Ocean Pines Police Advise Against Trick-or-Treating

Ocean Pines Police offer safety tips for those looking to enjoy Halloween in an effort to minimize scares and maximize fun during a holiday that can serve up plenty of frights for parents and drivers in residential areas.

Trick-or-treating is not prohibited in Ocean Pines but area police urge parents to use their discretion. The community lacks sidewalks and street lights, making for hazardous conditions for trick-or-treaters.

“Pedestrian safety is a top concern, which is why we ask families to not trick-or-treat in Ocean Pines,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “But for those who choose to trick-or-treat, police caution parents to avoid traveling along Ocean Parkway, which is a stretch of busy roadway.”

Drivers should also be careful during the pedestrian-heavy holiday. Police encourage drivers in Ocean Pines to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Eliminate any distractions inside your car and concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Police urge parents to look for safe trick-or-treating alternatives.

The annual Ocean Pines’ Halloween/Fall Festival, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m., is a great alternative to trick-or-treating. The festival will feature plenty of Halloween candy, costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, a haunted hay ride, crafts, refreshments for sale and more. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a fee for some attractions.

Volunteers and candy donations are needed for the day of special activities. 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.

For more information about the Ocean Pines community, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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