For the eighth year, Bethany Beach celebrates the spooky season with its Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, this year benefiting the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A.'s Georgetown facility.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, starting with a parade for costumed humans and pets at 10 a.m.

The Indian River High School Marching Band will lead the parade again this year, according to event chair Christi Arndt, sales manager for the Leslie Kopp Group, which sponsors the event.

Registration for the parade begins at 9 a.m. in the PNC Bank parking lot.

Costume prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Original, Funniest, Scariest, Cutest, Best Pet, Best With a Pet and Best Family.

Coffee and baked goods will be available to purchase at the Bethany Beach Fire Company on Hollywood Street. The fire company will have a fire truck available for children to explore, Arndt said. The Leo Club will be lending a hand with crafts and face painting for the children, she said.

Following the parade, there will be a variety of fun fall activities throughout downtown Bethany Beach, including pumpkin painting. Businesses in town will be offering trick-or-treating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; participating businesses will have event posters in their windows.

Arndt encouraged participants with pets to also check out Yuppy Puppy and other businesses in Garfield Station, which are always big Wags, Witches & Warlocks supporters.

“It's a perfect small-town community event,” Arndt said. “There is plenty to do for all ages, but parents with small children especially love that the parade route is not too long and it's well-managed and safe.”

Wags, Witches & Warlocks has always supported local pet shelters, Arndt said, adding that she and the event committee members were thrilled this year when Bethany Beach Major Lew Kilmer introduced them to the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A. organization and they learned about the organization's purchase of the empty pet shelter in Georgetown.

The facility became the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A. Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, where, Arndt said, “thousands of dogs and cats who are lost, abandoned and victims of abuse and neglect receive the care they need to become adoptable.”

The Rescue and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors earlier than expected earlier this fall to help animals in need that were brought to them from North and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence, Arndt said.

The Leslie Kopp Group is covering all expenses associated with hosting Wags, Witches & Warlocks, which means that all of the registration fees and sponsorship dollars from local businesses go directly to the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

With the weather forecast for the weekend calling for a potential nor'easter to impact Saturday's weather, Arndt said the committee will make a decision Thursday evening as to whether to cancel the event. 

The rain date would be Sunday, Oct. 28. “If there is an opportunity to host the event on Sunday, we will do our best to postpone, before we cancel it altogether,” Arndt said.

 Any cancellation or postponement announcements will be announced on the event web site,, as well as on the Coastal Point web site and Facebook Page.

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter