Witches are a permanent part of pop culture. They pop up in everything from fairy tales to horror movies. Witches can be good or bad, but usually, they are bad. And the uglier they are, the more we love them. Witches come in many different types of ugly but, they need to have at least one mole, several warts, ratty black hair, and green skin. The image of the witch with green skin and a mole comes from the 1939 movie the Wizard of Oz, from the Wicked Witch of the West who torments Dorothy for killing her sister. The iconic image of a white witch also comes from the Wizard of Oz. Glinda, the Good Witch, is the quintessential good witch with a poofy pink dress, lovely curls, and a sweet lilting voice.
Most people prefer bad witches though. Evil witches are the personification of all the dark desires that people have but would never act on. They have magical powers that they can use to get even with people who have hurt them. They get to wear black all the time. They are feared but have no fear, and are not ashamed to give in to their desires. Witches can be found in every culture, and have been a part of culture ever since record keeping began.
Some historians say that the stories of witches as modern people know them originated with powerful men who wanted to get rid of the Goddess-worshipping religions throughout Europe. To scare people away from believing in these Goddess religions Christian church leaders and government officials spread stories about powerful witches who would hurt or kill people that they didn’t like and said that the Christian faith could save people from witches. In these stories, the powerful goddesses of legend were turned into powerful witches who were out to destroy humanity and collect souls for the devil. Religious scholars trace the origin of the myth of witches back through the Bible to Lilith. Lilith was Adam’s first wife who fled the Garden of Eden rather than is subservient to Adam and spent her time trying to lure him into sin.
No matter where the origin of the witch myth came from it’s clear that witches are here to stay. Witch costumes are one of the most popular Halloween costumes because witches can be anything you want them to be. There are ugly witch costumes complete with fake moles and scars, sexy witch costumes with vinyl dresses, high heels, and black wigs, and there are beautiful witches in pink dresses and with lots of glitters. You can make your witch costume out of accessories that you put together yourself, or you can buy a witch costume. The Wicked Witch of the West, or the many different witches in the Disney movies such as Maleficient or the witch who curses Sleeping Beauty are always an excellent choice.