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Coven takes unconventional transport: 2nd annual Witch Paddle on Willamette River

A coven of paddle-carrying witches glides across the waves of the Willamette River Saturday as part of a new Portland Halloween tradition. Dozens of witches were in attendance for the second-annual Stand Up Paddleboard Witch Paddle, which made headlines across the globe last year. (Photo by Tristan Fortsch/KATU News on October 27, 2018)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coven of witches traded in broomsticks for paddles and took to the Willamette River Saturday in what is becoming a new Portland tradition on the weekend before Halloween.

This was the second year for the Stand Up Paddleboard Witch Paddle.

Video from last year’s paddle made headlines across the world. KATU News talked with one witch who said she traveled all the way from Nevada to take part in the event.

Building on the success of last year’s event, participating witches and warlocks turned the event into a good cause by hosting a warm coat drive. Items collected will be given to the Sunshine Division and Our House.


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