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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

From Disney's Snow White movie.

From Disney's Snow White movie.

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

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- 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.

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:

Homemade Witch Costumes & Broom

The Wicked Witch Of The West

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:

Sewing Pattern For Corsets & Layered Skirts

Wicked Elphaba

Makeup in progress for the witch 'Elphaba' in the musical Wicked.

Makeup in progress for the witch 'Elphaba' in the musical Wicked.

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!

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