Witches help others at annual fundraiser
By Jaime Angio Correspondent October 25, 2013 7:48PM
Meghan McCarville and her mother Roxanne, both of Mazon, at Witches Night Out Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Joliet. | Jaime Angio~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 28, 2013 6:48AM
The unity of women and their witchin’ imagination was on display at the 4th annual Witches Night Out fundraiser Thursday at the Joliet Junior College’s Historical Renaissance Center.
The good witches, bad witches, ugly witches, pretty witches, glittery witches and scary witches all filled the Renaissance Center and the Joliet Historical Museum with their laughter, camaraderie and witchin’ style. They brought it — all to support women and children.
The proceeds from the charity event benefits three United Way Agencies: Lamb’s Fold Women’s Center, Stepping Stones Treatment and Recovery Center and Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.
The costumes: elaborate, unique, creative and just downright fabulous.
First-time witch Meghan McCarville, 23, of Mazon, said she didn’t realize how much attention she would be receiving for her costume.
“This is awesome,” said McCarville. “I was not expecting actually this many people but it’s really awesome and a lot of fun.”
First-time witch Anita Tinajero, 32, of Joliet, said the event was more than she expected.
“This is a lot of fun,” Tinajero said. “The costumes and how much people actually put into it, and decorating their hats and their makeup. And the food is delicious.”
The witches enjoyed shopping, dining, tarot card reading, dancing, cocktails and the live ghost stories provided by WriteOn Joliet.
Second-time witch Jane Nolan, 65, of Joliet, had such a great time last year she just had to attend again.
“Part of the reason we chose to come back again, I was surprised how crazy everyone gets and how decorated they are,” Nolan said. “We like the food, and we got several scarves and hats, so that why I’m back. And the shopping, mainly.”
Second-time witch Jenna Powless, 21, of Manhattan, said she loved it so much last year, it was must-attend for a second year.
“I love the atmosphere, I love the reason that they do it, it’s just fantastic,” she said. It’s elaborate and it’s amazing, everyone should come out and do it. I love the tarot card readings, it’s my favorite part of the night,” Powless said.
First-time witch Kristine Connery, 52, of Downers Grove, said the event was about women helping women.
“It’s one of the most well-orchestrated fundraisers I have ever seen,” she said.