With just a week to go before Punkin’ Chunkin’ takes over Sussex County, Delaware, Rehoboth Beach made sure everyone was in the right frame of mind with the 24th annual Sea Witch festival.

One of the highlights of the three-day festival is the Sea Witch parade. Parade goers line up behind the Sea Witch and for parade watchers it’s all about not trying to be scared while enjoying the festivities.

There were Blue Men look alikes, Duck Dynasty wanna-be’s, a few wizards here and there, but there’s also the classic ferry-tale princess to put things in perspective.

This year’s parade was a far cry from what was swirling around the parade in 2012. Sandy was heading up the coast. Off and on rain showers from the storm’s outer bands damped the march and the Sunday activities were cancelled as storm preparations took precedent.

Sea Witch festival is now part of a major push by the tourism office of Lower Delaware. Officials there continue to look for ways to offer activities after the beach season winds down. Punkin’ Chunkin’ is a part of that next weekend. After that event there is the 5 day Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, which is now in its 14th year.


Photos by Chuck Snyder, for NewsWorks