I first saw the greatest Halloween movie of all time, Disney's Hocus Pocus, in theaters, and what I remember most is how a musical number brought kids and teenagers (my sister included) out of their seats to dance. To this day, I have never seen that happen again.
Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy - looking back it was a young gay man's dream, and when I was in forth grade, me and two of my best girlfriends brought the movie to life on the playground almost everyday. We each played one of the witches, and I, of course, was Bette Midler's character Winifred.
Nothing seemed odd to me, or my friends, that I was playing a female character. She was the most fabulous and had lead vocals during "I Put a Spell on You," which we performed at least every other day on for the teachers assigned to playground duty. They loved it, and probably were thinking, "what a cute little gay boy" the entire time.
Fourth grade ended, puberty hit, and the world started changing. My female friends wanted real boyfriends. And during one of our only attempts at a revival of Hocus Pocus in fifth grade ended with me feeling depressed and confused.
During "I Put a Spell on You," there is the line where Winifred sings, "Ask my sister!" to which they answer, "She's vicious." We had always changed the line to "He's vicious," but that day with a group of boys standing around, my friend said "she" and all the boys laughed.