October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, 2023
Pick one weekend of Family Fun or REPEAT the Fun!
Trick o’ Treat will be at 4:30 PM on Saturdays all 4 weekends. See details below.
WHAT are Halloweekends all about? Let us show you!
2023 Halloweekends Theme |
Sunny Seas and Starfish Please… OL, the Place You Go!
Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year at Ocean Lakes. Everyone at the campground decorates and joins in all the weekend festivities. For many families near and far, Halloweekends have become an annual family tradition! Bring your candy bag and pumpkin – it’s a treat for everyone!
Ice Cream Flavor of the Month is Blue Monster | Available at Meet n’ Eat
A rockin’ blue vanilla ice cream mixed with chunks of chocolate crème cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.
First: Safety and Security Policies | Masks and Face Coverings & More
We want to honor the spirit of the holiday fun but must keep Safety and Security a priority – that includes identifying guests when needed.
Ocean Lakes Mask Policies |
If wearing a mask for Halloweekends, we restrict FULL Face Coverings and Masks (that cover MORE than the nose and mouth) to:
1. ONLY during Trick o’ Treat (Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 PM)
2. ONLY at the guests’ site. This is for guest safety and security concerns.
Security Reasons – Avoiding fully covered faces where ONLY the guest’s eyes are showing.
Full masks and face coverings CANNOT be worn in our businesses (Sandy Mart, RV Center, Golf Cars, Main Office, Ocean Lakes Properties, Sandy Harbor) except during Trick o’ Treating on Saturdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. They are generally permitted in the Recreation Center as it is the hub of our Halloweekend events and costume contests.
Operating a vehicle or golf car with a FULL mask or face covering is NOT permitted as it is a safety issue and also hinders Security in identifying underage drivers.
No Outside Characters Allowed | Our Halloweekend activities are only for guests staying at Ocean Lakes and our Annual Lease Site Holders.
Security teammates will use discretion on a case-by-case basis as needed throughout Halloweekends regarding masks, coverings, costumes, and decorations.
Traffic Note | The South Gate will be open for Halloweekends: Friday & Saturday 8 AM – Midnight, Sundays 8 AM ( it closes at 4 PM).
Please remember all the “young eyes and young ears” in our campground and be family-friendly!
2023 Events (all 4 Halloweekends):
♥ Please Note: Technology is needed for Contests, Voting, and Scavenger Hunts.
Download Ocean Lakes APP. Have extra fun with our APP that features Halloween Bonus Content including AR (augmented reality) features and QR Codes in the Recreation Center.
Download Ocean Lakes APP in Google Play or iTunes.
WEDNESDAYS | October 4th, 11th,18th, 25th, 2023
Ghost Bubbles | 11 AM
Children 7 and under, join us at the Nature Center to learn how to create supernatural bubbles! Activity is limited to 20 people max. Registration is required at the Nature Center. NO FEE.
Ghost Rockets | 1 PM
Come to the Nature Center to see how these spooky rockets fly! All ages welcome. NO FEE.
Halloween Mason Jar Make & Take | 2 PM
Join us at the Recreation Center, Room C, to make your very own Halloween Mason Jar. Recommended for Ages 10 and up. We will provide all the materials necessary to paint and decorate your very own unique jar. Class begins at 2 PM. Please arrive on time as our instructor will lead you through how to make the jar provided. No crafters accepted after 2:30 PM. Pay the instructor $5 per jar upon arriving to class.
*See Calendar for what we’re making each class.
THURSDAYS | October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2023
Haunted Bingo | 10 AM
Meet at the Nature Center to play a round of haunted bingo. Prize for the winners. NO FEE.
Gruesome Germ Lab | 12 PM
All ages are welcome to meet our Naturalist at the Nature Center to learn all about germs and the importance of washing your hands! Limited availability (20 people max). $1 per child – must sign up in advance. CASH ONLY.
Brutal Bath Bombs | 1:30 PM
Come to the Nature Center to learn all about science and how to create your own spooky bath bomb that you can keep! Geared towards older kids 7 and up, must be able to follow directions. $5 per person – must register in advance. Limited availability (20 people max). CASH ONLY.
Nailed It Halloween Workshop | 3 PM
Join us for a fun Halloween Workshop hosted by Nailed It DIY Studio. The workshop will be held at the Recreation Center, Room A. All projects are Halloween-themed and range from $15-$35 in price. Come to the Recreation Office to see what project we are doing each week. You can sign up by using our sign-up sheet or by scanning the QR code provided. Sign-ups close 24 hours before the class starts. Class is limited to 30 people so be sure to sign up in advance.
THURSDAYS | October 5th and 26th, 2023 ONLY
Lazer Tag | 5 PM–8 PM
New this year we have Zapz Fun Zone hosting mobile laser tag here at Ocean Lakes. Held at the Recreation Center, Room A&B. The cost is $10 a person for a 15-minute session. You will pay the instructor before you begin. You can return and play again within 3 hours as long as there is availability for no extra charge.
