September 27, 2016

Gardner Village Witches

10,000 witches descend on a small village just outside of Salt Lake, but your cats and children should be safe.

by Paige Wiren

Celebrating their 10th year, Witches Night Out is the original event of the village’s month-long schedule of other witch-related events. In September, Gardner Village puts on a “So You Think You’re a Witch” audition. The witchiest winners will then help with the entertainment on Witches Night Out and other events to include Breakfast with a Witch and Witchapalooza Dinner Theater.

Gardner Village WitchesAn estimated 10,000 witches will gather over two nights to share in a “very popular and super fun” night of entertainment and revelry. This year’s event is scheduled on October 22nd and 23rd, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

And what does thousands of costumed women look like? “It’s a sea of black witches’ hats,” explains Marketing Director Marcia Johns, “bobbing up and down in the crowd as they dance and enjoy the evening. There’s laughing, cackling and energy at the event.” If your cackle is good enough, you may be chosen to compete in the “cackle-off” and win shopping spree prizes.

“Women come in elaborate costumes. There are costumes that are filled with jewels, bling and color. Other witch costumes are like that of the Wizard of Oz. There are scary witches, whimsical witches—we even have witch royalty who will reign over the events. A DJ will be playing music all night in the center court area; we’ll have a witch parade at 8, and the grand finale, presided over by the witch royalty, will take place at 10 o’clock.” §

Witches Night Out happens on October 22nd and 23rd