It's estimated that 5 million adults plan to dress up like a
witch for Halloween this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the magical look remains one of the most popular costumes of all time. But are we surprised? Witches continue to be a topic of fascination in pop culture no matter how many decades — even centuries — pass. has an entire season about witches. The '90s hit American Horror Story Charmed already got a reboot for the millennial generation. Even is back by popular demand. Sure, witches are an easy default Halloween costume, but they're also a worthwhile classic. Sabrina the Teenage Witch Thanks to the aforementioned TV shows and plenty of movies revolving around magic, there exists a feast of cool witches worth being for Halloween — and not one includes painting your entire face green and carrying a wooden broomstick to the bar. Although for some, being a witch is much more than costume (Wicca and other nature-based faiths aren't a trend), we've curated some of our favorite on-screen iterations to be inspired by this year. Trust us, every last one is pure magic. Although the Halliwell sisters from the original show (that ran from 1998-2006) loved a good '00s barrette and juicy lip gloss, the rebooted siblings are younger and far more modern. Since the entirety of the original show revolved around the three witches blending into mortal society, it makes sense that the latest charmed ones are just as average-looking as you and I. That means you've got a group costume on your hands that doesn't involve any real demons, but plenty of pretty no-makeup makeup. The Charmed Sisters Photo: Courtesy of Jordon Nuttall/The CW. More The Halliwell Sisters from Charmed
The power of three will set you free — remember? Consider making this sibling trio a group costume with your two besties (or actual sisters). Since
made their witches three relatable, mortal women, copying their look is as easy as investing in some
'90s hair accessories
(the show first aired in 1998) and lots of lip gloss (who has time to reapply lipstick while fighting off demons?).
More As the original Supreme witch (a classic callback to Scáthach from American Horror Story: Roanoke AHS season three), Scáthach is an immortal being who can manipulate her victims into doing just about whatever the hell she wants. Luckily, you don't need to steal the souls of the living to become her. All you need are twigs for her crown, a teased red wig, and plenty of dirt (she lives in the forest, after all). Photo: Prashant Gupta/FX/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock. More Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter
There's a lot to dislike about Bellatrix Lestrange: She's responsible for the death of Sirius Black, a loyal follower of You Know Who, and obsessed with pure bloods. In fact, there are zero redeemable qualities about this witch, but if you're inspired to be her for Halloween, there's one distinct detail you can't leave out of your costume: her hair. Recreate her long, dark, and clearly unbrushed look with lots of extensions, a curling iron, and plenty of dry shampoo.
Photo: TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy. More Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
Her youth may be escaping her, but the eldest Sanderson sister still boasts one of the best witch ensembles, ever. The only thing better than her multi-colored cloak and sassy songwriting abilities are her double buns, claw-like nails, and red lipstick.
Photo: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo. More Rochelle is one witch we wouldn't mind copying on a daily basis: perfect highlights (as if almost done by magic and not a colorist), brown lip liner, and plenty of moody eyeliner is just cool enough to wear to work after the party is long over. Rochelle from The Craft Photo: Columbia/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock. More Jennifer from I Married a Witch
Looking for something classic that everyone can recognize? Opt for being the resurrected witch from this 1942 film. Yes, she plans on wreaking havoc on her enemies, but you can't deny those
and expressive brows are worth copying... at least once.
Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images. More Sabrina Spellman from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
always liked a good scrunchie and crimped hair combination, but the 2019 version of the '90s sitcom
as a teenage witch who lives for a signature look, including a thin black headband and — we're guessing — lots of blood.
Photo: Diyah Pera/Netflix. More Jadis the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Not interested in wearing black for All Hallow's Eve? Go as Jadis, the Witch of Narnia. Not only does she get to rock an icy crown, but some of the raddest makeup we've ever seen on a fictional witch. Now's as good a time as any to invest in some blue eyeshadow and plenty of intense
so those evil eyes really sparkle.
Photo: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Stock Photo. More Bonnie Bennett from The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
was, well, about vampires, there was one impressive witch in the casting lineup we still miss: Bonnie Bennett. Not only did she save everyone's life at least once, Bennett also had impeccable style — especially her knack for rocking a blunt bob and a tasteful amount of smudged black eyeliner.
Photo: AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo. More Grand High Witch from The Witches
This makeup look is only part of a deceiving mask, but it's fabulous nonetheless. A purple smoky eye, cherry-red lipstick, and the kind of contour you'd expect to see on Kim Kardashian is a costume worth trying for anyone hoping to show off their skills this Halloween.
Photo: Entertainment Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo. More Nothing says powerful group costume quite like these three witches (played by Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer). Luckily, you won't need to summon a devilish lover to copy this threesome — just lots of hairspray and a teasing comb. Alexandra, Jane, & Sukie from The Witches of Eastwick Photo: Warner Bros/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock. More Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story: Coven
, spiraling Hollywood superstar and perhaps the
Supreme (the jury is still out on that one), means keeping your makeup flawless, your hair constantly shiny, and your one-liners fast. Pro tip: Leave the cigarettes at home.
Photo: Michele K. Short/©FX Networks/courtesy Everett Collection More Marie Laveau from American Horror Story: Coven
Although she's not a witch, Angela Bassett's on-screen character was inspired by a very real woman who was known for her magic in New Orleans. Yes, Voodoo queen Laveau really did exist and so did her powerful style. If you are going to mimic Bassett's version of Laveau, make sure to include her matching berry lipstick and nails.
Although Laveau often wore a tignon (a headscarf worn by Creole women), the decorative headpiece is far from a costume piece. In fact, in the late 1700s,
s were passed forcing women of color to wear the decorative fabrics to cover their hair. Eventually, the law backfired and women in Louisiana began wearing tignons as a fashionable sign of protest.
Photo: 20th Century Fox Television/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock. More Being a witch of the '80s means holding on to your hairspray for dear life. Do that and you most certainly won't be the "walking, talking tragedy" Miller claims to be in the film on Halloween. Louise Miller from Teen Witch Photo: Twe/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock. More Minnie Castevet from Rosemary's Baby
We don't know if she truly was a witch or not, but it's clear little old Minnie had some seriously destructive powers. Aside from her inclination toward satanic practices, she also loved a heavy application of blush, lipstick, and teal eyeshadow. Bring a chocolate mousse dessert to the party for bonus costume points.
Photo: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo. More Melisandre from Game of Thrones
We get it: There are a lot of
redheads in Game of Thrones
, but perhaps Melisandre (a.k.a. The Red Witch) is our favorite. Sure, she's manipulative, but those
-colored curls are too good to resist.
Photo: Courtesy of HBO. More Hermione from Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Turns out, adult Hermione in the
is a much more accurate depiction of the powerfully talented witch from the series. Even better, she's played by Noma Dumezweni. Still, Hermione is Hermione — which means a no-frills beauty look that's practical and easy. After all, she is running the Ministry of Magic.
Photo: Courtesy of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. More Gillian Owens from Practical Magic
We're not saying you
to get bangs and dye your hair red to be the wild child of the
twosome, but if you did, would it be so bad? (We don't think so.) Just don't forget the tiny details, like Gillian's snake
Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock. More Endora from While most people dream of being Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) on Bewitched Bewitched, it's her mother Endora's (Agnes Moorehead) bold beauty look that's most recognizable. Although it might be hard to mimic her mischievous and magical antics, her teased bouffant and blue eyeshadow don't take the right spell to pull off. Photo: Everett. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Best Black Lipsticks For Halloween & Beyond 43 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Best Halloween Costumes For Brunettes