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About Welcome Night, Halloween Parade and More

Ocean City’s Annual WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is set for Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Here you will meet groups, businesses and organizations throughout the City and learn what they have to offer. Admission is free and there will be refreshments, give-aways and door prizes. Call (609) 399-1412 for more information.

HALLOWEEN Related Events:

The City’s 67th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 30th starting 7:15 p.m. Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. The event has been presented all 67 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club and is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area.  Jeff Shirk chairs the event.

 

It has long been the outstanding Halloween Parade in the area attracting huge crowds to Ocean City. The march includes an array of colorful costumed characters competing for prizes, bands, floats and is a fun filled, family evening.

The Ocean City and Mainland High School Bands and the Pitman Hobo Band will be featured. There will also be decorated floats from numerous organizations competing for trophies.

The Boy Scouts are assisting our local food cupboard by scouting for food along the route. Canned and dried foods would be appreciated.

Registration to enter the Parade is free and runs through Oct. 28. All registrations are taken on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. For more information, call the Parade Info Hotline, 1-800-813-5580.

City Wide TRICK OR TREATING will be held Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.

(Oct. 23) Kicking off Halloween events will be “The World of FRANKENSTEIN, a fan’s tribute to the Monster.” This is an original show written and performed by Ron MacCloskey, whose exhibit of Frankenstein Artwork is on display through October at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The program begins 7 p.m. in the Library’s Chris Maloney Auditorium. Admission is free.

(Oct. 24) The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company invites you to a spooktacular evening of fun at the year’s “BLACK AND ORANGE” Party at the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay and Battersea Rd., from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. This will be a fantastic costume party with food, refreshments, dancing and prizes. You must RSVP in advance for this event which is for adults 21 and over. To purchase tickets and for information visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118.

(Oct. 25-26) STAGE FRIGHT: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Invisible Man is a Halloween presentation by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s 6-12 grade student ensemble Sat., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12 for adults and, $10 for children under 12. This is a Halloween adaptation of the Stevenson classic. Tickets are available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice  or by calling (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.

(Oct. 26) THE MEDIUM, a dinner theatre Murder Mystery Opera Style by Giancarlo Menotti will be a Halloween feature of the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Appetizers begin starting 5 p.m. followed by dinner. The event is produced by Operafest International and features a professional, adult cast. Tickets are $50 available at Fox Vocal Arts, 1336 Bay Ave., and at www.operafestinternational.com, call (609) 399-7291. Free psychic readings will be available.

ALSO SCHEDULED SOON:

(Oct. 25) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION Beach Sweep, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, for clean up supplies.  All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. For more information, call (609) 399- 6111 ext. 9711.

COMING IN NOVEMBER:

(Nov.1) The Trail of TWO CITIES 5k Run /Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 1 starting 8 a.m. The popular event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

The event is open to all ages from under 9 to plus 70. Pre-registration received by Oct. 29 is $25. Day of Race is $30. There are special rates for families. Entry forms are available at the Public Relations Office, second floor of City Hall call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 or register online at www.lmsports.com.

(Nov. 1) Ocean City's DOG OF THE YEAR ceremonies are set to start 11 a.m. at the Tahiti Inn, 1125 Ocean Ave., in its parking lots.  Twelve  precocious pooches are vying for the title and the winner will be announced in an area that is fine for "rain or shine." There will be a silent auction and information about the dog park. The public and their pooches are invited to this free event.  There will be music and the Ocean City Humane Society will feature an adoption table. 

(Nov. 11)  Veterans Day Program, 11a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. Rain Location, Ocean City Tabernacle across from the Park.

(Nov. 14-16) Ocean City’s QUIET FESTIVAL…WANTED Hamsters, Mice, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Hermit Crabs, Ferrets, any laid back pet that prefers silence to exercising its vocal cords to compete in the Annual Quiet Pet Contest on Nov. 15. The event will be held starting 10 a.m. in the Senior Center of the Library Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Entry is free. Categories include least hyper active, Best Dressed, Cutest Critter, Super Heroes, and anything else that appeals to the judges. NEW THIS YEAR: Bring your quiet stuffed Teddy Bear or favorite stuffed animal to the Senior Center on Nov. 15 for display and to compete. Ribbons will be awarded to the most unusual entries and all participants will receive certificates. Registrations in advance would be appreciated.

To register your quiet pet or stuffed animal or for more information, call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

There will be many other attractions at the Nov.15 the program including the Turtle Singers with their friendly tortoise Big Bart, The Potomac Bead Company who will help visitors make quiet necklaces and wrist bands for free, paper airplane making and flying with Ken Thorpe and his crew, Doug Jewell of Air Circus performing Yo Yo Tricks, cartoonist Jerry Lukas drawing personalized cartoons of your favorite animals and the Fourth Annual Snore at the Shore, a contest that challenges one’s ability to imitate quiet snoring.

REMINDER: Admission buttons for FIRST NIGHT, our gala New Year’ Eve Celebration, are $15 until Dec.1 and $20 thereafter. They can be purchased now by visiting the Welcome Center on the Bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can be ordered online by accessing www.firstnightocnj.com.

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