The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will host several Halloween activities this month, including annual favorites and a new spooky offering.
Area residents can put their artistic skills to use on Friday, Oct. 16 for Family Fun Night Pumpkin Painting. Attendees may bring their own pumpkins to this annual event, held from 6-8 pm at the Ocean Pines Community Center, or purchase one for $6 (limited quantity available). All decorations and paint will be provided. The cost is $5 for Ocean Pines residents and $6 for nonresidents.
A Haunted 5K Fun Run, a new Halloween event, will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 5 pm at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, and awards for scariest, funniest and best couple/group will be given at the festivities after the race. The entry fee is $30 per person.
Ocean Pines will cap off the month with its annual Halloween Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1-4 pm at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines. Admission is free and open to the public.
Costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, candy, a haunted hay ride, moon bounce, crafts, refreshments for sale and more will be part of the event. Admission and games are free; there will be a fee for some attractions.
New this year is a pumpkin carving contest and an “anything pumpkin” cook-off/bake-off. Contest applications are available at the Recreation and Parks Department.
Volunteers and candy donations are needed for this special event. Please contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 if you are interested in helping or for more information about any of these activities.