It’s that time of year when scary clowns pop out from behind trees, bloodthirsty zombies roam the streets at night searching for brains and insane woodsmen chase young people through the woods with chain saws.
Yup, it's Halloween time and we have some great attractions to tell you about here in the coastal region.
But before we do that, we'd like to briefly mention Screams at the Beach. Located between Georgetown and Lewes on Route 9, this popular local event did not return for 2018, and we couldn't be sadder about it.
Profiled just last year by the Oldfather Group, "Screams" has been a local favorite for a long time, but an agreement just couldn't be reached that would have allowed the award-winning haunted event to return for another year.
We'll miss it, and can only hope that something will arise in the near future that will fill the void it's leaving.
But in the meantime, we still have some great Halloween events coming up at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. So let's get right to it, shall we?
Milton Zombie Fest (Oct. 20). This unique festival in Milton is now in its fourth year and will feature several fun-filled activities at various locations throughout town.
The event is scheduled for 12 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 20, and includes bands, food trucks, beer tents, vendors, street performers and much more.
Then at 8 p.m., you don't want to miss the annual "zombie walk," which is one of the highlights of the annual festival in downtown Milton.
All proceeds from the 2018 festival will benefit the Milton Theatre, The Milton Historical Society, The Milton Fire Department and Casa San Francisco.
Tickets for the 2018 Milton Zombie Fest events are available online HERE or by calling 302-684-3038.
Nightmares Haunted House (Laurel). This site in Laurel was voted the top overall attraction in 2015 by DelawareHauntedHouses.com and is back in 2018 for another season of terrifyingly spooky entertainment.
Open every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 7 p.m., as well as Halloween Night, organizers promise attendees will be “scared like you never have been before.” It’s not recommended, however, for children under the age of 7, so parents please take notice.
Visit www.nightmareshauntedhouse.info for more information on this year’s Nightmares Haunted House.
Ocean City Screams (Ocean City). Now in it's third year, this haunted house attraction in Ocean City promises the “biggest, scariest, most intense, state-of-the-art haunted house ever built in Ocean City.”
This two-story attraction models an old rusted out cargo ship that reportedly went missing more than 50 years ago and today haunts the Maryland seaside resort.
If you feel like touring a “ghost ship” teeming with afterlife, paranormal activity and strange members of the crew who survived the historic crash, then Ocean City Screams awaits.
A word of caution though – this attraction can get pretty intense and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
The final five days of Ocean City Screams for 2018 are Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 31. Visit www.ocscreams.com for more information.
Slaughter House Farm (Laurel). This haunted attraction, located on a farm in Laurel, opens once a year during the Halloween season and is known to offer one of the scariest experiences on Delmarva.
Located just off Route 13, blood-curdling screams, gunshots and loud music pierce the stillness of the night at Slaughter House Farm as visitors attempt to survive the horror of the experience.
A haunted corn field, goons and goblins and dozens of other ghoulish surprises await you at this scary good attraction in western Sussex County. Come out for a visit, if you dare!
Slaughter House Farm is open every Friday and Saturday night in October. Visit www.slaughterhousefarm.org for more information.
Frightland (Middletown). Now in it's 22nd year, this attraction is a little bit of a drive from the Delaware beaches, but it's such a mainstay of the area's Halloween season that we simply had to mention it.
The attraction features eight unique and terrifying haunts in 2018, including haunted houses, a haunted hayride and much more. It was also recognized as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America in recent years by Forbes, the Huffington Post and the Travel Channel.
It's open every year from late September to early November. Visit www.frightland.com for more information.
OC(toberfest) (Ocean City). This resort-wide celebration encompasses the Halloween season and is actually several events in one.
Scheduled events for October in Maryland's favorite summertime playground include a Drive-In Disguise Car Parade on the Boardwalk (read our Weekender blog for more on that), a "Great Pumpkin Race," a Halloween Spook-Out Party, a beer festival, a pet parade and much more.
Visit www.ococean.com/fall-events for more information on the 2018 OC(toberfest) festivities in Ocean City.
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival (Rehoboth Beach). When thinking of Rehoboth Beach's best and biggest annual festival, most people think of the costume parade up and down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday morning. And while that's certainly the highlight of this three-day gathering, there is much, much more to see and witness at the resort's biggest party of the year.
Once again, thousands of visitors are expected in the resort this weekend for three days of fun in 2018’s extended season. A few of the highlights of the Sea Witch Festival include the always popular pet parade on Sunday, beach games, trick or treating, the Sea Witch Hunt, tons of vendors and so much more.
Visit www.beach-fun.com for a complete schedule of the weekend's activities.
Pipe Organ Spooktacular at Saint George's Chapel (Rehoboth Beach). Held in conjunction with the 2018 Sea Witch Festival, this spooky event features pipe organ music, movie and television-themed trivia and much more.
The festival begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and those in charge are encouraging attendees to show up adorned in their favorite Halloween costumes.
Visit www.allsaintsandstgeorges.org for more information.
Haunted Library (Selbyville). Spend Halloween evening at the Selbyville Public Library at this fun community event, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.
About 500 people attended last year, so the library has announced that it will be closed on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 in order to prepare for this year's Halloween event.
This is the 16th year for the "Haunted Library" event in Selbyville. Visit www.selbyvillelibrary.org for more information.
Rocky Horror Picture Show (Milton). The Milton Theatre will again be showing this cult classic film during the Halloween season, this time on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for a 9 p.m., showing and, as always, attendees are invited to come in costume and plan for a great evening celebrating this one-of-a-kind American film.
Click HERE for more information, or to order tickets.
Ocean Pines Halloween Fall Festival (Ocean Pines). The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will host several spooky offerings at this public event, that's scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., at 235 Ocean Parkway.
Scheduled events include costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, candy, a haunted hayride and much more. And don't miss the "Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest," always a popular component of local Halloween-themed festivals.
Contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 for more information.
Wags, Witches and Warlocks Halloween Festival (Bethany Beach). This fun community event benefits the SPCA's animal shelter in Georgetown and features a parade and costume contest for boys, girls and pets of all ages.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the parade begins an hour later. There is a $5 requested donation per participant, which is to support the work of the SPCA.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Bethany Beach. Visit www.wagswitchesandwarlocks.com for more information.
Coastal Region Trick-or-Treating (Various Dates). Below are the trick-or-treating times for many of our local communities. Enjoy!
- Berlin. Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.; ages 15 and under
- Bridgeville. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Delmar. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Dewey Beach. Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Frankford. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Georgetown. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Laurel. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Lewes. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 13 and under
- Milford. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Millsboro. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Milton. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Ocean City. Oct. 31, dusk to 8 p.m.
- Rehoboth Beach. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 14 and under
- Seaford. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Selbyville. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under