Fall fun doesn’t always come wrapped in mummy tape or flavored with pumpkin spice. Our area is jam packed with fall festivals that feature hayrides, cider tastings, corn mazes and bounce pads for the little ones.
Sea Witch Festival
Rehoboth Beach, DE
The 31st annual Sea Witch festival will bring the Rehoboth boardwalk to life with Halloween fun with a weekend full of beach games, trick or treating, a pet costume parade, a 5k race, arts and crafts vendors and, the festival’s biggest draw, the giant costume parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. The signature parade features motorized floats, bands, Halloween-themed balloon floats.
Throughout the weekend, you can also enjoy live music, plus great family-friendly games like scavenger hunts, a broom-toss contest, a Kids Zone, hay rides, haunted attractions, a horse show on the beach, and a haunted bonfire on the beach. Consider using public transit like the Jolly Trolley from the Delaware Seashore State Park, or DART transit from Lewes and points north.
Maryland’s Ladew Topiary Gardens, deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, will have hundreds of intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns and Halloween-themed illuminated sculptures. There will also be live music, carving demonstrations by local artists, and a special educational exhibits on creepy crawly critters.
You can even carve your own “glow” pumpkin beforehand to be on display for the weekend.
Chestertown Harry Potter Festival
Sort yourself into your favorite Hogwarts house, pack up your wands and head to Chestertown for its annual townwide Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend. Kick off the weekend at the wizarding street party, while ducking into local shops for themed activities like potion making. On Saturday, the fun will continue with a scavenger hunt, costume contest, parade, wand-swap, and events at “Gringotts” bank.
Along High Street and in Fountain Park, there will be vendors and arts and crafts, food, and a showing of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Most of the events at the Harry Potter Festival are free, though some require preregistration.