By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer
(Oct. 25, 2018) Halloween is just around the corner, and Worcester County is crawling with spooky activities for the family this weekend and through All Hallows’ Eve.
– Ocean City Recreation and Parks will host its annual Halloween Spook-Out Party on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m. inside the Northside Park gym on 125th Street.
Activities include carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides and costume contests. Complimentary snacks will be available, and prizes will be awarded for best costumes.
Participants of all ages are welcome, including parents.
No preregistration required. The entrance fee is one bag of individually wrapped candy per child.
For more information, visit www.oceancitymd.gov or contact Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125.
– The Ocean City Library on 100th Street is celebrating “Shocktober” with scary movies shown after library hours. This Friday, watch the 1983 horror classic, “Sleepaway Camp” from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Not scary enough? On Saturday, the library will show “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” from 1974.
Ending the Shocktober film fest is the 2007 movie “Trick ‘r Treat” which can be viewed Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
These films are R-rated and not intended for children to watch.
For more information, call 410-524-1818 or visit www.worcesterlibrary.org/index.php/worclibrary/branch_oceancity.
West Ocean City:
– Children can trick-or-treating at the White Marlin Mall in West Ocean City on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.
Children must be in costume when they visit the merchants participating in the trick-or-treat promotion. Treats are available only to children 12 years and younger who are in costume.
Once again this year, the White Marlin Mall event will coincide with “Trick or Treat Off the Street” at the neighboring Tanger Outlets Ocean City that also invites children 12 and under to trick-or-treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Visit www.whitemarlinmall.com for participating merchants or other Halloween-themed activities.
– Stop by Frontier Town, off Route 611 in West Ocean City, Friday or Saturday, for the annual Spooks and Spirits weekend celebration from 6-10 p.m.
A haunted trail through the Wicked Woods of FrontFEAR Town at the Western Theme Park costs $5 per person, Friday, and $8 on Saturday and may not be suitable for small children.
Call 800-228-5590 for more information.
– The Tractor Supply Company invites customers to attend a Halloween pet photography event at its Berlin store on Old Ocean City Blvd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
A professional photographer will be on hand to take Halloween-themed photos of customers’ four-legged friends. The first 25 pets will also receive a free magnetic picture frame.
This event is open to the public at 10452 Old Ocean City Blvd. For more information, contact the Berlin Tractor Supply store at 410-641-0310.
– Treat-or-treating in the Historic Town of Berlin will take place Wednesday Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. residents not participating are asked to turn their exterior lights off. Main Street will be closed from West Street to Tripoli Street, with the majority of trick-or-treating taking place on Washington Street. Free candy scanning will be offered at Town Hall from 5-7 p.m.
“I would recommend that if you wanted to see something interesting, to be in front of the Atlantic Hotel at 6 p.m. on Halloween night,” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said.
– Area residents will find a few tricks and a whole lot of treats at the annual Ocean Pines Halloween/Fall Festival at White Horse Park on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m.
The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will host several spooky offerings during the event held at 235 Ocean Parkway, including costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, candy, a haunted hayride and crafts. Refreshments will also be for sale.
A Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest encourages dog owners to dress their furry friends in costumes for a shot at bragging rights and giveaways. There is no entry fee or pre-registration.
Children also will be able to get in on the costume fun. Costume contests for children age 2 and under is set for 1:30 p.m., children ages 3 and 4 at 2 p.m., ages 5-7 at 2:30 p.m. and ages 8-10 at 3 p.m.
All ages are welcome. Admission is free, but there will be a fee for some attractions.
Volunteers and candy donations are needed for the day of special activities. Contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 if interested in helping or for more information about any of the activities.
– Children 12 and younger are invited to trick-or-treat while dressed in their favorite costumes at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m.
The “Track or Treat” will include games for children. Trick-or-treaters are asked to bring a bag to collect goodies from local vendors. There is no admission fee, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, contact Kelly Buchanan at 410-632-2144 ext. 2503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Spend a spooky evening at Furnace Town Living Heritage Village in the Fun in the Forest event north of Snow Hill,, Friday, Oct. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m.
The cost is $15 for an adult ticket and children 8-12 years old enter free. Pets may also join the Halloween fun for no cost.
For more information, call 410-632-2032 or email email@example.com.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, listen to ghost stories about Furnace Town and the Pocomoke Forest from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Old Nazareth Church for $10.
Purchase tickets for ghost stories at Furnace Town with Andy Nunez from 8-9 p.m. at www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com.
– The public will get to have a free Fall Fun Day provided by Taylor Bank in celebration of a new logo designed in a local cornfield located at the intersection of Route 12 and Old Furnace Road on Saturday from 12-4 p.m.
Taylor Bank will hold a family event with games, activities, giveaways, and food, including a cookout provided by the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Department.
The bank transformed the five-acre cornfield into a maze with the new geometric design carved right into the middle.
Rain date will be Nov. 3 in the event of inclement weather.
– Come and join Mac & Tuck, two North American River Otters, for a fun afternoon of games, candy, and an Otter program, at the Discovery Center in Pocomoke City on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Children can wear family friendly costumes and join in on the costume parade. The cost is $5 per child for members and $10 per child for non-members.
The Discovery Center is located at 2 Market Street, in Pocomoke City, and is open year-round; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Stacey Weisner at 410-957-9933 or email Stacey@DelmarvaDiscoveryCenter.org.