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How to make your own ‘Hocus Pocus’ spellbook for Halloween

It looks surprisingly easy to make!


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Oct 24, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:27 pm CDT

Hocus Pocus is a Halloween staple, but oddly enough, it’s not very popular for costumes. However, there’s one detail that any Hocus Pocus fan will recognize, and that’s the spellbook prop.

If you want a seriously realistic replica of the spellbook, you can head over to Etsy. Otherwise, we recommend this DIY tutorial. It shows how to make a Hocus Pocus spellbook handbag, eyeball and all. A perfect accessory for Halloween, or just for when you’re in a witchy kind of mood.


While DIY crafting tutorials can be a little deceptive, this one doesn’t look too difficult. Plus, most of the ingredients are things you’ll already have at home. It looks like the trickiest part is getting the eyelids right on the eyeball, and you can try those again if you get it wrong the first time.

You can find the full set of instructions at Babble. We also found a tutorial for a regular, non-purse spellbook, but to be honest the purse version looks simpler to make! And arguably more functional, unless you want your favorite cookbook to look like a haunted horror movie prop.

H/T Nerdist

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2017, 7:41 am CDT