Bette Midler just watched ‘Hocus Pocus’ for first time in 20 years

Returning to her roots! Bette Midler finally watched Hocus Pocus for the first time in nearly two decades — and she absolutely loved it!

“I do not watch it regularly. In fact, I had not seen it in at least 20 years,” Midler, 72, revealed to Us Weekly and other reporters at her Hulaween gala benefiting the New York Restoration Project on Monday, October 29. “I watched it the other night, the night of the anniversary or the night before the anniversary, because I said, ‘You know what? I better look at this again.’ So I watched it and I loved it! I loved it! I thought it was so funny.”

Midler starred in the beloved 1993 Halloween flick alongside Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. The trio played a coven of centuries-old witchy sisters resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, to cause chaos in the town.

During her chat with Us, Midler revealed that she was so impressed by her costars’ performances while recently watching the cult classic. “The first time I watched it, I was only watching myself, but this time I saw everybody, and I tell you, those girls in the back of me, the were going full blast!” she exclaimed. “They were giving me a run for my money and everybody was great.”

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Bette Midler through the years
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Bette Midler through the years
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bette Midler Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Singer Bette Midler on September 12, 1973 -- (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' at Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' show in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BETTE MIDLER: OL' RED HAIR IS BACK -- Aired 12/07/1977 -- Pictured: Actress/singer Bette Midler (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler in a scene from the movie 'The Rose', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1981: Bette Midler circa 1981 in New York City. (Photo by CW Braun/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler poses for a portrait, Los Angeles, California, late twentieth century. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler in a scene from the film 'Beaches', 1988. (Photo by Touchstone/Getty Images)
Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg during Exits at Cirque Du Soliel - 1989 at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/singer Bette Midler during an interview with and host Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
Bette Midler during Rally For Democratic Change and Voter Registration at UCLA Campus in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 29: Bette Midler performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 29, 1994 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Bette Midler is uneasy as Dennis Farina hugs her from behind in a scene from the film 'That Old Feeling', 1996. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
PASADENA, : Winner of an Emmy in the category of Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her role in 'Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas,' Bette Midler poses for photographers at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, 14 September 1997. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is organizing the 49th Emmy Awards. AFP PHOTO/Kim KULISH (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)
Rosie O'Donnell and Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 2nd Annual Halloween Ball for New York Restoration Project at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Hulaween 111' to Benefit New York Restoration Project - 1999 - File Photos at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
383689 10: Actress Bette Midler Stars As Herself In Cbs' Popular Television Series 'Bette.' (Photo By Getty Images)
Diva BETTE MIDLER comes to television this season starring in a sitcom about a diva, named Bette, who's aging, and trying to survive. Photos during the taping at Culver Studios September 21, 2000. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK-OCTOBER 23: Actress Bette Midler appears in the press room for the New York Restoration Project Hulaween Gala October 23, 2002, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
Bette Midler during 12th Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert - Show at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Bette Midler during World Premiere of 'The Stepford Wives' at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Actress Bette Midler attends the annual Hulaween Gala to benefit the New York Restoration Project on October 26, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, QSL - APRIL 08: Singer Bette Midler performs live in concert at the Boondall Entertainment Centre on April 8, 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Musician Bette Midler attends the ''7th On Sale'' gala at the 69th Regiment Armory on November 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 07: Entertainer Bette Midler sings during the 100th performance of her show, 'The Showgirl Must Go On' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace June 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera gala permiere of 'Armida' at The Metropolitan Opera House on April 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (NO TABLOIDS) Bette Midler at the 'Parental Guidance' Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4573 -- Pictured: Bette Midler arrives on November 25, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0156 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Bette Midler during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 5, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera 2015-2016 season opening night of 'Otello' at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Singer Bette Midler attends Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Atrium and Ertegun Hall of Fame grand reopening at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress/singer Bette Midler attends AARP's Movie For GrownUps Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Michael Douglas(L) and actress/musician Bette Midler attend AARP's Movie For GrownUps Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AARP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress, singer and founder of NYRP Bette Midler attends the 2016 New York Restoration Project's Spring Picnic at Morris-Jumel Mansion on June 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Bette Midler attends the Delacorte Theater on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Bette Midler dressed as Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus attends Bette Midler's Annual Hulaween Bash benefiting the New York Restoration Project at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom on October 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Bette Midler is seen on November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG012/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Bette Midler who won a Special Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award poses at the 2017 Drama League Awards Luncheon at The Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Best Actress in a Musical Winner for 'Hello Dolly!' Bette Midler accepts her award at the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Presentation at Sardi's on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Bette Midler attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Bette Midler, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Musical for �Hello, Dolly!,� poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Bette Midler attends her 2017 Hulaween event benefiting the New York Restoration Project at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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As for a potential sequel? “You know, we’ll see. Who knows?” the Golden Globe winner coyly teased. “Never say never.”

Midler also weighed in on the Hocus Pocus remake in the works at Disney Channel. “I think it’s fantastic. It’s found it’s wings and it’s just flown away,” the Broadway star raved. “It’s turned into this beautiful creature. It was like an ugly duckling, a little creature that nobody thought could do anything and now it’s a swan.”

Back in 2015, Midler shut down rumors that the film would make a comeback. “After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no,” she said in a Facebook chat at the time.

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Ciara attended BACARDÍ's presents Liberate Your Spirits Halloween party on Tuesday night in Brooklyn, where she performed a slew of her hits.

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Emily Ratajkowski attended Travis Scott's Halloween At The Weekend Unlimited Delilah Take Over on Wednesday in L.A.

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Travis Scott performed at his Halloween At The Weekend Unlimited Delilah Take Over party on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Deliliah)

Kaia Garber, Rande Garber, Cindy Crawford and Presley Gerber attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night.

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Joe Jonas and friends attended Kate Hudson's annual Halloween party presented by Amazon at director Simon Kinberg’s house in the Hollywood Hills.

The Backstreet Boys show off their Halloween looks (drawn from their own "Everybody" music video!) backstage of their Las Vegas residency.
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney attend Casamigos & CATCH Halloween party at CATCH Las Vegas in ARIA Resort & Casino on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for CATCH Las Vegas)
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Diddy was among the star-studded crowd at the Ignite Halloween Party at Dan Bilzerian’s Bel Air Mansion.
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: Cindy Crawford (L) and Rande Gerber attend Casamigos Halloween party at CATCH Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Casamigos)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: Television personality Jonathan Scott attends Casamigos & CATCH Halloween party at CATCH Las Vegas in ARIA Resort & Casino on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for CATCH Las Vegas)
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Cindy Crawford attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night.

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Olivia Munn attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night.

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Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night. (Credit: Casamigos)
Linda Thompson and Brandon Jenner attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night. (Credit: Casamigos)
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