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How to Make an Endora Costume

By Grace Riley

Things Needed

  • Long-sleeve purple dress with collar
  • Sleeveless green chiffon robe
  • Red wig or red dye
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeliner
  • Turquoise eyeshadow
  • Black mascara or false lashes
Turquoise eyeshadow is central to Endora's look.

Played by former American actress Agnes Moorehead, Endora is the flame-haired meddling mother-in-law on the1960s television sitcom "Bewitched." Constantly mispronouncing the name of her beleaguered son-in-law, she popped in and out of her daughter Samantha's life to wreak havoc, mostly for her own amusement. Though the camp of Endora's outfits could be appreciated when the show first broadcast in black-and-white, Endora really shined when the program made the shift to technicolor. The character is a fitting choice for Halloween costume inspiration for anyone who wants to dress as a witch, but not in the conventional sense.

Find a purple dress that is ankle-length, has long sleeves and a collar. Check vintage and costume shops as well as discount clothing stores' formal wear section. Alternatively, sew your own purple dress using a simple dress pattern.

Find a garment that resembles Endora's long sleeveless green chiffon evening jacket. Look in the lingerie section of discount clothing stores. You may stumble onto a full-length green chiffon robe from which you can remove the sleeves. A green chiffon wrap will also work. Alternatively, sew your own green chiffon jacket using a robe pattern, just don't add sleeves.

Style a bobbed red wig or red hair. Curl four or five half-inch sections of hair at the crown with a large-barrelled curling iron. Leave the curls exactly as they appear when removed from the iron. Tease the hair for fullness then apply hairspray generously.

Accentuate the arch of your eyebrows with eyebrow pencil. Line your lids in heavy black eyeliner.

Apply turquoise blue eyeshadow. If it looks too thick, it is just right. Finish the eyes with black mascara or false eyelashes.

Wear killer shoes and loud jewelry, as desired. Endora's shoes were typically not visible, so you can take artistic license here. Just keep in mind that Endora never wore anything that was practical or dull!

Tip

When you wear the dress, remember to pop the collar!

About the Author

Grace Riley has been a writer and photographer since 2005, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers such as the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She has also worked as a school teacher and in public relations and polling analysis for political campaigns. Riley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies, political science and history, all from the University of Arkansas.