Witches' Walk Sandusky
Once a year, just before All Hallows Eve, a coven of witches descends upon downtown Sandusky for a night of wicked fun. They wander the streets in search of other witches and warlocks, while sampling potions and brews from local artisans, creating a bit of mischief, and then assembling their powers to conjure a bit of magic for a charitable organization in need.
Witches’ Walk Sandusky 2019 is coming on Wednesday, October 23, where hundreds of witches will convene for hats and happy hour – an evening of good fun for a good cause. This entertaining event for those 21 and over, is an opportunity for attendees to don their best witchy attire and enjoy visiting the participating businesses in town, while raising money for charity. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the event. Funds this year will benefit OHGo, which operates a number of programs including a mobile food pantry, summer bookmobile, kindness campaign, and more.
Beginning at 5 pm at the Sandusky State Theatre, attendees will receive a wrist band and a map of businesses offering food and drink specials, special treats, and entertainment. Participating businesses include: Daly’s Pub, The Shore House Tavern, J Bistro, Crowbar, Barrel House Saloon, Crush Wine Bar, Landmark, Hotel Kilbourne, and OHTaco. More locations may be added and will be on the map available at event check-in.
The theatre will also host information stations, special photo opportunities, and the beginning of costume judging. Additionally, throughout the evening witches can participate in a scavenger hunt – find hidden items around downtown and turn them in to win prizes. Witches’ Walk Ambassadors will be at locations around town as well, to ask trivia questions and award prizes.
New this year, there will also be a roaming magician all evening and tarot card readers will be available (for a fee) at Hotel Kilbourne.
The highlight of the festivities, the official Witches’ Walk parade, commences at 6:30 pm. The parade begins at Washington Park and proceeds north on Columbus Avenue to the Schade-Mylander Plaza, where witches are invited to dance around the fountain and pose for the official coven photograph. From 7-7:30 pm, Grace Episcopal Church will open its doors and entertain with spooky Halloween music played on the church organ. Costume contest winners will be announced at 7:15 pm at the Sandusky State Theatre and the Supreme Witch will be crowned.
After the walk, at 8:30 pm, Master TC and the Visitors, a popular local Steampunk band, will entertain at the Barrel House Saloon. They’ll put a spell on you, for sure, if the roaming magician hasn’t already.
Last year, over 500 witches participated in this charming event, and it keeps growing every year!
Tickets are still available for the 9th annual Witches’ Walk Sandusky. Come dress in your witchy finest – sparkles, feathers, hats, brooms, and capes encouraged – and come prepared to have a wicked good time! Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd…no black cat required.
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