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How to Dress Up Like a Witch

Updated July 20, 2017

Whether it's for Halloween, a themed party or just for the fun of it, dressing up in costume is enjoyable activity that interests both the young and old. One of the most popular costume choices is a witch. Follow these steps and you will be looking like a spooky, scary witch in next to no time.

Transform your face into that of a witch by covering it in green face paint, drawing lines with a marker to depict wrinkles and putting on black lipstick. You can use darker coloured face paint to create circles under the eyes and a wart on your chin. You may also choose to black out one tooth with a non-toxic oil pastel. Attach a prosthetic nose if you would like to use one. Practice your scariest face in the mirror.

Pull your hair back into a bun or mess it up. Use temporary black or grey hairspray or put on a long, black wig.

Wear a pointed hat. You can make one using two sheets of black cardboard, sticky tape and a stapler. Roll one piece of cardboard into a cone shape that fits your head. Secure with sticky tape and trim off the excess cardboard so the cone is even. Cut out a hollow circle shape from the other piece of cardboard to make the rim. Trim to fit and secure with sticky tape. Decorate with cutout shapes or glitter.

Wear an old black dress. Make sure that it's baggy and looks sufficiently old. Layers and a long, sweeping skirt are a good choice. Drape a dark coloured shawl around your shoulders if you like.

Accessorise with black pointed boots, ripped fishnet or striped stockings and fake pointed nails. If you do not want to use fake nails you can paint your fingernails black instead. Carry an old broom to complete the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Green face paint
  • Temporary hairspray or black wig
  • Non-permanent marker
  • Black lipstick
  • Non-toxic black oil pastel
  • Prosthetic nose
  • 2 sheets of black cardboard
  • Sticky tape
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Black dress
  • Black boots
  • Shawl
  • Fishnet or striped stockings
  • Black nail polish or fake nails
  • Broom
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Emily Rose is a full-time freelance writer who began writing professionally in 2010. Rose's interests include psychology-driven topics such as mental health, human relationships, addiction and stigma and discrimination. She has a bachelor's degree in arts from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently obtaining a degree in creative writing (nonfiction narrative) at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.