★ Homemade Witch Costume Ideas | Halloween Fancy Dress For Women & Girls
DIY Hocus Pocus Outfits, Face Painting & Props
The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, Malificent from Sleeping Beauty and the Evil Queen from Snow White are the most famous of all the nasty witches in movies. Then there are the classic Halloween witches with their green faces, warts, pointy hats and brooms. And lastly, there are my personal favorites...the much-loved Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus (does anyone NOT love that film?!)
On this page I will be talking about creating costumes for all of these types of characters from scratch, as well as showcasing the best pre-made costumes that are available, and suggesting the best props to elevate your fancy dress outfits into something extra creepy.
There are links to the most useful tutorials plus video lessons in face painting and prosthetic special effects makeup. There's something for every witch-wannabe here for sure :)
The Evil Queen
Witchy Props; Creepy Nails & Face Paints
Cauldrons, black cats, wands and brooms are all part of a real witch's kit, and are a good purchase for younger girls as they can play with them to keep them amused during parties. It's props and the extra details that really help you get into character!
Ideas For Your Scary Costume
Including a List Of Witches From The Movies
The classic witch has warts, a pointy nose and chin and usually a green face. They are depicted as being old and haggard, and their hair is either black or gray. They also have a black cat, a broom, a pointy black hat and a black cloak. Some witches seem to have gained (usually black and green) stripey socks or tights. This is generally the style of witch that is most common, although you can also create your own interpretation, or replicate a character like the following examples...
Examples of witches from books, TV & film:
- The Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus (Winnie, Mary & Sarah) - see further down this page for more information
- The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz - an easy makeup job for this one as it's just all green, and the outfit is a button-up black top, a long black skirt and ruby slippers
- The Evil Queen who gives the red poison apple to Snow White - you can choose to dress up as the Queen or as the old hag she transforms into.
- Bellatrix Lestrange, Dolores Umbridge or another witch from the Harry Potter movies
- The Grand High Witch from The Witches movie
- Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid
- Elphaba from the musical Wicked
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
Organza, tulle, netting are popular materials for a witch costume, and shiny dark fabrics like satins are common too. The usual colors are obviously predominantly black, but purples, greens and oranges also feature.
Some suggestions for how to make your costume stand out more:
- Use layers of clothing or fabric, and perhaps a netted underskirt to make the skirt more voluminous
- Use different material textures such as nets with velvet or taffeta
- Add art to your fingernails e.g. drawing on cobwebs with nail art pens, or creating black and pointy nail polish designs
- Add props like a broom or a toy black cat
- Make your own or buy a sturdier witch's hat with character rather than the cheap and flimsy hats you can buy
- Make use of prosthetics and special effects makeup
- Dress as a movie witch rather than the regular 'scary witch'
- Use extravagant costume items such as a big flowing fabric cape you can swish around dramatically!
- Paint your hands to match your face
But most of all, have fun making your costume!
Best Pre-Made Costumes For Women & Girls
If you don't have a sewing machine or crafts aren't really your strong point, there is a fab selection of witch costumes available for women and girls, and they often include extras like masks and hats too.
Adorable pink and black velvet dress with a full skirt and matching hat. It's a classic witch costume for Halloween with ruffles and embellishments added to delight young girl witches!
Glamorous long gown with damask patterning on the black fabric, and open draping sleeves. I think the showstopper is the hat though with fabulous black feathers and netting embellishments!
Ursula The Sea Witch
This is the glamorous version of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. I like the hair and necklace details and the dress is gorgeous.
If you want to dress up more like the real thing you need white face paint (with a blue/purple tinge to it) and some killer eyebrows!
Photo by Pat Loika.
DIY Witch Costumes - Instructions For Making Your Own Scary Witch Costumes
These tutorials are for most common type of witch all dressed in black, and there are also instructions for making your own hat and skirts:
- Girl's Patchwork Costume
Cute dress for girls, with free sewing patterns provided.
- Grown-Up Modern Witch
Elphaba wicked witch costume, making use of regular black clothing.
- Homemade Costume Template
Lovely girls fancy dress making excellent use of netting.
- Dead Roses Witch Hat
A proper sewing pattern for making a durable, quality pointed hat.
- Wicked Witch Of The West Hat
Black felt hat based on the character Elphaba.
- Easy Costume For Young Girls
How to make a paper hat and a multi-colored tutu.
- Ursula the Sea Witch
With details about what the costume was made out of.
- Layered Ruffle Skirt
Perfect skirt for a witch if it is longer and made from black material.
