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Dress Like A Good Witch

Updated on August 20, 2014

Good Witch Costumes: Envisioning and Re-Envisioning

What's with wicked witches? Not all witches are bad, as the witch of the North told Dorothy when she first blew into Oz more than a century ago and announced that she thought all witches were wicked. Oh, those stereotypes...

Today's witches, too, can be more nice than naughty. And they can move beyond the stereotypical! True, you can often tell by a witch's attitude by her outfit and accessories, but it's not always a simple matter of "Good guys wear pink". Glinda immortalized the witch-in-pink look in the 1939 movie, but some Oz witches wear white. And some good witches wear charcoal black -- or a combination of charcoal black and funky patterns.

Interested in being a good witch on Halloween? There are quite a few looks that a good witch can pull off. Let's take a look at some of the options...

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Good Wishes for Halloween - (Or is it "Good Witches"?)

This card dates back to the Edwardian era. It shows a colorful witch with a lace-up bodice -- not such an uncommon witch look.

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The Good Witch Tea Party - With Some Good Witches in Attendance

Here we find a mom and daughters hosting a good witch tea party. You wouldn't mistake these girls for flower fairies! They have traditionally styled witch hats in a variety of colors. Their outfits incorporate both blacks and brights. You'll find some traditional Halloween d├ęcor lurking about...

Funky 'Good Witch' Costume

Isn't the storybook book witch witch with the funky clothes good? Here is a witch costume that is more funky than scary. Still, it's obvious this is a witch and not a fairy! It's not quite your typical "pink princess" look, though it does combine pink with green and black. Stripes galore!

Drawing Inspiration from Dorrie

When I first looked at photos of girl's in funky good witch costumes, I thought of a book from childhood, but couldn't rememember the character's name. Here she is: Dorrie the little witch whose socks never matched.

Inspired by Dorrie? It looks like the basics would be easy to put together: a plain black dress or robe, two long stockings with mismatched stockings. Her witch's hat is crumpled.

A Tutu-Clad Good Witch

Obviously a witch witch with the cone shaped hat and the black accents... but I do think a good one!

It says the wand is not included. I guess that means no spider either!

I am not sure whether she is better served by a wand or a broom, actually. Maybe both! Maybe... a hot pink dust broom!

Tutu Tutorials for Aspiring Witches

What is it about a tutu that suggests this is not your ordinary wicked witch? A search for make-it-yourself good witch costumes yielded several with tutu tulle in staring roles.

Tutus are relatively easy to make, and you can select the color scheme.

Make a Witch Hat

There are plenty of tutorials for making a witch hat. Once you've got the basics, you can make some simple modifications for the good witch look you want. Use the color (or pattern) that you like -- or start with plain ol' black and add accents later. (How bout some great big construction paper daisies?)

What Kind of Hats do Good Witches Wear?

These are all hats that I can imagine good witches wearing. What do think is the most appropriate headgear?

Good Witch Make Up Tutorials

Most of the good witch makeup tutorials I have seen have been inspired by Glinda.

The first is a traditional look: pink, blue, and sparkly.

The second is a stylized look with a butterfly. (Who says you have to be a wicked witch to change the color of your face?)

Witches and Stereotypes

The Wizard of Oz movie really played it up: ugly wicked witch, pretty good witch. The images have been modified a bit in the time since, but a lot of us picture the wicked witch as green and wart-covered.

What do you think? Does it give children the idea that homeliness is associated with evil and beauty good?

Is there danger in portraying bad witches as ugly and good witches beautiful?

Re-Envisioning Glinda

Glinda has been illustrated -- and envisioned -- many times. The opening picture shows her as she appeared in Frank Baum's day.

In this trailer to the new Wizard of Oz movie, we catch a glimpse her in a cream-colored gown that (I think) has a bit of a Renaissance look.

Good or Bad for Halloween?

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    • fungusclinic lm profile image

      fungusclinic lm 5 years ago

      I like your lens topic and all good witchy dresses.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for good witches - thanks so much for sharing!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Good. My toddler wouldn't wear a hat so she got a barette with a hat on it. Cheers~cb

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      My girl is definitely going as a good witch.

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      ShineRita 5 years ago

      Great lens idea!!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      A bit of both is ok for Halloween I think, as long as its harmless fun

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, as I think you know, I'm all about good witches for Halloween, and the good witches in my world wear purple shoes!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Hi! I like the idea of a good witch. Love your lens Blessings

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      sandralynnsparks 5 years ago

      Good! I love it!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Good. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will become a witch and scare my neighbors pray for them thanks for sharing

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Good witch or bad witch - the witchy costumes are great for Halloween.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This is refreshing - a good witch. Thank you for publishing this lens. We needed a voice from the other side of the fence.

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      I like this lens. Fun!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Always good!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Funny and Fantasy all the way!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting. Guess I always think of bad witches at Halloween.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I'm liking the good witch costumes, because I can use it for other occasions as well as Halloween. Thanks!