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When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers … ’TIS NEAR HALLOWEEN

Costume contests, parties and festivals for adults, children and even pets on tap

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor


Lorraine Heidrich and her dog, Maggie, are decked out for the annual Halloween event at in Paws & Claws in West Ocean City. This year’s canine celebration will take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pet parade will start promptly at noon. Lorraine Heidrich and her dog, Maggie, are decked out for the annual Halloween event at in Paws & Claws in West Ocean City. This year’s canine celebration will take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pet parade will start promptly at noon.For the little kids…

(Oct. 26, 2012) Celebrate Halloween this weekend and again on Wednesday, Oct. 31, by participating in activities for the entire family, as well as one for pets, in Ocean City, West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Fenwick Island and Salisbury.

OCEAN CITY

¦ The annual Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department’s Halloween “Spook-Out” party, at Northside Park on 125th Street, will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. There is no charge for admission, although families are asked to take one bag of individually wrapped candy per child attending.

This year’s “Spook-Out” will feature carnival games, arts and crafts, face painting and hayrides around the park. Children and adults should come dressed in costumes, as there will be contests throughout the day. Food and drinks will also be available. For information, call the recreation department at 410-250-0125. n A children’s Halloween party, with crafts, costume contest, games and refreshments, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Ocean City library on 100th Street. Parents are invited to dress up, as well. For more information, call 410-524-1818. n Children can trick-or-treat at the White Marlin Mall, located on Route 50 in West Ocean City, from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Treats will be available to children in costume. This is the 25th annual Halloween event at the mall. Some shops will also offer special sales that day for shoppers.


A free Harvest Fair will take place Sunday at SonRise Church on Route 575) A free Harvest Fair will take place Sunday at SonRise Church on Route 575)OCEAN PINES


Parents and children wait for the start of the Halloween costume contest at the Ocean Pines Community Center last year. Inclement weather forced the event inside. Parents and children wait for the start of the Halloween costume contest at the Ocean Pines Community Center last year. Inclement weather forced the event inside.nThe Ocean Pines Fall Halloween Celebration is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at White Horse Park. Children can participate in carnival games to win prizes and candy, have their faces painted, create festive crafts, make scarecrows and jump around in a moon bounce.

There will also be costume contests for children, and food and drinks will be available.

Admission is free. Individually wrapped candy donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410- 641-7052.

BERLIN

n Frontier Town’s “Haunted Halloween Trail” through the Western theme park, located off Route 611, is open to the public. The trail will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The cost to walk through “FrontFear Town” is $5 per person. The walk is free for campers staying at Frontier Town. Refreshments will be sold.

For more information, call 1-800- 228-5590. nBerlin-area churches will sponsor a free Harvest Fair on Sunday, from 5-8 p.m., at SonRise Church, located at 10959 Old Worcester Highway (Route 575). The annual event will feature games for children, candy, food, hayrides, music, pony rides, obstacle course and face painting. Children may come dressed in costume, though scary attire is discouraged. Door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 410-641-3325 n The Berlin Library welcomes families at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. A movie will also be shown. For more information, call 410-641-0650. nTrick-or-treating hours throughout the town of Berlin will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Berlin Police Department will be available to scan candy at Town Hall, located at 10 William St., during those hours. WEST OCEAN CITY n Paws & Claws’ annual Halloween Pawrade/Party will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parade will start promptly at noon. Pet owners can dress up their four-legged friends as well as themselves.

For more information, call 410-213– 7490. Prizes will be awarded. Paws and Claws is located in the Ocean Gateway Shopping Center behind Sherwin- Williams on Route 50. FENWICK ISLAND, DEL. n Bayside Chapel will present its annual Trunk or Treat event today (Friday), from 6-8 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Children can safely trick or treat from trunk to trunk followed by a costume parade. There will also be face painting, pumpkin painting, coloring contest, snacks and prizes.

Bayside Chapel is located two miles west of Harris Teeters, on Route 54. For more information, call 302-436-7585. SALISBURY n The Halloween event at the Salisbury Zoo, located on South Park Drive, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, is geared toward children 10 and younger. Children can trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, participate in games and compete in a costume contest. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $5 for children and $2 for adults, though there may be an additional cost for some games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 410-546-3440.

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