Witches’ Night Out

Originally published on September 28, 2018 in The Holcad Student Newspaper.

On September 29, 2018 from 5-9 p.m., the village of Volant, PA will be transformed into a ‘spooktacular’ festival for their 11th annual Witches’ Night Out. Their Facebook event page calls for patrons to “assemble at dusk for a wicked night of fun with fantastic shopping.” The night will offer guests the opportunity to peruse shops offering specialty treats and sales, to participate in a costume, dance, or cackle contest, and to watch a special witch parade. Medium readings, tarot readings, and t-shirts will also be available for sale; all proceeds will benefit the Volant Mills’ restoration project. Admission to this event is free.

Many activities will be taking place throughout the town during this event. The Volant Mills will have music from DJ Dr. Glo, a bonfire and various food trucks. The Volant Mills is also taking charge of the costume, dance, and cackle contests, which will have separate categories for adults, children and pets. An outdoor witch’s hat ring toss will be set up at Wendydae Handmade Gift Shop, which will also feature handmade inventory featuring witches’ familiars, cauldrons and wizard wear.

Knockin’ Noggin Cidery and Winery will offer witches’ brew wine and pumpkin cider. Paint-‘n-sip classes will also be available at Knockin’ Noggin for guests that pre-buy tickets. Right down the street, the Sanderson Sisters will be brewing up tasty beverages at Vintage Vogue Furnishings on their mill-side porch. Specialty drinks will include mystery flavors such as the ‘skullcrusher,’ the ‘poisonous apple,’ and their homemade butterbeer float. The Derailed Distillery will also have pumpkin spice and caramel apple moonshine for sale.

A few other shops will be offering smaller activities and themed merchandise. The Showroom will host Ms. Vivian as she gives tarot and palm readings, and they will also provide a specialty poison potion punch. Oak Creek Creations will have a photo booth with props and bewitching candles. Witch brew mugs and fudge-dipped ghosts will be available at Miss Scarlett’s Gift Parlor. Rounding out the shops, James Creek Galleries will host a guess-the-weight-of-the-pumpkin contest, and the winner will win a fall wreath.

Senior Julianne Halmo expressed her enthusiasm at the possibility of seeing lots of people, and possibly fellow students, dressed up at the event. Halmo plans to visit Knockin’ Noggin to try some of their specialty ciders and to have a tarot reading done at The Showroom. “I’m really excited to see all the decorations in town and have a fun night with friends after a long week of school,” she said.

Junior Mackenzie Marino is excited for Witches’ Night Out because she always “loves the events that go on in Volant.” Marino will be attending the event with some of her friends, who all plan on dressing up in costumes and hanging out for the night. When asked why she wanted to attend, Marino explained that “it’s a nice excuse to leave campus for a bit and goof off with friends.”

Junior Nicolette Douglas explained that she is attending the annual event because it is a unique and festive opportunity to explore off-campus. “I’m very excited to find some little homemade items and enjoy the night,” she said. Douglas does not have any specific plans for the night, but hopes to visit as many shops as possible and see some really cute dogs in witch costumes.

With 876 people registered as going and over 10,000 people interested on the Facebook event page, Witches’ Night Out is sure to be a hit. Be sure to check out Volant’s other festive events coming up later this semester: the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in October and Christmas on Main Street in November.

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