GULF PLACE — The Witches of South Walton are set to host the 15th Annual Witch Ride, a charity bicycle ride on Halloween to support the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

CVHN is a local nonprofit organization focused on improving the health and well-being of children in need.

“Since we started this ride in 2004 with just three riders, the event continues to grow,” said Erin Chekaoui of the Witches of South Walton. “Last year we had 233 riders and were able to raise more than $8,800 for CVHN. This year, we expect to do more.”

Beginning at 7 a.m. at the Gulf Place Amphitheater, the annual fundraiser will head west on County Road 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back around at 8 a.m. to end at Shunk Gulley for the Gathering Brunch.

“This year we have a goal of reaching $10,000,” said Stephen Brinker, board president for Witches of South Walton. “With new sponsorship opportunities, a more cohesive raffle and silent auction, as well as additional riders, we should be able to make that goal a reality.”

Witches of South Walton is a nonprofit group dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

This year, for $40 ($50 on the morning of the event) ticketed riders can enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride followed by the Gathering Brunch, which includes food and beverages from Shunk Gulley. There also will be opportunities to win raffle and silent auction items.

Participants can bring their own bike or rent one from Big Daddy’s Bike Shop. All participants should be at the Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m.

“We have participants come in town from all over the country, and every year riders rave about how much fun this event is,” said Carol Stafford, one of the ride's founders. “Nothing gets you in the spirit of Halloween like dressing as a witch and riding your bike down Highway 30A. We get lots of honks and give lots of cackles!”

To purchase a ride ticket or learn more about the Witches Ride, Gathering Brunch, or Pre-Flight Witch Night and Witches Brew, visit www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com, or see the group's pages on Facebook or Instagram.

CVHN uses a network of more than 95 local volunteer physicians, dentists, and other health care providers. The organization also operates a mobile dental clinic. All services are free to children enrolled in Walton and Okaloosa county schools who are on the free or reduced-price lunch programs. For more information, call 850-622-3200 or visit www.cvhnkids.org.