‘Hocus Pocus’ pics went viral; now sisters go 50s retro as ‘Grease’ girls


WACO, Texas (KWTX) Three local sisters whose Halloween costume photos went viral last year as they channeled their inner Sanderson sisters from the 1993 hit movie “Hocus Pocus” have struck gold once again costumed as girls from the iconic 1950s high school musical and movie “Grease.”

Landri Grabenstein, 7, and her twin sisters Alli and Maddi, 9, all students in the Midway ISD, posed for photos in their costumes Sunday at the Bosqueville football stadium, along with some classic cars, and at the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo grounds in Waco.

Heather Rust, the same photographer who shot the viral pictures last year, took this year’s photos.

“I feel we topped last year’s “Hocus Pocus” photoshoot by having the HOT Fair in town as well as the classic cars,” Rust said.

“When planning the session with their mom, we both wanted to make sure we not only documented their personalities along with this year’s theme, but also kept it local to areas the girls have spent their childhood making memories.”

Alli dressed as Sandy, the character played in the hit movie by Olivia Newton John.

Her twin, Maddi played Frenchy and Landri went as Rizzo.

The girls’ mother, Heather Grabenstein, said she’s been working since last year planning the girls’ costumes.

“It’s taken me months to get it all together,” she said.

“But the girls love it,” she said.

Heather said the costumes were pieced together from items she tracked down from everywhere from Marshalls to Amazon to Target.

Putting it all together was no easy task.

“I like that it’s so different than last years,” Grabenstein said.

“This one was more fun for me. It took a lot more time. Last year I just used their regular hair. This year we had to use wigs and they have so much hair. We started at 11 in the morning getting ready and didn’t finish getting until 4:40 when it was time for the photoshoot,” she said.

Grabenstein said her daughters have only seen “Grease” three times, but nailed the personalities of the characters whom they portrayed, just as they did last year with “Hocus Pocus”, a movie they’d seen often.

“They’ve only seen “Grease” maybe three times but they got into it,” she said.

“I was like ‘what in the world we should be in Hollywood,’” she said.

The girls’ pictures last year were viewed hundreds of thousands of times and picked up on websites and websites worldwide, including “Good Morning America.”

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