Witchcore 101 – Royal Purple

Your guide to experiencing a darker side of Halloween

Aaron Xiong, assistant lifestyle editor

Get in the Halloween spirit with an aesthetic that is second to none. Cultivate your spells and potions as a member of the witchcore aesthetic this spooky season. This aesthetic revolves around the mystical and magical world of witches and incorporates themes from Harry Potter, American Horror Story, and other various media related to conjuring and making potions.

Visuals typically associated with witchcore are small glass bottles (for potions), mushrooms, moss, wands, candles, the list goes on. By channeling their inner witch, participants can choose what type of witchcraft they “practice” or connect with, such as: Circle witches are members of a group who use their powers to develop stronger spells and magic, while crystal and cosmic witches are more associated with crystals and stars, respectively.

When witches are usually mentioned in a conversation, one might think of someone in dark robes, a black pointed hat, and an evil smile. The clothes for witchcore, however, are not exactly the stereotypical witch you would see in Snow White. Although darker hues are an integral part of witchcore, earth tones and natural hues have become popular in recent years. Gothic and hippie themes have also found their way into the witchcore aesthetic with the recent surge in frugality on vintage clothing.

The decor for witchcore uses many of the graphics above. Although the term witch is usually interpreted as a person of a darker nature, the witchcore decor also addresses that stereotype. Objects from nature like flowers and crystals are widely used in witchcore and usually serve a purpose like propelling or creating happiness for that person. The decor is usually collected, saved, or created by one person as most of the decor is typically handcrafted. Items include fresh flowers, books, ravens, mason jars, crystals, and wands, among others.

As the scary season approaches, take some inspiration from the witchcore aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute costume or you’re looking for some variety this year, witchcore serves everyone as an escape from reality. For ideas and inspiration about Witchcore click here.

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