I’ve never seen a Witch Window before. Or I should say, I HAD never seen a Witch Window before, not until I chanced upon this article. That’s not surprising, since Witch Windows seem to be almost exclusive to the state of Vermont, and I’ve never been to Vermont. What is a “Witch Window,” you ask? It’s a window turned and installed sideways, or at an angle, usually in the eaves of a house. Why would they install a window sideways? Because witches always enter a house by flying in, and by turning the window, it prevents witches from getting inside your house to pester you.
Alternately, they were used to simplify the removal of a dead body from the upstairs of a house, as a coffin could be passed thorough them sideways. (Wouldn’t it be just as easy to pass a coffin out longways?) I doubt any coffins were ever shoved out any windows, but the shape of the window on its side does put one in mind of a coffin. It does me, anyway.
It is suggested that the windows real purpose was simply to maximize space. Perhaps. As for how they got their curious name, I have my own theory. Some guy pointed one out to a friend one day. “Look at that weird window,” he said, to which his friend replied, “Which window?”