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Yes, the coronavirus has kiboshed popular Halloween events like the Sea Witch Festival at the Sussex beaches and the Halloween Loop in Wilmington, but a few holiday and fall events – with Frightland at the top of the list – have figured out how to adapt to all the coronavirus restrictions. (Punkin Chunkin, alas, didn’t.)

Reservations are highly recommended or required.

And if you’re celebrating at home, the state has some ideas.

Bellevue State Park: The Grand is thematically ending October with two drive-in movie musicals at the Brandywine Hundred park. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The 1986 PG-13 film stars a flesh-eating and singing plant. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The 1993 PG film animated classic follows Jack Skellington’s desires to celebrate Christmas in Halloween Town. Tickets start at $15 for a car and driver.

Brandywine Zoo: The Wilmington zoo will sport spooky decorations and offer socially distanced activities at Boo at the Zoo. Kids and grown-ups are encouraged to come in costume. There’s availability 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23 and on Halloween. Tickets are free-$7.

 

Delaware Museum of Natural History: The Greenville museum is planning four sessions of trick-or-treating by costumed kids on Halloween: 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on Halloween. Activities also include pumpkin science and encounters with creepy crawlers. It’s free-$12.

Fifer Orchards: The Camden institution’s 6-acre corn maze (with a Pac-Maize theme) is open Monday-Saturdays through Halloween, online reservations only. It’s free-$10. Ditto for apple picking, Thursdays-Fridays through mid-October.

Fort Delaware: The three-hour Paranormal Adventure is at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 24, with only a 6:30 tour on Oct. 24. Tickets are $50 from the Delaware City ticket office and include a roundtrip ferry to Pea Patch Island.

Frightland: Delaware’s biggest Halloween attraction features eight themed areas, and the only ticket this year is the timed FrightPass ($45 at the door, $35 paid in advance). Guests will go through in a predetermined order starting with the Haunted Hayride, creating a one-directional flow. The chills in St. Georges run Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 7, plus every Sunday in October and two Thursdays (Oct. 22 and Oct. 29).

 

Hagley: Children are invited to come in costume to visit treat stations throughout the Greenville museum noon-4 p.m. on Halloween, getting candy and other goodies through a treat tube to maintain social distancing. Hayrides are also offered on weekends through Halloween.

Old Swedes: The Wilmington church hosts virtual evening tours called the Ghosts in the Graveyard of its 1638 burial ground on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. The church is one of the oldest in the United States still in use as a house of worship, and its burial ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 storied souls.

Wilmington & Western: A friendly witch is the star of the 1½-hour Halloween ride from Greenbank to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove and back. It’s at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Halloween. All passengers in costume pay $10. Those not in costume pay $13-$15. The littlest ones are free.


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