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New Jersey Campground Becomes A Witch-tastic Experience For A Night

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Saturday night was the second annual Witch-Craft, which took a different approach to the traditional music and beer festival scene. Still, this year it was decorated for the Halloween season. The event was organized through Good Time Tricycle, the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival producer. The event provided some more than just a sampling of local distilleries and breweries.

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The event took place at Paradise Lake Campgrounds. The initial edition of the festival was on Lake Lenape in 2019. The event was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19 and Lake Lenape being under renovations; the event’s director Jon Henderson stumbled across this site for the 2021 event.
The campsites were decorated in honor of Halloween. When the sun went down, the atmosphere went full steam ahead about an hour into the celebration.

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The lights were scattered throughout the trees. Fun and spooky decorations were scattered all over, including spiders playing on the playground and skeletons playing at the playsets.

Tents for liquor and beer offered samples for free, while food trucks and other vendors helped complete the area.

Live seances, professional carvers fortune-telling, and even entertaining contests, such as the eating contest for pumpkin pie and a screaming competition, to mention just a few.

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Jaclyn Wyrwas screamed an ear-splitting sound that earned her the Scream Queen trophy, decorated with a spooky, ghostly, and over-the-top design.

“I’m terrified of bugs, so whenever there’s a bug, I scream like a maniac,” the 26-year-old woman from East Windsor, Mercer County, was quoted, referring to her unique talent.

Nick Scirrotto, dressed as Colonel Mustard from the film “Clue,” said he was at the event on Saturday to drink with his pals who wore costumes depicting the other “Clue” characters.

“The whole plan was to come out here, spend time together and have some beer,” said the 39-year-old resident of Haddon Township.

The month of June was when Levin Sarver, who was 21 years old, drove two hours away from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, to wear the group costume.

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Sarver, Colby, and Kelsey Schmeltzle wore Hanson brothers’ hockey uniforms from the film classic “Slapshot.” In contrast, Shelby Schmeltzle and Justin Houston sported referee jerseys, most likely to keep the others on the right track. Colby, as well as Kelsey, was the brains behind the costume concept, Sarver said.

“The atmosphere is wonderful,” Sarver stated. “After COVID and everything, it’s been a drag, and this is a good event to get the ball rolling and get people back outside, get people back active, and interact with each other.”

There was no requirement for everyone costume to dress up for fun. At the alcohol and atmosphere festival, Amy And Greg Schneider, both 37 and hailing from Sicklerville, Camden County. When they got through the gate, they headed straight for an apple cider tent.

The rain did come and go throughout the day, but it didn’t become a steady drizzle until two hours later. It didn’t deter the crowd; however, it was expected since Henderson anticipated there would be about a thousand people on the site. There was no plan to delay the event because of rain which proved to be an excellent choice.

Around a thousand people were waiting at the venue’s front right when the festival began at 6:30 p.m. Henderson made his way to the entryway and ignited the crowd to welcome people to attend the 2nd Witch-Craft festival.

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He advised them to have fun, using his colorful language, and the Halloween celebration began.

Earlier in the day, Henderson said that he was pleased with how this event was conceived before the event began. He was initially thinking about shifting it to other places shortly, but he believes it will be held on Paradise Lake Campgrounds.

“We’re going to conduct it this way. We’re going to be here for a bit,” Henderson said. “We enjoy the space; we can spread out and enjoy our time. I’m a fan.”

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