(Oct. 24, 2014) Little goblins and ghouls can find a host of haunts in and around Ocean City to celebrate Halloween this weekend and next.
From trick-or-treating and costume parades to haunted forests, here are a few family-friendly happenings to check out:
• Catch a free showing of “The Goonies” in Sunset Park, on South Division Street, tonight from 7-10 p.m. Food will be on sale. Bring a lawn chair.
• The Ocean City branch of Worcester County Library will host a Halloween party for all ages tomorrow, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. There will be crafts, refreshments and a costume parade at the library on 100th Street. Call 410-524-1818 for more information.
• Children will fill Northside Park on Sunday, Oct. 26, during Ocean City Recreation and Parks’ annual Halloween Spook-Out Party. The event on 125th Street runs from 1-3 p.m. with carnival games, costume contests with prizes, hayrides, arts and crafts and snacks. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend. Admission is one bag of candy per child. Visit www.oceancitymd.gov or call 410-250-0125 for more information.
• The TownCenter Midtown Boardwalk will host its second annual Boo-oardwalk Halloween Parade and trick or treat event next Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4-6 p.m. All are invited to take part in the free festivities on 67th Street. Events kick off at 4 p.m. with a taffy pulling demonstration at Dolle’s Candyland, followed by a costume contest in front of Ron Jon Surf Shop at 4:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive by 3:45 p.m. to register for the contest with prizes. After awards, families will parade along TownCenter’s Boardwalk, where each business will hand out treats. After visiting the shops, trick-or-treating continues next door at the 66th Street World Gym, 68th Street Old Pro Golf and 69th Street ACE Hardware. Call 443-880-7795 for more information.
West Ocean City:
• Pet owners and their four-legged friends will don costumes for Paws & Claws’ annual Halloween Paw-rade and party Sunday, Oct. 26, at the pet store in the Ocean Gateway Shopping Center, behind Sherwin-Williams on Route 50. The parade runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features prizes for the best costumes. New this year, a truckload sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 20 percent off Verus dry kibble and all treats. Call 410-213–7490 for more information.
• The 19th Hole Bar & Grille will host its children’s Halloween party Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. There will be a costume contest, games and prizes at the restaurant on Route 611, near Sunset Avenue.
• Trick-or-treaters age 12 and younger will takeover the White Marlin Mall, on Route 50, from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. They must wear costumes to get candy from merchants.
• Tanger Outlets, on Route 50, invites children age 12 and under to trick-or-treat from store to store from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.
• Ocean Pines’ Halloween Fall Festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 25, in White Horse Park. Enjoy costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, a haunted hayride, moon bounce and arts and crafts from 1-4 p.m. Though the family-friendly event is free, food and some attractions cost money. For more information, call Teresa Travatello, of the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717, ext. 3006. The association welcomes donations of unopened bags of candy.
• Take a walk through the Wicked Woods of “FrontFear” Town Saturday, Oct. 24 and Nov. 1, at Frontier Town’s Western Theme Park on Route 611. For $5, the public can wander through the haunted forest from 7-10 p.m. both nights. There will be food, music and activities for visitors while they wait. Parents should note that the Wicked Woods might not be suitable for young children. Call 1-800-228-5590 for more information.
• The Town of Berlin’s trick-or-treating hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31. The Berlin Police Department will have a candy checking station at Town Hall at 10 Williams Street during those hours.
• Enjoy carnival games, pony rides, food, candy, live music and more at SonRise Church’s annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the church grounds, 10959 Worcester Highway. Events run from 1-4 p.m. and are free to the public. Children can come dressed in costume, though organizers ask them to avoid scary attire. The fair’s rain date is Saturday, Nov. 8.
• Trunk or Treat is back at Bayside Chapel today from 6-8 p.m. Children will visit decorated cars in the church parking lot on Route 54, two miles west of Harris Teeter, for a Halloween treat. The event is free and open to the public. Call 302-436-7585 for more information.
• Children age 10 and younger can enjoy a not-so-scary Halloween at the Salisbury Zoo Saturday, Oct. 25. Activities run from 1-4 p.m. at the zoo on Park Drive and include trick-or-treating through the zoo, Halloween games, a costume contest and a hay bale maze. D’Ann Danse Studio will perform a Halloween-themed dance. Tickets cost $8 for children and include free admission for one adult. Additional adults get in for $2. Food will be for sale at the event. Call 410-546-3440 for more information.
• Come in costume to the Snow Hill branch of Worcester County Library for a children’s Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 27. Festivities start at 4 p.m. and include prizes for the best costumes, games and spooky stories. The event is capped at 20 children, age toddler to 12 years, so parents should call 410-632-3495 to register.
• The Delmarva Discovery Center turns into the House of Pocoween today with a dive show, story time, animal program, costume contests with prizes, crafts, games and plenty of candy in store to celebrate Halloween. Events run from 6-8 p.m. at the center on Market Street. Children in costume and members get in free. Others pay $5 at the door. Call 410-957-9933 for more information.
• Children age 2-5 can enjoy Halloween stories, crafts and treats at the Pocomoke branch of Worcester County Library Thursday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Come in costume to the event on Market Street. Call 410-957-0878 for more information.