Witch’s Ride Community Trunk-n-Treat Returns to Avon
Writer / Jamie Hergott
The third annual Witch’s Ride Community Trunk-n-Treat event, organized by Rebel Studio in Avon, will take place on October 23. The event is free to the public, and donations collected will go towards protective gear or vet services for Avon K-9 police officers.
This event is donation-based, and businesses and individuals can dress up and decorate a car or booth to pass out candy as they interact with the community. Kids can trick-or-treat while a DJ spins tunes, the American Legion representatives prepare food, and Avon Police Department officers offer K-9 demonstrations.
One of the biggest draws of the event is the witches. Each year, 15 to 20 volunteers dress up as witches in elaborate costumes. They strap broomsticks to their bikes, and ride and dance to music.
“The kids are mesmerized by the witches,” says Tiffany Bates, owner of Rebel Studio and founder of the event. “They love interacting with them and getting their pictures taken with them. The costumes are amazing.”
This year there will be “Witchy Wailing,” lip-sync karaoke performances throughout the event by the witches themselves. The Avon-Washington Township Public Library will set up to read spooky stories to children, and there will also be a cake walk and scavenger hunts.
When Bates opened Rebel Studio, she felt passionate about supporting her community. She has done many types of fundraisers since opening in May of 2019 including food drives, school supply drives, foster family sponsorships, and support for veterans programs.
“We’re all animal lovers, and last year we raised money specifically for helping with the costs of vet surgery for an officer in the K-9 unit,” Bates says. “This year we’re already ahead of the goal we set, thanks to a generous donation from a local RE/MAX office, and it will go to support the needs of the K-9 unit in general.”
The first Witch’s Ride took place in October of 2019. It was a last-minute idea, and Bates was happily surprised to have 650 people show up. They even ran out of candy. COVID has thrown off attendance, but she’s still looking forward to a great, well-attended event his year.
The event will be held on October 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Avon Town Hall Park. Bates is still accepting volunteers for witches, and also offering booth space for businesses. Booth space comes with a $25 donation, and businesses are responsible for decorating their space and providing candy to pass out. There is also a trophy for the best-dressed booth or trunk.
To register for space or volunteer as a witch, contact Bates at email@example.com.