Halloween happenings abound across area

Tracy DiSalvo is The Creeper from the film “Jeepers Creepers” during a past Fright Night at Brecknock Park in Camden. Thirty scenes of haunted action await those who dare enter the gates today and Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Halloween can be a horrifyingly fun time.

It’s a time of the year for trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, dressing up as heroes or ghouls and celebrating everything that is orange and black.

From Halloween parades to haunted houses and spooky trails, Dover and its surrounding areas have a little bit of something for everyone.

“Halloween is simply one of the last holidays not touched by political correctness,” said Gerry Wright, of Rehoboth Beach. “It’s a chance for both kids and adults to have some old-fashioned fun.”

Donna King, of Harrington, vividly remembers her grandson’s first Halloween in 2013. She wrapped him up and made him look like a Subway sandwich.

“It was his first holiday after his birthday,” she said. “It was so simple of an idea … I loved it. It was awesome.”

Of course, the most important date will be Oct. 31, when children get to dress up and roam their neighborhoods throughout Dover and other cities and towns in Kent and Sussex counties.

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Over the course of hundreds of years, Halloween has evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, watching scary movies, donning costumes and collecting and eating sweet treats.

When asked what his favorite holiday was, Christian Thompson, a 7-year-old from Magnolia, replied, “Halloween. I love to dress up and look forward to eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They’re my favorite.”

It’s OK to be afraid on Halloween. After all, even demons groan when they encounter the headless horseman in Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

As the story goes:

“When the spooks have a midnight jamboree

They break it up with fiendish glee

The ghosts are bad but the one that’s cursed

Is the headless horseman; he’s the worst

That’s right, he’s a fright on Halloween night!

When he goes a joggin’ ’cross the land

Holding his noggin in his hand

Demons take one look and groan

And they hit the road to parts unknown

Beware, take care he rides alone!”

Here’s a look, in chronological order, of what Halloween events are on tap in this area:

•ARC HALLOWEEN DANCE: Today from 7 to 9 p.m., Wyoming United Methodist Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover. Hosted by Wyoming United Methodist Church and The Arc of Delaware

• BOO-B-QUE BY THE SEA: Today at Delaware Seashore State Park.

Today from 6 to 10 p.m., hosted by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation.

This year’s event will take place at the South Inlet Campground starting at 6 p.m.

Kansas City Barbecue Society competitors with trick-or-treating, and an opportunity for visitors to sample and select the “people’s choice award” winners for chicken wings. Craft beers will also be available on tap for adults

For event details or to enter either the professional of local BBQ competitions please visit www.boo-bq.com/.

For more information, contact Scott Borino, Division of Parks & Recreation, at 302-227-2800.

•DARK DOVER LANTERN TOURS: Today and Oct. 25 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Witness firsthand the true stories of murders and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on the Green. Meet at the John Bell House (43 The Green)Tickets are $10. Spots are limited so reserve your spot by calling (302) 739-9194.

• DELMARVA’S BEST GHOST STORIES: Today at 6:30 p.m. at Dover Public Library, 35 E. Loockerman St., Dover.

Author and storyteller Ed Okonowicz will tell spooky tales from the Delmarva Peninsula in this program for those ages 12 and up.

•ROXANA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY TRUCK OR TREAT: Today at 6 p.m. at Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. Station No. 1. 35943 Zion Church Road, Frankford.

Everyone must be dressed up, and bring two canned goods. Setup for businesses at 4:30 p.m.

• FRIGHT NIGHT: Today, Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26 from 7 until 10 p.m. Thirty scenes of horror. Brecknock Park, Camden. Cost is $8 per person.

This scary clown was among the entrants in the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve in Harrington last year. The event returns for another year this weekend.

•GREAT DELAWARE PUMPKIN CARVE FESTIVAL: Today and Saturday of the Quillen Arena in Harrington.

The festival and carving competition begins today at 5 p.m. There will also be a live DJ, animated Pumpkin Tales, Spooky Sandcastle, children’s hay maze, festival foods, fall drinks along with beer and wine and the illumination of the carved pumpkins.

