Spooktacular Evening on the Riverfront, Oct. 28

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Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI), Second Street Players and Fur-Baby Boutique will be hosting a Spooktacular Evening on the Riverfront Friday, October 28 from 5 to 8pm. Adults and children are invited to enjoy the activities located at the Riverfront Theatre on Walnut Street next to the Mispillion River.

Kicking off the event will be a pumpkin carving contest with prizes at 5pm. Participants are asked to bring their previously carved pumpkins to be judged by local dignitaries in the spirit of Halloween. The Riverfront Theatre lawn will also include a witch with a cauldron and face painting for children. Starting at 6pm local artist, musician and writer W.J. Walton will present a reading of Halloween stories; appropriate for children under the age of 10.

Fur-Baby Boutique will be hosting a Pet Party and Costume Contest that begins at 5:30 where cats and dogs will be judged on the their costumes. Categories include scariest,cutest, best group, most original, best trick, and best in show. Trick-or-Treat bags will be given to the first 30 individuals who show up for the event.

“This is going to be a very exciting event for pet owners and their Fur-Babies,” commented Sherry Shaffer, owner of Fur-Baby Boutique. “Our halloween costumes are flying off the shelves in preparation for the contest. There is definitely a high level of competitiveness between pet lovers to have their Fur-Baby be the winner.”

At 7pm inside the theatre, Ed Okonowicz will present Halloween Horrors: Vampires & Witches storytelling for older children and adults. Ed is the author of more than 24 books on mid-Atlantic folklore and teaches storytelling and folklore at the University of Delaware. The program will feature more than 100 historic and modern photos examining the increasing interest in vampirism and witchcraft. Spectators will find out how to identify which witches are good and which withes are bad, how monsters have been transformed from threatening to friendly and romantic, what happened during the Salem Witch Trials and how the accused were punished and several more historic tales of creatures such as ghosts, witches and vampires.

“I think it is going to be a great night for families in town,” commented Marilyn Ambrose, DMI Promotions Committee Chair. “There will be something to enjoy for all ages. The event has really grown since we started planning it last November.”

The downtown event will happen on the evening of Friday, October 28 from 5 to 8pm at the Riverwalk Theatre on Walnut Street. DMI is encouraging people to dress up in costume and to “be scared and have fun.” For more information on the event contact Downtown Milford Inc. at 302-839-1180.