Thursday, October 5, 2017

Headed this way for Halloweekends? Here's what you need to know

Holy goblins, Bat Sandy!

Starfish Heroes are swooping into Ocean Lakes Family Campground to take this year’s Halloweekends to new superhero heights!

A Howling Good Time Festival with games and fun stations has joined the usual Halloweekend lineup of trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving competitions and the ever-popular Creepy Site Crawl.

The two-hour festival will kick off each Saturday of Halloweekends, transforming our Recreation Center into a Halloween hub with face painting, photo booth, pumpkin ring toss, tattoo station (don’t be scared – they’ll wash off!) and games of chance – guess how many candy corn candies are in the jar and win a prize! The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. during Halloweekend Saturdays (Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28).

“If you’re a Halloweekend veteran and didn’t think it could get any more fun – wait ‘til this year,” said Salle Horner, Sandy Harbor Recreation supervisor who organizes the Halloweekend activities. “We’ve kicked it up a notch with a new Howling Good Time Festival featuring loads of fun for everyone.”

Ocean Lakes’ three Halloweekends  - set for Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28 – consume the campground and feature a nearly non-stop lineup ofactivities. The campground is nearly booked for all three weekends. Please review our policies about masks and face coverings.

Here’s a handy guide to help you make the most of your Halloweekend at Ocean Lakes this year:

 What’s new?

Be on the lookout for special, prize-winning Sandy Starfish Rocks.

Think kindness rocks with a Halloweekend twist.

Every Halloweekend Saturday, 10 Sandy Starfish painted rocks will be hidden throughout the campground. Each special rock will have a note attached and a winner’s sticker. Bring the winning rock to the Recreation Center to collect your prize!

Help spread the fun to others by only collecting one rock per family.

The search starts at 9 a.m. every Halloweekend Saturday (Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28).

Happy Hunting! We promise it won’t take superpowers to find these special rocks.

Trick or treating!

When | 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28)
Where | Throughout the campground

How much candy should I bring?
Simply put, you can never have enough. Halloweekends bring out tons of superheroes, ghosts, goblins and other characters for trick or treating each Saturday.

Bottom line: Spend as much as you feel comfortable with on candy.

Handing out candy? Swing by our Recreation Office before 2 p.m. Saturday to sign up. You’ll get a distinctive Halloween sign to put at your site.

Going trick or treating? The annual tradition starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Swing by the Recreation Office at 4 p.m. that day to pick up the list of treat-friendly sites.

Starfish Heroes

Don’t forget to pack your cape.

This year we’re celebrating the superheroes we look up to and the ones tucked inside each of us with our theme, “Starfish Heroes: Protecting Your Happy Place.”

“Unleash your inner superhero,” Horner said. “Every generation has a superhero they looked up to. It’s a timeless concept that appeals to the kids, adults, grandparents – everyone has that inner superhero craving to come out. What will your superpower be?”

Meet the whole Starfish Heroes gang:

That’s quite the crew! Swing by their hangout near the South Gate and post your photos to our Facebook (@OceanLakesFB) and Twitter (@OceanLakes) pages with the hashtag #halloweekends2017.


Take home a souvenir that will last longer than your Halloween candy. All items are available in the Recreation Center.

Don’t leave without your official Starfish Heroes Halloweekends 2017 T-shirt. This gray shirt features the “Starfish Heroes” symbol on the front and the whole gang busting loose on the back. Adult sizes, $16; $17 for XXL and XXXL; kids’ sizes, $14.

Collect the whole Starfish Heroes gang! Each character has its own cup, each one featuring a custom design and color. Cups are $2 each.

Forget your trick or treat bag? Buy a cool heavy-duty one. Just $3.

Remember family-friendly

Our guests go all out with their Halloween decorations and costumes – we love that – but remember that Halloweekends are focused on families.

Be creative, but keep it clean. Be scary, but not so much that you’d make a little one cry.

South Gate

Our South Gate will be open to help all the Halloween revelers get in as quick as possible to start having fun! The South Gate will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through October.

No outside superheroes allowed

Our Halloweekend activities are only for guests staying at Ocean Lakes and our annual lease site holders.

And most important – have a blast, Superheroes!