Ghouls, goblins, and things that go bump in the night are just some of the creatures that are known to lurk during Halloween, but there is one stand out “creature” that has become one of the greatest symbols of the spookiest night of the year. The witch!
They cast spells, they wear black, and they have taken over pop culture for centuries. They tend to do that since they have been known to live for quite sometime. No matter what type of witch you prefer: The Salem witches who practice mystical chants, the ones that brew around cauldrons, the ones that fly on brooms, or the ones that simply look like you and me, we can’t deny witches are all that!
Below are my top ten witches of pop culture…
Whether it’s light as a feather or stiff as a board, the young witches from “The Craft” will always be a staple in pop culture. Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True brought Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle to life in the 1996 film about high school prep girls channeling dark magic to make their inner desires come true. That could come in handy today.
The Sanderson Sisters
Honestly what’s Halloween if you don’t watch “Hocus Pocus” about ten times, reciting all the lines, and singing “I Put A Spell On You” at the top of your lungs. Sistahs! Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy) are forever pop culture goddesses from the slayage they put on-screen.
Elizabeth Montgomery as the beloved witch from Bewitched is one of those witches who hid in plain sight. We would never guess the crazy high jinks that went on in that house just by looking at the beautifully manicured lawn.
American Horror Story: Coven
Probably my all time favorite, the witches from AHS: Coven has style, sass, and sex appeal giving a new take on the 21st century witch. Hands down the best season of American Horror Story and Ryan Murphy confirmed we’ll be revisiting these characters in the future. Get your black ready.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch
Not all witches are evil with malicious intentions, some are teenage girls discovering their powers for the first time and just trying to have some fun. Sabrina dealt with school bullies, a troll who was in love with her, training for her witches license, and more. I must admit when she went to college the show fell off, but at least we have the high school years.
“The Worst Witch”
“Growing up isn’t easy” and Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) would know. This is the first time Balk had her taste in magic before turning evil. The 1986 TV movie showed young witches in training at a prestigious academy and Mildred was in fact the title of the film. What a throwback, but such a classic.
A witch we’ve watched grow from a child to a beautiful woman, Hermione is the brainy beauty from the “Harry Potter” films with the answers to any and everything.
It seems a lot of these witch movie show the start of a witch’s journey, when she first finds out about her powers. Louise Miller (Robyn Lively) found about her powers and didn’t want them, but soon adjusted after almost letting the powers get to her head. Plus we got this great scene thanks to the 1989 movie.
I can’t even lie, I loved to hate this film. It was terrifying to see well put together woman turn into hideious creatures on top of that wanting to eat children. As an adult I can appreciate the humor in 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston as the Grand High witch.
Kimberly J. Brown made Halloween cool, more than it was before in the Disney classic “HalloweenTown” as Marnie. With the help of her grandmother, she discovered there was a town solely dedicated to the constant celebration of the holiday where the “freaks” could live a normal life. But what happened when the world combined?
Who makes your top ten list of the best witches of pop culture? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.
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