WITCH WAY: Witches of South Walton to make annual Halloween ride for CVHN

Witchy Women

After last year’s event, George Barnes of Smiling Fish Café treated the witches to champagne. They, in turn, treated Children’s Volunteer Health Network with a more than $1,000 donation.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM.


The Witches of South Walton are quite unlike the wicked witches of Halloween folklore; in fact, they are downright benevolent.

This group of 30A-riding witches prefer bikes to brooms in their annual Halloween ride to raise funds for Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

“The number of witches has grown each year and … each one of them is helping CVHN change lives. Every dollar raised helps more uninsured or underinsured children gain access to the health care they need and deserve,” said CVHN Executive Director Zach Billingsley.

The inaugural ride was held Oct. 31, 2004, started by “Alpha Witch” Carol Stafford and two of her friends, who would get together a few times a week to ride down the 30A bike path for exercise.

One Halloween, a little hocus-pocus started the tradition many look forward to each Oct. 31.

“I jokingly suggested that we wear witch hats on Halloween day. We did, and got lots of attention. Busses honked their horns at us, trucks blew and whistled at us, the kids going to school loved it, and so did most all the parents and teachers,” said Stafford.

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