Ocean City, Maryland – (October 10, 2016): O.C.toberfest is back and bigger than ever with spooktacular town events, providing numerous activities for the whole family! Filling the fall season, O.C.toberfest offers music, competitions, unique attractions and children’s activities on October 22-23 and October 29-30.  Halloween offerings, a craft beer festival and a costume pageant for pets make O.C.toberfest a “must-do” for residents and visitors looking for a few fantastic festivities to celebrate the fall season.

Most O.C.toberfest events (listed below) are free, thanks to funding from the Town of Ocean City and various event sponsors.  For additional information on O.C.toberfest, please visit www.ococean.com.

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  • HALLOWEEN BEACH MAZELocated at North Division Street and the Boardwalk.

Come experience the thrill of a giant Halloween Beach Maze during its two weekend run, October 22-23 and October 29-30.  Children of all ages, can enjoy a pleasant scream as they meander the sands of the giant, bigger and better beach maze! Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, creepy clowns, zombies and more will add to the excitement. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays. The maze will be open an additional hour until 6pm on the 29th leading up to the OC Fright Lights laser show and fireworks. Admission is free of charge.

  • BOUNCING ON THE BEACHLocated on the beach on the north side of the amusement pier. Two terrific inflatable bonce houses and slides will provide an additional way to burn off you children’s energy. A 5-in-1 combo and Tropical Wave Slide will be available Saturday and Sunday both weekends; 10am-5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays. Saturday, October 29 will add an additional hour until 6pm as we build momentum to the evening’s finale event: OC Fright Lights! Admission is free of charge and paid for by the Hotel Motel Restaurant Association.
  • OC SCREAMS14 Worcester Street and Corner of Baltimore Avenue.

A new breed of fear washes up on the sands of Ocean City Maryland with the two-story “Ocean City Screams” at OCScreams.com – the area’s biggest, scariest, most intense, state-of-the-art in-door haunted house ever built in Ocean City Maryland.  OC Screams was designed, built and is operated by the creators of Field of Screams Maryland and Scream City Washington DC. Let Ocean City Screams haunted house be on the top of your list of things to do in Ocean City Maryland! Tickets may be purchased online. OC Screams is open from 6pm to 11pm, October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Entry is $20 per person.

  • BIG TOYS ON THE BOARDWALKLocated on the boardwalk around the amusement pier and Inlet Parking Lot.

Here is an experience for the kid in all of us young or old. Ocean City will line the walkway around the amusement pier with vehicles to touch, climb in, take photos with and simply enjoy on Saturday, October 22nd. This O.C.toberfest event takes place from 11am to 1pm and will include vehicles such as an Ocean City beach tractor, wheel loader, articulating bus, Beach Patrol ATV, Ocean City Police Cruiser, Boat and more.

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  • HOWL-O-WEEN PET PARADELocated at North Division Street on the Boardwalk.

Bring your dog, cat, bird or other family pet for Ocean City’s “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade”, October 22nd on the boardwalk near North Division Street.  Dress up your pets and showcase your creativity on Ocean City’s historic Boardwalk or sit back, relax and cheer for your favorite contestant. Each entry gets their moment in the spotlight. Lots of prizes and surprises will be awarded.  While the event is free to participate, donations of pet supplies and monetary donations will be collected to benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. Registration begins at 12noon with the pageant on the boardwalk beginning promptly at 1pm.

  • DRIVE IN DISGUISEfrom 27th Street south to the amusement pier.

Residents and visitors with a vintage Ocean City license plate are invited to ride down the Boardwalk during the annual OC Vintage License Plate Rally on October 22nd. Continuing with the Drive in Disguise theme, anyone wishing to decorate their car also will be invited to ride down the Boardwalk. Decorated cars will join the OC vintage plate cars during the rally, which will roll-off at 27th Street at 3 p.m.  This year, instead of driving into the Inlet Lot, cars will line up on the concrete part of the boardwalk north of the pier.  Voting and

award presentations will take place there. The public will be able to vote for their favorite decorated car. Each vote is one dollar. A People’s Choice trophy as well as additional trophies will be awarded. Bicycles are also welcome.  Of course, the bicycles need to be decorated and participants need to register. There will be a category for best decorated bicycle and rider. In addition, various local organizations will have information booths set up and a DJ will play music. Several local businesses will offer a 15% discount to participants for the weekend.

There is no fee for those with an Ocean City ‘vintage’ license plate (these are not vintage car tags but the special Ocean City plate). There is a $25 donation fee for non-vintage license plate participants and those vehicles must be decorated. Proof of insurance is required for all participants. Proceeds from the event will be benefit the Ocean City Downtown Association. Registration forms are available at www.downtownassociation.net.

For additional information, contact Nancy Howard at 443-235-4405 or e-mail neffiehoward@comcast.net. If you do not have a City vintage plate and would like to obtain one, visit the City web site at www.oceancitymd.gov