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2018 Witches' Grand Ball

Witches' Grand Ball

This November, We’re Storming the Castle
— And You’re Invited!


Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Black Hat Society Soiree (VIP only)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


The Manresa Castle Hotel
651 Cleveland St
Port Townsend WA, 98368


Creative Black Tie ~ Formal or Extravagant Costume
Please see our FAQ below for details, ideas and inspiration!


Basic Witch: $90
Amethyst Witch: $115
Carnelian Witch: $130
Black Hat Witch: $175*
*must also purchase a room at the castle

The 2018 Twisted History Witches’ Grand Ball Theme:

The Twisted History Witches’ Grand Ball is planned as an extravagant event, EVEN BETTER THAN LAST YEAR, and therefore we expect all attendees to adhere to our dress code of Creative Black Tie/Formal Costume Masquerade. That means: Tuxedo/Elegant Gown or Other Formal Evening Wear with Mask, witches in their most exquisite witchy finery… Other well-thought-out, well-planned costumes are welcome, including: Pagan Gods and Goddesses, Druid, Gothic, Faery, Historical, Dark Angel, Mythology, Steampunk, Burlesque, Medieval, Renaissance, Vampire, Fairy-Tale, and anything else that comes to mind that one could consider to be worthy of a formal Witches’ Grand Ball. You CANNOT overdress!

Please, no jeans, t-shirts, casual street wear, club wear, and tennis shoes. This will be strictly enforced; you will not be admitted if you show up and are not dressed appropriately for a formal costumed event, and no refund will be given. Also, we ask that you respect the formality of this event and not show up in costumes that would be more appropriate elsewhere. If you don’t know what that means, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!


  • Partake in a scrumptions pagan feast
  • Enjoy custom crafted brew from Propolis Brewery
  • Indulge in a little tête-à-tête under the moon and starry skies
  • Make a bid at our Silent Auction to win something magickal
  • Dance away the evening in our Gothic Ballroom
  • Win great prizes in the costume contests
  • Query the fates with a reading in our Parlor of Destiny
  • Leave a private message for your beloved dead in our Twisted Book of the Dead
  • Take part in the Ancestor Ritual as we observe the closing of the veil
  • Spend a magickal evening in Port Townsend with witchy friends from near and far!
  • Live music hand selected for you and your witchy aesthetic
  • Various performances are in store for the evening: Belly Dancing, Fire and Light Show and more!


Is there a Costume Contest?
YES, of COURSE! We are bringing back this popular portion of the evening where you can strut your stuff and win magickal prizes (and at the very least, bragging rights until next year’s ball!) Categories are: Best in Black, Best Witches’ Hat, Best Elemental Witch, Best Themed Couple.

How much are tickets to the Ball and how do I purchase them?
Tickets are $90 each and are outline in our graphic above. For 90$ you get a Basic Witch ticket, which means you get into the event, have access to all performances the night of the Ball, a formal dining experience and all the non-alcoholic drink you can manage. Two Propolis Brews are included in the ticket price. After the two drinks, you are responsible for your own alcoholic purchases at the bar. A complete itinerary will be emailed to you explaining your individual package no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Will there be a photographer or videographer at the Witches’ Ball?
Yes, we have candid and portrait photographers in-house for the duration of the evening! We are aware that some people do not want to be photographed or filmed, however, please keep in mind that this IS a public event which will have many people in attendance. If you are truly adamant that you not be photographed or filmed in any manner for fear of recognition, we also suggest masking as part of your attire for the evening, as there will be many people in attendance with cameras and a mask will shield your identity. In short, we cannot guarantee that you will not be photographed or filmed.

Please ask permission first if you are photographing others, and please respect those who decline. Some Pagans or Witches are not “out of the broom closet” and prefer their anonymity, and some just do NOT like their photos taken at all! If this is truly a serious concern for you and you don’t feel that masking will be enough of a shield for your privacy, then we suggest that you reconsider your attendance.

Is the Witches’ Ball suitable for children?
No, it is not. The Twisted History Witches’ Grand Ball is a 21-and-over, adults-only event. Please don’t place us in the uncomfortable position of having to tell you, “No.” We fully understand that your child is mature and would do quite well at an adult event, but due to our strict 21-and-over drinking laws, NO ONE under 21 is allowed into the event. No exceptions. We appreciate your understanding.

Where do I park? Where do I stay?
There is plenty of onsite parking provided at no charge. Click here for places to stay in Port Townsend. ONLY BLACK HAT VIP MAY PURCHASE A ROOM AT THE CASTLE!!!! CONTACT US AT 360-390-8318 IF YOU NEED MORE INFO.

Do I have to be a Witch or a Pagan to attend the Witches’ Grand Ball?
No! The entire event is open to the public. If you are open-minded and would be comfortable with an eclectic mix of friendly adults of all ages, some of whom do practice non-traditional religions or beliefs, then you’re welcome to join us. The Twisted History Witches’ Grand Ball is open to everyone.

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