Chances are we’ll see plenty of Wednesday Addams out and about this Halloween. She’s an iconic character and a fantastic last minute costume choice for those of us with longish dark hair and access to a white-collared shirt. When and how did this bebraided character get her start?
Google Trends Frightgeist does indeed list Wednesday Addams as one of the most-searched costumes for 2023.
Top 13 Most Searched Halloween Costumes 2023
vi. Wednesday Addams
xiii. Princess Peach
The Addams Family originated from the hand of cartoonist Charles ‘Chas’ Addams who created this ghoulish family for the New Yorker. All sorts of wild lore swirled around Charles – he slept in a coffin, drank eyeball martinis, slept down the hall from a handcrafted guillotine, married his own Morticia.
As Addams said in an interview with Linda H. Davis: “It would be more interesting, perhaps, if I had a ghastly childhood—chained to an iron bed and thrown a can of Alpo everyday. But I’m one of those strange people who actually had a happy childhood.”
Adams did, however, nurture a dry, dark sense of humour.
Although some argue about when the first official Addams cartoon appeared – as the characters were initially unnamed – the New Yorkers’ famed cartoon editor Bob Mankoff said: ‘Addams only drew about two dozen “Addams family” cartoons, very few, if any, of which feature all the family members. The first one I can find with any of the recognizable characters is from 1938.’
Family fun, with boiling oil
And here comes Wednesday (though she was not yet so named) …
The ‘Wednesday’ name did not come to be until she was portrayed by Lisa Losing in the 1964 TV series.
And now, of course, Wednesday has a series of her own…