More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 24th annual three-day Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival this weekend.
Barring bad weather, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 24th annual three-day Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival this weekend in downtown Rehoboth Beach, presented by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Featuring more than 100 events/activities, you could easily fall into the trap of feeling overwhelmed by the number of options available to you, especially since most of the festivities are free.
To keep you calm, here's a guide to a few can't-miss events you'll want to schedule your weekend around.
Sea Witch Hunt (1 p.m., Saturday)
Put your detective skills to the test to solve where the crafty witch is hiding during the Sea Witch Hunt, which is held on Saturday and begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.
The way this scavenger hunt works is participants must first check in with the official clue keeper to receive a list of 100-plus clue locations where the invisible witch could be hiding. Hunters visit the locations and each one has a clue that points to the witch's whereabouts.
Hunters must submit their answers at 5 p.m. Whomever is the first to reveal where the witch is hiding will receive a cash prize. The winner will be announced Sunday at 2p.m. at the Bandstand.
The Witch Hunt has been a hit at the Sea Witch Festival, and it attracts droves of participants each year.
"It's extremely popular," said Carol Everhart, president and chief executive officer of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. "We literally have thousands that do it."
Costume Parade (11 a.m., Saturday)
You'll never know what kind of elaborate characters and vehicles you'll see in the annual costume parade on Saturday. But it's going to the impressive.
"I've had a group of 20 that were dressed as the Bay Bridge, one year," Everhart said. "They literally came down [Rehoboth] Avenue and each person was covering a section of the Bay Bridge."
The parade will also feature the Woodland String Band mummers of Philadelphia, Pa.
Registration for costumed walkers begins at 10:30 a.m. at Convention Hall. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and participants will continue down Rehoboth Avenue toward the Bandstand. The parade will finish at Village by the Sea. Costumed award winners and motorized vehicles will be announced afterwards at the Bandstand.
New Haunted House (7 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday)
While most of the festivities this weekend will take place in Rehoboth, other areas in Sussex County such as Dewey Beach will also be offering fun activities as part of the Sea Witch Festival.
The Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach will transform into a haunted house on Friday and Saturday nights. This new haunted attraction is recommended for festivalgoers who are at least 13 since "it's a little bit too scary for kids," said Bottle & Cork Manager Meggin Holtzclaw.
The haunted house will offer eight spooky rooms. Beyond that, Holtzclaw and her team at the Bottle & Cork are keeping their lips sealed about further details of the house since "we want it to be a surprise," Holtzclaw said.
Best Costumed Dog Parade
Your four-legged friend will have their moment in the limelight on Sunday during the adorable Best Costumed Dog Parade.
"We have every kind of dog you can imagine," Everhart said.
Everhart fondly calls seeing "little dogs in cages with convict outfits on" from a previous Sea Witch Festival.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. near the north end of the Rehoboth boardwalk near the Henlopen Hotel. The Parade begins at 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at the Bandstand.
Fiddling around (1 to 6 p.m., Saturday)
The Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival will feature topnotch fiddlers and banjo players dishing lots of boot-tapping tunes on Saturday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall.
During the Fiddler's Festival, the best musicians will earn a cash prize. There is both an adult and children's competition for best fiddle, bluegrass and banjo playing.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 24th annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival
WHEN Friday, Saturday and Sunday; event kicks off around 8 a.m. on each day
WHERE Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
COST Most events are free
INFO Visit beach-fun.com or call (302) 227-2233