The story is loosely based on Salem’s very real history of witches. In 1692 and 1693, townsfolk accused more than 200 people of witchcraft and executed 20, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The Sanderson sisters are fictional (as is their cottage), but three sisters were really accused of being witches in 1692 – Sarah Cloyce, Rebecca Nurse, and Mary Easty, according to the Salem Witch Museum. Cloyce escaped, but Nurse and Easty were ultimately hanged.
Those brave enough to spend a night in the Sandersons’ cottage may want to sleep with one eye open. “Wooden boards that groan under the weight of curious cats and cupboards filled with the blood of owl and herb that’s red (and even a hair from Winifred’s head) await those who dare to explore the cottage’s dark corners,” Airbnb said in a statement.
Najimy said that she and her costars, Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), believe fans of the iconic movie will enjoy the experience.
“It’s going to be unique and frightening a lot like me,” Najimy said. “The actual whole cottage will have all the Sandersons’ touches. But they’ll have the things that people need to have a good time, sheets and towels and beds and broomsticks and dead man’s toes and frightening things like that too. Really wild vivid recreation.”
As for Najimy’s favorite room in the cottage? Mary’s loft, of course. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s my favorite room,” she said. “It’ll have Mary’s broom. It’s got frightening charm, little bits of scary things and is much better than the other two witches’ kingdoms. My loft is going to be cool.”
The cottage will host two guests for an exclusive stay on October 20 for only $31. The listing will be offered on Airbnb at airbnb.com/hocuspocus2 starting October 12 at 1 pm ET.
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