The “scareactors” are ready, the spooktacular scenes are ready and the creepy venue is ready. The question is, are YOU ready for the return of the much acclaimed Screams at the Beach this Halloween season at the Delaware beaches?
If you’re looking for something fun to do and have the courage to enter the hallowed grounds in Millville, then organizer Angela Colone and her “scream team” are ready to scare you silly every Friday and Saturday in October, beginning each evening at 6:30.
With much more limited space than at their old location, there will be one major haunt at this year’s Screams event. But while the space is smaller, Colone promises the scares will be just as big as they’ve always been.
“It’s really amazing that we can do this again after (not being able to) for the last couple of years,” says Colone, who was an integral part of the success of the old Screams location at the Sports at the Beach complex near Georgetown. “Our scream team is about 50 members strong now and we’ve been putting in a lot of work. We all just really want to do this again.”
The Oldfather Group shot the video below at the old Screams at the Beach location in 2017. Colone and her team largely remain the same, with a few additions, so check it out for a clue of what you’re in for in 2020.
Screams at the Beach ran from 2011 through 2017 in Georgetown, where it won multiple local and regional awards and was a huge success each year. But the land where the haunt was held for that seven year run was sold after the 2017 event and the attraction was forced to close its doors.
That is, until this year and Colone’s partnership with the owners of the Salted Rim restaurant. Huge fans of the Halloween holiday, they agreed to a reboot of Screams at the Beach at their new location in Millville.
Screams will be held this October at the old Fat Tuna location on Atlantic Avenue, across from the Millville Volunteer Fire Department, soon to be the newest location of the Salted Rim.
“Watching something that we used to do come back to life, literally bringing it back from the dead, is very special for all of us who are involved with Screams,” says Colone. “We can’t wait for people to come through and just be entertained for the night.”
The attraction is being held outdoors this year, which makes it a little easier to navigate the COVID-19 related restrictions that are still in place in the state of Delaware.
Visitors still need to wear masks when on the grounds, however, and scareactors won’t be as touchy feely as they have been in years past. The six foot rule will be respected at all times and hand sanitation stations will be available on the grounds.
New to Colone’s scream team for 2020 are 11-year-old twin girls, who are the youngest members of her team and will be transformed every night into playroom zombies. Her oldest member is a 61-year-old clown who terrorizes visitors in his own special way.
“The twins’ aunt tells me that they’ve been going home each night and practicing their faces in the mirror,” says Colone with a chuckle. “They want to know what they’re going to look like in front of the customers, which is good because they’re really excited about being a part of this year’s fun.
“We always call our new scareactors ‘fresh meat,’ which is what they are. So we’re having some fun with that as well.”
This year’s relaunch of Screams at the Beach is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights throughout October, beginning at 6:30 and going well into the night. Opening night for 2020 is Friday, October 2.
Admission is $15 per person for the entire experience. To order tickets, and to learn more about this year’s special Halloween event, visit www.screamsatthebeach.com.