This version of Witch Hazel, taller and crustier than her Prime Universe counterpart, is the owner of Hazel House, the so-called “most haunted house in Duckburg”, where she also appears to be renting rooms to several other "classic monster"-types such as Nosferatu and Frankenstein. Although she has complicated feelings on Halloween due to deeming it “offensive to monsters”, she was a founding member of a decade-long scheme by the monsters to lure trick-or-treaters to Hazel House every Halloween and then scare them into dropping their candy — a way for the monsters to compensate for the nonexistence of candy stores open at night.
As time went on, and leading up to the discovery of the scheme by Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck and Webby in 2020, the various monsters had to disguise themselves as more modern types of spook to continue scaring children who found witches and werewolves old-hat; Hazel, for one, had to pose as a The Ring-style onryō, demonstrating surprising agility and flexibility in the process. Nevertheless, she hated every minute of it, finding it embarrassing to pretend to be “a little girl in a well”, not to mention the inconvenience of having to be soaked in freezing water to complete the disguise.
Behind the scenes
This version of Witch Hazel was introduced in 2020 in the Halloween special of Season 3 of DuckTales 2017. She is the second anthropomorphic animal version of a traditionally human character to appear in the series, after Bombie.
Notably, this Witch Hazel visibly owes more to the Looney Tunes reimagining of the original Disney character than to the Disney version herself; she has the green skin, tall build, American accent, black hair and underbite of the Looney Tunes Hazel.
- Selma Blair (The Trickening)