Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs will be extra wicked these next couple of months, as witches and warlocks make their annual paddleboarding pilgrimage in honor of the spooky season.
Witch paddles — events in which people dress in costumes to paddleboard, kayak and canoe — have become increasingly popular in autumn, bewitching bodies of water from Morro Bay, Calif., to Portland and Vancouver. Last year, witchy Coloradans got in on the action with a meetup at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, hosted by a group called the SUP Sisters.
Anna Marie Madai helped organize a second witch paddle at Chatfield State Park in 2021, which saw about 80 participants. But this year’s encore garnered so much interest — more than 13,000 people RSVPed on Facebook — that the city of Littleton required organizers to pull permits and staff security and medical personnel for the Oct. 23 event.