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The next Madison Witches Ride

will be held

Sunday, October 22, 2023

 

This premiere event brings together members of the community for a great cause. Organized by Madison Visionary Partners to benefit a deserving community project, there has never been a better way to showcase your Halloween spirit! 

WHAT IS IT? (2023 EVENT INFO)


A fun, 1-mile bike ride/walk and pet parade, the Madison Witches Ride will feature festive local witches of all sorts riding their brooms (bikes), parading their pets, and strolling through Madison spreading Halloween cheer by throwing candy to hundreds of onlooking children along the route. 

Stay for the Black Hat Block Party and Barks & Boos Pet Parade after the witches fly! 

Registration opens to the general public on September 1. All witches welcome - good and bad, sweet or spooky, goofy or gorgeous! Get your friends together and form a Witch Squad with your favorite costumes or fly solo - we welcome witches of all sorts!

Got questions? Check out our FAQ below!

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The next Madison Witches Ride

will be held

Sunday, October 22, 2023

 

This premiere event brings together members of the community for a great cause. Organized by Madison Visionary Partners to benefit a deserving community project, there has never been a better way to showcase your Halloween spirit! 

WHAT IS IT? (2023 EVENT INFO)


A fun, 1-mile bike ride/walk and pet parade, the Madison Witches Ride will feature festive local witches of all sorts riding their brooms (bikes), parading their pets, and strolling through Madison spreading Halloween cheer by throwing candy to hundreds of onlooking children along the route. 

Stay for the Black Hat Block Party and Barks & Boos Pet Parade after the witches fly! 

Registration opens to the general public on September 1. All witches welcome - good and bad, sweet or spooky, goofy or gorgeous! Get your friends together and form a Witch Squad with your favorite costumes or fly solo - we welcome witches of all sorts!

Got questions? Check out our FAQ below!

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Thank you to our 2023 sponsors:

Media Sponsor:
Silver Wand Sponsor:
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Candy Sponsors:
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.) What happens at the Madison Witches Ride? 

A.) A fun, 1-mile bike ride/walk and pet parade, the Madison Witches Ride, Roll & Stroll will feature festive local witches of all sorts riding their brooms (bikes), parading their pets, and strolling through downtown Madison spreading Halloween cheer by throwing candy to hundreds of onlooking children along the route. Stay for the Black Hat Block Party and Barks & Boos Pet Parade after the witches fly!


Q.) When can I register to participate?

A.) Witches may register online from September 1 through October 20. Registration will close at midnight October 20. Register here.

 

Early Registration for Returning Witches: August 14 - August 31 ($50 + perks) 

  • Registration Opens to All: September 1 - October 9 ($50)

  • Late Registration: October 10 - 20 ($65)

 

Registration for the Barks & Boos Pet Parade will open September 1.

Q.) My company or organization is interested in becoming a Sponsor of the Madison Witches Ride. How do I do that?

A.) We would love that! Check out our Sponsorship opportunities at www.mvpmadison.org/madison-witches-ride and contact Melanie at melanie.thornton@mvpmadison.org or Melissa at melissa@mvpmadison.org to get set up.


Q.) Is there an age limit to participate?

A.) Yes. All witches registering to participate in the Witches Ride, Roll & Stroll must be 18 years old or older. This is a requirement due to our event insurance. Younger witches are welcome to participate as candy catchers and at the Black Hat Block Party after the Ride.


Q.) Will there be scary witches?

A.) Witches of all sorts are welcome! There will be good and bad witches, sweet and scary witches, goofy and gorgeous witches. However, only family-friendly costumes will be permissible to participate in the event. Any costume or bicycle decorations considered unsuitable or inappropriate for children will be asked to change or leave. No political signage will be permitted.


Q.) What kind of activities will be on the schedule at the Madison Witches Ride?

A.) We’re glad you asked! Here is a tentative schedule that could possibly change a bit before October 22:

EVENT SCHEDULE - Tentative

2:00 PM - Parking for parade opens, find your spot along the route

2:00-2:45 PM - Witches Check-In at Journey Middle School LOWER parking lot by the Gym

2:45 - 3:00 PM - Witches Line Up

3:00 PM - Witches Ride Begins! 

4:00-6:00 PM - Black Cat Block Party open: kids games & activities, music, concessions, costumes welcome! 

4:45 PM - Barks & Boos Pet Parade

5:30 PM - Awards announced for Best Costume Overall, Best Group Costume, Best Cackle, Best Pet Costume, etc. 

6:00 PM - Conclusion


Q.) Where does the registration money go? 

A.) The Madison Witches Ride is a fundraiser for a new Splash Pad Park for the City of Madison. All proceeds benefit this project.


Q.) Can my work group / book club / BFF squad / neighborhood / organization participate together? 

A.) Absolutely! Pick a witchy costume theme and grab a group of friends to fly together! Each witch will need to register themselves online. Another option is to nab one of our Sponsor packages that includes 2-8 witch registrations as part of their sponsorship. Solo witches are also welcome.


Q.) Can I register myself and a friend? 

A.) Yes, but we will need your friend’s name, email, and contact information to ensure we get a signed Participation Waiver on file for them before October 20.


Q.) About that Registration Packet… Where & when do I get mine? 

A.) There will be two opportunities for witches to pick up their Registration Packet:

TBD DATE / TIME / PLACE

TBD DATE / TIME / PLACE


Q.) I signed up to be a Witch. When will I receive my swag? 

A.) Delivery of swag is TBD.


Q.) What if it rains?

A.) Everyone knows witches melt when they get wet! Rain date is set for Sunday, October 29, and weather updates will be posted to social media as well as emailed to participants. Let’s hope we don’t need it! No refunds will be issued in the event of rain and all registration fees will be considered a donation toward this year’s project.


Q.) I want to volunteer to be a Flying Monkey! How do I do that? 

A.) We would love to have you and will provide official volunteer service hours if you need them. Email Stephenie at steph@sweetfigmediasolutions.com, Subject line: I want to be a Flying Monkey!

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