"I love it," she told Katie Couric Thursday. "We made it before the tidal wave of Halloween happened. Now it's like huge. It's huge -- kids, grown-ups, everyone takes part in it. This movie was kind of like the beginning of the wave."
"We laughed the whole time," she said of costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. "And we flew! We flew! And we got to wear like crazy noses and fake teeth and all those sorts of things."
But the 67-year-old actress and singer also addressed the racy performance aesthetics of modern-day pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Asked how she felt about their interest in pushing boundaries, Midler said 'there's a difference between pushing the envelope sexually and pushing the envelope creatively."
I think you can be as creative as you want to be ... you can roll out old ideas and give them a new coat of paint," she said. "But the idea of whipping out the girls, I don't know, there's a grossness to it that is not flattering ... to the women themselves."