Kent County is all set for the spookiest holiday. While there are parties and candy-seeking opportunities galore listed, local bars and restaurants are also throwing shindigs. For a list of events at local bars, click here. For kids, there are new events listed at the Dover Mall, the Fruitland Grange and Brecknock Park.
Parties are heating up and trick-or-treating is still on tap for kids. For a listing of events at local bars and restaurants, see the Live on Stage listing or click here.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Fruitland Grange Hall Halloween costume party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 311 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden. Admission is two non-perishable items or two animal-friendly items per child (first two items count for five “boo bucks,” and each additional can earns one more). There will be games, prizes and light snacks. Walgreens will have a photographer set up to take pictures with package deals. Hosted by the Fruitland Jr Grange members, donations will be delivered to the SPCA and a local food bank. For more information, call Barbara at 331-5306.
Children’s costume parade down Loockerman Street at 5:30 p.m. Registration starts at 5 p.m. in the Minor Street alley parking lot (between Governors Avenue and Bradford Street intersection). Awards will be given out for best costumes at 6 p.m. Categories include cutest, scariest, most original, best theme (two or more costumes), prettiest, funniest, and crowd favorite. Trick-or-treating on Loockerman Street will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-2940 or visit www.downtowndoverpartnership.com.
Halloween Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Hartly Fire Hall, 2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly. Adults 18 and older only. Costume contest is at 10 p.m., entertainment is by DJ Davy Dave. $8, $10 per couple, $1 drafts, $3 mixed drinks.
“Monster House” at 7 p.m., Smyrna Opera House, corner of South and Main streets, Smyrna. The PG-rated movie is free, but donations are encouraged.
Halloween Hayrides at 6 and 7 p.m., Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
Friday, Oct. 29
Saturday, Oct. 30Children’s Halloween Fantasy Trail from 1 to 4 p.m., Brecknock County Park, Camden. Designed for children ages 2 to 7, kids will enter the enchanted forest to trick-or-treat and meet storybook and cartoon characters. There also is a hay wagon ride. Parents of children with allergies are warned to check the candy as some of it might have peanuts in it. Tickets are $5 for children 12 or younger, who will receive a trick-or-treat bag. Adults escorting children are free with a limit of two adults per paying child; each additional adult will be $2. Children younger than 1 are free when accompanying a paying child. The rain date is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 Children’s Halloween Party at 1 p.m., Walter L. Fox Post No. 2, 835 Bay Road, Dover. The community party is for children 10 and younger, and includes fun, games, prizes and refreshments. Admission is free. The program is a project of the children and youth committee. Monster Bash benefiting Kent-Sussex Industries at 7 p.m., Sheraton Dover Hotel. The event includes live music by the Honeycombs, live and silent auctions, and a costume contest. Tickets are $60, or $100 per couple. For more information, call Michelle Cain at 302-422-4014, ext. 3009. Halloween Hoopla at 10 a.m., Smyrna Opera House, corner of South and Main streets, Smyrna. Pumpkin painting and mask making for kids. Halloween Crawl from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kent County libraries. Movies and activities will run throughout the day with different themes at the libraries. Trick or Treat from 2 to 4 p.m., Killens Pond State Park. Kids can dress up in their favorite costumes to walk around the campground and collect treats. Costume Contest from 4 to 5 p.m., Killens Pond State Park. There will be prizes for scariest and most original costume, and for the best decorated campsite. Meet at the Campground Pavilion. Halloween Hayrides at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Killens Pond State Park. Goodies and Goblins at 5 p.m., Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. Trick-or-treating in the village and a costume contest from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Judging ends promptly at 6:30 p.m., and prize winners are announced at 7 p.m. Kids should register at the door for the costume contest. Age divisions are 6 and younger and 7 to 11 with three prizes in each category (scariest, funniest, most original and cutest) and age group, and for groups of two or more. Prizes are $25 for first, $20 for second and $10 for third. Admission is $1. Trick-or-treating for Dover Air Force Base housing residents only at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mall-O-Ween at the Dover Mall from noon to 4 p.m., Dover Mall. Dover Mall will have several activities for kids, including a costume contest for goblins age 12 and younger from noon to 2 p.m. in the Promotional Court. Contest registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will end at 11:45 a.m. Contest age groups are 3 and younger, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12 with the following categories in each age group: creepiest, most adorable, most original, and best homemade. Winners of the costume contest will receive a gift certificate from Sonic Drive-in, a gift certificate for a large pizza (New York or pan style) with any toppings courtesy of Sbarro in Dover Mall, and the grand-prize winner will receive a $100 gift card courtesy of Dover Post. After the contest, from 2 to 4 p.m., children 12 and younger can show off their ensembles and receive goodies during mall-wide trick-or-treating at participating retailers. Kids can look for signs posted in retailers’ storefronts to indicate participation or stop by the Kidgits registration table, located in the Promotional Court, for a list of stores involved in the mall-wide trick-or-treating. While at the registration table, pick up a free Maryoku Yummy or Twisted Whiskers Halloween bag from American Greetings, and Kidgits members can get special treats, including “Halloween Brain Dead Sippers,” “Halloween Goofy Glasses,” and “Goofy Monster Head Suckers.” For more information on the Kidgits Club, visit www.simon.com/kidgits/.
Sunday, Oct. 31Trick-or-Treating from 1 to 4 p.m., Dover Public Library, 45 S. State St., Dover.
Wicked R Western Productions’ annual Wicked Woods
Wagon ride through the woods, haunted trail down the main street of Wicked Woods’ Western town. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October at Wicked R Western Productions, 2621 Sandy Bend Road, Wyoming. $15. Event is for 8 to 10 years old and older. Call 492-3327 (FEAR) or visit www.wickedr.com; call for weather cancellations.
Haunted Chicken House
Wagon ride around the haunted chicken house, weather permitting, and a tour through the chicken house. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October; if planning a visit with a large group or later than 10:30 p.m., call to see if the site is still open. Event benefits Hartly Fire House, Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial Swimming Scholarship at University of Delaware. Haunted Chicken House is at 1302 Proctors Purchase Road off of Route 8, Hartly. Event is recommended for 8 and older. $10, $8 for those younger than 12; parking is free. For more information, call 359-3395.
Haunted Forest at Lister Acres
The Harrington Fire Company’s annual Haunted Forest at Lister Acres is the CarnEvil of Horrors, including a haunted animal barn, side show ghouls and clowns. The event works with and benefits the Harrington Parks & Recreation Department. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October at 5417 Milford/Harrington Highway, Harrington. Event is recommended for 8 and older. $10, $8 for 8 to 12 years old. For more information, call 398-7975 or visit www.harringtonhauntedforest.com; for weather cancellations, visit the website.
Milford Neck’s Haunted Forest
Guests will walk through scary scenes set up on a private farm with guides and scary, costumed characters. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays in October at Route 1 between Milford and Frederica; From Dover, travel south on Route 1 until passing the Portable Shed Sales, and make a U-turn to go north on Route 1 to the first dirt driveway. Turn right and follow signs. Event is for older children at parents’ discretion. Free; donations are accepted to keep the operation running and expanding. For more information, call 242-9393.