Ocean City Recreation and Parks will celebrate its yearly Halloween “Spook Out” party, Sunday at Northside Park on 125th Street on Ballfield #1.

(Oct. 16, 2020) Children and adults can dress up in Halloween costumes and play carnival-style games during the annual “Spook Out” party hosted by Ocean City Recreation and Parks on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Recreation Supervisor Kim Allison said covid-19 precautions will make this year’s event a little different. For instance, it will take place outside at Northside Park on 125th Street on Ballfield #1.

From 1-3 p.m., families can play games such as tossing bean bags, hitting a target, or pulling a number out of a witch’s cauldron for a prize. All games will be Halloween-themed. 

It’s just always traditionally been such a great family event because there’s something for everyone to do because all ages can do any of the games that we have available,” Allison said.

The costume contest will look different this year as well, she said.

“We are adding a hashtag photo contest instead of our traditional costume contest,” Allison said.

There will be Instagram hotspots set up for participants to take a picture and then add #OCSpookOut to a social media post to enter the contest. The winner will be announced the next day and receive a prize.

All families can also take home arts and crafts activities.

“We don’t have the area for everyone here to social distance well enough to do the arts and crafts here, but you will be given arts and crafts to take home with you and some coloring pages,” Allison said.

Everyone 6 and older must wear a facemask, and Allison added that Halloween costume masks do not count.

All game equipment will be sanitized and there will be hand sanitizer available for guests.

“We had to cancel a few things – like the hayride we can’t have this year – but hopefully it’ll still be a fun day for everyone to come out and enjoy some Halloween fun,” Allison said.

Entry to the event is free, although Recreation and Parks asks that each group bring one bag of individually-wrapped candy per child, as it will be used for the game prizes.

For more information, call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125 or visit

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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