The most crafty thing about a witch dress costume is that most of the key props and accessories can be borrowed or sourced for the party, dress-up contest, or Halloween event. Start thinking of likely friends and relatives to borrow things from and get them together ahead of time. These ten hints will make your Halloween dress up costume or witch dress effort shine.
Tatters are important in witch costumes. Witch costumes are supposed to be worn by women who don’t really have laundry on their minds. If they need to appear beautiful and alluring they do a spell called a glamour and appear as pretty and well dressed as they like. Part of the fearsome and “scary” image of the witch carried in popular culture is due to extremes of dirt, decay and decrepitude in the witch dress.
Rips and tears along the edges of a cape or overdress really sell the witch dress concept, but they need a contrast to make them show up. This can be done by using another layer, especially if the sleeves, cape, or overskirt and underskirt are both black fabric but one of them is shiny or wispy and contrasts texture in the light. Ribbon trim on hoods and capes really makes the glamorous witch looks work too.
Fashion rules are witchy. You can’t wear too much black as a witch. Every added piece of material, every added accessory or necklace can help. Each added piece shows more black and give more detail. The contrast with silver jewelry is extremely impactful. Gray blacks and silver blacks and inky blacks and shiny blacks all work. Nothing black cannot be used in a witch dress costume. Wrist wraps, head scarves, hats, hoods, and capes in any shade of black just add visual flair.
Magical incantations like “Abracadabra” and “See here, my pretty’ go a long way. Dressing up like a witch is more fun when you have something to do or say. Having special spell words and memorized vocabulary can be good when costume dress up prizes are at stake. Anything with carving or symbols can look like a magic object or spell enhancer.
Magical or witch lifestyle remarks help deliver the impression of a witch. Children and partygoers can be entertained by your “legend”. If desired, memorize, copy down or print out a party piece. Grimaces and contortions of the face, with extreme white makeup with black or blue lips makes this really convincing.
4. Evil Cackle
While not technically part of the witch dress costume, an evil and high pitched cackle is an excellent prop to support a witch dress up effort. Practice shouting “eeeeee-heee-heeeee-heee-heeee” in an annoying screech. Hand gestures (and an evil glare) waved to weave a “spell” can help. Only someone wearing a witch dress should be making these sounds.
5. Witchy Hair
Witchy hair is black, black and white, or white gray. The style is anything long and slightly to extremely unkempt looking. The uglier the style, the more convincing the witch costume. Wigs of red or purple are appropriate. Long straggly hair, flowing despite poor condition, and even upswept shiny poufs, or white “skunk” stripes in the middle of black hair can make a so-so costume leap to life. (So to speak).
6. Animal Props
Jewelry, stuffed animals, or props winding along the arms, fingers and neck can serve as specifically witchy costume props. A snake wound around the arm, a bat hanging in the hair or over the shoulder, (or from a belt) can really sell the witch look.
Witches hang around pretty old places, and dirty ones too like graveyards, haunted houses, and caverns. Spiders and spiderwebs should be in good evidence. Skull rings, bone pouches, a fake black cat, and some spiderwebs can really make a witch dress a convincing witch costume.
7. Fashion Evils
The rules of fashion are reversed when it comes to witches. Witch dresses can be very plain cut simple garments, but accessories like bone necklaces, silver skull rings, a gnarled staff and tattered cape can really finish the look. Witch dress costumes don’t have to be made of new material because they are meant to look centuries old. For visual interest, beaded wrist wraps and jewelry pagan symbols can be used as trim.
Temporary tattoos can work miracles when used with restraint. Open witch dress sleeves can show a faint brown or black (or purple) design that does not have to be Satanic or “evil”. use the Druid or Celtic clipart designs or online tattoo transfer imprints as guides. Choosing a tattoo can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the witch dress up process.
No extra materials are actually required. Ink pens with a little liquid adhesive (notoxic) or thinned glue mixed in will keep the tattoo strong during busy treat gathering sessions. Even a cat or moon would look good, even on the face! Simply wash off when done.
9. Nonblack Clothing Options
If for some reason you can’t dye material black, get a garment together in black or can’t mess around with dye, there is help. Oversized cloaklike robes from a parent or older sibling can serve the purpose as well. Hooded bathrobes without belt loops and beige or white material (gray is best) can make a feasible wizard, sorceress or witch costume.
Gray is a good color for basic “robes” as well, and some witch dress costumes may look better with angled sleeves or chopped and tattered hems. Purple capes or cloaks, brown or beige boots, rope belts, and even silver foil covered cardboard to make a belt can help complete the witch dress costume.
10. The Staff
A gnarly wood staff with a gem inset on the end makes the final touch to any witch costume. While a wand certainly does the job, a staff means business. A witch with a staff is to be feared. If you can find an Australian rain stick with the interior shells or seeds removed, that’s perfect. The stick be called a bullroarer, rhombus or turndun. A “broken” one makes an intriguing looking staff.
But any long wood stick with interesting knolls and knots can work. This staff theoretically helps the witch journey on long quests. Look for a wooden branch staff that can be clasped at shoulder level. Sand down sharp edges. Finding a staff for your witch dress costume makes a perfect activity for a nature walk. The optional jewel in the end of the witch staff can be placed there using liquid adhesive or semi-permanent glue.