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"I'll get you, my pretty – and your little dog, too!" The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz has terrified youngsters for decades. Make her come alive again with a creepy wicked witch under your house for Halloween – and on the cheap, too. Your trick-or-treaters will march off singing, "Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead!"
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Create the Wicked Witch Legs
Step 1: Cut the Noodle in Half
Measure the length of the pool noodle to create your wicked witch legs. Mark the halfway point with a permanent marker. Use a stout, serrated knife to cut the pool noodle in half.
Step 2: Measure and Cut to Make Feet
Place one of the red slippers next to the end of one of the noodles. This will show you how much of the noodle should become a foot to fit nicely into the red slipper. Indicate that point with the marker.
Use the knife to split the noodle in half to the point you just marked. Position the knife on the mark perpendicular to the noodle, and slice halfway through the noodle vertically to intersect the two cuts, creating a cutout. Remove the cutout from the noodle and discard it. Make a mark across the noodle at this point.
Step 3: Create a Matching Set
Repeat for the other noodle to create a pair of feet for the wicked witch legs.
Step 4: Give the Noodles Some Ankles
Put your knife on the mark and slice downward to make a vertical cut nearly all the way through the rest of the noodle material to give the leg a moveable ankle. This will allow the foot to flex in a semi-lifelike manner.
This is the final adjustment to make in order for the feet to fit into the slippers.
Add the Socks and Shoes
Step 1: Pull on the Socks
Bend the noodle's ankle and gently pull a striped wicked witch sock over the noodle's foot. Make sure that the flat side of the noodle is facing downward, forming the sole of the foot. Shimmy the sock up over the noodle's foot, ankle and calf. Adjust it as necessary so that the stripes aren't crooked or sloppy. Repeat for the other leg.
Step 2: Add the Ruby Slippers
Slip each of the Wizard of Oz witch feet into one of the ruby slippers. Make sure they are snug and secure.
Step 3: Cut and Roll the Tape
Cut a couple of pieces of duct tape about 4 to 6 inches long. Make rolls with the tape, with the sticky side of the tape on the outside of the roll.
Step 4: Put Tape On the Legs
Stick a tape roll firmly on the top of each of the witch's legs. The tape will allow you to secure the legs to a solid object, such as the side of your house. This will also help prevent the legs from rolling, or from blowing away in a stiff breeze.
Place Your New Decoration
Step 1: Settle Her Under Your House
Press the tops of the legs with the tape rolls on them firmly to the foundation of your house or other structure outside.
Step 2: Or...Trap the Wicked Witch Under Your Couch
Position your wicked witch legs indoors against a door or the side of a desk, the couch, or even under the coffee table in the living room.
Step 3: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Click your heels together three times and get the candy ready!
It may be difficult to find "red slippers" in retail establishments. Create your own with some low-heeled thrift store pumps and glossy or glittered red spray paint. If you feel like being really fancy about it, glue some red sequins to the painted red shoes for some glitz and glamour.
Things You'll Need
1 pair of red slippers
1 pool noodle