On Saturday, the festivities continue with doors opening at 10 a.m. to a display of the Illuminated Pumpkin Patch. In addition to the Pumpkin Patch, there will be plenty of family and kid-friendly activities, costume contests and more.

All children, ages 12 and under will be able to use their festival gate admission ticket for a free bumper car ride, good only on Saturday, between 5:15 and 9:30 p.m.

• TRICK-OR-TREAT HAPPY HOUR: Today from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lessard Builders, Showfield, 18244 Show Jumper Lane, Lewes,.

Come in costume and bring the kids. Snacks, drinks and tours of Lessard Builders’ model home, the Saltaire, and enter to win a $100 gift card to a Lewes restaurant. . Contact Christina Lessard for more information at 698-1091.

• CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN FANTASY TRAIL: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brecknock Park, Camden. Designed for children ages 2 to 7, complimentary trick-or-treat bags will be provided. Hay wagon rides will be available at the end of the trail to take you back to a designated area.

• GUMBORO COMMUNITY CENTER TRUNK OR TREAT: Saturday at 5 p.m., 36849 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro.

Safe trick-or-treating, games, music. Baked goods and caramel corn will be for sale. Costumes are encouraged.

For more information, visit GumboroCC.com.

•MILTON THEATRE ZOMBIE FEST: Saturday in Dewey Beach from 4 to 11 p.m.

Live music at northbeach (4-8 p.m.), vendors, food, zombie make-up stations, Kids Fest, costume contests, and, the Zombie Walk at 8 p.m. when the party moves to Bottle & Cork (8-11 p.m.)

Tickets are $10. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets include gate entrance at northbeach, Zombie Walk, and entrance to Bottle & Cork. Reserve tickets at MiltonTheatre.com.

HALLOWEEN BOO-BASH: Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna. Smyrna Public Library will be at Smyrna Opera House for a free morning of magic, balloons, and Halloween fun with Snippy Doodles the Clown. Costumes welcome.

• DOWNTOWN DOVER SAFE TRICK OR TREAT: Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Loockerman Street. Parade begins 5:30 p.m. at Loockerman Way Plaza and will end at Legislative Mall. Police, fire and emergency vehicles will be present. Food trucks and other vendors will be on-sight. For information, call 736-7130.

•SEA WITCH FESTIVAL: Oct. 25 through Oct. 27. Costume parade, dog parade, sea witch hunt, kid’s games on the beach, trick or treating, hayrides, indoor and outdoor vendor areas and free live entertainment on the bandstand all weekend long. Additional event information at www.beach-fun.com/sea-witch-halloween-fiddlers-festival.html.

• THEATER OF TERROR: Oct. 25 and 26 at Riverfront Theater, W. S. Walnut St., Milford.

This is a live show in the style of the classic horror host television shows of the 60s and 70s, hosted by Mr. Moribund (W.J. Walton) and a cast of creeps.

The feature will be the 1955 classic “Tarantula”. There will also be a spooky art show, live performances, and a costume contest. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $5 per person, with tickets available at the door.

• CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY: Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m., Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover. Children can appear in costume for games and crafts. For details, call 736-7030.

• DEANNA FITZPATRICK – “AN EVENING WITH SPIRIT”: Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St.

Ms. Fitzgerald has been working to improve her ability to connect and help the living come to know that their people in spirit are very much still a part of their lives and to know that we continue on beyond our physical existence.

It is strongly suggested that children under the age of 12 not attend.

For ticket information, visit SmyrnaOperaHouse.org.

• DELAWARE ANIME SOCIETY HALLOWEEN MINI CON: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dover Public Library, 35 W. Loockerman St. in Dover. For ages 13 and up on Admission is free.

The event will feature anime screenings, video gaming and tournaments, tabletop games, a cosplay contest and more. There will also be raffles throughout the day for anime-related goods (tickets are an additional purchase). For more information, visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/delawareanimesociety.

