One of the classic, popular Halloween costumes is a witch costume. There are many variations -- the scary witch, the alien witch, witches from particular tales (e.g., Glinda the Good Witch of the north from Oz), sexy witch, child witch or other "themed" witches, such as a purple one.
The simple version of the costume is a black, long dress. Optional accessories include a wand, a cape, or robe, a long-haired black wig, pointed hat with a large, round, flat rim and/or a stuffed toy or rubber animal (such as a cat, owl, bat, rat, spider, or toad) to represent the witch's familiar. Some variations include an ugly face - either using a mask or face paint and a fake nose. A variation of the costume is the "sexy witch costume" with a short black dress and "hot" make-up.
To make the costume distinctive, the wearer may choose colors other than black. White is sometimes used for a "good" witch or green for an environmentally conscious witch.
- eHow on How to Create a Witch Costume
- Planet Green Make Your Own Cheaper, Better Halloween...Witch Costume (rather minimalist, but has instructions for making a hat)
- According to a National Retail Federation (NRF), a witch costume was the most preferred by adult women in 2011. Zombie, Vampire, Princess Costumes Top Consumers’ Halloween Favorites, According To NRF