Witches Will Enchant Ballston Spa on October 25th
Every year a gathering of witches casts their spell on Ballston Spa – and they do it for a good cause. The first time the witches congregated was in 2005, when Carol Lang started the first Witch Walk. She wanted to create a fun way to raise money for local animal shelters. What began as a small group has grown over to include over 300 participants. There are already over 100 committed to this happy haunting. The night takes on a festive atmosphere when the witches come to town.
The witching begins at 5 pm, with a dance in Wiswall Park. This is a dance that has been practiced on Sundays prior to the event itself. These practices are held in the park from 5 – 6 pm. It brings people together in good-natured fun. Worried you can’t commit to the dance and the full night of revelry? You can still come to watch the dance and give donations to support the cause.
At 6, the dance moves on to the American Legion where snacks and initial drinks are provided. From there, the dance continues through the town, stopping at participating venues for drink specials and spooky delights. Some of the participating venues include: The American Legion, Henry’s Tavern, Brickyard Tavern, Whitehouse, Coffee Planet, Augie’s Family Style Restaurant, The Elks, The Factory, Nomad Coffee and Crepes, and Boho Chic Boutique. KISS 102.3 will also be there to cover the event. There will also be raffles for prizes, one of which is a custom broom from “The Pretty Hot Mess LLC” located in Glens Falls.
You needn’t go all out on a costume, for only a hat and the wristband you get for your donation is required. But, there is certainly a joy to putting together an elaborate look. It’s a unique event that Lang has worked hard on and that has grown over the years. Remember, Halloween comes but once a year, so you may as well release your inner magic for a good cause.
Every year they get messages and comments asking if participating in The Dance and Walk, are wristbands are required? So the answer is yes, the $25 DONATION ($35 @ Door) is accepted, appreciated, and required to participate (and to claim you participate) in the events.
Photo credit can be given to Drake Austro- Stasyshyn.