Salem Witch Costumes for Halloween: Mary Sibley, Countess Marburg and More

"Only a fool runs quickly to war or love"...
"Only a fool runs quickly to war or love"... | Source

So You Want to Be a Salem Witch?

So you say you want to be a Salem Witch? Or perhaps you just want to look like one for Halloween this year? It won't take spells or curses to get you the perfect costume to emulate your favorite witch...just a little creativity and patience. Whether you want to make, create or buy your Salem Witch Costume, I've got many ideas for you here.

You have a whole gaggle of witches to choose from within the Salem show theme: Mary Sibley, Tituba, Countess Marburg, Mercy Lewis, or Anne Hale. Personally, my favorite is Mary Sibley but who doesn't love her? Come with me on a trip to Salem where we will be inspired to be devilish witches this All Hallows' Eve!

You can go true historical-style and dress in Colonial garb as your nod to the real Mary Sibley this Halloween.
You can go true historical-style and dress in Colonial garb as your nod to the real Mary Sibley this Halloween. | Source
If you can find a black cape or poncho, you can line the collar or hood with black fur and have the exact replica of Mary Sibley's.
If you can find a black cape or poncho, you can line the collar or hood with black fur and have the exact replica of Mary Sibley's. | Source

Mary Sibley Halloween Costume Ideas

I don't know about you but when I think of Mary Sibley, some of the first things I think of are her beautiful long black hair and her beautiful gowns. So the first place you'll want to start is your hair. Do you already have long hair? Perfect! You don't have to do much with it then. If it's dark, then leave it as is. If you have lighter hair, then you can dye it temporarily or use chalk or hairspray to dye it darker for your Mary Sibley look. If you have short hair, why not getting a long black wig from your nearest Halloween store? You can find some pretty cheap ones that will look almost as good as the real thing.

Next thing you'll want to focus on is a Mary Sibley costume. Are you going to make one? Buy one? Thrift one? Here are some things you'll want to keep in mind while piecing your Mary Sibley costume together:

  • you'll want a gown with a tight bodice and a large billowy skirt (or you can find a corset to put over a peasant top and a long bustled skirt)
  • dark colors are best as Mary Sibley usually wears black, dark red, dark purple, etc.
  • Mary Sibley is seen often wearing a black cape with a fur-lined hood (you can easily make this from a pattern if you don't want to buy one)
  • get yourself a pair of black laced-up boots (Victorian style), these can be found in thrift stores or online for fairly cheap (try amazon)

While the style of the Puritans in seventeenth century Salem truly looked nothing like the TV Show Salem, don't be afraid to find Victorian style pieces as this is the style used for the show.

In the first season of Salem Mercy Lewis is seen with the Scold's Bridle on, this is the same device the woman is wearing in this drawing.
In the first season of Salem Mercy Lewis is seen with the Scold's Bridle on, this is the same device the woman is wearing in this drawing. | Source
Mercy Lewis wearing the Scold's Bridle. You can make one of these out of leather pieces, scarves, etc. for an authentic Halloween costume.
Mercy Lewis wearing the Scold's Bridle. You can make one of these out of leather pieces, scarves, etc. for an authentic Halloween costume. | Source

Mercy Lewis Halloween Costume Ideas

You either love her or you hate her. There's no in-between feeling when it comes to the crazy, kooky yet entertaining Mercy Lewis on Salem. If you choose to dress as Mercy Lewis this Halloween, you have a few choices to decide upon.

A. Are you going to be the poor, possessed Mercy Lewis?

B. Or are you going to be Mercy Lewis when she becomes a witch?

If you're going with choice A, here's some ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • construct a Scold's Bridle (as pictured) from pieces of fabric, hot glue, etc.
  • Wear a raggedy, dirty old dress that you can get from a thrift store and tear apart to resemble Mercy's dress (pictured)
  • find a "bald" or "shaved" head wig to wear under your bridle to look like Mercy at her worst
  • put fake blood on one of your fingers to give the effect of a "bitten off" fingertip (Mercy bites her fingertip off in the first season)

If you're going with choice B, here are some ideas for a pretty Mercy Lewis costume:

  • find a frilly, Victorian-style dress like the one shown below (you can find them for cheap on Spirit Halloween, Amazon or you can pay more for a custom costume on Etsy)
  • make your own dress with a pattern and fabric from Joann's
  • wear a corset with a long skirt and lace-up Victorian boots
  • wear your hair down and curl it like Mercy's in the second season

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To dress up as the Countess Marburg is not something to take lightly...
To dress up as the Countess Marburg is not something to take lightly... | Source

Countess Marburg Salem Witch Costume Ideas

The insatiable Countess Marburg. The woman who threatens Mary Sibley's power and life. The most powerful witch in Salem...or so she said. You can really have a lot of fun with your Countess Marburg Halloween Costume.

Here are the Countess Marburg costume must-haves:

  • elaborate and fancy Victorian or Colonial-style gown with frills and lace, etc.
  • or a corset with long skirt and boots
  • purple furry coat
  • large jewel necklace
  • victorian boots

If you really want to go for it, you can have some fake blood dripping from your mouth or pour it over your body to look like Countess Marburg after one of her infamous blood baths!

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kittythedreamer 14 months ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, Jeannieinabottle! Halloween is always such fun.


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Jeannieinabottle 14 months ago from Baltimore, MD

This hub is filled with great costume ideas. Nice dresses from Amazon.... thanks for the tips!


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kittythedreamer 14 months ago from the Ether Author

Thank you, Genna. You're too sweet.


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Genna East 14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Witch costumes are so popular during Halloween...but too often they seem to lack originality or creativity. That ended with this article. You have given a time-worn tradition a boost with your ideas. Delightful hub. :-)


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kittythedreamer 15 months ago from the Ether Author

lucybell21 - Thank you so much. Looking forward to Halloween?


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lucybell21 15 months ago from Troy, N.Y.

Excellent article as usual! And really great ideas!


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kittythedreamer 15 months ago from the Ether Author

RedElf - They don't exactly match what would have been worn during that era, historically but the show is so awesome it doesn't matter anyway! LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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RedElf 15 months ago from Canada

Nifty costume ideas! These are a bit spiffier than the usual Pilgrim duds one usually associates with the Salem witch trials. I thought your pick for Countess Marburg was particularly fetching. Nicely done!

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