WHAT IS WITCHES WEEKEND?
8 FANTASTICAL EVENTS OVER 4 MAGICAL DAYS!
THURSDAY : MOONLIT MARKET
THURSDAY : WITCHES KARAOKE CONTEST
FRIDAY AM : WICKED PHOTOSHOOTS
FRIDAY PM : WITCHES PUB CRAWL
SATURDAY AM : PSYCHIC FAIR & SHOPPING BAZAAR
SATURDAY PM : DANCE PARTY & COSTUME CONTEST
SUNDAY 11AM : ANNUAL WITCHES TEA - READINGS, GAMES, PRIZES, & MORE!
SUNDAY 3PM : TEA LEAF READING WORKSHOP
Grab your broomsticks, shine up those witchy shoes, pack that cauldron, and conjure up your tickets for FOUR DAYS of spellbinding FUN in Magickal Michigan!
The Witches are BACK in 2024! There is NO Weekend quite like it!
Now a Michigan #Witchigan Tradition! Witches Weekend casts its annual spell with a series of EIGHT captivating events spread across FOUR enchanting days, for TWO Back-to-Back WEEKENDS inviting all to embrace and celebrate their inner witch!
The magical journey begins on THURSDAY with the mystical MOONLit Market; Sip 'n' Shop, and enjoy a preview of some of the vendors available @ Saturdays Witches DAY Out, enjoy drink specials, and witness our enthralling Witches Karaoke Contest, where voices soar and spirits intertwine for the coveted Witches Karaoke trophy! FRIDAY, embark on a Witchy themed Pub Crawl, traversing through local pubs and bars, on a quest for fun, libations, contests, prizes, and camaraderie. On SATURDAY, The Witches Day Out Psychic Fair & Shopping Bazaar beckons, offering a magickal witches day getaway to divination, readings, crystals, vendors, all day workshops, and an array of bewitching treasures to find and WIN! As the moon ascends on SATURDAY NIGHT, the Witches Night Out Costume Party & Soiree sets the stage for an evening of enchantment, where imaginations run wild in a whirlwind of spellbinding celebration! Finally, SUNDAY indulges in the mystical realm of the Witches Tea, where divination and otherworldy communication meet to reveal secrets for the upcoming year, games enchant the spirit, and delectable treats to delight the senses and sweeten the weekends end!
Throughout the weekend, each event unveils a tapestry of giveaways, games, contests, and prizes, ensuring a truly magical experience for all who attend. Costumes, Hats, Brooms, are HIGHLY encouraged! WE WANT TO SEE YOUR INNER WITCH SHINE!
• DO I HAVE TO BE A WITCH TO ATTEND?
Not at all! You DO NOT have to be a "real" witch to attend or enjoy Witches Weekend! Our mission in 2018 was to create an annual gathering to celebrate and embrace your inner witch, no matter your connection to the witchy realms. "Real" Witches, young and old, green or purple, ALL are welcome! Sometimes, you just want to throw on a witchy-hat and go dancing, sometimes you want to connect with others of like-minds and pick up a new crystal or two. Sometimes you want to get a reading or learn a new skill at one of our exclusive Witchy Workshops! We welcome Witches of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, beliefs, creeds, and covens! After all, were all a little bit magical!
• WHY MICHIGAN? AND WHY HOUGHTON LAKE?
MICHIGAN, a state known for its natural beauty and rich history, has become a captivating haven for witchy magickal folks and communities. Within its diverse landscapes, Michigan holds an enchanting allure, attracting those with an affinity for the mystical and the supernatural. From the tranquil shores of the Great Lakes to the ancient forests of the Upper Peninsula, the state's magical properties seem to emanate from every corner. Whispering winds carry ancient wisdom, while shimmering lakes and rivers hold untold secrets. Within Michigan's vast wilderness, one can uncover hidden portals to other realms, where ley lines converge and earth energies pulsate. All of the earth's elements truly SHINE in Michigan, the very hand of the earth. The land itself resonates with a powerful energy, as if the spirits of the past weave their ethereal threads through its very fabric. It is no wonder that Michigan has become a cherished home for those seeking connection with the mystical forces that lie just beyond the veil of ordinary existence!
HOUGHTON LAKE, IS ONE OF THE 6TH MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES IN THE WORLD! And is a cherished gem in the heart of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The lake itself, she beckons visitors to bask in the splendor of the state's captivating summer and fall seasons. The idyllic town of Houghton Lake embraces the serenity of one of Michigan's largest inland lakes, offering a perfect escape from the ordinary! Rich in history and charm, Houghton Lake boasts an array of cozy cabins, hotels, resorts, campgrounds, and vacation rentals, scattered along the tranquil shores. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local scene, where quaint restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and pubs await, alongside unique artisan and gift shops. Guided historical tours unravel the town's intriguing past, adding an air of enchantment to the surroundings. As the Witches descend upon Houghton Lake, a warm embrace awaits, as evidenced by the ubiquitous "Welcome Witches" signs adorning the town. Allow yourself to be swept away by the magical allure of Houghton Lake, and succumb to the spell it so graciously casts.
• THE WITCHES CURSE OF PERE CHENEY?
Venture just a short drive north on your broomsticks, and you will be immersed in the haunting tales of the Ghost Town of Pere Cheney and its mysterious, perhaps cursed grounds and cemetery. The tree pictured, is THE TREE from the actual cemetery.
Michigan Legends whisper of a Witch who cast a spell upon the townspeople who ultimately took her life, and the towns demise soon followed. It is said that after the Witch met her fate, hanged in the very cemetery, --the tiny village was plagued by diptheria not once, but twice, ultimately forcing the remaining residents to seek solace further north in Grayling and south to Houghton Lake. However, before their departure, madness gripped the town, and it succumbed to flames, reducing it to ashes. Pere Cheney vanished, leaving only traces of its existence, with the hidden cemetery standing as a solemn reminder. A unique aura surrounds the Pere Cheney cemetery, as if the land itself mourns the town's fate. Only a soft, mossy ground cover adorns its landscape, while no other grass or vegetation dares to grow within its sacred bounds, except for the trees that guard its perimeter. Intriguingly, some who have ventured to this solemn place have reported the sounds of children's laughter and unexplained appearances of small handprints on their vehicles upon their return.
In our celebration of Witches Weekend, we pay homage not only to the Witch within each of us but also to the Witch of Pere Cheney. As we dance the night away, embracing our witchy essence, we create enchanting memories that echo through time. In joining us for Witches Weekend, you not only immerse yourself in this magical experience but also support the local businesses of Houghton/Higgins Lake during a time when their bustling energy would otherwise lie dormant.
We are in no way encouraging you to visit or seek out the Pere Cheney cemetary, it is located in a very rural and rough-terrained area and many advise against it. The roads are not maintained and cell signal is very sparse in the area. If you choose to visit you do so under your own risk! The Pere Cheney cemetery site is listed as #2 of the top 10 Witch Graves of the MidWest.
> Check Out this Article from The Houghton Lake Resorter - 2019
> Check Out this Article from Ask The #MagickMan
> Check Out this Article From Recollections - 2020