There's a witch walk happening in Kamloops

It's a chance for all the witchy women (and men) to let their more magical side free.

The Kamloops Witch Walk will be heading out for an evening stroll along the Thompson River later this month as a way for people to explore their creative and magical side, says organizer Bonnie McLean.

"The thing about the witch walk is it's a lot more friendly," she says. "It's not so much a parade for people to observe, but we're having a good time ourselves."

That good time involves costumes based on magical people. While witches are one idea, McLean says sorceresses, 'good witches' (like Glenda from The Wizard of Oz) and any other sort of magical folk.

"And not just women," she adds. "We encourage, alchemists, warlocks, anything like that to join us."

The dressing up is an important part of the walk, she says, noting it's not a religious or denominational event, but a chance for anyone with a magical spirit to express themselves.

"It's (about) participatory creativity," she says.

McLean is a dance teacher and says she was inspired to create the event by an online video from Europe. She was encouraged by friends to make it happen a couple of years ago, and the first walk was held in the fall of 2017. She also held a spring one, as a celebration of the rebirth of nature. This will be the second autumn event.

"We don't have that cultural background. We're just doing our own thing with spirits and magic," she says.

The Oct. 19 walk, which is family-friendly and open to anyone, starts at 4 p.m. in Pioneer Park; attendees will head along Rivers Trail. For more information, click HERE.

A crafting event will happen in advance, on Oct. 12. 

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