Halloween is almost here so today I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on my favourite witch.
This was me dressed as a witch when I was younger, black cat and all. The inspiration for this costume was my obsession with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I even remember having a little fake hoover instead of a broomstick.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch has been a part of my life for a long time. I started watching the TV show starring Melissa Joan Hart when I was tiny. I also watched the animated TV show, inherited a large collection of Sabrina novels, subscribed to a Sabrina beauty magazine, and collected the comics.
I loved the idea of this young, go-getting girl, who was different and special, having adventures. I think a lot of other kids my age probably did as well. The dual life she has to balance, represented here as the relationship between her mortal and witch life, is a theme a lot of people can empathise with. Everyone has been through a situation where they have to keep part of themselves secret, even from those they love the most.
So much of my free time growing up was spent living in Sabrina’s world. I remember walking around junior school with my nose pinned in various volumes of the novels. And I remember walking down to the comic shop with my dad to collect the latest instalment and then reading it in the corner of a barber shop while he got his hair cut. I remember dressing up as a witch on Halloween on more than one occasion to commemorate my favourite character.
I was really excited the The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina came to Netflix because it was great to see Sabrina revived. I’ve seen a lot iterations of Sabrina, including the manga phase (which I loved). Honestly, all of them are great and worth exploring.
Are there any characters you grew up that have influenced your life?