“Hocus Pocus 2” is quite different from the original. Not only does it feature a new group of teenagers reminiscent of the Sanderson sisters, but it was also filmed in an entirely new location.
The 1993 movie takes place in the iconic town of Salem, MA, and while the sequel is still set there, it was actually filmed in Rhode Island. According to RI Monthly, filming took place between October 2021 and January 2022, primarily in Providence, Lincoln, and Newport. (Although they are all within a two- to three-hour drive from Salem.)
Among the Rhode Island locations used in the film was Providence’s Atwells Avenue, with Elite Daily reporting that a corner bakery, an Italian restaurant called Roma Ristorante, and a market were used. Nearby Carpenter Cemetery, Newman Congregational Church and the private La Salle Academy Catholic High School were also used in several shots, according to WPRI 12. Brown University served as the exterior for Salem High School, while La Salle Academy was used for indoor shots. according to ProvidenceJournal.
The outlet also revealed that the Providence castle-like Cranston Street Armory was used for indoor flight scenes and played host to Forbidden Woods. Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Chase Farm was used as the location for a replica of Salem’s old world. Additionally, Newport’s Washington Square became the setting for a fall festival taking place in modern-day Salem display, while North Kingston’s Quonset Business Park played host to the Magic Shop sound stage and stage. .
As the film was being made, a handful of locals shared glimpses of the production. Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee also released a statement about the filming, saying, “On behalf of Rhode Island, I am proud and honored that once again our beautiful state, with its unique scenery, landscapes and local talent, will be the backdrop of a great movie. Film and television productions like ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ have a positive impact on our businesses and move our economy in the right direction.”
Check out some sneak peeks from the “Hocus Pocus 2” set below for an inside look at the spooky production.