Bethany Beach ready to welcome Wags, Witches & Warlocks

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Bethany Beach will have officially “gone to the dogs” — and the witches, and the superheroes, and the ghosts and the goblins.

The town’s annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks celebration, which combines people, pets and costumes to benefit a cause — the Brandywine Valley SPCA — kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m.

Leading the parade, once again, will be the Indian River High School Marching Band. This will be the band’s second appearance in the Halloween event.

This year, businesses in town will have a chance to show their “Halloween Spirit,” which is the event’s theme, by decorating their spaces in the “spirit” of the season, in addition to welcoming trick-or-treaters after the parade.

“We have many wonderful and generous businesses participating as event sponsors this year,” said Christi Arndt, sales manager at the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, which is the event’s host again this year.

“We also have invited downtown Bethany Beach businesses to get involved by participating in the trick-or-treat around town portion of the event, following the parade,” Arndt said. The storefront-decorating contest is a new addition to the fun this year.

Registration for the parade begins at 9 a.m. at the PNC Bank parking lot on Garfield Parkway. There is a $5 fee per entry. The parade begins at 10 a.m., when the Indian River band steps off from the corner of Hollywood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Arndt said.

From there, the very kid-and-pet-friendly route loops around Garfield Parkway.

“We keep the route short, which makes it ideal for small kids,” Arndt said.

She lauded the enthusiasm of area businesses for the event. In addition to those participating in the storefront decorating contest, “We have many wonderful and generous businesses participating as sponsors this year,” she said.

The fact that the Brandywine Valley SPCA — which operates a no-kill animal shelter in Georgetown — is the beneficiary makes it all the more special, Arndt said.

“Money raised for Brandywine Valley SPCA goes toward providing food, shelter and healthcare for the lost or abandoned animals taken in at the BVSPCA facilities. For 2019, we are specifically raising money to build a new dog play yard at BVSPCA’s Animal Rescue Center in Georgetown,” she said.

The BVSPCA will have a large presence at Wags, Witches & Warlocks this year, with representatives on hand to educate people on the work they do and showcasing a few of their dogs up for adoption, Arndt said.

Winning parade entries will be announced at the PNC Bank parking lot around 10:45 a.m.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., businesses will be welcoming trick-or-treaters around town.

The rain date for Wags, Witches & Warlocks is Sunday, Oct. 27.


By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter


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