(Oct. 25, 2013) Children and families can celebrate Halloween with free activities in the Ocean City area starting today Friday, Oct. 25, and lasting into November. From trick-or-treating to costume contests, pony rides, hayrides, games and more, these are some of the events taking place:
• The Ocean City Branch of the Worcester County Public Library will host a children’s Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. There will be crafts, refreshments and a costume parade at the free event sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Library. Call 410-524-1818 for more information.
• The TownCenter Midtown Boardwalk on 67th Street will host its first annual Boo-oardwalk Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Arrive by 6 p.m. to participate in the parade of costumes, followed by costume awards for the most creative and funniest costumes; trick-or-treating along the midtown boardwalk; and a taffy making demonstration at Dolle’s Candyland at 7 p.m. Playgroups, scout troops, children’s organizations and families are encouraged to stop by Dolle’s Candyland, SweetFrog, Olde English Fish, Chips & Chicken or Summer House Trading Co. to register a group. Call 443-880-7795 for more information.
• Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department will host its annual Halloween Spook-Out party Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street. There will be costume contests, hayrides, carnival-style games, arts and crafts and snacks. There will be no charge for admission, although families are asked to bring one bag of individually wrapped candy per child. Call 410-250-0125 for more information.
West Ocean City:
• Paws & Claws’ annual Halloween “Pawrade” and Party takes place on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. The parade starts at noon for pet owners and their four-legged friends, who are all encouraged to come in costume. There will be prizes for the best costumes and vendors will sell food and art at the event. Paws and Claws is in the Ocean Gateway Shopping Center behind Sherwin-Williams on Route 50. Call 410-213–7490 for more information.
• The 19th Hole Bar & Grille on Route 611 will host its kids Halloween party Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. There will be food specials, cupcakes and candy and games with prizes. The winner of the best costume contest takes home a trophy. Call 410-213-9204 for more information.
• The White Marlin Mall on Route 50 will host trick-or-treaters on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4-6 p.m. Kids must be under 12 years old and in costume to get a treat. For additional information, go to www.whitemarlinmall.com/events.asp.
• The Tanger Outlets on Route 50 will host trick-or-treaters on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. Kids 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat from store to store.
• The Ocean Pines Fall Halloween Celebration takes place at White Horse Park Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1-4 p.m. There will be costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, candy and refreshments. Admission and games are free, although some attractions have a small fee attached. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks is accepting donations of individually wrapped Halloween candy for the event. Call 410-641-7052 for more information.
• Frontier Town’s Haunted Trail through the Wicked Woods of the Western theme park is open to the public from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The cost to walk through “FrontFear Town” is $5 per person. The park is located off Route 611. Call 410-641-3325 for more information.
• The Berlin Branch of the Worcester County Public Library will host trick-or-treaters all day Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be cookies, candy and other snacks. Call 410-641-0650 for more information.
• The Town of Berlin’s trick or treat hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. The Berlin Police Department will have a candy checking station at Town Hall at 10 Williams Street during those hours.
• The SonRise Church on Route 575 will host its annual Harvest Fair Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1-4 p.m. There will be hayrides, games, food and candy, music and prizes. Children may come dressed in costume, though scary attire is discouraged. The rain date for the fair is Saturday, Nov. 9.
• Bayside Chapel brings back its Trunk or Treat event today, Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Many decorated cars will be parked in the church parking lot, and kids will visit each for a treat. There will also be a costume parade, crafts including a make-your-own edible gummy worm station, face painting, a monster mash dance, drawings for prizes and hot chocolate and snacks. The event is free. Bayside Chapel is located two miles west of Harris Teeters, on Route 54. Call 302-436-7585 for more information.
• The Salisbury Zoo will host an event for children age 10 and under on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m. Kids will be able to trick or treat throughout the zoo, participate in Halloween games and compete in a costume contest. Food and some games will come at an additional charge. Tickets cost $5 for children and $2 for adults. Call 410-546-3440 for more information.
• The Delmarva Discovery Center turns into the House of Pocoween today, Friday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m. There will be a mermaid dive program at 6 p.m, Terrifying Tales story time at 7 p.m. and a Creepy Critters show at 7:10 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., kids participate in a costume contest with prizes. There will also be candy, games and crafts. Children in costumes are admitted free. Regular admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 410-957-9933 for more information.