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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Sleepy Hollow SUP Witch Paddle in Sleepy Hollow on October 16

SUP Witch Paddle (2021)

The third annual SUP Witch Paddle, featuring folks dressed as witches standup paddle boarding (SUP) on the Hudson River, takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on October 16 (rain date is October 23) at Horan’s Landing Waterfront Park, in Sleepy Hollow.

“There will be vendors, food, brews and spooky views,” says event organizer Tara Scheller, owner of Rivertowns SUP & Yoga. “Join the witches on the water or stroll along the riverwalk and watch the witches pass by.”

All paddlers must preregister to participate; must where a costume, personal floatation device and leash; and must have SUP experience and be comfortable paddling on the Hudson. People can either bring their own board, PFD and leash or rent them. Kayaks are also welcome.

Scheller shares how she got the idea for the event: “It all started with a thought: ‘I run a SUP business and live in a village with a huge Halloween tourist season—maybe I should try to organize a SUP witch paddle.’ The first year, we had 16 people dressed as witches paddle boarding on the Hudson. The second year, we had over 50 witches on the river and many more spectators on the riverwalk. Well, here we are approaching the third annual SUP Witch Paddle, and we’ve got a festival brewing.”

Cost: $30 (with own equipment); $45 (with rental). Location: Horan’s Landing Waterfront Park, 55 Elm St., Sleepy Hollow, NY. For more information, email Scheller at [email protected]. To preregister, visit