Veronica Flesher, Patch Staff
It’s time to get spooky in Ocean City, and registration has opened for the annual Halloween Parade and the House Decorating Contest.
The 75th Annual Halloween Parade is set for Oct. 26, kicking off at 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street.
All are welcome to watch or participate in this fun community event, which is organized by the Exchange Club of Ocean City in partnership with the city. For those who want to join the parade, please note there are new divisions this year, including an animal division.
- Division 1 – Children or Groups of Children up to age 12
- Division 2 – Children or Groups of Children over 12 OR Family Groups OR Adults
- Division 3 – Animals & Pets in Costume
- Division 4 – Organizations Marching in Costume (Churches, Non-Profits, Etc.)
- Division 5 – Cheerleaders & Drill or Dance Teams
- Division 6 – Non-Commercial Floats
- Division 7 – Commercial Floats
To register to be in the parade, email: email@example.com.
Include your name, name and age of participant(s), address, email /phone number and the division you are registering for. An email confirmation will be sent back to you with your registration number within 24 hours Monday through Friday.
Medals and trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place entrants. Judges will evaluate based on appearance, originality and artistry. All award winners will be notified by phone or email the day after the parade.
For more information on the parade, visit ochp.blogspot.com.
The fourth annual Halloween House Decorating Contest in Ocean City will award prizes to homes and businesses in a variety of categories. Deadline for registration is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. A list of participants will be posted, so everybody can see the decorated homes.
For more information and to sign up, visit ocnj.us/HalloweenEvents.
Other Halloween events include the Halloween Costume Skate at the Ocean City Skate Park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue 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.