You may not feel like donning the orange and black this weekend and heading out for a spooky good time in the coastal region. It is Halloween Weekend of course, but nothing has really been “normal” during 2020, so we’ll forgive you if you aren’t really in the mood for traditional Halloween hijinkery.
That being said, there are some traditional Halloween themed events going on of course, several of which we highlighted in our latest “Weekender Blog.” If that’s your thing, you can check those out by clicking here and then plan your weekend accordingly.
But today we’re going to think outside the box a bit and tell you about some different kinds of things going on during the “Day of the Dead” weekend. So if you feel like getting out of the house over the next few days but don’t want to hit the haunted houses or deal with trick or treaters, keep reading for a few of our favorite ideas.
We kick things off by telling you about a couple of great theatre options for this weekend. If you read our “Weekender Blog” earlier this week, then you already know about Clearspace Theatre’s production of the musical based on Steven King’s best-selling novel “Carrie.”
Clearspace has four shows planned for this weekend. But get your tickets fast if you want to see this show as social distancing guidelines are still in place and tickets are limited.
And why not make it a weekend theatre double feature?
After (or before) seeing some of our great local actors bring “Carrie” to the stage, make the short drive to Milton and see a fantastic comedy show that’s planned for the evening of Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m.
“Jinxed! A Halloween Stand-Up Comedy Show” features three great comedians who will likely have you howling with laughter on a Friday night in Delaware’s coastal region.
Headlining the show are comedians Paul Lyons, Anita Wise and Keith Purnell. Tickets cost between $11 and $13, so grab them fast if you want to see this great show on Halloween weekend.
If you’ve never been to the Milton Theatre, you’re in for a real treat! It’s one of our favorite spots at the Delaware beaches.
So there you have a live theatre option and a stand up comedy option for Halloween Weekend 2020 in the coastal region. But what if all you want to do is have a nice quiet night with your significant other?
If that’s your thing, head out to the fabulous Cape Henlopen State Park this Friday night, where you can join a park interpreter for a serene, one-hour moonlit walk along the beach.
This event is conducted by the park and is for participants 7 years of age or older. And it’s only $2! Where else can you have a memorable night with your loved ones for only a couple of bucks?
See what animals come out at night and enjoy your time on one of southern Delaware’s best beaches. Pre-registration is required for this one though by calling 302-645-6852.
Now here’s something we only do occasionally, and that’s vary outside of the coastal region. We do it every now and then, but usually we like to keep our focus on all of the great things going on at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
But if you feel like having a fantastic family time this Halloween doing something you haven’t done before, consider taking a short drive up to Wilmington and taking a trip on the “Halloween Express.”
Powered by the Wilmington & Western Railroad, this antique steam locomotive takes a 90-minute ride between Wilmington and the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. You can even take a packed lunch with you to enjoy in the picnic area before the return trip gets underway.
Especially for Halloween, all passengers wearing a costume can ride the train for just $10. For those not in costume, the cost is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $13 for children between 2 and 12 years old and children under 2 can ride for free.
The train leaves the Wilmington station two times on Saturday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. The train’s friendly “Railroad Witch” invites you to purchase your tickets by clicking here.
If you still have energy after having a fun time on Friday and Saturday in Delaware, consider topping off the weekend with an engaging “Ghost Walk” in Ocean City.
Scheduled for Sunday, November 1, this nearly two-hour walking tour of Maryland’s favorite coastal resort is a great way to wrap up Halloween Weekend for 2020.
This one’s a little more expensive than some of the other things on our list, but it does promise to be a great time and something a little out of the ordinary in the coastal region. Tickets run $25 for anyone 13 years of age and older and $20 for children between the ages of 8 and 12. Anyone under 8 is admitted for free with a paying adult.
Beginning at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station near the inlet, the “Haunted Ocean City Ghost Walk” features stops that include Dolle’s Candyland, the Henry Hotel, the Inlet Park and several others.
This is a great tour that’s received some glowing reviews, but keep in mind that it is an outside walking tour that takes about an hour-and-a-half and encompasses a couple of miles in total.
This haunted “ghost walk” is scheduled for Sunday, November 1, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. If interested in participating, you can book your tickets here.
For other Halloween Weekend ideas that are a bit more on the traditional side of things, be sure to visit our “Weekender Blog” that posted on Wednesday, October 28.
And keep reading thecoastalcompass.com to learn more about all the great things happening in the coastal regions of both Delaware and Maryland.
Have a fantastic Halloween Weekend everyone!