All About the Rehoboth Beach SeaWitch Festival

When you think of Rehoboth Beach, you think sand, sun, summer, and waves, but beach towns have fall and winter events, too! In the fall season, among the many things to do in Rehoboth Beach, DE, are spooky fun Halloween activities. Declared Delaware’s “most visited” city, Rehoboth Beach hosts an annual festival celebrating this fun holiday. The Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth is a family-oriented, unique experience you won’t want to miss if you’re looking for Halloween events in Rehoboth Beach. So, once you have secured one of Rehoboth Beach vacation rentals, be sure to pack your favorite costume and partake in the festivities!

SeaWitch Festival History

For the past 30+ years, costumed kids and adults have descended on Rehoboth Beach to participate in the SeaWitch Festival.

The SeaWitch is part of coastal lore; the legend dates back to the late 1700s when the HMS De Braak sank off Delaware’s Cape Henlopen with a supposed grand treasure. For more than 100 years, many tried to locate the sunken ship and its rich cargo without success. In 1935, an expedition came close to finding the sunken ship but was put off by harsh weather, leading many sailors to believe a “Sea Witch was protecting the ship”. 

Despite the ship being located (with no treasure!) in 1986, the lore of the Sea Witch has stuck, and the old hag, as she is known, is celebrated with a festival each year.

How to Take Part in the SeaWitch Festival

This October 29th – 31st, join in the fun in the 31st annual SeaWitch Festival by first registering to join the Costume Parade, held on the 30th, if you’re part of a group, band, or decorated vehicle.

If you wish to be a vendor, you can fill out and submit a two- or three-day vendor application; only vendors selling food, crafts, or hosting children’s activities will be considered.

people throwing pumpkins in rehoboth beach

Events start at 9 a.m. on Friday the 29th. There’s a Magical History Trolley Tour, a train express, trick or treating, and a haunted bonfire beach party! 

On Saturday, there are art shows and vendors, kid’s beach games, hayrides, pie-eating contests, horror-themed movies, theater shows, the costume parade, and an evening costume party. Sunday the 31st brings much of the same, in addition to a dog costume contest and parade, a magic show, pony rides, a horse show, and a children’s fantasy trail at no other than Cape Henlopen State Park (off the shore of which the De Braak sank and started the legend!).

Halloween in the Delaware Beaches

Rehoboth Beach events for Halloween pretty much center around the SeaWitch Festival: it is the main draw for a holiday in the Delaware Beaches. However, you can find a couple of other fun things to do in nearby beach towns.

Bethany Beach, for instance, has an annual Halloween Festival called Wags, Witches & Warlocks, featuring a parade, costume contest, crafts, and more. And the Lewes Historical Society hosts a Halloween celebration: Boos and Brews. Enjoy food and, of course, spirits (of both the spooky and flavorful variety!).

And Scream at the Beach in nearby Millville, DE, is a haunt that the whole family will enjoy! Candy, pirate treasure hunts, pumpkin painting, and more.

Plan Your Next Stay

There’s nothing scary about the cost, amenities, or service you’ll receive when it comes to our Rehoboth Beach rentals. So, head to the Delaware Beaches this Halloween, party with the SeaWitch, and have a frighteningly good time!

Don’t Get Spooked! Stay with Seachange

Our Rehoboth Beach Oceanfront rentals aren’t just for summer: you can find plenty of Delaware Beach vacation rentals offered by Seachange. There are oceanfront Dewey Beach, Lewes Beach, Fenwick Island, and Rehoboth Beach rentals; choose houses or condos with one- to six-plus bedrooms.

Many of Seachange’s Delaware Beach rentals offer fully stocked kitchens, in-house washers and dryers, grills, high-speed internet, and flat-screen TVs throughout.