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

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM.

With such a raucous reception, the three decided to hold it the next year, and in 2005, the group numbered five bewitching riders. The first few rides were just for a treat, but with the continued and growing interest in the ride, participants realized they should make the most of its rising popularity and add a charity aspect.

So, in 2008, the witches rode out for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which provides dental, medical, and mental health care services to families with limited or no insurance.

“My mom worked with Children’s Volunteer Health Network, and it became our mission to help raise funds and awareness. We charge each witch an entry fee, and we raffle items donated by local merchants,” said Stafford.

Last year, the event raised more than $1,000 for CVHN with upwards of 65 participants.

That money comes in the night before the witches ride, Oct. 30, at the Witch’s Brew. The bike-riding witches come out to donate raffle prices, pay the $15 entry fee, purchase $5 raffle tickets for spa services to Eco tours, and enjoy potions and other libations for a good cause.

The event this year will be held at Great Southern in Seaside from 5 to 7 p.m., but Stafford says witches will not turn to dust if they stay past that hour.  

“The event never ends at 7 p.m., as the more wicked among us choose to linger,” said Stafford, though those “wicked” witches cannot tarry too late, as the ride starts Halloween morning at 7 a.m. sharp.

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