This year, we’re conjuring a haunted MARDI GRAS… making it bigger, better, and eerier than ever before! Join us for a night of ghastly delights with new added attractions for all ages. From bone-chilling family activities and sinister costume contests, to haunting entertainment and delicious eerie-themed treats… there’s something for everyone! Don’t miss out on the most unforgettable ZOMBIE FEST yet – mark your calendars and brace yourself for a hauntingly thrilling experience!


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Parking & Shuttle (ALL FREE)


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  1. Behind M&T Bank (after business hours)
  2. Behind the Milton Public Library
  3. All streets surrounding the theatre
  4. Dogfish Head Brewery

Thanks to our sponsor, Dogfish Head, we are able to offer off-site parking and shuttle services to the Zombie Fest festival grounds. We encourage all of our guests on Saturday, October 19 to take advantage of the ample parking at Dogfish Head Brewery and free shuttle. 

Parking Address: 6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, DE 19968

Shuttle Hours: 3pm-12am

Pickup: Dogfish Head

Drop off: Milton Volunteer Fire Department

NO outside food or drink will be permitted into the festival grounds. Please enjoy the food and beverages offered by our vendors. 

NO large bags or coolers will be permitted. All large bags or coolers are subject to search by festival staff. 

NO weapons or realistic-looking weapons. Costumes may not contain any props that could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike or injure another patron.

This event is RAIN OR SHINE! 

Be a part of the experience with a donation to the Milton Theatre Zombie Fest 2024.

Support Milton Theatre Zombie Fest and keep it a local favorite. Sponsorship levels available for all levels of engagement. Donations to the Milton Theatre Zombie Fest 2024 benefit the Milton Theatre, which supports scholarships for our students, improvements to our programming, and restorations and renovations to our historic theatre. Among those planned restorations includes building balcony seating after the balcony was destroyed in a fire, which in addition to numerous floods forced the theatre to close decades ago. Other planned improvements to the building include the addition of our brand new balcony and much more

Entertainment Schedule

Quayside Stage: 4PM - Earth Jam

Local Lewes-based band last seen at Irish Eyes Lewes, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, and Milton’s Sydney’s. 

Quayside Stage: 5:45PM - Lower Case Blues

New fusion of old blues, funk, and rock!

Lower Case Blues is a jammin’ trio that plays a new fusion of old blues, funk, and rock! Since 2003, lOWER cASE bLUES has been giving Delaware and the tri-state area some of the best blends of blues and rock music.

Quayside Stage: 7:30PM - Hot Sauce

The Hot Sauce Band performs multi-generational popular music with a unique spicy flair, all under the creative guidance of front man and maestro David Aman.
What is the sound like? Imagine the music of Herb Alpert, Gipsy Kings, Sergio Mendes, and Spaghetti Western (Clint Eastwood) Movies. The instrumentation is also novel and unique- Marimba, Castanets, Horns, Nylon String Flamenco Guitars, and Melodica.
They bring the party!


Milton Zombie Fest is an opportunity for kids and adults alike to get in the spirit of Halloween. Celebrate Halloween with your family at our fun-filled event! Join us for a spooky good time! Dress up in your scariest or funniest costumes and show them off at our Kids Costume Contest. Enjoy our numerous games and win exciting prizes. Don’t forget to indulge in our tasty treats and beverages. This event promises an unforgettable Halloween experience for the whole family. 

KidsFest will be bigger and better this year complete with bounce houses, games, crafts and zombie makeup stations just for Zombie Kids and their families! Get ready to have a hauntingly good time!

Get Zombiefied!

Transform into the undead with expertly crafted zombie makeup by the Delaware Institute of Cosmetology. Professional artists use intricate techniques, prosthetics, and a macabre palette to create chilling wounds, decaying flesh, and hauntingly lifelike features. Unleash your inner zombie and stun with a horrifyingly realistic look. These professional makeup artists will bring your zombie fantasies to life, ensuring you’re the center of attention with a hauntingly realistic undead look. Upgrade your fright night with expertly applied zombie makeup for an additional fee and make this night one to remember.

Costume Contests

Get ready for the spookiest night of the year! Enter our Halloween costume contest for a chance to win some ghoulishly great prizes. Dress up as your favorite horror movie character, a classic monster, or get creative with a unique and terrifying costume.  The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. So, get ready to show off your scary, funny, or creative costumes and join the Halloween fun!

Kids Costume Contest
Adult Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Freakshow Acts

Foolish mortals… watch your back, the festival grounds will be filled with mischievous FREAK SHOW acts of all kinds! This troupe of human curiosities will be arriving in town… and together with the zombies are sure to cause some fun troubles on the side!

Freak Show acts will be roaming the event grounds to interact with festival goers before leading the “Zombie Walk”

Laser Light Show

We’re making this night even more spooky and thrilling with the addition of a Laser Light Show to light up the night sky! 

You won’t want to miss streams of laser beams of various colors pulsating to the beat of eerie music as smoke machines fill the air with fog making ghostly shapes and creatures form through the interplay of light and mist. You’ll be awed and hypnotized by the spectacle, with each new visual twist bringing gasps of amazement and shivers of terror.

Zombie Walk INVADES Downtown Milton

Tickets to join our Zombie Walk are FREE! Reserve spots in advance.

Attention all brave souls and zombie enthusiasts! Prepare to shuffle your way through the streets of Milton in the spine-chilling ZOMBIE WALK, an exhilarating highlight of the Zombie Fest 2024 Mardi Gras!

Registration is free!

Zombie Walk is OPEN TO EVERYONE! Gather the family, friends, and community groups and be part of the invasion! Come in decorated bikes, scooters, hoverboards, and even golf carts! There’s nothing better for a community to feel alive once again by becoming the “undead”… together!

Join the Zombie Walk as zombies take over downtown Milton! Walk in this Zombies-only parade!

Register in advance. A great activity for families, friends, or company!

Line up for walkers starts 7:45 at Atlantic Ave and step-off is at 8:00 PM heading south along Union St. and ending at Federal St.

Spectators line up along Union St from Atlantic Ave to Federal St.

Food Trucks are Coming!

As the city was overrun by zombies, the food trucks became an easy target. The scent of fresh food drew the undead like moths to a flame. The once bustling streets were now littered with overturned food trucks and debris. The lucky ones had managed to escape, but many were not so fortunate. The sound of sizzling meat and frying oil was replaced with the sickening squelch of rotting flesh and bones crunching. It was a reminder that in a zombie apocalypse, even the simple pleasure of a hot meal was a luxury few could afford.

None of our Zombies will go hungry with this incredible lineup of Food Trucks coming for Zombie Fest 2023! Check out them out online or see the menu below:

Vendor Opportunities


Accepting 49 merchandise and small-wares vendors and 8 food truck vendors.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19 from 4-9pm

Attendance: Nearly 5,000 people

Merchandise Vendors: $100 Donation (paid in advance)
Food Truck Vendors: $300 Donation (paid in advance)

See our approved merchandise vendors below:

Be a Zombie Volunteer

Looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend Halloween? Become a volunteer at our event! We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who are excited to help us create a spooktacular experience for our community. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of roles such as assisting with decorations, supervising carnival games, and more. Best of all, you’ll be part of a team dedicated to making Zombie Fest 2023 memorable for everyone who attends. Join us for a hauntingly good time by signing up to be a volunteer today!

We rely on our volunteers to help make every event fantastic. If you have questions about becoming a volunteer, please reach out to [email protected]