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8 Different Witch Costumes for your Halloween Party

by | Oct 1, 2019 | Costumes and Cloaks | 1 comment

We identified 8 different types of Halloween witch costumes. However, when your friend tells you they’re going as a “witch,” that doesn’t tell you as much as you may think.

Witches can be scary and green. or playful.

Apart from black, purple is also a popular color for witches. 

The modern sexy witch often has a form-fitting black dress, though, of course, all of these styles can be worked into something sexy.

And let’s not forget good witches! Sometimes Glinda the Good Witch is who you want to be.

Witch Costumes

1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz.

1. Scary Green Witch Costumes

What a lot of people think of as the prototypical “witch” look dates to the 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz. The film presentation of Baum’s Wicked Witch of the West has become a standard for how we think of scary witches.

This witch face is a deep green. Her costume included a pointed witch hat, black witch hair, black dress, straw broom, pointy black shoes, and long finger nails. A green wart or two completes the look. The Wicked Witch of the West has an eye-patch in the novel but not in the movie. Little dogs are optional (nah, who am I kidding — little dogs are adorable).

Witch Costumes

Knott’s Berry Farms Scary Green Witch

Another infamous green witch is part of Knott’s Scary Farm, an annual event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. The whole 160-acre theme park is transformed into an event with roaming monsters, terrifying mazes and scare zones. The green witch is the longest participating character at the Scare Farm for the last 5 decades. Apart from the rich green skin, nose, and warts, this witch breaks from the Oz witch with a more eclectic costume — though the pointy hat is a must.

2. Cobweb Witch

Cobweb Witch

Find the instructions for this fabulous no-sew Halloween cobweb cape on Dalia’s Creates.

This witch might have a spiderweb themed hat, skirt, dress, leggings and / or make up. Whether you make your own DIY cobweb or purchase from a craft store or Halloween store, there is so many fun things one can do with this cobweb motif. You can tell I’m getting excited about the possibilities. The cobweb texture adds a lot of interest and uniqueness to the witches costume.

Some party or craft store sells spiderweb table runners. One can cut the table runner into an eye-catching skirt. You can also add some white or red rhinestones to the cobweb to make the pattern more visible. Very chic too!!

Another amazing idea is this felt spiderweb cape on Dalia’s Creates. She explains step-by-step in the tutorial how she made one for herself and her daughter.

This also shows how a single piece can make a costume. You could grab (or make) a spider-web cape and wear pretty much whatever you want with it (well, maybe not sweats and a sporty-T). A pointy hat can have the same effect.

3. Tutu or Tulle Witch Costumes

Like the spiderweb witch, the tutu witch is an elegant, classy, chic witch. Looking at witch costumes online, you’ll see these witch tutus in a variety of colors such as green & black, gold & black, white & black, multi-colored, red and black, purple & black. I think I’ve named all the primary colors except blue. Haven’t seen a blue witch tutu as of yet. Check out this elegant, elegant giant tulle skirt from blogger ChicGeekErin.

Witch Costumes

Giant tulle skirt from blogger ChicGeekErin


In my book, this goes along with the Elizabethan style of witches costume (as in the photo from Hocus Pocus below). Lush colors, large skirts, and ornate finishing give the impression of wealth and power — and an immortal being who’s been alive for centuries, and locked in her fashion sense in the 1500s.

Witch Costumes

The movie “Hocus Pocus”, 1993

4. Purple Witch

At some point purple became as much a Halloween color as orange and black. Many people find purple a powerful color, after all it was a color used by royals to symbolize power and wealth. It also has a spiritual connotation for many people as purple was used for European clergy vestments as well.

Personally, I associate purple with the supernatural as its popular for witches. Most purple witch costumes combine generous amounts of purple and black on the hat, dress, boots, tulle shirt or, dramatic purple eye make up as shown here!

