The leaves are falling, Halloween is less than a week away and the area is overrunning with autumn activities that will get you out and about and in the spirit of the season.
The 11th Annual Wine and Music Festival at Dover Downs
WHERE Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
WHEN 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday
COST $15 to $50
Dover Downs is giving Dover one last festival to close out a month that's been chock-full of them. This time, the focus will be on wine, music and, of course, Halloween.
With three ticket packages, there's something for every wine lover's budget. The $30 general admission package includes unlimited wine samples and a complimentary souvenir glass. But, for $20 more, you score special seating, unlimited wine samples, a souvenir wine glass and a three-course meal of pumpkin risotto, smoked beef tenderloin with asparagus and mushrooms and a dessert of apple cider cheesecake with champagne crème.
Guests are encouraged to come in costume and for extra incentive, the costumes will be judged. Once there's a little food and wine in your belly, prepare to cut a rug with the other werewolves and zombie brides because a deejay will be spinning and playing dance-worthy tunes all night long.
And, don't fret about over-indulging in the wine. For $15, your designated driver can party, too, with all the non-alcoholic beverages he or she can stomach. And, just because DD's aren't driving doesn't mean they won't get the souvenir glass. They get to take one home and pour the wine later.
Tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling (800) 711-5882 or visiting www.doverdowns.com.
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
WHERE The Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday
COST $8 to $10
With trick-or-treat night right around the corner, why not introduce the kiddies to a creepy, old tale that's sure to get them in the Halloween spirit (minus the mounds of sugar, of course).
The Children's Theatre, Inc is bringing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to the Schwartz Center stage, complete with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
The young actors have been rehearsing for months and between the period costuming and theatrical make-up, audiences should be prepared for chills, thrills and a few goose bumps.
And, while modern, adult interpretations of the Washington Irving classic can run towards gory, don't expect the same here. This is a production done by children, for children and the whole experience is more fun than scary.
The curtains rise at 7 p.m., Saturday night and again at 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon. Admission is $8 per child and $10 per adult. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about the performances, including ticket payment options, visit www.schwartzcenter.com.
Halloween, from sweet to spooky
WHERE Various locations in Dover, Camden and Milford
WHEN All day Saturday
COST $0 to $30
Expect to see lots of cutie-patootie tykes (and probably more than a few adults, too) creatively costumed this Saturday as ghouls and ghosts alike prepare for Old Hollows Eve this Wednesday.
Children This year, kids actually have a pre-Halloween trick-or-treat choice with "Goodies and Goblins," hosted by the Delaware Agricultural Museum and the "Safe, Spooky Halloween Parade," hosted by the Downtown Dover Partnership.
With "Goodies and Goblins," kids spend $1 and get to trick-or-treat in an 1890's village and participate in a costume contest. Children who prefer to show off their costumes on the streets of downtown Dover need only show up, in costume, at the Minor Street Alley Parking Lot. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., with awards being given out across seven categories at 6 p.m. The kids will then be able to trick-or-treat on Loockerman Street.
Adults Some people never grow out of Halloween, though, and adults have more than their fair share of options, too. If rock music is your thing, Bubba's will host its annual Halloween Bash Saturday night. But, if you prefer a little country twang, Cowboy Up is also having a costume party, complete with awards and prizes.
The whole family If you prefer you're family-friendly festivities, this weekend will be the last for Fifer Orchard's Fall Fest, which includes a six-acre corn maze, pumpkin painting, and hay rides. Or, just a little further up the road, in Milford, consider the new Hayride of Horror, presented by Personal Rush Adventures. Unlike the typical hayride, this one follows a storyline and does not feature the typical scare tactics.