SOUTH OGDEN -- Every year around Halloween, a group of South Ogden women gather together to celebrate their friendships and to share food, fun and laughter.
But beware, they come in full attire from head to foot and you must look closely to know who is lurking beneath the green skin, the hook nose or the black floppy hat draped in cobwebs. One by one they enter the coven, all in full witch attire and ready to cackle!
And that's just what they did Tuesday, the one day of the year they forget about life's trials and just have a good time with their best friends.
Jill Dahlberg hosts the fun each year at her home. From the time you pull up to her driveway, you know you're in for a fun time. The pumpkins, cobwebs and broomsticks welcome you into a house completely decorated for the season. The aroma of hot soup, rolls and all sorts of goodies fills your senses.
But most of all, the laughter and friendship call you in.
"I put the tea and luncheon together every year for only one thing, and that is to celebrate friendship," says hostess Jill Dahlberg. "We support each other through the best times in our lives and the worst times. No matter the situation, whether it be joy or sorrow, we know that we can depend on each other."
It all started five years ago, said Dahlberg, when a friend was going through a very hard time.
"It was just about this time of year, so I decided to have a get together with five of our closest friends," she said. "So we dressed up like witches, and a for a couple of hours we laughed, forgot about our problems, ate and just had a good time."
They had such a good time, they decided this needed to be an annual event. It has now grown to a dozen or more friends, and the costumes have grown more elaborate with each passing year.
The original five friends are Julie Dixon, Shanna Moyes, Cheryl Moyes, Sue Walton and, of course, Dahlberg. Others in attendance Tuesday were Jann King, Annette Stromberg, Julie Parker, Vinette Iverson, Carrie Lindsay, Tracee Kemp and Julie Nelson.
"We all have husbands that we love and adore, and we love our families," said Dahlberg. "But this is not about that. This is a girlfriend thing. One day of the year, we dress up, act like witches, laugh and enjoy each other."