FRIDAYS | October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2023
Beach Clean-Up | 9:15 AM
Bring the whole family and join our Naturalist to learn about beach pollution and lend a helping hand to Mother Earth. Meet at the Big Beach Chairs located on the beachfront next to the Observation Deck. Buckets and grabbers will be provided. NO FEE.
Family Ceramics | 9:15 AM
All ages are welcome. Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Class will open at 9:15 AM. Please be sure to arrive at class on time. All seats typically fill up as soon as class opens. No painters are allowed into class after 12 PM. You will have until 2 PM to finish the item you choose to paint. There is a wide variety of ceramics to choose from. Prices for all ceramics range from $2 up to $40, depending on the item you choose. Held at the Recreation Center, Room C. You will be able to paint, dry, gloss, dry, and take your ceramic with you on the same day.
Shark Tooth Necklace | 11 AM
Join our Naturalist at the Nature Center to learn all about the deep blue beasts and create your very own shark tooth necklace to take home with you! Limited availability. $5 per person is required at registration in the Nature Center. CASH ONLY.
Witch’s Brew | 1 PM
Join us at the Nature Center to help us with crazy potions and spells while learning about chemical reactions! Children 5 and up are required to keep safety glasses on! Limited availability (20 people max). $3 per child – must sign up in advance. CASH ONLY.
Spooky Science Lab | 3 PM
Join us at the Nature Center to create vampire’s blood (lava tubes) and witch’s snot (slime) that you get to keep! Children 5 and up are required to keep safety glasses on! Limited availability (20 people max). $2 per child – must sign up in advance. CASH ONLY.
Campground Canvases | 3 PM
Come to the Recreation Office to sign up in advance before spots fill up. A max of 35 painters will be able to attend class. You must arrive NO LATER than 3 PM! This is a 2-hour class perfect for beginners or anyone who loves painting. Cost is $20 per person; you will pay the instructor at the time of the class. Supplies and instructions are included in the cost. You are welcome to bring some snacks with you to nibble on while you paint. Once completed, you get to take home a beautiful masterpiece to remember your trip to the beach for years to come. Class takes place at the Recreation Center, Room A. **NOTE: We have a max space of 35 spots available.**
Halloween Music Bingo & Stupid Trivia | 7 PM–9 PM
>>>CANCELLED FRIDAY, OCT. 20TH ONLY; REGULAR BINGO WILL BE HELD INSTEAD
Join us at the Recreation Center for this fun, musical twist on the original bingo game we typically play. Snippets of songs in different categories will be played; you will have to match up the song played with the song’s title on your bingo card. We will give a few hints along the way. In between rounds of music bingo, we will play 3 rounds of stupid trivia. 10 wacky, crazy questions in each round. NO cheating! NO FEE.
SATURDAYS | October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2023
First come, first serve. Sign-ups will begin when the doors open at 9 AM each Saturday morning. We will have 2 face painters set up in the Recreation Hall for 2 hours from 9 AM–11 AM. Once the line is full, we will have to close sign-ups so be sure to show up on time. NO FEE.
Pumpkin Contestants |Drop off your carved/painted/decorated pumpkin between 9 AM–11:30 AM in Room A located at the Recreation Center on Saturday mornings in October. Please Note: MUST be a real pumpkin to win. We will award prizes in each of the following categories: Most Unique, Funniest, Best Theme Execution, Best Painted/Decorated, and Best Carving. Winners will be posted at the Recreation Center prior to the Monster Mash Ball. We ask that you pick your pumpkin up between 7 PM–9 PM Saturday night. (Pumpkins not picked up will be thrown away on Sunday). NO FEE.
Pumpkin Judging/Voting | ♥ Please Note: Technology is needed for Voting | 12 PM-3 PM
(You must vote via the Ocean Lakes App or Website)
We encourage all to join us at the Recreation Center, Room A, to vote for your favorite pumpkins from 12 PM–3 PM on Saturdays in October.
Learn the Thriller Dance | 9 AM
Come to the Recreation Center to learn the classic Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance (we are thinking “Sandy Flash Mob”). Class is approximately 45 minutes. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please be sure to bring water and a towel with you. Pay the instructor at the time of the class. Cost $5 per person.
Fearsome Fishing Tournament | 9:15 AM
All ages are welcome to join us at the pond behind the Nature Center. Bring your own fishing pole and we will supply the bait (worms). During the tournament, everyone must use the same bait! Prize to the individuals who catch the biggest fish and the most fish. NO FEE.
Fall Stencil Art | 11 AM
All ages are welcome to join us at the Nature Center to learn about the fall season while creating your own tie-dye masterpiece to take with you! First come first serve, we cannot accept anyone after 11:30 AM. $2 per person.
