The Wicked Witch of the West is not just any old witch costume, it is THE WITCH costume! I can't tell you how many times I've watched The Wizard of Oz and every time I was afraid of this wicked woman. She was evil and that's why she is a great Halloween costume. Did you know the Wicked Witch of the West is on the all time villain list? Yes, the AFI's (American Film Institute) Top 100 Villains list and there are only 9 women on the entire list...so that makes her very scary. She is listed at number 4 and believe me, she is in great...I mean really frightening, company.
The top ten villains on the AFI list are:
- Hannibal Lecter from "Silence of the Lambs"
- Norman Bates from "Psycho"
- Darth Vader from "Star Wars"
- The Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz"
- Nurse Ratched from "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
- Mr. Potter (Not Harry's father) from "It's A Wonderful Life"
- Alex Forrest from "Fatal Attraction"
- Phyllis Dietrichson from "Double Indemnity"
- Regan MacNeil from "The Exorcist"
- The Queen from "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs"
This is a very scary list, come on, even Alex DeLarge from "A Clockwork Orange" is not in the top ten and he is a terribly scary guy. He is, however, a great Halloween costume!
Supplies To Make A Wicked Witch Of The West Costume
Now to make this iconic character costume you will have to search your closets, your drawers, and your attic. If you don't find the clothing and accessories you need there, check with your friends. If you still haven't found the stuff you need try looking at a local thrift store or a consignment shop where you can find lots of great items at a very cheap price.
The clothes and accessories you will need to make a Wicked Witch costume are:
- A Long Black Dress Or A Skirt & Black Shirt - Anything With Big Shoulders from the 80's Or 90s In Black Would Be Great
- Black Witch Hat - You Can Also Make This At Home - See The 2 Video Tutorials Below
- Striped Tights Or Black Ones
- Pointy Shoes In Black - Get Wild And Go For Green Or Purple!
- Witch Broom - Dress Your Broom Up Or Check Out The Video Tutorials Below And Learn How To Make A Broom
See, the costume itself isn't difficult to put together. You can add accessories if you like
A black vest, a black scarf. That's the joy of making your own costume, you can add whatever you think looks good.
Meet Margaret Hamilton The Woman Behind The Wicked Witch Of The West
She is one of the most iconic symbols of evil I can think of. Her green makeup, her pointy witch nose, her claw tipped fingers...can't you hear her screaming "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too"! This woman must have been evil incarnate but no. She wasn't.
Margaret Hamilton actually was a kindergarten teacher before she became an actress. She started acting in 1932 and she was described as a sweet woman with a heart of gold.
The part of the wicked witch almost went to a more famous actress but they could not make her look ugly enough. Margaret got the role instead. It was a role she was born to play. I cannot imagine anyone else in her place.
Top Movie Witches
You Need This Broom For Your Wicked Witch Costume
The Wicked Witch Of The West's Broom Stick
What else do you need for your homemade Wicked Witch costume? A broom, a witch hat, and a stuffed flying monkey? Okay, the monkey might be pushing it a bit.
For the broom, check your garage or basement for an old one that's been out of commission. Or make one. If you can find some hay or straw around you can add it with glue or by tying it onto your regular house broom to make it look more like the broom in the picture. Don't say "Where will I get straw". It's Halloween time, I am sure you can find some straw at a neighbors house or a produce stand. Just ask the neighbor if you have have some or buy a little from the produce place.
Or you can make a broom with a branch, some small branches with leaves on them, and your hot glue gun.
Homemade Broom Tutorial
Materials You Need To Make The Wicked Witch's Broom Stick
You will need a few items to make your own broom.
- A Broom Stick Or Branch
- Wood Straw or An Old Broom
That's the basic materials. Now check out the videos so you can figure out which broom you want to make ... and you may also ask yourself if you want to make your own. I am not a saw kind of girl, so I would just use a straight branch or a regular broom stick. (In fact, I would just add straw onto that regular broom I found in the basement! But that's me, you are going to do what makes you happy and satisfied with your costume broom accessory.
How To Make A Besom (Witches broom)
Where's My Witch's Hat?
I found a great video that tells you how to make a really good looking Wicked Witch hat. The materials you will need are:
- A Pencil
- Some String
- Canvas, Foam Sheets Or Poster Board
- Parcel or Duct Tape
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Material, Trim And Ribbon
Watch the video before you gather or buy any supplies so you can check out just what size cardboard or canvas you will need.
How To Make A Witch Hat Tutorial 1 - Pretty Easy Video Tutorial
How to Make a Witches Hat For Halloween
There's another How To Make A Witch Hat below. It's another very easy tutorial that makes a witch hat with the following materials:
- Large Black Poster Paper Or Cardboard
- 2 Pieces of Felt - Black And Orange
- Stapler And Staples
- White Pencil
Look down, check out the video from Katies Playtime to see just what size materials and board you will need. Both of these witch hat videos are very easy and I think you will have a lot of fun making your own hat.
How to Make a Witches Hat For Halloween Tutorial 2
Watch Some Scenes From The Wizard Of Oz
Have some fun watching the movie clips below and practice your Wicked Witch voice! There are some great scenes to be seen from the best Witch movie ever.
Melting The Wicked Witch
The Wicked Witch And Dorothy From The Wizard Of Oz
The Witch Name Generator Will Give You A Witch Name
- The Witch Name Generator: Your Wicked Witch Name
Witch names. Find your witch or warlock name with the witch name generator! Your witch or warlock name can be personalised to you, or randomly generated. Great for kids.
The Wicked Witch - This Will Give You A Beautifully Wicked Green Look
Interesting Witch Makeup Look For Halloween
There is everything you need to make your own homemade Wicked Witch of the West Halloween costume along with the broom and the witch hat too. You have a couple different how to makeup tutorials to get that bewitching green pallor to your skin too. You are going to have a great time gathering your costume clothes, making your witch hat and besom, and applying makeup that will transform you into the Wickedest Witch ever, the iconic Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz! Happy Halloween, go get lots of candy and win a costume contest or two!