“This is my birthday present to me,” said Angela Fowler as we sat around her dining room table, talking about Witches Hollow.
The original event started in the 70’s, although no one remembers it, and later was brought back in the 80’s as Witches Haven, but last year a new group of people, headed by Angela, decided to start again, using the original name. Witches Hollow is a FREE community event, held on Halloween Night. Their goal is to scare children and send them home with copious amounts of sugar…also to “enhance a sense of community by providing a free public event.”
Witches Hollow will include Zombie Crossing Guards, a Werewolf, your average Ghosts, Ghoulies, Monsters & Witches, a Story Teller Grave Digger and more! There will also be contests to be announced at the event with great prizes!
The businesses and individuals that have made this possible have helped create a fantastic event for kids in Downtown Kelso, Washington.
Sponsors include: (This list may be added to as we get closer to the event)
- Chuck E. Cheese
360.577.8765 | 351 Three Rivers Drive Kelso, WA 98626
- Cindy Keeney
- City of Kelso
360.423.1371 | 203 South Pacific, Kelso, WA 98626
360.747.2393 | 201 Allen Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- Connie Pickett
- Flo’s House of Ink
360.701.9633 | 207 Oak Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- Futcher-Henry Group
360.636.4200 | 700 Lincoln Street #200, Kelso, WA 98626
360.578.1626 | 1001 Grade Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- JB Liquidator
360.501.6445 | 204 South Pacific Ave. Kelso, WA 98626
- Kelso Hardware & Marine
360.636.3000 | 300 Oak Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- Kelso DECA
- Kelso Eagles
360.425.8330 | 609 South Pacific Ave. Kelso, WA 98626
- Kelso Theater Pub
360.414.9451 | 214 South Pacific Ave. Kelso, WA 98626
- Knotty Wares Yarn & Fiber Art Co-Op
360.431.1442 | PO Box 416, Kelso, WA 98626
- Le Cafe
360.636.2454 | 503 Allen Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- La Favorites
360.575.9305 | 401 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA 98626
- Larry Alexander (Co-Organizer)
- Lukken Maytag
360.423.6828 | 210 Oak Street, Kelso, WA 98626
- Lynn’s Ice Cream, Yogurt and More
360.636.4558 | 1232 Commerce Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
- Metro Tackle & More
360.577.1560 | 412 South Pacific Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626
- Miller Paint
360.423.5188 | 909 Washington Way, Longview, WA 98632
- Minus World
360.442.4158 | 1052 14th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
- Minuteman Press of Longview
360.577.3257 | 803 Vandercook Way, Longview, WA 98632
- Pacific Barber Shop
360.577.1391 | 308 South Pacific Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626
360.636.1554 | 1005 15th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
- Red Rooster Bakery
360.425.4992 | 1328 Commerce Ave. Longview, WA 98632
- Rick Von Rock
- Scoop’s Ice Cream Parlor
360.423.4986 | 1339 Commerce Avenue #103, Longview, WA 98632
360.425.2223 | 1107 North Pacific Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626
- Sloan’s Floor Covering
360.575.8055 | 1064 12th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
- SweetSpot Frozen Yogurt
360.501.4696 | 1015 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, WA 98632
- The Amaranth (through the Mason’s)
707 North 24th Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626
- The Daily News
360.577.2500 | 770 11th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
- Triangle Bowl
360.425.4060 | 700 Triangle Center, Longview, WA 98632
- Youngquist Farms
360.577.0504 | 6620 Willow Grove Road, Longview, WA 98632
Angela and her helpers, which include the Coffin County Slaughter Kittens (a local Roller Derby Team) actually started planning this one-night-event in February. They have spent countless hours creating props and planning costumes and makeup.
On October 15, 2011 there will be a Kelso Cleanup in preparation of this SPOOKtacular event. DECA will join The Witches Hollow Team in making sure that South Pacific is cleaned up. The Commons Park on the corner of South Pacific and Oak Street has to be pressure washed to make sure the ground is not slippery.
Set up for Witches Hollow will take all day. Starting bright and early at 7 am on Monday October 31, 2011 the team will begin by making sure the park is still clean and then…let the decorating begin.
By 2 pm make-up and costumes will begin to be put together; some of the costumes are quite elaborate. By 5 pm trick-or-treaters from all over Kelso-Longview are expected. Businesses for a 2 block radius are encouraged to stay open late and be a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat. As a perk the spookiest storefront will win a $100 gift certificate from Exclaim Media, LLC.
Nearby at First Baptist Church of Kelso, there will be a Free Chili Feed for all who can make it. Parents have organized “Trunk” or Treating in the parking lot to provide another safe alternative to trick-or-treating in the dark neighborhood.
At 9 pm, after families have gone home on a sugar high, clean up will last well into the night. Angela says she doesn’t expect to be home until at least 1 am.
It isn’t too late to be part of the fun! Please contact Angela Fowler if you have resources to contribute (that includes body parts…alive or plastic) at (360) 578-1339. You can also Find Witches Hollow on Facebook. (Make sure to check out the pictures! Wow!)
Exclaim Media, LLC enjoyed helping with PSA’s, working with Minuteman Press to get flyers printed and other businesses to collect prizes for contest winners. Look for this event on CowlitzToday.com. If you haven’t joined our eClub for weekly blasts that include this event and others like it should. See our Events page to learn more..