Pet Costume Contest | 12 PM
Please sign up your friendly pet before 11 AM the day of at the Recreation Office. Fee is $5 per pet, and all proceeds go to Canine Angels. The contest will be held at the Recreation Center and starts at Noon. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before. We will award prizes in the following categories: Most Unique, Cutest, Funniest, and Best of Show.
Ghost Rockets | 1 PM
Come to the Nature Center to see how these spooky rockets fly! All ages are welcome! NO FEE
Costume Contest | 12:45 PM–3 PM
Grab your loved ones and join us at the Recreation Center to show off your family’s amazing costumes! SIGN-UP NOT REQUIRED but we do ask that you show up 15 minutes prior to your scheduled contest time in order to fill out your information index card. You will hold onto this card until it’s your turn to walk across the stage. No worries we will instruct you when it is your time to shine. Please pay attention to the time frames. We will award prizes to winners in each age group in the following categories: (Scariest, Cutest, Most Unique, Best DIY Costume, Best Overall) NO FEE.
12:45 PM: 1 & under
1 PM: 2-4 year olds
1:30 PM: 5-7 year olds
2 PM: 8-12 year olds
2:15 PM: Couples Contest
2:30 PM: Family/Group Contest
Trick or Treating | 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
**HELD RAIN (SAFETY PERMITTING) OR SHINE; WILL NOT BE MOVED INDOORS**
Treaters | If you want to hand out treats, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP AT THE RECREATION OFFICE prior to 2 PM on the day of. You will be given a distinctive Halloween sign to put at your site. You can start handing out treats at 4:30 PM. You will most likely run out of candy so just buy the amount of candy you want to hand out. When you run out, please take your sign down.
Tricksters | At 4 PM (NO SOONER!) those wishing to go trick or treating around the campground can pick up the Treat-Friendly Site List at the Recreation Office. NO FEE.
Site Decorators | If you are interested in entering your site in the Creepy Site Crawl, sign up at the Recreation Office prior to 5 PM on the day of. Please keep your decorations “young eyes” friendly for this event. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories (Most Creative, Best Theme Execution, and Best Overall Decorated). NO FEE.
Site Judges | ♥ Please Note: Technology is needed for Voting | You Must Vote Via App/Website
At 6 PM (NO SOONER!) on Saturday, we will give out a list to those interested in viewing/judging the sites. Upon receiving the list, our guests will perform the “Creepy Site Crawl” throughout the campground. All votes must be uploaded using the Ocean Lakes App or website before 8:30 PM on Saturday. Only 1 vote per family. Lists will NOT be handed out after 7:30 PM.
Join us with all your spooktacular costumes and dance the night away with our DJ between 7 PM–9 PM at the Recreation Center. We will be announcing the winners of the Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Creepy Site Crawl during the Ball. Winners will also be posted on the doors at the Recreation Center. NO FEE.
Just For Fun! | Virtual Halloweekend Activities
Have you played our AR (”Augmented Reality”) Scavenger Hunts? Download the Ocean Lakes’ App via the App Stores and join the fun! The clues for each scavenger hunt are located throughout the campground. Scan each clue to complete the hunt and earn a badge in the App. Show your badge at the Recreation Office to win a prize! (Limit one prize per family for each scavenger hunt.)
Pumpkin Search | AR scan | ♥ Please Note: Technology is needed for Voting.
Open Ocean Lakes App > Main Menu > 3D Pumpkin
Download the Ocean Lakes App by scanning the QR code and join the fun! The clues for each pumpkin are located throughout the campground. Scan each clue to complete the search and earn a badge in the App. Show badge at Recreation Office to win a prize! Limit 1 prize per family.
Clues, Rhymes, Scavenger Hunt Time! | QR scan | ♥ Please Note: Technology is needed for Voting.
Where’s the next clue? What should you do? Find all 10 in order and a prize awaits you.
This rhyming scavenger hunt will have you searching throughout the campground to find the next location. Clues are numbered and must be collected IN ORDER.
Join the hunt by downloading the Ocean Lakes App! | Simply scan the QR Codes located throughout the campground with the App. This is no random hunt, follow the clues in order (they are numbered). Show your badge at the Recreation Office to win a prize! Limit one prize per family. No fee.
Come to the Recreation Center to put your counting skills to the test! Candy guessing jars will be available for viewing at the Recreation Center weekly from 9 AM each Friday until 4 PM on Saturday. Voting MUST be done using the Ocean Lakes App. Winners who guess the closest without going over win. All winners will be contacted by 8 PM on Saturday night to pick up your prize. NO FEE.No fee.
Ocean Lakes Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt
Do you miss participating in our annual amazing race? Well, now you can enjoy this family fun activity on your own. Stop by the Recreation Office to pick up your packet. We will provide you with race rules, race questions, and race answers in an envelope for you to score yourself once completed. NO PRIZE. NO FEE.
*ALL events SUBJECT TO CHANGE