Who is Witchiepoo?

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on March 3, 2013

Who played Witchiepoo on the Saturday morning show ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’?
—Monica Wright-Montgomery, Perryville, Mo.

Diminutive Broadway actress and comedienne Billie Hayes, who was born in Du Quoin, Ill., donned the red wig and bouncy black hat as Witchiepoo, the high-decibel sorceress on the 1969-1970 Sid and Marty Krofft kids’ program. “Even today people ask me to scream like Witchiepoo,” says Hayes, 80, who lives in Hollywood, Calif. ”It’s a little tougher to do at my age, but honey, I can still belt it out.”