Zombies will stalk the streets of Dewey Beach on Saturday during the Milton Theatre Zombie Fest from 4 to 11 p.m.

• FALL FESTIVAL TRUNK ‘N’ TREAT: Oct. 26 at Long Neck UMC, 32051 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. will include games, prizes, food, crafts and tot zone. Trunk ‘N’ Treat starts at 4:15 p.m.

• GEEK ‘N’ TREAT: Oct 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the field at Kirkwood and Mary streets, sponsored by Wesley College.

Event will include cosplay guests. Games, activities and candy will be given away.

Email library director Katy Goff @ katherine.goff@wesley.edu for more information.

• GOBLINS AND GOODIES: Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m., Delaware Agricultural Museum, 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover. Hosted by Kiwanis Club of Dover and Delaware Agricultural Museum. Follow Kiwanis Club of Dover on Facebook for updates.

• HALLOWS COMEDY AND
COSTUME PARTY’: Oct. 26 at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 113 N. West St., Dover. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Church of Laugh Live. Tickets are $40 per person.

Church of Laugh Live will be performing the comedy event highlighting the hilarious aspects of church and pop culture.

Tickets are sold on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hallows-comedy-costume-party-tickets-60383887834. For more information, call TAG Events at 347-674-1844 or visit www.tagevents.org.

• HOPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Oct. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m., Blue Earl Brewing Company, 210 Artisan Drive, Smyrna. Costume contest prizes for the funniest, scariest and most original costumes. Hoppy Halloween beer release. Live music with Tyler Green & Friends and Hoochi Coochi.

• ORCHARD CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT: Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Orchard Church, 39 N. Main St., Magnolia. Treats, games and food will be featured. E-mail Tammy Graw at tmg360@verizon.net for more information.

• PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SMYRNA: Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m., Delmarva Historic Haunts will conduct investigations of historic homes in downtown Smyrna. All tours will begin and end at the Smyrna Museum. Tickets and details at eventbrite.com.

• PARSONS FARMS TRUNK OR TREAT: Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 30381 Armory Road, Dagsboro.

All kids must be dressed in costume and bring their own bag for the free event. If you own a business and are interested in participating, email parsonsfarmsproduce@gmail.com.

• WESLEY CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT: Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wesley UMC Dover, 209 S State St., Dover. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks. games, candy, trunk or treating, and more. If you would like to decorate your car or provide candy, contact Wesley UMC at 678-9626.

• TRUNK FOR TREATS: Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 Post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro.

There will be lots of goodies and face painting. For additional information contact June Jones at (484) 571-9214 or www.alpost28.com.

• AFTER-HOURS ZOMBIE WALK: Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Greenwood Public Library Delaware, 100 Mill St.. Zombies of all ages can bring non-perishable food items to the Library parking lot before making their way to the Dead Zone behind the library. Toy weapons are prohibited and will be confiscated during the walk. Food donations will benefit the Food Bank.

•FIRST CHOICE SERVICES TRUNK OR TREAT: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Choice Services, Inc, 33334 Main St., Dagsboro.

Free event benefits Code Purple. There will be hot chocolate, a bounce house and the Haunted Hallways as well as many area businesses handing out candy for the kids.

• HALLOWEEN “NIGHT OUT”: Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Millsboro Town Hall parking lot. Facilitated by the Millsboro Police Department This event is for children 12 years of age and under.

• TRUNK-OR-TREAT AND OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., Hartly Volunteer Fire Company, 2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly. Event will be held in the back parking lot, each participating vehicle/sponsor will be assigned a parking spot so you may open your trunks and decorate them for the kids to receive candy and treats.

• NIGHTMARE’S HAUNTED HOUSE: Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. through Nov. 1 and 2 and Oct. 31 at 10912 County Seat Road in Laurel.

Not recommended for children under the age of 7. A donation of $15 is requested to help support Our Causes. Bring in a non-perishable food item and receive a $3 discount. For more information, visit www.nightmareshauntedhouse.info.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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