It’s now the final weekend of October, also known as the most enjoyable weekend of the year for many in coastal Delaware, particularly if you have young ones in the house.
It’s officially Sea Witch Weekend in Rehoboth Beach!
While there are other events and happenings this weekend, and we’ll highlight as many of them as we can here in our “Weekender Blog,” the next few days will be dominated by this enormously popular annual festival in the “Nation’s Summer Capital.”
This is the 27th year for Sea Witch, which in formal terms is known as the Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. As always, this event is organized and coordinated by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, and boy do they put on a good show!
Check out the logo for this year's event!
We’ll highlight the biggest events of this festival below so you and your family can maximize your enjoyment over these absolutely fabulous few days of coastal Delaware fun.
And that includes the four-legged members of the family as well – read more about that below.
And keeping with the Halloween theme, also keep in mind that this is the final weekend for most of the area’s spooky attractions. We’ve compiled that information for you below, as well as trick-or-treat times for most of our area communities.
And a quick heads up before we delve into this weekend’s activities. Be sure to check back again this time next week as we preview and highlight the return of Delmarva’s nationally acclaimed Punkin Chunkin festival, which comes back to southern Delaware next weekend after a two-year hiatus.
But that’s next week. This week, it’s all about ghosts and goblins and, of course, sea witches!
Here are our choices for southern Delaware events and happenings for the weekend of Oct. 28-30:
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 28-30). When thinking of this annual festival, most people think of the costume parade up and down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday morning. And while that is certainly the highlight of this three-day gathering, there is much, much more to see and witness at Rehoboth Beach’s most well known annual event.
Once again, thousands of visitors are expected in the resort this weekend for three days of fun in 2016’s extended season. Listed below are a few of the highlights of this year’s Sea Witch Festival, including the always popular pet parade on Sunday.
Visit www.beach-fun.com for a full schedule and/or to download and print out the complete brochure for all three days of activities. We hope to see you there, and be sure to have a great time!
- Costume Parade. Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 11 a.m., down Rehoboth Avenue. This year, the parade will be televised on WRDE TV, beginning at 10:30.
- Haunted Bonfire & Graveyard. Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., located in Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street and the beach.
- Sea Witch Hunt. Find the Sea Witch and you could win $200! This is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Information table is located at the Rehoboth Bandstand.
- Old Fashioned Kids’ Beach Games. Games held on the beach between Olive and Maryland Avenues, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Cape Gazette Photo
- Pony Rides on the Beach. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 fee and this activity is weather dependent.
- Horse Shows on the Beach. Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m.
- Rehoboth Beach Hayrides. Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Located adjacent to the visitors center at Grove Park. $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
- Trick-or-Treat. From 6:30 to 7:30 Saturday night, in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Look for Trick-or-Treat signs in storefront windows.
- Sea Witch 5K Classic Run. Begins at Grove Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Visit www.seashorestriders.com for more information.
- Costumed Dog Parade. Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. Parade will be down the boardwalk and include an approximately 1.5 mile walk. Registration fee is $5 per dog.
Cape Gazette Photo
Other events this Sea Witch Weekend
Lewes Fall Craft Fair (Oct. 29). This event was rescheduled from Oct. 1, due to inclement weather and is now slated for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. More than 60 artisans are expected this year, exhibiting creations ranging from metalwork to woodworking, pottery and much more. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free. Proceeds benefit educational and preservation programs at the Lewes Historical Society. For more information, visit www.historiclewes.org or call 302-645-7670.
Cape Gazette Photo
Children’s Fantasy Trail (Oct. 28). This fun, family friendly annual event will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Cape Henlopen State Park. Among the activities this year are trick-or-treating, jugglers, magicians, storybook characters and much more. Don’t forget to wear your costumes in the spirit of Halloween. For more information, call 302-645-6852.
Mirufodocon (Oct. 28-30). This is not your everyday Halloween activity! Scheduled for Friday to Sunday in Milford, this convention focuses on the art of anime and is presented by Audio Electric Entertainment. Among the activities are voice actors, costume play, panels, contests, raves, concerts and much more. The event is planned for the Milford Senior Center on Park Avenue but will also take place at several other locations throughout town. Visit www.mirufodocon for more information on this unique southern Delaware event.
Autumn Home & Condo Show (Oct. 29-30). This annual event is planned for this Saturday and Sunday at the Ocean City Convention Center on Coastal Highway and is designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling and decorating their homes. Activities include product demonstrations, displays and more. Visit www.oceanpromotions.info for more information on this year’s home and condo show in Ocean City.
Area Haunted Attractions (October 28-30). We’ve highlighted many of these before, but below are some of the great haunted attractions here in the coastal Delaware region, along with operating times and contact information.
Warning: Don't watch the short video clip below if you're easily frightened. :)
- Screams at the Beach (Georgetown). Every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost ranges from $30 to $50. www.screamsatthebeach.com.
- Nightmares Haunted House (Laurel). Every Friday and Saturday in October, beginning at 7 p.m., as well as Halloween night. Cost is $13. www.nightmareshauntedhouse.info.
- Ocean City Screams (Ocean City). Every Friday and Saturday in October and every day between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31. Cost is $15 to $20. www.ocscreams.com.
- Slaughter House Farm (Laurel). Every Friday and Saturday in October. Cost is $13. www.slaughterhousefarm.org.
- Zombie Walk & Apocalypse Ball (Milton). Friday, October 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $15. More information HERE.
- Halloween Boo Bash (Bridgeville). Monday, October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15. 302-956-6167.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (Milton). Sunday, October 30, 8 p.m., at the Milton Theater.
Southern Delaware Trick-or-Treating (Various Dates). Below are the trick-or-treating times for many of our local communities. Have a great time!
- Berlin. Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.; ages 15 and under
- Bethany Beach. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Bridgeville. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Delmar. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Dewey Beach. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Frankford. Oct. 31, from 5 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.
- Lewes. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 13 and under
- Milford. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Millsboro. Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.; ages 12 and under
- Milton. Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Ocean City. Oct. 31, beginning at dusk
- Ocean Pines. NO TRICK OR TREATING
- Ocean View. Oct. 31, from 6 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
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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