Before heading off into the night, the witches of Newfound gathered for a group photo in Central Square on Halloween. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018BRISTOL – Scores of costumed characters paraded into Bristol's Central Square on Halloween, but unlike years past, this time they were met with spooky cackles and solemn bells ringing, followed by a "flash mob" of witches who gathered around a smoking cauldron then began to dance.
Hovering overhead was a drone equipped with a camera that captured the moment when everyone realized something special was about to unfold and gathered to watch. Cell phone cameras were quickly held up to film it all as well and all around the square words like "Awesome," "fantastic" and "incredible" could be heard.
"I was wondering why there were so many witches walking around the square today," said one woman as she joined the crowd to watch the dance.
A group of approximately two-dozen women had been secretly rehearsing their dance moves for several weeks leading up to Halloween. Each wore elaborate witches' costumes and professional make-up as they wow-ed the crowd and set the tone for a night filled with fun for kids of all ages. Adults included.
Once the dance ended, everyone spread out across downtown for trick-or-treating where even the business owners got into the spirit of the night. Giant turtles and frogs, Mr. Mario, a Hippo, gypsies and more greeted boys and girls along the sidewalk as they made their way around the square and up to the Mason's Lodge. Parents also donned costumes and some families even dressed up with a theme, like Little Red Riding Hood.
"Why not dress up with the kids? It's one night for us all to go out and have a good time together," a local mom said.
At Tapply-Thompson Community Center the Haunted Basement was ready with some thrills and chills, while stationed on the green in Central Square, Bristol Fire and Police Departments had candy and glow sticks for the little ones. Throughout the evening the Bristol Lions Club also offered free hot chocolate and coffee for all along with sales of hot dogs, burgers and fries.
As for the witches, they flew off into the night with gleeful cackles, plotting a return someday to Central Square.