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OCEAN CITY, N.J. ---- This community’s First Fright celebration offers a variety of family Halloween programs ranging

from a popular parade and Haunted House in City Hall to a Children’s Trick or Treat Family Night and free hayrides on the boardwalk.

Events begin on Fri., Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. with a free Spooky Magic and Comedy Show at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Family entertainer, Mark Wurst, will spin Halloween tales, mystify the audience with interactive magic and there will be trick or treat refreshments for all.

On Sat. and Sun., Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, there will be free hayrides and Trick or Treating on the Boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. from 8th to 12th Sts.

On Friday, Oct. 24, the Community Arts Project holds it second annual Fright Night at the Flanders Hotel from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening includes a DJ and dancing, celebrity fortune tellers, creepy photo booth, prizes for best costumes and face painting to accessorize your costume. Theme of the event is “ Eat, Drink and Be Scaree!”

Admission is $85 per person with proceeds benefiting the Community Arts Project. For information, call 609-425-2687 or access www.communityartprojects.com.

On Sat., Oct. 25, Trick or Treat in downtown Asbury Avenue stores is set from noon to 3 p.m. plus face painting, magic and more. Also on Oct. 25, the Philadelphia Balalaika Orchestra performs at the Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. presenting a program of lively Russian, Ukrainian and Slavic folk music. Tickets are $5, available at the City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. or at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

On Sun., Oct. 26, the Ocean City Dog Park will hold a Howling for Hounds Halloween Costume contest at the Port O’ Call. The contest will follow the crowning of the Dog of the Year set for noon. Following the contest all pooches are invited to enjoy a swim in the Port O’ Call’s pool.

On Tues., Oct. 28, An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe by Candlelight will be presented by the Ocean City Repertory Theatre, 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Inn, 710 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $10, call 609-770-1935 or access www.ocrep.org.

On Thurs., Oct. 30th the Ocean City Exchange Club presents its annual Halloween Parade from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. starting 7:15 p.m. The march features a costume contest, bands, floats and the appearance of the annual Mystery Marcher. The audience is challenged to name the person dressed in a gorilla suit for a chance to win a cash prize.

Friday, October 31 is Halloween Trick or Treat Family Night at the Music Pier from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be a children’s puppet show featuring Candy and Cupcake, magic by the talented Chad Juros, a book swap (bring a book-get a book) and candy and refreshments served. Admission is $3 per person with a $10 maximum per family. The Family Night is sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library.

Trick of Treat for the community will be on Fri. Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Young children should be accompanied by adults. Older kids should go out with friends. Trick or Treaters should wear white or reflective clothing and be able to see clearly through costumes. Candy should be checked upon returning home.

On Sat., Nov.1, there will be a Haunted House at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m., donation is $5. The event is sponsored by the Exchange Club and Ocean City High School students. All proceed benefit the Exchange Club’s Prevention of Child Abuse programs and scholarships for Ocean City High School students.

Also on Sat. Nov. 1, there will be downtown dinner specials on Asbury Ave. and entertainment by the “Shore Thing Band” at 9th and Asbury Ave. from 4 to 7 p.m.

For information on First Fright events, call the Public Relations Office 609-525-9300.