And of course, all the costumed children who would like to participate.
Town Clerk Terry Truitt asked everyone to start assembling in the parking lot next to town hall (between town hall and the post office) between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. The parade sets out at noon, headed for town park.
As with any outdoor event, there’s an element of luck involved, but Truitt said the forecast called for dry, cool weather — a good autumn day. Counting on fair weather themselves, library staff said they planned to cart some discounted books out to the parking lot next to the library. The book sale will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., overlapping the parade kickoff.
“We didn’t want to take away from the festival, but we didn’t want to carry the books down to the park, either,” noted children’s librarian Dorothy Fisch. However, she planned to follow the crowd down to the park, where activities begin at noon. Fisch will be reading stories for the young ones (just something to hold their attention, she said — nothing scary).
She’ll also have a table set up for fun with crafts. Fisch mentioned paper bag puppets and a dinosaur-related paper plate activity, plus some autumnal odds and ends.
Truitt advised adult participants to bring lawn chairs. There are plenty of picnic tables at town park, she pointed out, but folding chairs would likely come in handy, especially when following children from one activity to another.
Town staff will provide some additional seating in the form of hay bales, but that area may deteriorate somewhat as people use the straw for scarecrow stuffing. Council Member Greg Johnson said they’d be conducting hayrides, too.
Truitt mentioned some other activities, like find the eyeball in the plate of spaghetti and the modern version of dunking for apples, with the apples swinging in midair from the limb of a tree. The object is to snatch the apples out of midair with one’s teeth (but even in the event of several unsuccessful attempts, Truitt said participants would still walk away with their slobbered-upon apples).
She noted pumpkin painting and face painting, and Johnson said they’d have an inflatable slide (somewhat similar to a moon bounce) and music, courtesy of deejay Fast Eddie.
Johnson said he planned to bring a cotton candy machine, too. All the events are free, but there will be a charge for the cotton candy, and any other food and drink.
Back by popular demand, Leroy Mullins will be providing platters — chicken, fish or ribs, with two vegetables and a roll, plus hot dogs and chips for the kids, Truitt noted.
And various secret judges will be conferring, as to which children have the (1) scariest, (2) funniest and (3) most original costumes in various age groups, pursuant a presentation of prize ribbons amidst considerable pomp and circumstance.
Adults were certainly welcome to dress up, too, Truitt pointed out.
The festivities start to wind down around 4 p.m., as the kids set off for trick-or-treating (until 6 p.m.).
According to Truitt, the town was trying to encourage the door-to-door search for sweets, before dusk, to give the town’s senior population more of an opportunity to participate. Because the town was hosting trick-or-treaters on Saturday rather than Monday, she reminded everyone it would probably be slim pickings around Frankford on Halloween proper.
To the residents, Truitt advised everyone with goodies to spare to turn the porch light on early in the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 29, and perhaps for good measure set out a pumpkin on the front step.
Again, anyone wanting to walk in the parade should come to Frankford Town Hall between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m., for the exodus toward town park at noon, and festivities at the park run noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Frankford — Saturday, Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m.
Ocean View — Monday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Dagsboro — Monday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
South Bethany — no official times
Millville — Monday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Bethany Beach — Monday, Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m.
Fenwick Island — no official times
Selbyville — Monday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Fall festivals and events:
• Frankford Fall Festival and parade — Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m, with the parade kicking off at noon.
• Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival — Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., various locations around Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes. (See the Web site at www.beach-fun.com/swmain.html for a full schedule.)
• 17th Annual Cape Henlopen Children’s Fantasy Trail — Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, 6-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m.; Cape Henlopen State Park; $4 fee per person.
• Children’s Halloween Party and Costume Contest, sponsored by the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department — Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., Dagsboro Fire Hall. Costume contest for infants to 12-year-olds (most original, scariest, funniest and cutest). Treats, hot dogs and refreshments will be given to all children, free of charge.
• Hay Maze, sponsored by High Tide Baptist Church – Sunday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Oct., 31, 6-9 p.m.; Selbyville, near town hall; (special children’s church program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30).
• World Championship Punkin Chunkin — Friday, Nov. 4, opens 8 a.m., concluding with 5:30 p.m. concerts; Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., concluding with dusk concerts; Sunday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. awards ceremony; Millsboro.