Screw Santa Claus and Celebrate Befana, Italy's Kidnapping Christmas Witch

Say "ciao" to the Yuletide legend who rides a broom and brings naughty kids to her cannibal husband for dinner.
Mary McGill

The Strange, Freakish Story of Britain's 'Last Convicted Witch'

Helen Duncan was one of the last people convicted under the archaic Witchcraft Act of 1735. She was also a renowned medium known for spewing ectoplasm out of her nose.
Katie McCabe

Fed Up With Mortal Men, Women Are Having Sex with Ghosts

Two women came out about their sexual experiences with ghosts, but they're not the first to claim they've gotten intimate with the paranormal.
Diana Tourjée
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman

Trying to Escape Our Hellish Reality with Motherwort, a Very Chill Herb

It's hard to ignore the fact that everything is awful. Recently, though, a group of witches told me about an herb that would make me feel like I'm "being embraced by Mother Earth."
Callie Beusman

The Enduring Allure of Baba Yaga, an Ancient Swamp Witch Who Loves to Eat People

Baba Yaga is a fearsome character from Russian folklore who lives in a hut that walks on chicken legs, and either cannibalizes her visitors or offers them help. In recent years, she's become a sort of aspirational figure on the Internet.
Marissa Clifford

What Happened When Romania's Most Powerful Witch Moved to LA

Mihaela Minca is one of the most powerful—and feared—witches in Eastern Europe. In 2017, she relocated to California to work with some clients. We spoke to her about living out her American dream, which of course included hexing Donald Trump.
Milene Larsson
Objectively Correct Lists

A Brief Timeline of Magic in Music

From Welsh witches to ambient incantations via David Bowie's goblin leggings.
Kamila Rymajdo

Canada's Notorious 'Witch House' Is Full of Dead Bodies

They're mostly taxidermied animals, but there's also a human skeleton named Cecilia.
Sarah Berman

How the Socialist Feminists of WITCH Use Magic to Fight Capitalism

The first incarnation of WITCH performed their inaugural action—a hex on Wall Street—on Halloween in 1968. Now a new generation of witches is taking up the mantle from the infamous provocateurs.
Gabby Bess

The 'Hocus Pocus' Reboot Has Real Witches Spooked

On Thursday it was announced that the iconic 90s film is being remade with a new cast. But not everyone is casting spells of celebration: Though "Hocus Pocus" is widely celebrated as a Halloween favorite, many practicing witches find it disturbing.
Diana Tourjée

The UN Will Hold Its First Meeting to Discuss Witchcraft-Related Violence

Every year, thousands of people are accused of witchcraft and face persecution, abuse, and even death. Now the United Nations is organizing to defend victims of witch hunts.
Caroline Kent