Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Halloween Hootenanny at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch | Halloweekends 2020

Halloween at Ocean Lakes | Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year at Ocean Lakes. Everyone in the campground decorates and joins in on all the weekend festivities. For many families, Halloweekends at Ocean Lakes has become an annual family tradition! Bring your candy bag and a pumpkin – It is a treat for everyone!

Here is what you can look forward to at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch | 


Disclaimer | All events are subject to change – Especially due to COVID-19. 

If any guest has concerns about their well-being or that of their family members, we recommend abstaining from using our amenities or participating in our activities. We truly want every guest to have a positive and enjoyable experience at Ocean Lakes, ultimately we want everyone to exhibit caution and consideration.

 

Everyone is strongly encouraged to remain proactive with social distancing, sanitizing, and minimizing shared items. It is everyone’s personal responsibility to help ensure the well-being of their family and to be aware of how their actions impact others. Our team will do everything we can to follow the recommended guidelines throughout our operations.

We have made many modifications this year. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 

Friday Events (all 5 Halloweekends) | 


Family Ceramics | 2 classes: 9 AM – 11:30 AM OR 12:30 PM - 3 PM | All ages are welcome. Children younger than 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited to only 30 spots per class so make sure you arrive on time. Guests must choose 1 class (cannot attend both). We have a wide variety of ceramics to choose from ranging in price from $1.00 to $40.00. Completed items will be ready to pick up on Friday night from 6 PM – 9 PM. Held in the Recreation Center, Room C. There is a daily supply fee of $1.50, plus the cost of the item you choose to paint.


Beachside Movie | 7 PM - 9 PM | Grab the whole family for a fun night under the stars (keep your distance from other families). Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks down to the basketball courts. We will be showing a special themed movie - Home on the Range.


Please Note | The basketball courts will shut down at 6:15 PM in order to prepare for the movie! Movie will be canceled due to inclement weather, including high winds.

Saturday Events (all 5 Halloweekends) | 


Pumpkin Carving/Painting/Decorating Contest | Drop off your already carved/painted/decorated pumpkin in the Recreation Center (9 AM - 12 PM). And, yes, your entry must be a real pumpkin. We will award prizes in each of the following categories: Most Unique, Funniest, Best Theme Execution, Best Decorated, and Best Carving Skills. Winners will be posted. We ask that you pick your pumpkin up between 7 PM – 9 PM on Saturday night. (Pumpkins not picked up will be thrown away on Sunday). NO FEE. Guest Voting: 1 PM – 4 PM. Voting will be done through CampersApp or through the Ocean Lakes’ website. Learn more by viewing this video.




Pet Costume Contest – Virtual via Submitted Photos | We will award prizes in the following categories: Best Dressed, Most Unique, Cutest, Funniest, and Best of Show. No Fee. Guests may begin uploading their photo entries as early as 9 AM on Thursday. The deadline for photo entries is 3 PM on Saturday. Submit your photo entries through CampersAPP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoThe photo maximum size is 5 MB. If guests have trouble uploading, guests might need to submit a smaller photo/file. 



Human Costume Contest – Virtual via Submitted Photos | We will award prizes to winners in the following categories: Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Most Unique, and Best Overall. NO FEE. Guests may begin uploading their photo entries as early as 9 AM on Thursday. Deadline for photo entries is 3 PM on Saturday. Submit your photo entries through Campers APP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoIf guests have trouble uploading, guests might need to submit a smaller photo/file.




Trick o’ Treating | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | 

Treaters | Plans and Participation Requirements – ONLY 250 sites eligible | 
If you want to hand out treats, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP IN THE RECREATION OFFICE prior to 2 PM on the day of. You will be given a Hootenanny Kit and a distinctive Halloween Hootenanny 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, take your sign down.


Tricksters | At 4:30 PM (NO SOONER!), those wishing to go Trick o’ Treating around the campground can pick up the treat friendly site list in the Recreation Office. NO FEE.



Creepy Site Crawl | 6 PM – 8 PM | 

Site Decorators | If you are interested in entering your site in the Halloween decorating contest, sign up in the Recreation Office prior to 4 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 | Upon receiving the list, our guests will perform the “Creepy Site Crawl” throughout the campground. For those interested in viewing/judging sites, pick up the Site List for judging starting at 6 PM on Saturday. Then, vote with the site numbers through CampersAPP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoOnly 1 vote per site/family. No Site Lists will be handed out after 7:30 PM. 

Remember Family-Friendly | Our guests go all out with their Halloween decorations and costumes – We love that – Just remember that Halloweekends are focused on families. Be creative, keep it clean. Be scary, but not so much that you would make a little one cry.

Safety and Security Policies | Due to COVID-19, our normal “Masks and Face Coverings” policy has been modified. Face masks or face coverings are required in Horry County. 

Coronavirus guidelines for face masks and face coverings recommend covering the nose and mouth. Halloweekend guidelines address and restrict FULL face coverings and face masks to set times and locations for guest safety and security concerns. For security reasonsguests need to avoid fully covering faces where ONLY guests' eyes are showing. We want to honor the spirit of the holiday fun but must keep safety and security a priority – That includes identifying guests when needed.

FULL face masks and face coverings are only permitted to be worn in Ocean Lakes for the 5 Halloweekends (on Fridays and Saturdays). FULL face masks or 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 PM – 6:30 PM. They are generally permitted in the Recreation Center.

Operating a vehicle or golf car with a FULL face mask or face covering is NOT permitted as it is a safety issue and also hinders Security in identifying underage drivers. Security Teammates will use discretion on a case by case basis as needed throughout Halloweekends regarding masks, coverings, costumes, and decorations.

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 8 AM – Midnight each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the month of October.

North Gate | Our North Gate will be open to guests exiting right out of the campground on Sunday’s throughout the month of October from 9 AM – 11 AM. Guests will use Salt Works Road to depart from our North Gate, and remember, this is for northbound traffic ONLY.

No Outside Characters Allowed | Our Halloweekend activities are only for guests staying at Ocean Lakes and our Annual Lease Site Holders.

Can I Get A Yee Haw For Souvenirs | Round up the posse for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch this Halloween! Take home your very own souvenirs to commemorate your time on the ranch. 


Mugs – These copper mugs are great for coffee, apple cider, or hot chocolate at your campsite by a warm fire! Guests can purchase these at the Recreation Center for $10.


Bandanas – Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Guests can purchase their bandanas at the Recreation Center for $10.


T-Shirts – To be at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch, one must dress the part! Guests can purchase these at the Recreation Center. All youth sizes are $16, adult sizes Small – XL are $18, and adult sizes 2XL – 3XL are $20.



Hootenanny Candy Bags (Trick o’ Treating Bags) – Guests that are participating in Trick o’ Treating can pick up their free Hootenanny Candy Bag at the Recreation Center.


Until Next Time | We hope all guests have a hootenanny good time during their Halloweekend stay! See you soon at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch!

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