Ocean City Fire Department Reminding Citizens to be “Halloween Safe”

(October 20, 2014) – Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids and the Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that taking a few simple fire safety precautions will keep the spooky holiday safe.  To make trick-or-treating safe for everyone, the Ocean City Fire Department is encouraging residents and visitors to plan ahead by following a few easy safety tips.


  • Choose a safe costume:  When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Decorate safety:  Use Flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.  It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-lantern, however; if you use a real candle, be sure to use extreme caution. Decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable so keep these decorations well away from open flames and heat sources. Also, remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Light up their costumes:  Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Party Safe:  If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home in case of an emergency.
  • Stay away from flames: Tell children to stay away from open flames and be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

“Decorations are the first thing to ignite fires in 1,000 reported home fires each year,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “By planning ahead and following a few simple precautions our residents and visitors are likely to have a fun and fire safe Halloween.”

It is important to note that the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office does not allow any hay decorations within any place of assembly. Anyone with questions pertaining to Halloween fire safety should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, or visit www.nfpa.org.


Ocean City Fire Department Station 4 Dedication

Dear Ocean City Resident & Town of Ocean City Friend,

The Ocean City Fire Department would be honored to include the Ocean City community in a very special celebration and dedication of Fire Station 4, located at 12925 Coastal Highway.  Please share this invitation with your civic organization, neighbors, family and friends. 

All are welcome.

We hope to see you there.

You’re Invited

The Officers and Members of the Ocean City Fire Department cordially invite you to attend the dedication and open house for the new Fire Station 4.


Date:  Saturday, October 25

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Station 4 – 12925 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21843

Please join us as we celebrate the new Station with a formal Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Fire Station tours and a Flag Ceremony.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome, so please bring family, friends and neighbors to our community celebration.



Be Ready to be Spooked with Free Family Events During OCtoberfest

Enews(October 14, 2014) – OCtoberfest is back and bigger than ever! This official Town event provides activities for the whole family – including the family pet! Starting on Saturday, October 18, the giant Halloween Beach Maze opens for adults and children to find their way through winding pathways on Ocean City’s beach while interacting with great Halloween props, whimsical characters and other special effects. This great beach experience is located just off the boardwalk at N. Division Street and is free to all who dare enter this family-friendly attraction. The maze is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 18, 19, 24 and 25, weather permitting.

The Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade scampers onto the Boardwalk at North Division Street on October 18 with registration opening at 1 p.m.! Pets, pet owners and pet lovers will find this gathering of costumed furry friends to be a great time, as a participant or spectator. Owners don’t forget your costumes! Participation is free. Parade begins at 2 p.m.

The spooktacular events continue as the calendar moves closer to Halloween, with Ocean City’s Recreation and Parks Department hosting a Halloween movie delight night on Friday, October 24.  Families can enjoy the classic family-friendly movie adventure, The Goonies, while taking in the beautiful setting at Sunset Park. The movie is free and public parking is available across the street. Food and beverages will be available to purchase on site including hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and sodas. Guests should bring folding chairs and blankets to snuggle in for this great evening entertainment under the stars!

Before the beach maze comes back to life on Saturday, October 25, the day kicks off with the Seaside 10. The 21st running of the ten mile course, which takes advantage of Ocean City’s historic boardwalk and famous Coastal Hwy, is a fantastic way to gear up for the Halloween holiday! All are welcome to come wearing their most outrageous costumes. Entry fees for the 10 Miler are $40 through October 17 and $50 thereafter. The 5K race entry fee is $25 through October 17 and $30 thereafter. Both races originate in Ocean City’s Inlet Parking Lot, 807 S. Atlantic Blvd. and begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.octrirunning.com.

The Saturday festivities continue on October 25, with the Great Pumpkin Race at North Division Street beginning at 1 p.m. No matter your skills, this is the event for you! Get your pumpkin now – shape and size don’t matter! Pull your team together and carve it or paint it, add things to it and follow the race rules to make your entry for this enjoyable and hilarious event. Gravity is your motor. Whether they finish or not, it’s just good ol’ straight line racin’ fun! Activities and heats begin at 1 p.m. Entry is free. Additional details and rules can be found at www.OCtoberfestMD.com.

The Great Pumpkin race is followed shortly thereafter by the Drive in Disguise! This event offers locals and guests alike the opportunity to decorate their automobile or business vehicle and join the convoy of festive Halloween rides for a rare drive down the Boardwalk.  The Stephen Decatur High School band will join the parade, which will end with the decorated vehicles being judged in the Inlet Parking Lot by family, friends and the public. Bring your dollar bills to vote by placing a dollar in the container next to your favorite car. The vehicle with the most votes wins! Proceeds go to the Ocean City Downtown Association.

The Drive in Disguise celebration will continue into the Inlet lot, with live DJ music and local businesses participating in the festivities. Vehicles with OC license plates enter for free. All other participants are $25. Spectators, who wish to simply view the parade, can make way to the Boardwalk between 4th Street and the Pier where you can watch from the concrete pad as the parade makes its way south. Visit the Downtown Association’s website at www.downtownassociation.net for more information about the Drive in Disguise.

Wrapping up the OCtoberfest activities is the ever-so-popular Halloween “Spook Out” Party at the Northside Park on October 26. Get your Halloween costume ready and join all the other goblins for this indoor trick or treat experience. Participants of all ages, including parents, will fill the Northside Park gym from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides and snacks! Costume contests will be scheduled throughout the event. No preregistration is required and the price of admission is a bag of individually wrapped candy per child. Details are available at www.OceanCityMD.gov.

With numerous events and activities taking place this month, the ghouls and goblins in your life are sure to enjoy all that OCtoberfest has to offer. Check out www.OCocean.com for local business discounts available in town with a costume and without, including Fall Restaurant Week which takes place until October 26 at participating restaurants!  




Ocean City and Quiet Storm Present Fall Skate Jam

(October 9, 2014) – Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, will host a Fall Skate Jam, on Saturday, October 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy free contests with prizes, as well as, live music by the newly popular local band, Funk Shue. Concessions will be available for sale.

This year’s program is being presented by Quiet Storm and held in partnership with Ocean City Recreation and Parks. All skaters under age 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

For more information about visit Ocean City’s Ocean Bowl Bash, visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/  or call 410.289.BOWL.




(October 9, 2014) – On Sunday, October 26, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Halloween spirits will fill Northside Park in Ocean City again as Ocean City Recreation and Parks hosts its “Halloween Spook-Out Party.” This annual holiday program delights families each year at a cost of only one bag of candy per child.

The party will take place at Northside Park Recreation Complex, 125th Street, Bayside, in Ocean City. Activities will include carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides and costume contests. Complimentary snacks will be made available and prizes will be awarded for top costumes. Participants of all ages are welcome.

There is no pre-registration required for the event. Entrance fee is one bag of individually wrapped candy per child.

For more information, visit our website at www.oceancitymd.gov or contact Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410.250.0125.