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?”
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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