So pairing a hat or some make up with something purple (and probably something black) might be all the costume you need. Note that the color does need to be purple or violet. In my opinion, lavender just won’t have the same effect. Check out this Purple Spellbound Witch – Makeup Tutorial at Cupful of Sprinkle.

purple witch costumes

Purple Witch – Spellbound Witch – Makeup Tutorial at Cupful of Sprinkle

5. Playful or Whimsical Witch

These witch costumes might include a bright colored tutu. You can find witches tutus in an array of colors such as gold and black, red and black, purple and black, green and black, purple and black — even multi-colored. These costumes might feature lots of jangling pieces and mixtures of styles (like Witchie-Poo in the 70’s from H.R. Puffnstuff. )

A popular witch costume accessory are striped tights like the whimsical purple and black ones below.


Really, a playful witch costume is like a sexy witch costume — it can be based on any of the other styles, but done with a sense of fun (and striped purple leggings).

6. Gothic or Veiled Witch

The goth witch look is extremely popular! More and more people have been expressing the dark side of their feminine person for Halloween or throughout the year if they identify as a witch or pagan. Personally, I believe its cathartic or freeing to delve into the dark side as there is often pressure to be sunny so much of the time. But I digress.

The gothic witch costume could consist of black things already in your wardrobe or perhaps you’d love to add a black hooded cloak from yours truly! Here’s a photo of one of our Raven Fox Cloaks as goth witch attire.Women's Black Cloak

The Goth style is different from the Elizabethan style because it borrows more from severe Victorian fashion rather than the ornate Elizabethan era, though it can feature a lot of velvet and rich color (though black is definitely the base).

7. Trendy, Modern, Sexy Witch

I don’t need to tell you that sexy witch costumes are hugely popular in the mainstream. I think woman just want to be more sexy than they can when at work or mothering or in other roles. Halloween is an opportunity to be sexy. Google “sexy witch,” and you’ll see hundreds of sexy witch costumes available from stores.

There are multiple inspirations for the sexy witches costumes. From Morticia of The Adams Family; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Lily of the Munsters: Siouxsie and the Banshees: as well as the popular Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Actress Melissa Joan Hart wore a regular high school student clothes on the last show. However, in this studio shot, she shows off a pretty elaborate sexy witch ensemble.

This is where anything black and slinky will help you out. Or a short black skirt with fishnet stockings. It’s not a bad idea to bring along a cover-up, though, for on your way to or from the party (a Raven Fox velvet cloak might be just the thing and can be found here).

Sexy Witch Costume

Publicity Still of Melissa Joan Hart who played Sabrina the Teenage Witch

8. Glinda, the Good Witch

Glinda is obviously quite different than our other witches because her costume is a light and sparkly ballgown. She first appears in Baum’s classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). In the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz, Glinda is a composite character. She’s Good Witch of the North and Good Witch of the South, but also the novel’s Queen of Field Mice, by being the one who welcomes Dorothy to Oz, sends her “off to see the Wizard,” and orchestrates her rescue from the deadly poppy field in addition to revealing the secret to going back home.

Over the last 100 years, Glinda has appeared in numerous books, movies and musicals such as Wicked, Once Upon A Time, Emerald City and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.

For a good-witch costume the base color is usually white, accented by gold or silver touches. For motifs, think of stars and butterflies rather than spiderwebs and pentagrams. Glinda is shown with a crown, but a tiara is also common for good witches, or a traditional pointed hat in white.

Good Witch Glenda

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (played by Billie Burke) and Dorothy (played by Judy Garland, right)

Well, that’s a wrap on our 8 versions of the witch costume. If you can think of some other distinct witch costumes, please add them in the comments and we might feature them as well! 

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1 Comment

  1. Wow, what a wickedly enchanting collection of witch costumes! Each costume exudes its own mysterious charm, making it impossible to choose just one favorite. From the classic black ensemble to the charmingly whimsical additions like feathered hats and lace-up corsets, Raven Fox Capes has truly captured the essence of witchcraft in these designs. These costumes are perfect for anyone wanting to embrace their inner sorceress and cast a spell of elegance and style at any Halloween gathering. Well done!

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