We’re back, Sisters! (You read that in Winnie’s voice, didn’t you?) The Sanderson sisters are, indeed, back in Salem running amuck. And your kids are asking if they can see this one. But can they? What is the true age rating of Hocus Pocus 2? Can your kids watch this one? We’re coving the 7 big things parents need to know about the age rating for Hocus Pocus 2 in this parents guide. ps – if you want to know about kids watching the original, read this parent guide for Hocus Pocus (1993).
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About Hocus Pocus 2
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge.
Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
Laugh at the funniest memes from Hocus Pocus 2.
Do You Need To See The First Hocus Pocus To Understand Hocus Pocus 2?
You really don’t. There is a short montage scene that basically catches the viewer up to speed for the current events.
If you felt the first one was innappropiate for kids, continue reading the parents guide for Hocus Pocus 2.
Age Rating Of Hocus Pocus 2: Parents Guide (7 Big Things!)
Can you believe it’s been 29 years since the Sanderson Sisters flew into theaters?
It’s true. And it’s also true that they are back, still looking to suck the souls of children in order to live forever.
Can your kids watch this one? What is the age rating of Hocus Pocus 2?
This parent’s guide will help you decide if your family can handle the seven big issues with movies and shows: mature topics, gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Hocus Pocus 2 age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
We counted very few concerning swears or language moments in Hocus Pocus 2, especially compared to the first movie.
Your kids will hear:
- S@tan’s work
- dev!l book
- holy Luc!fer
- G-d knows
- What the heck
Age Rating For Hocus Pocus 2: Is It Safe For Teens When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
Hocus Pocus 2 brings back some of the same gags and concerns from the first movie.
But they did it with less frequency and obviousness in this one.
A character talks about sharing a kiss in a cemetary.
The term virgin is only used 3 times compared to 10+ in the original. One thing to note: a young child around 6 years old straight up asks the question, “What is a virgin?.” And he’s given the complete wrong answer.
One character says that he couldn’t light the candle himself- because it wouldn’t work. And the teenagers respond with disgust when they realize he’s saying he’s had sex before.
The sisters discuss former lovers- and Billy is back!- so that term may be something the kids ask about.
Sarah is given more to work with in this movie, and points out how she is a loyal sister and not a fool. She still seems to like the boys, but is not sexualized in this chapter of the story as much.
There is no nudity in Hocus Pocus 2 and no phyical acts of sex either.
Violence and Gore: Is Hocus Pocus 2 Too Scary For Kids Under 8?
There are a few jump scares in Hocus Pocus 2 that may be mildly frightening for children.
A zombie rises from the grave. At one point his head is pulled off and his body is left wandering around on its on. This isn’t scary, exactly, just creepy to watch.
Children are still being hunted, the sisters vow to kill all teenagers they see, and there is one scene with a little blood. Teens are in peril.
There is talk of torturing children.
Overall, this isn’t a scary movie, but could be concerning for a sensitive child.
Is Hocus Pocus 2 Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
A few things may be triggers for your family, making Hocus Pocus 2 not ok for kids.
Witchcraft is the central focus of the movie.
The sisters are witches who talk about the devil and want to cast spells for revenge and to gain power.
If your family is not one to watch shows that fictionalize spells, witchcraft or talk of s@tan, then Hocus Pocus 2 is not kid-friendly for your household.
Similar to the original movie, the other concern may be that one of the spells requires a virgin to enact it. There isn’t as much emphasis on being a virgin in this movie, but it’s still noted.
The beginning of the film has the three orphaned sisters living on their own. Two of them are separated from the third in a dramatic moment.
There is a heavy thread of sisterly love and what it means to love your family in the movie as well.
Hocus Pocus 2 Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Hocus Pocus 2 is rated PG for action, language, macabre & suggestive humor.
But is Hocus Pocus 2 appropriate for kids under 8?
Is Hocus Pocus 2 Appropriate For Kids Under 8?
As always you know your kids best.
We do think the sequel to the 1993 movie is not quite as reliant on sexual humor which may make it more kid-friendly for your family.
Considering the overall themeatic, language and witchcraft topics, we’d suggest that parents watch this one with their children, especially ages 8 and under.
If your family has seen Hocus Pocus (1993) and have zero issues with the content, we think your kids are good to go with this much better produced sequel.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.