This weekend's lineup is all about the ghosts, the ghouls, the goblins and all other symbols associated with one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year – Halloween!
But while these local events are ALL about the scary and the frightening, there is ONE that simply dominates them all, one that has received national recognition in recent years and one that definitely helps define the fall festival season in coastal Delaware.
We're talking about the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival, right here in the "Nation's Summer Capital" of Rehoboth Beach. If you've never been, be sure to check this one out. Heck, put on your costume and walk in the parade, or bring your dog to the always-fun pet parade on Sunday. And if you do go each and every year like many of us do, there are always new surprises at each event and no shortage of good family-friendly fun at the beach.
But while Sea Witch is the dominant event of the weekend, there are also plenty of other Halloween-themed festivities on tap in the area. We will mention several of them here, but be sure to check your local chamber of commerce or visitor's bureau for more information.
Now, here are this weekend's favorites, courtesy of the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty's regular "Weekender Blog."
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival (Oct. 23-25). This is one of the biggest and most attended festivals of the year folks, so be sure to check it out it if you're in the area. Organized by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, this year's festival will center on the theme of "Be A Sea Witch Scaredy Cat!" While the event boasts three days of fun-filled activities, the highlight of the festival continues to be the parade down Rehoboth Ave., this year planned for the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24. This year, festival-goers can also expect a fiddler's festival, a family pumpkin decorating contest, a "Pumpkin Olympics," broom-throwing competitions, a pet parade on Sunday, a Halloween Dance Party, zombie self portraits, trick or treating and much more. For more information on this year's festival, visit www.beach-fun.com.
Wags, Witches & Warlocks (Oct. 24). Not to be left out of all the fun on All Hallows, nearby Bethany Beach has also joined the fun with a Halloween festival of its own, scheduled for this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. There will be costume contests, pumpkin decorating, mask making, a disc jockey playing music and a fun-filled parade, with all proceeds benefiting the Sussex County SPCA. And stick around, if you dare, for a special Murder Mystery Dinner, hosted by Ocean Suites (reservations required). Visit www.wagswitchesandwarlocks.com for more information.
Fall Fantastic Fun Festival (Oct. 24). Trap Pond State Park between Millsboro and Laurel will host a fun event this Saturday, open to the entire family. Scheduled for Cypress Point, in the state park, this event features Halloween contests, a pumpkin pie eating competition, scarecrow stuffing and lots more. The state park asks that you please register 24 hours in advance for this event, to ensure enough supplies are on hand. Cost is $8 per person and you can register by calling 302-875-5153.
Lo Del Music & Arts Festival (Oct. 24). If you're looking for something to do this Saturday that is not Halloween-themed, 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown has just the thing. This special music festival will feature 30 musical acts, works by nearly three dozen visual artists, a diverse selection of arts, crafts and food choices, live improv comedy and local craft beer. The festival will kick off at 12 noon and run throughout the day, concluding at 11 p.m. Visit www.lodelfestival.com for more information.
Haunted Halloween Attractions (Oct. 24-25). There are many attractions scheduled for this weekend, as All Hallows Eve draws near. Here are a few to consider:
- The Haunted Forest at Roxana. Held at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Co., on Zion Church Road, on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:30.
- Screams at the Beach. Open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 10:30, at the Sports at the Beach complex east of Georgetown, this popular attraction features five haunts in total, all centered around the haunted village of All Hallows. Visit www.screamsatthebeach.com for more information.
- Monster Mash Murders. A Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by the Brick Hotel in Georgetown, on Sunday, Oct. 25, beginning at 3 p.m. Call the Brick Hotel at 302-856-1836 for more information.
- Slaughter House Farm and Stalkers Field. A popular haunted attraction each Halloween in Laurel, located not far from U.S. 13. Visit www.slaughterhousefarm.org for more information.
- Mr. Moribund's Theatre of Terror. Hosted by Riverfront Theater in Milford this Saturday, this is a live stage show of classic horror host television programs. Call the Riverfront Theater at 302-422-0220 for more information.
- Zombie Walk and Apocalypse Ball. This zombie themed night will benefit Casa San Francisco Homeless Shelter and feature a pig roast at Po Boys restaurant, a "zombie walk" to the Milton Theater and the ball from 8 to 11 p.m. Visit HERE for more information, or to register for the event.
These are just a few of this weekend's fun-filled events here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.
And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!