Halloween Fun Facts # 11

HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS #11 - what's the deal with those pointy hats

What’s the deal with those pointy hats?

Katy Waldman, author of “Why Do Witches Wear Pointy Hats?” Oct 17, 2013 tells us that “Experts aren’t sure exactly when pointed lids became associated with sorcery… The hat makes the witch, to paraphrase Mark Twain. And yet the story of this particular hat—where it originated, and how it took on its demonic resonance—is a murky one.”  I found this an interesting article.  Read it if you want to know more.

SOURCE: https://slate.com/human-interest/2013/10/the-history-of-the-witch-s-hat-origins-of-its-pointy-design.html

 

Here is a case for the argument that the pointy hat was spawned by racism.  Well, if that’s the case, I don’t expect many will be truly surprised, saddened, but not surprised. 

SOURCE: https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/02/today-i-discovered-the-racist-origins-of-the-pointy-witch-hat/

 

Assorted sources which I found on the internet speculate that back in Not so Merry Olde England, Alewives (women who made and sold ale on street corners), wore conical hats as they hawked their wares.  These ladies were not always popular and apparently, they almost always had cats around to keep the mice from their grain, which they needed to brew their ale.  You can see where this is going, right?

 

One source I found online theorizes that the pointy witches hat might be an adaptation of the “Dunce hat” from Royal courts of the 15th century.  This same source states The Church frowned on pointy hats.  This article further states there might be some archeological evidence that pointy witch hats date back to the Goddess Diana, who is associated with witchcraft because of an Etruscan coin bearing Diana’s image while she was wearing a pointy hat. 

SOURCE: https://occult-world.com/witchs-hat/

Halloween Fun Facts # 10

Why does popular culture portray a witch’s favorite mode of transport as a broom?

I always thought the very idea of riding on a broomstick was utterly bizarre and it looked incredibly uncomfortable.  Plus, it did not help my perception much that modern culture tends to “Sexualize” this iconic symbol of Halloween.  So, I turned to the almighty internet to do some research.  Well, it turns out that there might be a reason for the overt sexualization of witches riding broomsticks.  Click on the link below to read a NSFW explanation.  I am still chuckling as I type this up.  Enjoy!

“Why Do Witches Ride Brooms? (NSFW) – You’re never going to look at sweeping the same way again.”  By Megan Garber on October 31, 2013

SOURCE: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/why-do-witches-ride-brooms-nsfw/281037/

True or False?  No idea, but I am still chuckling.  *SIGH*

More on the subject of brooms and their witches:  “A Bewitching History: Why Witches Ride Broomsticks” By Megan Gannon October 30, 2013

https://www.livescience.com/40828-why-witches-ride-broomsticks.html

Wickedly Tasty Halloween Fun!

TOT - Halloween themed teaser

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by Audra Hart

~ Left for dead in alley but Destiny intervenes!  After being rescued by the Twin Ravens MC, Callie Boyd falls head over heels for two immortal enforcers, a sexy ancient vampire and a powerful wolf shifter.  But these two sexy supernatural bikers are already involved… with each other.   Callie soon learns these males are her fated mates, and Destiny has an epic plan for all three of them.

~ An explosive attack on the Twin Ravens MC sends Callie into hiding with her mates until she is ready to face the supernatural villains who want her dead and gone!  Armed with visions of her past lives and her growing bond with her two lovers, Callie embraces her destiny and all three are transformed to confront Anarchy and pave the way for a new, majestic dynasty.

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Halloween Fun Facts # 9

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #9 - what about the wicked witch of the west

What about the Wicked Witch of the West? 

Yes, I adore The Wizard of OZ.  It a was perennial favorite of mine as a child, however, the portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West is only mildly offset by sweet Glinda, the good witch.  While few of us can quote Glinda, almost everyone knows to which character to attribute this line, “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!”

I am laughing heartily as I write this because I found a video clip on YouTube so that I could verify the wording the quote.  My youngest son came into my office/bedroom to watch the clip over my shoulder.  When it was over, my sweet, gentle, autistic sixteen-year-old son said, “That witch is a punk.  Where’s a falling house when you need one?”

Just in case you have never watched the Wizard of OZ, here’s the YouTube link for the 1939 movie trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNugTWHnSfw

The Wicked Witch of the West was played by a very talented actress named Margaret Hamilton.  I adored her portrayal of the witch, but I really enjoyed the way she brought the Almira Gulch character to life in the Wizard of OZ.  Wikipedia reports that Ms. Hamilton was a character actress who was also a former school teacher, who devoted herself to causes benefiting children, animals, public education.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton_(actress)

Halloween Fun Facts # 8

This or That - Let's talk witches

Let’s talk Witches

I have witches in many of my books, particularly my Road Witch series.  Most of these fictional characters are gals I would not mind going out with to get a beer with now and then, but a few are downright nasty, mean, and  well – just plain evil.  But can’t the same be said of almost any group?  I am not going to get into Wicca, and other facts/fictions surrounding witchcraft, instead, let’s have a bit of fun!

Did you know…

There is a new movie coming on HBOMax October 22 about Witches?  The trailer looks like this one will be a HOOT!  #TheWitchesHBOMax Roald Dahl’s The Witches – Official Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlhmJF5FNI

Also, there is a 1990 version of The Witches

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.  Director: Nicolas Roeg, Writers: Roald Dahl (book), Allan Scott (screenplay), Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher.

LiveScience, in their web article “13 Halloween Superstitions & Traditions Explained” Tells readers that the now iconic image of a cackling, warty, wrinkled, and very ugly witch likely springs from a pagan goddess who was honored during Samhain.  She was called “The Crone”, not a disrespectful moniker at the time because back then, living long enough to become a crone was an achievement, it was assumed these “elders” had achieved a bit of wisdom along the way.  However, over time this goddess of the turning seasons, wisdom and change has come to be stereotypically portrayed as menacing and always up to no good.  Too bad.  I guess Ageism has been gaining steam for a long time now.

SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/16677-halloween-superstitions-traditions.html

By the Way…

Modern fiction is bursting at the seams these days with cute, kind, witty and often hilarious witches.  Don’t believe me?  Go to Amazon.com and search Paranormal Cozy Mysteries in Kindle Books.  Personally, I am fan of the modern, cozy witch.  What about you?