Delaware witches talk Samhain, Halloween, spirits and hocus pocus

Mandie Stevenson is in love with the 1993 Halloween comedy “Hocus Pocus,” except for one major complaint. 

The self-proclaimed witch and psychic medium claims the film (like every other in Hollywood) misrepresents her and her sisters and brothers who cast spells in real life.

“It was a great movie, but like, really… a talking black cat? I mean, come on,” said the 45-year-old witch from Lewes. “And [there’s] witches chasing children ... trying to eat them. Is this ‘Hansel and Gretel?’ Witches don’t eat children.”

Stevenson is so enchanted with the craft that it’s become her livelihood.

On Nov. 6 in Pike Creek, this real-life witch will host a grand opening for her second retail shop, Mandie’s Magical Marketplace (4837 Limestone Road, Pike Creek).

Mandie Stevenson leads a Full Moon Gathering at dusk on the Delaware Bay at Lewes, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Dozens of people turn out for the events in which Stevenson, a medium, psychic and witch, performs spiritual rituals.

Her first location in Lewes, which began in a hotel basement about five years ago, features witchy clothing and crystals meant for healing. Customers can have tarot card readings and sessions with a certified Reiki practitioner, Stevenson said.

Her business offers courses on mediumship (how to connect with spirits), psychic development and self-empowerment. Multiple times throughout the year, she and her staff host meetups for full-moon ceremonies on Lewes Beach, and the public is welcome.

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