Brooms up for 10th annual Witches of South Walton ride

Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

SpA group of women called the Witches of South Walton will trade their broomsticks for bicycles on Halloween morning at 7 a.m. for the 10th Annual Witches of South Walton Ride Fly West 30A. In its inaugural year, Fly East 30A, an afternoon ride for the east side of 30A will take place at 4:30 p.m.

The number of witches has grown to approximately 75 local women who sport witchy costumes and festively decorated “broom cycles,” while casting their spells on spectators and cackling along 30A.

Founded by Carol Stafford and Lee Thompson, the group is dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network with their annual ride, brunch and raffle now in its 10th year and always held on Halloween day. 

 “This foolishness started in 2004 when two of my friends and I rode our bikes along the bike path several times a week for exercise,” Stafford said. “I jokingly suggested that we wear witch hats on Halloween day …. Now we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this treasured local tradition and for such a worthy cause.”

Interested witches should register at the “Witches Brew” from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Grayton Bar and Grill. The entry fee is $15. (This gathering rarely ends at 7 p.m., as these witches know how to have wicked fun!). Witches may also purchase $5 raffle tickets at this time and bring any items they would like to donate for the raffle the following morning.

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