The witch is a common Halloween symbol. Did you ever wonder where the word "witch" came from? Below you will find that answer and a few other fun facts about the witch.
- The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman."
- At one time, the witches hat represented authority and great respect from the local community.
- According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
- The Halloween Witch is still one of the most popular costumes chosen by young girls and adults each year.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch's pets who protected their magical powers.
- The name Witch in witch-hazel tree has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning pliant or bendable. The use of the twigs as divining rods, just as hazel twigs were used in England, may also have influenced the witch part of the name.