We were traumatized when we saw the title characters in the film The Witches stomp on children-turned-mice, so we werent quite sure what to think about the 22nd annual Phoenix Witches Ball. Event co-coordinator John Mitchell reassures us that there wont be any foul play going down at the costume ball, which is open to the public and organized by Arizona Wiccans Coven of the Desert Muse.
Unfortunately, the public is misinformed about pagans and what they actually do, Mitchell says, pointing out that, no, there wont be any animal sacrifices. If people come, theyll see were just normal, everyday people . . . its not an educational event. Its just a party.
The event coincides with the pagan New Year and includes music by Sarah Styles and the Brotherhood of Blues, tarot readings, and food. Therell even be ghost tours of the hotel and an altar to remember loved ones who have died.
Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., 2009