An uninvited guest — Superstorm Sandy — spoiled last year's festivities with her arrival on Oct. 29, 2012, so this year's events may be doubly festive. Here are some of the highlights of the Halloween season:
KID-FRIENDLY HAUNTED HOUSE: The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents its third annual "Well Lit, Less Scary, 'Trick or Treat' Tour" from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 to 20 (Friday through Sunday) and Oct. 25 to 31 (Friday through Halloween). The $5 admission allows costumed children (dressing up is not mandatory) to wander through a non-scary haunted house that weaves through decorated scenes and includes games, face-painting, bubbles, balloons and more. There will be Goblin Gift Bags for all children. For more info or to make reservations, call 609-457-6686 or visit http://www.ocrep.org/
FREE HAY RIDES ON THE BOARDWALK: The Boardwalk Merchants Association and Shirt Shack at 808 Boardwalk are sponsoring free hayrides on the Ocean City Boardwalk noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20. Pick up and drop off locations will be at Moorlyn Terrace and 12th Street. In lieu of trick-or-treating at the boardwalk stores, kids can stop by the Ocean City Music Pier after a hayride to receive a Halloween treat. At the same time, Playland's Castaway Cove (10th and Boardwalk) will be open for one more day of rides noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Playland will offer $10 wristbands good for unlimited rides.
HALLOWEEN PARADE: The annual Ocean City Exchange Club Halloween Parade invites costumed children, groups and floats to parade down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Website registration only through Oct. 23 at www.ochp.blogspot.com. For information, call the Info Hotline at 800-813-5580.
OCEAN CITY THEATRE COMPANY COSTUME PARTY: A Halloween party 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Ocean City Yacht Club will benefit the Ocean City Theatre Company. Must RSVP in advance, $65 per person. This black-and-orange-themed party is a great way to celebrate Halloween with friends and give back to the arts. Evening features food, refreshments, dancing and prizes for more than 10 costume categories. 21 and over only. For tickets, visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com
“JEEPERS CREEPERS IT’S BORIS KARLOFF”: A show that highlights the life of actor
Boris Karloff and the fictional monster Frankenstein will presented for free at the
Ocean City Free Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. This program
features actor Ron MacCloskey, presenter of the Frankenstein exhibit, and was
previously shown at the Lincoln Center in New York. For information on all the
Library’s many special events, call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.
DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS TRICK-OR-TREAT: Stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street will be open for trick-or-treating 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
'MURDEROUS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM": A murder-mystery comedy with audience interaction will be presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company Oct. 26 and 27. Join the exciting fun at the Ocean City Music Pier 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 2 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 27. All tickets are $10. Call (609) 525-9300 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.