- DIY Tutu
Step-by-step tutorial for a tutu, which often is the basis of a witch costume.
- Evil Queen Makeup
Walkthrough of how to apply scary women's face makeup.
- Elphaba Face Painting
With a good tip for setting the makeup with baby powder.
- No-Sew Garbage Bag Costume
Great for last-minute. I have fond memories of wearing bin bags as a kid!
- Spiderweb Outfit
Clever idea for using cobweb felt table runners and plastic spiders.
Homemade Witch Costumes & Broom
The Wicked Witch Of The West
The Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz movie has to be one of the best and most malevolent witches around, and is so well known that you are bound to be a hit at the party if you dress up in this costume.
The outfit is comfortable, nice quality, and a great copy of the original costume from the movie. The gown, petticoat, 2” long black fingernails and hat are all included, and the available sizes are small, medium, large and extra-large. Judging by the reviews on Amazon, it would probably be advised to size up when ordering this costume as it seems to be made on the small side.
Now all you need are the flying monkeys!
Girl's Witch Costume
It's quite easy to find cobweb fabric for sale, especially at Halloween time, so it would be relatively simple to create a very similar skirt to the one in this photo if you know the basics of using a sewing machine. The wings can be made using this method, and white puffy paint can be used to add the cobweb decoration onto them.
Photo by Tela Chhe.
Prosthetic Make-Up Products
If you want to really impress with your witch makeup, prosthetics are the way to go!
There are many awesome latex products available, including stick-on noses, chins and warts, so you can change your face shape to take on a whole new character.
The alternative to prosthetics is face paint, which is quicker to apply. Green, black and white face paints are pretty vital for creating the overall freaky look of an old hag, and if you can stick on a few Rice Krispies for warts and black a few teeth out too, you will certainly get the full gruesome effect!
Face Painting & Special Effects Makeup Videos - Lessons For Basic Face Paint Plus Looks Using Latex
The Sanderson Sisters - Tips & DIYs for Creating The Costumes
The most important tip I have for making a costume for either Mary, Sarah or Winifred is LAYERS! Different levels and layers of clothing really add to the style and quality of a costume, and to avoid it looking cheap at all, it's important to avoid shiny fabrics or bright colors. Always choose materials that are rich in color.
Adding fabrics with different textures like velvets really add to the custom-made and unique look of the outfit, and the best places to find the right patterns and colors of clothing are thrift stores and charity shops. You won't be able to find replicas of the costumes anywhere (unless there is a business somewhere custom making them - and then it'll be very expensive) - so homemade is definitely the way to go.
Altering and embellishing any clothes you buy to make them more suitable will take time so this won't be a last-minute type of costume, but it'll be so worth it! The most important thing to look for is the correct pattern and type of fabric, as the rest can be changed.
The following links show examples of costumes that other people have made, as well as helpful skirt and corset making tutorials:
- Original Costumes Photo
Very handy photo to show the details on the movie dresses.
- Construction Details
Also click the link above the gallery to see more information.
- Fancy Dress Examples
Gallery of fun homemade costumes.
- DIY Hocus Pocus Book
How to make the creepy spellbook from the movie.
- Make A Corset
Strappy overbust corset which has a tie-up back.
- Corset Pattern
The template can be altered depending on who you are dressing as.
- 5 Maxi Skirt Options
A variety of skirts in differing styles.
- Plain & Simple Maxi
With very helpful diagrams.
- Tiered Maxi Skirt
Long skirt tutorial showing how to add fabric layers.
Sewing Pattern For Corsets & Layered Skirts
If you browse online for costume sewing patterns, there are many different styles to choose from. You should therefore be able to find a pattern similar to, or the same as, what you would like to make. If the pattern is for clothing which is not exactly what you want, you can always alter or embellish the pattern to suit you.
This particular sewing pattern is perfect for sewing your own classic witch costume as it contains a variety of 3 different design options for floaty peasant-style blouses, long layered skirts and corset style tops.
One pattern pack covers sizes 14, 16, 18 and 20, and another covers the sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12.
Hocus Pocus Costume Details & Makeup Tutorials
Scary Wigs & Pointy Hats
If you have black hair then you can wear it down, perhaps with temporary grey streaks in it or backcombed into a mess. If you are blond however, a wig would be better to create the overall dark look. A pointy black hat is definitely a witch trademark, but if you have a fabulous enough wig, you can get away with not having one if you like. And a broom is a must-have prop for witchy frolics!