‘Witches Paddle’ in Wickford Harbor Is a Fall Event Like No Other
Calling all witches and warlocks. Your ghoulish presence is requested for the annual Witches Paddle in Wickford, Rhode Island.
Every fall season, dozens of witches ditch their broomsticks for kayaks, paddle boards, and peddle kayaks for an epic experience in Wickford Harbor.
It’s called The Witches Paddle 2023, and it promises a fun, fall experience like you’ve never seen.
What to Expect at Witches Paddle
Wickford takes pride in its Halloween festivities, and every year, Halloween-inspired events take over the tiny town. Known as “Wickford Wicked Week,” family-friendly events will take place October 23rd to the 31st, and to kick it off on the 23rd, the 4th annual Witches Paddle will take place in the harbor.
Costumes are encouraged, whether you're participating in the paddle or watching on the sideline.
For those participating, There will be 4 categories for a costume contest with prizes up for grabs in each category: Best Witch, Best Warlock, Best Dressed Pet, and Most Creative/Original.
I’ve never participated in the paddle, but I’ll be at the town dock with my family in my witch hat, soaking in the spooky sight of the witches floating by.
Important Information for Witches Paddle 2023
Date & Time: Sunday, October 22 from 12-2 pm (Rain Date: Sunday, October 29 from 12-2 pm).
The event and costume contest officially ends at 2 pm.
Launch Location: Public Access beach next to Gardner's Wharf
Parking: Public parking lot next to Gardner’s Wharf
Bib Pick-Up and Registration Check-In: 10-11:45 am (located between the parking lot and the launch site)
Launch Times: 10 am - 11:45 am
The paddling parade will be leaving the Gardner's launch at 12 pm and then paddling towards the town dock behind the village shops and parking lot, where the judges will be waiting. After the judges have scored you, you will then be able to fly away on your broomstick and stay out as long as you want.
All participants must be on the water by 12 pm.
Registration is required to participate in the event.