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Witches swap broomsticks for surfboards for annual Witches and Warlock Paddle in Morro Bay

Posted at 3:27 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 18:27:31-04

Local witches and warlocks traded their broomsticks for paddle boards to glide over Morro Bay waters.

A local group of people dressed up in black gowns and black pointy hats for the annual "Original Witches/Warlocks Paddle" in Morro Bay.

The Halloween tradition was started six years ago but until this year, the timing of the paddle-out was mostly a secret.

Since then, the paddle-out has caught the eyes of residents and visitors this spooky time of year.

"We started this event six years ago to celebrate Halloween," says Annette Ausseresses, one of the original witch paddlers. "Since then, we've seen the idea really take off and now there are Witches and Warlock Paddles happening from coast to coast. So, we decided to add a donation component and make it public this year."

Now, the "Morro Bay Witch Coven" is going public and inviting others to join the event Saturday morning.

Community members joined at 11 a.m. at Coleman Park, dressed in enchanting costumes and bearing their paddle boards, kayaks, or other vessels.

Canned goods and cash donations were collected to benefit the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County.