Wags, Witches and Warlocks headed for Bethany Beach


The second annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks Festival will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Sat., Oct. 27, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28.

Coastal Point • File photo    : An Oompa Loompa stands, ready to be judged, during last year’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks costume contest in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • File photo
An Oompa Loompa stands, ready to be judged, during last year’s Wags, Witches Warlocks costume contest in Bethany Beach.

For a $5 registration fee that goes to Sussex County animal shelters, people can register to walk in the parade and participate in the costume contest. People can dress up their children, other family members and pets. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in various categories.

The parade will go west on Garfield Parkway from the boardwalk, south on Pennsylvania, and east on Garfield, to end back at the bandstand. D.J. Hook will be the master of ceremonies.

In addition, on the boardwalk, there will be plenty of activities throughout the day, including pumpkin decorating, face painting and hayrides. There will also be pet adoptions available, and Studio 26 will be available for feather extensions.

“This is our second year,” explained committee co-chair Jamie Idzi of the Bethany Beach Business Forum, which is again hosting the event. “Last year was quite successful, and we anticipate an even larger turnout this year.”

Idzi is joined by co-chair Kiki Hargrove and committee members Barbara Howard, Catherine Hughes, Eileen Hargrove, Pat Hoey and Pat Lashansky.

There will also be trick-or-treating at Bethany Beach stores designated by a pumpkin in the window, and a scarecrow contest will take place throughout the town.

At the deck at Lighthouse Station at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue, there will be bobbing for apples, decorating of caramel apples, decorating of dog treats and other games. There will also be a wine tasting with wine from Fenwick Wine Cellars, and a local dog trainer will be offering dog-training tips.

People can also participate in the Witches Brew Crawl. When they register in the morning, they will receive a bid number and a pamphlet with establishments that will offer specials — ranging from a discount on golf to a free dessert to a portion off a dinner check — to people who bring in those bid numbers.

For more information, visit http://wagswitchesandwarlocks.com online.