Wednesday Sep 23 2020
It’s a cauldron 20 years in the brewing — 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of WitchFest!
Of course, nobody anticipated we’d be celebrating 20 years of witch wonderment in the midst of a pandemic, but we’re up for the adventure nonetheless. Yes, there are a few more precautions in place this year, but the magic and memories remain. In fact, if there’s one group who won’t let a little thing like 2020 slow them down, it’s the Gardner Village witches. Sure, it took a few added safety spells and some new accessories added to those witch wardrobes, but they’ve still managed to put together a 20-year celebration you don’t want to miss, complete with a new event to experience.
HOW TO WITCH WITHOUT A HITCH
Consider this your WitchFest safety manual… a simple-to-follow explanation of your 2020 experience. From our new touchless scavenger hunt to some basic health precautions, we want to make your time as a witch come off without a hitch.
TOUCHLESS WITCH SCAVENGER HUNT
Don’t let the empty basket near the entrance to Archibald’s Restaurant fool you. You can bet our gregarious green-faced gals are ready and waiting to welcome you to the FREE witch displays and annual Witch Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village.
Ready for a little witch watching? All you need is a little smart-device sorcery to uncover the scavenger hunt adventure. Use your phone's camera to scan the QR code on your device, and the scavenger hunt will pop up on your screen.
As any witch will tell you, it feels great to go green! We’re calling this paperless, COVID-conscious approach a win-win. Find QR code posters throughout The Village, including outside of Archibald’s Restaurant, by Chocolate Covered Wagon and in the center court area by the water tower.
TRICK OR TREAT: KEEP SIX FEET
Yes, it’s 2020, but you can still treat yourself to WitchFest. The trick is distance.
Keep at least six feet of distance between your party and others. For those who prefer a visual, think in terms of pumpkins. If six large pumpkins can fit between you and the next boo crew, you’re in great shape!
And, to really make our, ahem, point, here's a look at 6' in witch hats.
What’s the Halloween season without masks? As Lucinda’s fancy facewear proves, it’s yet another witch fashion accessory worth bedazzling!
Even some of our witch displays can be spotted sporting the latest in witchy mask fashion.
If you happen to land your broomstick and realize your mask pulled a disappearing act, we’ve got your back. Stop by Pine Needles, Shopaholics, and Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique for several witch-worthy mask options. (The one on our pretty model below is available at Pine Needles.)
When meeting and greeting the Gardner Village witches this year, wands won’t be the only things waving. In true six-feet spirit, our lively ladies ask that a distance the length of Lucinda’s broomstick be maintained.
Of course, there are few things this cackling crew find more appealing than photo ops with fans, so please still feel free to snap those selfies. Just do so from a slight distance.
OUTDOOR APPEAL, INDOOR ADJUSTMENTS
Now more than ever, Gardner Village recognizes the appeal of outdoor adventures. They’re a great way to spend time doing something fun without worry of spending too much time in confined spaces. Whether you’re seeking green-faced witch displays; shopping small, inviting shops and sidewalk sales; or celebrating the season with a stroll through our magically manicured Village grounds, you can do so confidently. Much of what WitchFest is enjoyed outside.
Of course, this 20-year WitchFest celebration wouldn’t be the same without Witches Night Out (including touchless prize drawings!), Breakfast with a Witch, Witchapalooza Dinner Theater, Wee Witches Weekend, and other longtime favorites. Plus, you’ll discover something new and exciting in our Cackling Cantina! To accommodate government mandates, seating charts to all indoor WitchFest events have been adjusted. Masks are also required. Buy your tickets early to ensure you save your spot in all the action. Many are close to sold out.
SEE YOU AT WITCHFEST
Phew! With the all-important safety dance out of the way, it’s time to celebrate. Tune up those broomsticks. Polish those pointed shoes. Create some mask magic. WitchFest 2020 awaits. Thank you for 20 years of enchantment and witch wonder.
MORE ON THE WEB
Find a complete list of WitchFest activities and happenings right here.