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 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), sexy witch, child witch, cobweb 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