A hat worn by witches
A Witch Hat is a style of hat worn by witches as depicted in popular culture, typically with a conical crown and a wide brim.
The Witch Hat we think of today has been popularised by The WIzard of Oz, the 1939 film which portrayed the WIcked Witch of the West wearing a typical witch hat. The original novel from1900 L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featured illustrations that portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West wearing a tall, conical hat.
The origins of the pointed Witch Hat we know today spawn from mummified remains of the ‘witches’ of Subeshi, anti-Semitism, anti-Quaker prejudice, alewife hats and theories associated with witchcraft and black magic.
The Witch Hat is a popular fancy dress item at Halloween.
Famous Witch Hat wearers
- Wicked Witch of the West