Thursday, February 22nd

For the past seven years, a group of witches from Jackson County have taken to the road to celebrate Halloween, causing excitement at wherever venue their bus happens to show up at.

Judy Hawley of Merrillan is the inspiration behind this Halloween tradition. A self-proclaimed Halloween lover, the Witchfest tradition began the first year as a modest “Be-Witched Brunch” held at her home that 12 of her witch-costumed friends attended and the fun continued (un-planned) throughout the afternoon and evening.

They had so much fun, Hawley knew it wasn’t just a one-year thing.

The next year, Hawley went all out and selected an area winery as a destination and called it ‘Wine for the Witches’.

A bus took the 20 ladies there with a couple of stops along the way.