BALLSTON SPA – Witch Walk 2018 held Friday, October 26 brought hundreds to Wiswall Park and even more in funds raised to area animal shelters.
The walk has become an annual favorite, with the first event held 13 years ago, 30 witches, and growing to several hundred descending on the Village of Ballston Spa from the Capital Region and beyond.
Participants dress to impress in witch costumes ranging from simple to extravagant, in pairs and in groups. Wristbands are purchased as part of the fundraiser and pub crawl, recognized by select downtown businesses offering food and drink specials, contests, photo booths and other accomodations.
“Some people start planning what they’re going to wear for next year the day after the Witch Walk,” co-organizer Phaedra Zoe Stasyshyn said.
Funds raised are allocated to several veterinary rescue groups in Saratoga County and distribute funds based on current needs. Funds are also given to low-income senior citizens who may have trouble paying veterinary care bills for their pets.
Before the walk takes place, a group rehearsing for weeks, entertained a small crowd in Wiswall Park to a German song called Wolfshager Hexenbrut. The song became popular in 2016 after a YouTube video of witches dancing to the tune around their brooms.
The German song, which has a reggae-sounding beat, has become a tradition for the witches since 2016 when the first Wolfshager Hexenbrut video went viral. In it, witches dance to the song around their brooms.
An after-party held at the American Legion on pleasant street featured live music by the Doug Villano Band.
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