In present day it's not clear when witches became infamous; however, one of the earliest mentions of a witch is in the Bible in the book of 1 Samuel, reportedly written between 931 B.C. and 721 B.C. It narrates the story of King Saul.
Throughout history, early Christians perceived witches as evil beings in Europe, inspiring the iconic Halloween figure. Discover more about the history of witches in this blog post!