The 10th annual O.C.Toberfest will kick off this weekend at North Division Street on the Boardwalk, with features like a Halloween beach maze, pumpkin races, and a pet parade.
“One of the highlights is the Halloween beach maze,” event promotor Meredith Herbert said. “It takes the concept of a giant corn maze, but on the beach.”
Herbert said the maze will twist and turn on the sand and be filled with surprises, including witches, scarecrows, pirates, ghouls, and clowns.
The labyrinth is free to the public and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Along with the giant maze, several other attractions are scheduled for the event, including a pet parade, drive-in movie, trunk-or-treat at the inlet lot and the Great Pumpkin Race.
“It’s just a fun weekend to get outside and enjoy fall at the beach,” Herbert said.
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Pet owners are encouraged by organizers to dress up their furry, feathery, or scaly animals and bring them down for the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade on Saturday.
Last year, Herbert said, there were many dogs and cats, a bearded dragon lizard, and even a horse.
The parade will start near North Division Street and head up toward First Street before turning around and heading back.
“Tiny dogs don’t like to walk very far,” Herbert said.
When the parade ends, trophies will be awarded in several different categories, including the scariest, funniest, silliest, and most Halloween spirit.
Registration for the parade begins at noon on Saturday and the parade will begin at 1 p.m.
OC Jeep Club’s Drive in Disguise
Decorate your car for Halloween and bring it down to the Boardwalk for a cruise down to the inlet parking lot for this year’s Drive in Disguise car parade, put on by the Ocean City Jeep Club.
This year’s parade will take place on Saturday and participants are encouraged to register online in advance by visiting https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/special-events/octoberfest/.
Staging will begin at 2:45 p.m. at 26th Street and Baltimore Avenue, and cars will begin loading up onto the boards at 3 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded by the Town of Ocean City to those with the most creative entries.
Trunk or Treat
Following the Drive in Disguise will be a Trunk or Treat event at the inlet parking lot, where children will be able to load up on candy and other goodies.
The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and continue until all the treats are gone.
Trimper’s Bark in The Park
While the car parade is taking place, pet owners are invited to Trimper Rides at South First Street to celebrate with their furry friends.
Bark in the Park will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and several vendors and other pet-friendly opportunities will be available.
Halloween Drive-In Movie
Once the sun drops below the western horizon, attendees can head down to the inlet parking lot where “Casper” will be shown on the big screen.
The movie is free to the public, though anyone wishing to park their car in the lot will have to pay for parking at $3 an hour, at one of the kiosks.
Audio for the movie will be fed through speakers, but if you are watching in your vehicle, it can be heard via an FM station.
The movie will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Great Pumpkin Race
In the spirit of the old pinewood derbies, in which people carved cars out of a slab of wood, slapped on a few wheels, and infused a little lead or weight to weigh it down before racing them down a track, organizers plan to hold the Great Pumpkin Race.
But instead of using a piece of wood, participants will make their cars out of pumpkins.
Entrants are encouraged to decorate their pumpkin-mobiles before racing them side-by-side down a wooden ramp.
Rules for entering the races can be found by visiting https://specialeventpro.com/oc-toberfest.
One thing is clear, according to Herbert: The cars must be made from pumpkins, not watermelons.
“We’ve had little ones win and huge ones win before,” she said.
Check in for the races begins at noon and green flags will be thrown at 1 p.m.
Big Toys on the Boardwalk
Muscle cars, emergency vehicles, construction trucks, and even a helicopter will be parked along the boards and inlet parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday during the Big Toys on the Boardwalk.
Children old and young will be able to climb into the vehicles and take photos of themselves or their family and friends as they experience what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of one of these machines.
Halloween Spook Out Party
This costume party is sure to have everything from monsters to clowns, and Disney characters to vampires of all ages.
The party will have carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides, and snacks, along with costume contests.
Taking place at Northside Park, the party is from 1 - 3 p.m. on Sunday and costs a bag of candy per child. If weather breaks up the party, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 31.