Bethany welcoming Wags, Witches & Warlocks on Saturday

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Wags, Witches & Warlocks, the annual Bethany Beach Halloween festival and parade, will bring the fun for families and their fur-babies this weekend. The festival, hosted by the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 28.

While the event brings families and pets to town for a day of fun, it is also an important fundraising and awareness event for Partners for Paws of Delaware.

The fun gets going at 10 a.m. with the parade and costume contest. A special feature in this year’s parade will be participation by the Indian River High School Marching Band — the first time the band has performed in the parade, according to Christi Arndt of the Leslie Kopp Group.

The partnership came about through band member Lindsay Phelan, who brought the idea to band director Nathan Mohler, Arndt said.

“Our committee was so pleased that he was immediately interested in working on a performance,” she said.

The parade “is concentrated on Garfield Parkway,” Arndt said.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the PNC Bank parking lot downtown. The parade starts at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway, and goes up and around Garfield, Arndt said. The band will step off at Hollywood Street and Pennsylvania and will then circle around Garfield as well, she said.

After the parade, costume winners will be announced around 10:45 a.m. near the registration area in the PNC parking lot. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Funniest, Scariest, Cutest, Best Pet, Best with a Pet and Best Family.

After the parade, families will be invited to enjoy activities including Halloween crafts for children, pumpkin painting and face painting, and bobbing for tennis balls for their four-legged friends. Several the members of the Indian River Leo Club have volunteered to help with pumpkin painting, face painting and a few other Halloween crafts in the PNC parking lot.

Businesses at Lighthouse Station will offer fun activities, such as bobbing for apples and special activities for dogs, according to Arndt. Comics & Gaming will be offering free comic books and Halloween treats as part of their Halloween Comic Fest. “Surf Hole” (like cornhole) will be set up at Odysea, and Maureen’s Ice Cream shop will also have a special treat for the children, Arndt said.

Bethany Beach shops will be welcoming trick-or-treaters in town from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating businesses will have posters in their windows, Arndt said.

For more information, go to www.WagsWitchesandWarlocks.com.