They call it the season of the witch, so what better Halloween character to feature in today’s gallery than that of the Wicked Witch!
Today’s gallery features depictions of the craftiest old crones in the history of Halloween. The images seen here were produced from the early 20th century through the 1980s by a variety of manufacturers. There are certain traits that most of the witches share. Green complexions, long noses, warts, and capes appear on several of the witches in the gallery, and nearly all of them are seen riding brooms. (The association between witches and brooms stretches back the Dark Ages where the first images of witches riding brooms were depicted on elaborately illustrated manuscripts.) And while the broom is but one of a series of similarities, there’s really only one thing that all of the images truly have in common: the tall, pointy hat. That conical hat was first associated with witches in the early 18th century; it became popular in Victorian storybooks, was donned by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and, as such, has remained a staple of the witch’s wardrobe ever since.
Now that you have been educated on the origins of these witches’ outfits, feel free to delight in the devilment of the delightful die-cut art!