The Candy Witch, Witches and Halloween

witch!

witch!

Stories of witches abound at Halloween, and while Halloween is called by several names, it usually involves witches, ghosts, goblins, and other somewhat spooky and dead kinda things.  It seems that witches get either the goodie-two-shoes Disney adorable type or the Witchy-poo green-broomstick-cauldron bad rap type which maybe stems from witch hunting times?  That and possibly some gruesome Brothers Grimm stories (I love their tales btw!).

Recently I made a set of characters in dollhouse size based on the the book The Candy Witch by Steven Kroll.  They were a lot of fun to make!

Candy Witch, with parents and brother

Candy Witch, with parents and brother

The Candy Witch is an out-of-print book about a witch girl who figures out how to give candy to the other kids.  This is not your Brothers Grimm kind of witch!  She is neither all good, nor all bad, she is trying to be good but it doesn’t quite work out in the beginning.

I love these kind of stories.littlestwitchcover  I have a long-time favourite in my home, a library discard from the 60’s called The Littlest Witch by Jeanne Massey. It’s another girl witch trying to be good.  It’s a much longer read than The Candy Witch, but worth it if you can find a copy.  There is a beautiful moment where Littlest Witch sits for so long a spider spins a beautiful veil on her.

I have some more witch-y stuff to share, but will leave you with these book ideas for now.  If you want to comment with your favourite witch and Halloween themed books, please do! 

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