Downtown West Liberty will host the second annual Witch Walk event this week

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 24, 2022

WEST LIBERTY – For the second year in a row, Downtown West Liberty will provide additional Halloween entertainment for its residents and local families.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 29, the West Liberty Downtown District group will hold its second annual Witches’ Walk.

This free event, which will include several participating local businesses, is meant to act as an additional event for the community, as well as an opportunity for others to take advantage of the various downtown offerings.

Lisa Browning, owner of Shop 101, said she and other business owners have seen similar events in other cities, though these witch marches are for women only, hence their name.

“We decided to have our own Witch Walk and have it more for families, where parents and children could dress up and do some sort of trick or treat as they visited each of the stores,” said Browning said.

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“It was a big hit last year when we also formed our Downtown District group. We were able to do events – (the witch walk) was one of them, and it went well, so it feels good to be able to do the same thing again,” she continued.

Each of the participating businesses will have a witch hat poster on their doors. Costumes are welcome at the event, and although attendees are encouraged to dress up as witches, it is not required. Each child who visits will receive a piece of candy, while adults can view each of the companies’ merchandise or, in the case of some companies, participate in a giveaway or promotion.

For its part, Browning at Shop 121 will offer candy boxes for adults in addition to Halloween candy for children, with some of those candy boxes containing a Shop 121 gift card.

Another participating company, Savor by Chef D, will feature special Halloween-inspired baked goods on its menu. Children will also have the chance to take part in a fun craft activity at the Eulenspiegel puppet theatre.

Browning attributed last year’s success to another event where children could dress up and wear their Halloween costumes, as well as an opportunity for mothers and daughters to dress up as witches together for a Halloween activity. fun connection.

Overall, Browning was grateful that she and the rest of the West Liberty Downtown District band had the opportunity to host the event again.

“It’s always nice to do an event for the second time instead of having to create new ones,” she said. “It’s something people can look forward to, or if they heard about it last year and didn’t go but wanted to, now they can. It just adds one more annual event to the town. I just hope we get at least that many and they realize we have a great little downtown and we try to put on events that knock people off.