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Wiccans and witches – do you find the ‘traditional’ Halloween witch decorations offensive?

I know several women (from an internet group) who are wiccans and/or witches and they all really like the Halloween witch decorations. Some say it reminds them of the days when things weren’t so complicated and people didn’t take holidays too seriously.

How about you?


  • […] Wiccans and witches – do you find the 'traditional' Halloween … I know several women (from an internet group) who are wiccans and/or witches and they all really like the Halloween witch decorations. Some say it reminds them. […]

  • I don’t see anything offensive about it, i see it partially as the previous poster’s story says (which, i think personally should get best answer, but that’s my opinion…;) ) but I also see it as part of all of us, the good and the bad, and enjoy myself when looking for halloween decorations. It’s the one time of the year, that I feel completley free, and am able to enjoy the stories and legends and share them with my friends and family. 😉

    I actually found a witch’s hat pendant that I would love to get, as a reminder to myself of everything being a witch means to me. 😉

    BB )O( STB

  • I think making children happy is a wonderful thing, and so are some of the outfits I see at all hallows eve parties! Also enjoy the European custom of egg hunting from before chickens were domesticated. You know, the holiday the xians took over, easter?

  • I am not Pagan, but one of the Witches here posted a beautiful story about why the witch looked as she did, Her nose broken from the the beating of the witch trial, her skin jaundiced. If some one has that I would love to get a copy.
    edit I found it from
    faerie girl

    Halloween Witch

    Each year they parade her about, the traditional Halloween Witch.
    Misshapen green face, stringy scraps of hair, a toothless mouth beneath her deformed nose. Gnarled knobby fingers twisted into a claw protracting from a bent and twisted torso that lurches about on wobbly legs. Most think this abject image to be the creation of a prejudiced mind or merely a Halloween caricature. I disagree, I believe this to be how Witches were really seen.

    Consider that most Witches were women, were abducted in the night, and smuggled into dungeons or prisons under the secrecy of darkness to be presented by light of day as a confessed Witch. Few if any saw a frightened normal looking woman being dragged into a secret room filled with instruments of torture, to be questioned until she confessed to anything suggested to her and to give names or what ever would stop the questions.

    Crowds saw the aberration denounced to the world as a self-proclaimed Witch. As the Witch was paraded through town en route to be burned, hanged, drowned, stoned or disposed of in various other forms of Christian love all created to free and save her soul from her depraved body, the jeering crowds viewed the results of hours of torture. The face bruised and broken by countless blows bore a hue of sickly green. The once warm and loving smile gone replaced by a grimace of broken teeth and torn gums that leers beneath a battered disfigured nose. The dishevelled hair conceals bleeding gaps of torn scalp from whence cruel hands had torn away the lovely tresses. Broken twisted hands clutched the wagon for support, fractured fingers with nails torn away locked like groping claws to steady her broken body. All semblance of humanity gone this was truly a demon, a bride of Satan, a Witch.

    I revere this Halloween Crone and hold her sacred above all. I honour her courage and listen to her warnings of the dark side of man. Each year I shed tears of respect when the mundane exhibit their symbol of Christian love.

    Author: ~Unknown

  • I have no problem with the ‘traditional’ Halloween decoration. If you take the way we ‘celebrate’ this holiday now, it is simply a time of fantasy. If you know the pointed hat on the crone implies her ‘cone of power’ or wisdom and that the crone is an ancient symbol of wisdom, that her broom is a symbol for sweeping away the old year…what is there to be upset about? Most people these days do not equate ‘witch’ with a nasty, misshaped old woman. The pumpkins and black cats and bats are all holdovers from pagan times in various ways.
    I am not Wiccan or a Witch, but I am pagan and Celtic, too, which is where most of the symbols for this celebration come from.

  • I don’t find it offensive at all. I think its probably the only time of year when mainstream people take a turn for the pagan 🙂
    So since there are all the decorations I take the opportunity to shop for home decor.

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