Halloween Events and Welcome Night in Ocean City

Halloween Events and Welcome Night in Ocean City

Ocean City’s 75th annual Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday (Oct. 26) and promises a great time for all. The event is a favorite on the fall calendar and features local children, families, bands, entertainers, businesses and organizations costumed for the occasion. The parade starts at 7:15 p.m. and proceeds down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street.

The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. Watching the parade is free – with great spots to catch all the action from either side of downtown Asbury Avenue. Late registration for participants in the parade will be available at a table staffed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on parade night at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com.

Judging for thefourth annual Halloween House Decorating Contest in Ocean City will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Pictures of all entries will be posted to facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation on Friday (Oct. 27) for people’s choice voting. Winners and a full list of entrants will be posted Monday at 2 p.m. at www.ocnj.us/halloween, so everybody can check out all the homes and businesses that were decorated in the spirit of the holiday.

The Ocean City Skate Park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue will host a Halloween Costume Skate 4 p.m. to dusk on Saturday (Oct. 28). Skateboarders are invited to come dressed for the holiday. There will be prizes for best costume and best trick, and candy for the participants.

Traditional trick-or-treating hours for Ocean City will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 31).


The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Welcome Night 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The free event offers residents a chance to meet and learn about Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. Welcome Night is free to all attendees.  For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. 


The Trail of Two Cities 5-kilometer run/walk will be held for the 28th time on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. The popular 5K (3.1-mile) race offers spectacular views over the length of a point-to-point course from Ocean City to Somers Point. The route travels the length of the Route 52 causeway in the lanes usually reserved for cars.

Buses will be available at the finish line in Somers Point to transport runners to the start in Ocean City before the race and to transport runners back to Ocean City from Somers Point after the race.

Registration is open now, and a discounted pre-registration fee of $25 will be available through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. The race will include awards for costumed runners. Online registration and further information are available at www.ocnj.us/race-events.   

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