We're now just a week away from the biggest party of the year in Rehoboth Beach, when the three-day Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival kicks off for 2018.

But, while Sea Witch is definitely on the horizon and the resort is preparing for it's biggest annual celebration, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do the weekend before. Quick the contrary!

We have five more great events for you to consider this weekend here in the coastal region, and you can't go wrong with any of them. So pick your favorite and head out over the next few days for a great time at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Now, here's our very own Dustin Oldfather with a quick video preview of this weekend's events, then we'll give you everything thing you need for planning a great weekend in the coastal region.

Okay, let's get right to the business at hand. Here are the Oldfather Group's top choices for fun and family-friendly local events for the weekend of Oct. 19-21 at the Delaware and Maryland beaches:

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.

Bark on the Boards (Oct. 20). This Saturday in Rehoboth Beach, hundreds of pet lovers and their beloved animals will converge on the “Nation’s Summer Capital” for a day of collective fun and entertainment. 

This year’s event will feature a variety of great events, including a Dock Dogs diving competition, yoga with puppies, a pet psychic and a pet costume contest.

There will also be live music, games, vendors and much more, along with a 1 kilometer walk beginning at noon. 

All proceeds from the event benefit homeless shelter pets. For more information on the 2018 Bark on the Boards, visit www.barkontheboards.org.

Boo-B-Que By the Sea (Oct. 19-20). This family friendly event benefits the Delaware State Parks’ Children in Nature program, as well as other outdoor activities, and includes a competitive barbecue competition, great musical entertainment and much more.

There will also be kids' activities, food vendors, trick or treating, a pie eating contest and a corn hole tournament, as well as an extensive beer garden. The cost is $10 per person, with children 14 and under admitted for free. 

For barbecue tasting tickets, which include 20 tasting samples of pulled pork barbecue as well as voting privileges, the cost is $20 per person if purchased online or $25 the day of the event.

Hours for the event are Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Visit www.boo-bq.com for more information on the 2018 Boo-B-Que By The Sea event.

SDTR Country Barn Dance (October 20). Scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Arena on Harbeson Road in Milton, this event is the major annual fundraiser for the local charity.

Limited to 250 attendees due to fire regulations, the event carries a $40 price tag, which includes a catered barbecue dinner, both silent and live auctions, music from the "Mason Dixon Band," and even some line dancing instruction if you're so inclined.

The event will be held at the SDTR indoor arena, located on Harbeson Road about two miles south of Milton.

All proceeds from this event benefit the work being done at Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding, an organization that provides equine-assisted therapy to disabled children and adults in southern Delaware.

Read Our Recent Blog Entry on this Great Organization Here

Drive-In Disguised Halloween Boardwalk Parade (October 20). This eighth annual event on the Boardwalk in Ocean City features Halloween decorated cars and runs from 27th Street all the way to the inlet.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. and there's no fee to participate, though proof of insurance is required if you're going to be the person in the driver's seat.

The best decorated vehicles will win prizes and there will be a "trunk or treating" event after the parade, on the Boardwalk between Caroline and Wicomico Streets.

For more information, call 443-235-4405 or email [email protected]

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Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!