If you’re looking to celebrate the Halloween Season, go to Rehoboth beach this weekend. The 22nd annual Seawitch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival in Rehoboth, DE will run from Friday to Sunday, October 28th – 30th. It is a “can’t miss” kind of event on the Eastern Shore. The American Bus Association even named the festival one of its Top 100 Events in North America for the upcoming year. Get ready to be spooked by the fun and scary events planned this weekend.
The Seawitch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center. Events are scheduled to run from 2:30 – 9 pm on Friday, 9 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The famous Seawitch parade and costume contest are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. There is no admission charge, but some activities do ask participants for a minimal fee.
Seawitch, running in conjunction with Delaware’s only Fiddler’s Festival, attracts an estimated 175,000 people to the shore. The Fiddler’s Festival takes place on Saturday only and runs from 1 – 6 pm. As part of the audience, you’ll watch both adults and children compete for the title of best fiddler, blue grass, and banjo players. If you enjoy watching musicians pluck strings, pick their instruments, stomp their feet, and dance to Blue Grass music, then head to the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Saturday for a rockin’ good time.
The Seawitch festivities include wagon rides, children’s games, a costume parade, and a 5k run/walk. The horse drawn hayrides, beach games, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, and live entertainment are favorites of both children and adults alike. The Disney Pixar movie, ‘Cars’, will be shown on a big screen in Grove Park located in downtown Rehoboth. Jimi Smooth & Hit Time along with the Delaware School of Rock will perform on the Rehoboth Bandstand stage for a crown of costumed attendees. Local businesses will take part in a trick-or-treat event that will last one hour, starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Bring a candy bucket and join in on the fun!
Want to participate in the largest costume parade on the Eastern Shore? Meet the Woodland String Band Mummers at the Convention Center on Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 am. The parade starts at 11 am. Join thousands of costumed participants, local bands, decorated cars, the Nur Shriners and pets, as the parade proceeds down Rehoboth Avenue towards the Bandstand. The parade route ends at Village by the Sea.
Attendees will have a chance to compete in the Sea Witch Scavenger Hunt for great prizes. Be the first one to finish the hunt successfully and take home a cash prize! If you’re not the first one finished, don’t fret – there are lots of other prizes to be given away. If participating, be sure to wear running shoes because there are more than 100 clue site locations on the scavenger hunt list. Participants must check in a one of the clue sites to start the hunt. A list of sites can be picked up at the Bandstand. The winner will be announced at the same location on Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Free shuttle service will be provided by Jolly Trolley from 1 – 7 pm. The shuttle will transport attendees from the Rehoboth Park & Ride to the downtown area. Keep in mind that most activities are dependent upon clear weather. Wear warm clothes and be sure not to miss out on the scary, and not so scary, activities planned for this year’s Seawitch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival!
For more information and a detailed schedule of events, check out the 2011 Seawitch events program.