This year our theme for Boo Bash...is The Witches' Ball...and in this case... ball ....is referring to a big party/dance etc......like the ball Cinderella went to.
However there's another kind of witch ball...
A witch ball is a sphere of clear or stained glass hung in windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits. Oddly enough these balls actually started out in cultures where witches "enhanced them" to ward off evil spirits. Later they were suspended from rafters with ribbon or placed on top of a vase for a decorative touch. It's common today to see similar ones in gardens called "gazing balls". The gazing balls are different in that they have no strands inside the balls themselves.
According to folk lore the colors would attract the spirits and the strands inside the ball would entrap them. Most witches balls were traditionally blue or green. and made of glass. The later gazing balls had a silver surface and served to ward off evil by reflecting it away rather than trapping it.
I'm hoping to visit a shop soon that sells witch balls and when I get one...I'll post a photo here of my own witch ball.