mother-of-three Gooch said: “A worst-case scenario is you unleash hell on your kids and in your home.

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“Everybody thinks it’s fake and innocent, but they could be casting any type of spell that they want to, anything could be coming through that TV screen into your home.

“It grieves me, the thought of exposing our kids to darkness.”

Gooch, a conservative Christian who works on a farm with her husband, revealed that she and her family had not celebrated Halloween for ‘four or five years’ – and instead celebrated the harvest.

Halloween stems from Samhain (pronounced sow-win), a traditional Gaelic festival celebrating the end of the fall harvest.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, which was seen by the Daily Mail, Gooch encouraged mums to be the ‘gatekeepers of our homes’.

She added that she wanted to ‘sound the alarm’ on the new movie to ‘protect’ children.

Gooch wrote: “After all, the whole movie is based on harvesting the purity of children’s souls so that witches may live on… What is happening when we watch these films?

“What are we subjecting our minds to? What are we welcoming into the homes of our families?”

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Despite the obviously fictional nature of the film, Gooch believes just watching it could implicate viewers in the ‘evil doing’.

Gooch said: “So before you hit play on the night of the premiere of this movie, please ask yourself if not only your mind, but your children’s minds, are strong enough to ward off the hypnotisation and bewitching trance that will be coming through your screen to aid the desensitisation of the coming evil in this world.

“Don’t fall victim to the schemes of hell.”

In her conversation with KWTX, she alleges to have personally witnessed how shows and movies on television have ‘manifested in real life’. However, she did not elaborate on this.

Gooch has faced significant criticism following her post and subsequent interview with KWTX.

One person responded on Twitter: “Doesn’t she know the minute a parent condemns something/anything, it piques the curiosity and makes the child even more determined to pursue the condemned thing?

“Including her own kids and our society at large. Now… where can I find this movie?”

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Some people, however, defended Gooch’s comments: “I never watch movies like that. Nothing occult. I don’t celebrate death or fear, so I don’t celebrate Halloween.”

Hocus Pocus 2 is the number one film to premiere on Disney+ in the United States to date – based on ‘hours watched’ domestically in the days following its debut.

The sequel to the cult classic currently has a 6/10 IMDb score and a 65 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie revisits the story of the Sanderson sisters, who are Salem witches reincarnated by a book of spells determined to get their revenge on present-day Massachusetts.

You can see more from our interviews with the stars of Hocus Pocus 2 on our YouTube channel, IGV Presents.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.