Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Attend an Evening of Witches This Walpurgisnacht

Walpurgisnacht (Witches' Night) usually occurs on April 30th (unless it's a leap year), and marks the halfway point to Halloween. Historically it was believed that on Walpurgisnacht the veil between worlds becomes thinner (just like Halloween), and witches were able to take to the skies and travel to their mountaintop sabbats. You can learn more about Walpurgisnacht from an article I wrote previously, and I am so thrilled that the good folks over at Death and The Maiden are celebrating it and allowing others to join in the fun with their Night of the Witches event!

The event will be held on Walpurgisnacht (April 30th) at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson, California. There will be death positive talks on the funeral industry from mortician Amber Carvaly as well as an illustrated talk on Walpurgisnacht from Sarah Chavez. Food and drink specials will be served from Phantom Carriage's taproom, and a very special screening of The Love Witch by Anna Biller will be shown.

The event is free, but any money donated will help raise funds for Death and The Maiden, which is "a group devoted to examining the relationship between women and death by sharing ideas and creating a platform for discussion and feminist narratives. They hope to create a supportive and inclusive community, and to amplify the voices of those actively creating the future of death." You can also donate to Planned Parenthood at the event. If you donate money to these amazing organizations you will also receive a raffle ticket for some cool giveaways planned for after The Love Witch screening!

You DO NOT want to miss this event! Not only are these women excellent and engaging speakers (I've had the pleasure of hearing Chavez speak at Death Salon LA and Carvaly I follow on social media), but The Love Witch is a real cinematic treat! Unfortunately, I have a previous engagement and can't attend Night of the Witches. You don't know how bummed I am that I have to miss this event! I'm hoping they will host more of these events in the future so I can attend another one (please please please!).

Here are more details about the Night of the Witches event:

Date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Location: Phantom Carriage Brewery, 18525 S Main St, Carson, California 90248
Time: 2PM to 7PM

Program Schedule:
2PM - 5PM: Food and drink specials will be available from Phantom Carriage Brewery's taproom
3PM - 4PM: Meet your host for the night, mortician Amber Carvaly. She runs a funeral home that focuses on hands-on deathcare. While this is meant to be a fun and casual social hour she encourages you to feel free to engage and ask as many questions as your heart desires.
3:30PM: Illustrated talk: Walpurgisnacht (Witches’ Night): Halfway to Halloween with Sarah Chavez
4PM - 6PM: Screening of The Love Witch (2016)
6:30PM: Last call

For updates and more info, RSVP to the event on Facebook!


  1. That sounds amazing! We have a Witches Market every month here in Austin and I love attending that. So great to see supportive free events!

  2. I never heard of Walpurgisnacht, but it sounds like such an amazing time. I wish this would become an annual event every year.