The Halloween witch is
a familiar sight during the Halloween season. You can see her in her
black cloak and black pointed hat riding her broomstick or
stirring her caldron and always with her friend, the black cat.
And don't forget the cackle.
We see her image on
decorations and greeting cards. We find her in stories, poems and
legends. We see her in the movies and cartoons. She is sometimes a good
witch, and many times vilified.
The witch is often depicted
as an old and usually evil woman. Her hair, white and
straw-like. Her nose is long and dotted with a big hairy wart. Her hands
are bony. And she usually is up to no good. And oh yes, sometimes,
had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering
twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - Beltane and
the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve.
witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to
celebrate a party. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on
unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and
causing other magical mischief.
Are these just
stories or legends, or is there any truth to the stereotypical Halloween
witch? Most likely not. But no matter what, the Halloween witch is fun
whether good or bad!
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