• C.J. Maxwell

Hudson Witch Project celebrates its third ghastly gathering


Centre Décor Hudson owner Lea Durocher (kneeling, front) has organized the third annual Hudson With Project event to raise funds for area food bank initiatives.

If you happen to see a coven of witches, warlocks, and others of the undead ilk snaking their way along Hudson’s Main Road on Saturday, October 26, fear not – they’re not after your souls or your children but are part of the third annual ‘Hudson Witch Project’ fundraising event gathering funds for the Hudson Fire Department Christmas Food Basket initiative sponsored by Centre Décor Hudson. Every year, the Fire Department assembles baskets for distribution to needy families in the community.

“It stared out with me thinking it would be hilarious to have a gaggle of witches marching down Main Road but thought the Town of Hudson might not be as appreciative,” said organizer and Centre Décor Hudson owner Lea Durocher who then opted, in her mother’s legacy, to tie it to an event that would meet the needs of those in our community who struggle with getting sufficient food for their families.

“It would get people to realize that hunger is everywhere,” said Durocher who, a few years back, walked from Hudson to Lasalle to raise money for the Lester B. Pearson educational food fund raising in excess of $14,000.

At the inaugural event, Durocher was joined by a contingent of roughly 20 creatures from the underworld who meandered along Main Road handing out candy and collecting funds along the route before arriving at the Hudson Community Centre.

Once at the centre, the group participates in the town’s official Halloween party where Durocher has a photo booth with a Halloween themed backdrop and, for a donation to the Witch Project, will photograph participating goblins, critters, and the like for a creepy keepsake.

This year, the coven will have its own theme song thanks to local singers/songwriters/musicians Seiji Gutierrez and Brianna Tomkinson.


Don’t be alarmed by the coven of witches and gaggle of ghouls you may see wandering down Hudson’s Main Road this Saturday… it’s all for a good cause in the third annual Hudson Witch Project fundraiser for area foodbank initiatives and if you’d like to take part, there’s always room for one more.

The troupe departs from the Hudson Fire Station, 529 Main Road on Saturday, October 26 at 12:45 p.m. and winds their way along before gathering at the community centre located at 394 Main Road.

The goal this year is $3,000 (on top of over $4,200 raised by previous coven crawls). Durocher is issuing participants a friendly challenge to raise a minimum of $50 to take part but said no one will be turned away from participating.

“At the end of the day, it’s about having fun but it’s mostly about raising funds and the more funds there are, the better off we are.”

You can call Lea Durocher at (514) 802-8650 or email her at lea@centredecorhudson.com if you’d like to join the witchy procession. For more info, consult the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/349693549119924/. If you’re unable to participate but would like to donate, go to www.facebook.com/donate/533049324189892/.

And of course you can always pass by Centre Décor Hudson, 521 Main Road on Halloween night where a creature from the netherworld will be happy to take donations while distributing candies to the little ones.