The Lizard of Oz
Daddy overhears the kids playing with their brooms (which used to be featured in chimney sweep “Mary Poppins” reenactments)…
C: My face is green, and I have a big black hat, Fisher, because I’m the green one.
F: But, what witch could I be?
C (motioning with her hand as if chucking a ball of fire at the scarecrow): And I am going to play ball from the top of that house.
F: But, Cory, what witch could I be?
C: Um, you could be that witch that goes by bubble…
F (interrupting): But, I don’t want to be a good witch. I just want to be a bad witch. What bad witch could I be?
C: Well, you could be the bad witch with those red slippers, the one that is my sister.
F: Um, is there another bad witch I could be?
C: No, you could be that witch.
F: Daddy!? Daddy? Cory says that I, er, uh, have to be the bad witch with the, er, uh, red slippers from the Lizard of Oz, but I don’t want to be that witch.
D: Why not?
F (sad face): Because she just gets, um, er, smushed by a house, and that’s it.
D (conspiratorial voice): Oh, Fisher, see, that’s what you think, but the Wicked Witch of the East, the one under the house, was so super bad. Wow, she did so many things before Dorothy’s house smushed her.
F (tone changing): She did?
D: Oh, yah, she did! I can’t even tell you right now all of the bad things that she did! And did you know what color her face was?
C: What color?
D (gasping): An ugly, nasty PURPLE!
F (turning back to Cory): Cory, I could be that house witch. The Lizard’s sister. And, I have an ugly purple face, so…
C: Okay, Fisher. Get on your broom! (Doing her best witch cackle as she sweeps away…)
Sounds like they have been just the right amount of traumatized by actually seeing a wicked witch.