Sea Witch Festival set this weekend for the beach

The Sea Witch Festival Costume Parade steps off in Rehoboth Beach at 11 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. (Submitted photo/Portraits in the Sand)

REHOBOTH BEACH — The 29th annual Sea Witch Festival hits the beach today through Friday.

Highlighting the annual Halloween event is the costume parade down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Registration for the parade is donation-based and will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will be held on the Grub Grocery parking lot at 305 Rehoboth Ave. Costumed parade walkers will register and line up on 4th Street (adjacent to Grub Grocery) where the parade will begin and end.

Weather-related decisions regarding the parade will not be made until late tonight or early Saturday morning.

In the event of unsafe weather causing cancellation of the costume parade, notification will be posted to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and recorded updates will be available at 302-227-6446.

There is no scheduled rain date for the costume parade. If the parade is cancelled, pictures can be submitted to no later than Nov. 18 for judging and awards.

Your favorite costumed four-legged friends will be wagging their way down the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk during the festival.

The Best Costumed Dog Contest is set for Sunday. Registration begins at noon on Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach next to the Henlopen Hotel. The registration fee is $5 per dog.

The one-mile long parade will begin at 1 p.m. starting at the north end of the boardwalk down to Laurel Street then ending on the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand where the judges’ favorite costumed dogs will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Spectators can view the parade from the boardwalk.

Enjoy a weekend of free live entertainment on the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.

Blue Cat Blues Band will kick off the weekend with a performance today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then Saturday, catch Paul Zavinsky at 1:30 p.m., Nothin’ But Trouble at 3 p.m., The British Invasion Experience at 4:45 p.m. and Trailer Grass Orchestra at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the weekend will wrap up with Ty Sherwood and the Tydewater Band at 11 a.m lower case blues at 12:45 p.m. and Glass Onion Band at 3 p.m.

Popular activities also include the Sea Witch Hunt, kids games on the beach, trick or treating, hayrides and horse shows on the beach Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Trailer Grass Orchestra will perform on the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

The Sea Witch Scavenger Hunt is set for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The information table is at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.

Old Fashioned Kids’ Beach Games will be held on the beach on Baltimore Avenue beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Pony rides on the beach will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 fee.

The Fiddlers Festival, which accompanies the Sea Witch activities, is set for Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave.

With a cash prize contest, there is both an adult and children’s competition for best fiddle, bluegrass, banjo and mandolin.

Hayrides Saturday and Sunday are from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center on Rehoboth Avenue.

The Sea Witch 5K Classic Run and 1 Mile Fright Walk begins at Grove Park (501 Rehoboth Ave.) at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a much encouraged packet pick-up on Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Grove Park.

Many of the 500-plus runners, including entire families, arrive in costume. Prizes are presented not only for time, but also for the best costumes.

The Children’s Fantasy Trail will take place today and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and trick-or-treat with story book characters along a jack-o-lantern lined trail.

Admission is $5 per person; adults and children. For more information, call 302-645-6852.

From 7 to 9 p.m., on Dagsworthy Avenue and the beach, Dewey Beach will be host a haunted bonfire and a haunted trail and graveyard.

The bonfire will feature a DJ, dancing, carnival games and ghost story teller, while the haunted trail and graveyard is a guided tour costing $5 per adult and $2 per child.

For the full schedule of activities and performance times, visit or call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-6446.

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