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Witches: The Horrid Halloween History of the Hag

Halloween Witch

Explaining the facts of witches in Halloween

 

Carrying a broom and sporting a pointy hat,

With a boiling cauldron and a black cat.

A coven of witches with hex’s to cast,

Bring down dark curses both terrible and vast.

Voicing sinister cackles as they perform their evil deeds,

Making deadly potions and horrible meads.

For if you see a dark figure flying across the moon at night.

Avoid these deadly witches avoid their horrid might!

 

Nobody truly knows when the dark history of witches began. Though the first witches were often just women who worshiped mother earth, and like alchemists, used the elements to create potions and cures for the local town’s people. With the growing popularity of the Christian religion, witches became the scapegoat for all that was wrong with the world. Branded devil worshipers and evil ugly fiends that set dark curses on their victims, the hunting of witches became popular in the 14th and 15th century in Europe, with their victims often being only innocent women.  Witches in fiction have made vast and numinous appearances throughout literature, most famously in Brother Grimm’s’ fables, such as Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. Both published in 1812. In film the two most famous witches were The Evil Queen, from Disney’s 1937 film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Wicked Witch of the West, from MGM’s 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

When it comes to Halloween, witches are the second most common monster represented, with costumes they are the first. The costumes were originally worn in America in the 1900’s, with A.S Fishbach and Ben Cooper making the first commercial ones in the 1920’s and 30’s. Witch decorations produced by Beistle and others were made in the 1920’s, showing them with their classic pointy hat and broom. Witches nowadays are widespread in modern culture and in Halloween, one could write several books on the subject. Witches are one of the only monsters out there that are generally accepted as real, though there is nothing monstrous about these good women who practice an alternative form of lifestyle. In Halloween they appear everywhere, from a horrible looking hag, to an attractive woman, in all forms of costumes and decorations. Witches are huge, this shows that there are equal rights between male and female monsters, witches are queen of the creatures.

 

……….Professor Grimmgraves..