OCEAN CITY — Thousands of people experienced the thrill of the giant Halloween Beach Maze this last weekend and more events are on tap for this weekend.
This year the maze is bigger and better than ever with surprises around every corner. Kids of all ages were able to experience a friendly scare as they meandered through the sand of the giant beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, a giant spider web, zombies and more joined in the fun.
Also, while finding their way through the maze, families can play the “eye spy” game to look for gargoyles. Prizes were awarded hourly thanks to gift cards from Layton’s Restaurant and 28th Street Pit and Pub. If you missed the free Halloween beach maze this past weekend, be sure to check it out this weekend, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 30.
Another event held last weekend as part of the O.C.toberfest events was the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade. Over 140 pets, from six different states, plus their owners and friends came out on Saturday, Oct. 22, dressed in their best costumes and paraded the boardwalk. The Grand Parade Marshal was Scout, one of Ocean City’s finest police horses followed by all the participants with impressive costumes.
Some of the top awards from the parade went to Bridget and Chase, chocolate labs from Berlin, and their family, dressed as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Toad and Princess Peach; Pabst the Puggle, from Sevierville Tenn., dressed as the president; Saltwater Taffy, a border collie/husky, from Berlin dressed as saltwater taffy; Bumpers and Chico, a mini poodle and silky terrier from Germantown dressed as Dogser’s Dairyland; Buckles, a Cairn Terrier from Queenstown dressed as a “cereal” killer (complete with lots of cereal boxes); Skye, a Siberian Husky from Mechanicsville plus her owners dressed as tacky tourists; Jinx and Stich, Sphynx cats from Reedsville, Pa., plus their owners all dressed as Pokemon; Nemo, a rescued Westie from Germantown dressed as Little Bo Peep; Cali, a Cavachon from Williamsport, Md. with her owners dressed as gangster bank robbers; and Aspen, Remy, Koa, Luna and Newty, four Great Danes and a Newfoundland from Ocean View Del., dressed as the Wizard of Oz.
The Worcester County Humane Society was on site collecting donations with some great pets available for adoption.
The excitement continues this weekend with The Great Pumpkin Race on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. on the Boardwalk near North Division Street. Registration starts at noon. Build your own pumpkin race car to bring and compete in this wacky and zany side-by-side down hill race. Plus there will be lots of room to watch these exciting races. Prizes will be awarded in each division as well as for creativity. Visit octoberfestmd.com for complete rules for your car.
On Saturday night, Oct. 29, make sure to check out the OC Fright Lights beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the beach at North Division Street. This Halloween themed show features lasers, lights, music, special effects and more all displayed on a five-story beach ball. The show concludes with a fireworks display that will light up the night.