Trivia: Did you know… that Hecate was the Greek goddess of witchcraft?

As the days are shortening and the temperature is dropping, we are all feeling autumn creep up on us. No need to fret! Here at Oya Costumes, we’re excited for sweater weather, leaves changing colour and most especially… pumpkin pie! While we’re inside with our warm drinks, why not sit down at your computer and check out some of our oh-so-scary, oh-so-Halloweeny witch costumes, which we carry both Womens Witch Costumes and Girls Witch Costumes! The witch is the most classic Halloween number, alongside the cat, ghost and pumpkin.

Witchcraft has historically been defined as the ability to influence someone else’s mind or body involuntarily. Powerful, prophetic, enchanting and mysterious, witches have epitomized the Halloween spirit for years. In Christianity and Islam, spell-casting was also viewed as heretical and was overwhelmingly associated with women. In recent years, many women have reclaimed this image, as this interesting article explains. Rather than ignoring the dark history associated with witches, many have chosen to embrace it and redefine it. Today, there are possibly as many as 1 million pagans in the United States alone. To learn more, here are 9 things you may not know about real-life American Witches. Witch costumes are making a comeback this season and are more interesting than ever.

Here at Oya Costumes, we’ve looked through our huge selection of Women’s witch costumes and Girls Witch Costumes to find the best of the best. Here are a few that caught our eye this season. All of them have a unique little feature to make you cackle – in style, of course. And if these don’t tickle your fancy, don’t worry! We have TONS of witch costumes and accessories ready for the choosing.

Maleficent Witch Costume

Maleficent is probably one of the most well known witches out there. And let’s be honest, she’s one of the most powerful. For a truly awe-inspiring witch costume, dress up as this complex Disney villain. This is one costume that inspires respect, and if that’s not enough, you can use your powers to put an entire kingdom to sleep to show that you mean business.

Source: greyloch from Washington, DC, area, U.S.A on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Classic Witch Costume

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble… Sometimes, the best witch costume is a classic witch costume. Bats, black cats and pointy hats are the makings of a typical witch costume. A long black dress and the right accessories can go a long way!

Tim Green from Bradford – Witch on a bike on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Trivia: Did you know… that there is such a thing as technowitches? Think Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer! 

Scarecrow Wizard of Oz Costume

There are lots of more colourful witch costume for your little witch! Child witch costumes are very diverse and come in several styles and colours, so you can s-witch up your little one’s Halloween costume! Of course, classic witch costumes like Maleficent costumes are also available for children.

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Wicked Witch Costumes

The Wicked Witch of the West is probably one of the coolest characters in The Wizard of OzShe even got her own spin-off musical, Wicked! The musical shows there’s more to the Wicked Witch than the books and movies make it seem. She’s a complex character in her own right, and she’s fun to dress up as! Just make sure you use good quality green makeup.

Source: Chris Favero from USA on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Trivia: Did you know… that the face paint used for the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie was actually toxic? Thankfully, today, safe face paint is easily accessible.

Hocus Pocus Witch Costumes

Perfect for a group costume, Hocus Pocus Witch Costumes are a true Halloween classic. Grab two of your closest friends and get ready to cast spells!

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Around the Web

Want to learn more? Check out these interesting articles!

Monsters, men and magic: why feminists turned to witchcraft to oppose Trump

Whether it’s hexing the president, chatting in WhatsApp covens or featuring in TV reboots, radicalised women have been finding strength in the ancient pagan arts.
‘This is the time for getting scary,” the writer Andi Zeisler told Elle magazine on the eve of the 2017 Women’s March. “We need to go full witch.

Maleficent 2 Poster: Angelina Jolie Is The Mistress of Evil

Disney has released a new Maleficent: Mistress of Evil poster featuring Angelina Jolie’s titular character front and center. The original Maleficent was released in 2014 and offered a revisionist take on the evil fairy character from Disney’s 1959 animation Sleeping Beauty. Rather than a vindictive old hag, Jolie’s Maleficent was far more sympathetic and three-dimensional with a backstory that justified her thirst for revenge and a redemption arc that pitched her more as an anti-hero than an outright villainess.

A Look at the Newest Cast of London’s Wicked

A new crop of citizens are set to land in Oz in Wicked in the West End. The London production of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s hit musical will welcome Nikki Bentley as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda, and Broadway’s Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon) as Fiyero to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre beginning June 22

Joining them are Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Andy Hockley as The Wizard, Simeon Truby as Doctor Dillamond, Natasha Ferguson as Nessarose (the maternity cover for Carina Gillespie), and Idriss Kargbo as Boq.