This summer, you spent quite a bit of time outside with your kids enjoying everything the outdoors have to offer, which was loads of fun. One of the refreshing facts about fall weather is that you finally feel okay about spending more time indoors. As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, you can finally start taking advantage of your propane fireplace.

Unlike traditional wood-burning fireplaces, propane fireplaces are low-maintenance and easy to light. Instead of waiting for a wood fire to build, all you have to do to start a propane fire is flip a switch.

Besides curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and reading a good book, one of the most fun activities to do in front of a fireplace is to watch a good movie. The month of October offers a variety of great TV specials and movies because of Halloween.

One of the most beloved Halloween movies is the 1993 Disney movie, Hocus Pocus. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witches who kill children to preserve their own youth, this movie is a Halloween classic. Curl up with your kids this fall and watch this movie.

Would you like to know some more fun facts about this film? Keep reading to find out:

Disney Wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Max Dennison

Originally, DiCaprio was offered a huge sum of money to play the role of Max Dennison, the film’s protagonist. However, the young actor turned down the role and soon after agreed to play Arnie Grape in the 1993 movie, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. This role transformed DiCaprio’s career because he was nominated for both an Oscar and an Academy Award.

The Story’s Origins

Producer David Kirschner created the story one night as a bedtime story for his daughter. Rumor has it that he was inspired after spotting a neighbor’s black cat strolling through the backyard one night.


One of the central characters in the film is Thackery Binx, the young man who was transformed into a black cat by the witches. Binx the cat was played by nine different felines during filming.

Rosie O’Donnell Turned Down the Role of Mary Sanders

Originally, producers offered the role of witch Mary Sanders to Rosie O’Donnell. Apparently, O’Donnell simply didn’t want to play the part of a witch that kills children. Instead, Kathy Najimy took the role.

TV Movie Origins

Originally, this film was meant to be a TV movie, but the studio quickly caught on to its potential and made it into a major motion picture instead.

About Those Moths

When Billy Butcherson’s mouth stitches are cut open, moths fly out of his mouth, and they were real. To prevent the moths from flying down his throat and choking him, the crew placed a device into the actor’s mouth.

If you haven’t yet watched Hocus Pocus, our propane company highly recommends that you view it this Halloween season. In order for you to enjoy this film and other movies in front of your fireplace, you’ll need a reliable propane source. Contact DiSanto Propane for our home propane services, which includes automatic propane delivery.