Without fear of being burned at the stake, local witches and warlocks plan to take to the Littleton town square again this Halloween night to dance around their bubbling cauldron and ward off spirits.
The Witch Dance started in Germany in 2016 when the women of the Wolfshäger Hexenbrut, in English: The Wolf Hunter’s Coven, performed a flash mob-styled dance at a Walpurgis celebration. Walpurgis is a German holiday that celebrates fertility, normally accompanied with dancing, food, and drinking every year in April.
The choreographed dance is performed to Schüttel Deinen Speck, in English: Shake Your Bacon, by Peter Fox.
The Wolf Hunters Coven Dance went viral on YouTube and was soon picked up by multiple groups around the world.
According to organizer Kim Gray, the Witch Dance was suggested by someone in Littleton last year as something fun to do on Halloween night during the town trick-or-treating event.
Last year’s dance included about 20 witches and warlocks performing as a surprise for the nearly 200 participants at the Halloween event.
This year, the coven made up of men, women and children, plan to dance again. The Witch Dance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night.
The Greater Littleton Development Partnership is co-sponsoring the Halloween trick-or-treating event with Citizens On Patrol. The event, held on Oct. 31, will include trick-or-treating from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with a costume parade at 6:30 p.m., and a hayride running from 6-8 p.m. Vendors and a DJ will also be on site.
For more information about how to join the coven or how to participate as a vendor this Halloween, contact Kim Gray at KimGray0574@gmail.com.