OVPD to host Halloween festival this fall

The Ocean View Police Department is making plans to host Cops & Goblins, a Halloween festival, this fall.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got a great rapport with the community here in Ocean View, and we want to maintain that,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “We wanted to provide some opportunities for the folks in the area to have a Halloween-based activity.”

The festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, in John West Park, from 1 to 5 p.m., to lead right into the town’s official trick-or-treating hours.

McLaughlin said he hopes to have businesses within the community sponsor tables and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, 12 or younger, or offer a fun holiday-themed activity.

“Trick-or-treating here is difficult, because there are so many seasonal homes. The fulltime folks are spread out, so it’s difficult for the trick-or–treaters,” he said, noting he recently spoke to a Bear Trap resident who only had three kids visit their home last Halloween. “It’s sad, because we have people in the community who want to participate too, and they don’t have the opportunity.”

McLaughlin said that, as a parent, it has been difficult for his family over the years, as well. In past years, he has even taken his kids to Berlin, Md., to trick-or-treat.

“I was absolutely amazed by how many folks from this area go down to Berlin,” he said. “They go all-out. They close the city streets, and all the homes are decorated to the hilt.”

In the event’s first planning meeting, there were discussions of having face painting, pumpkin painting and a Halloween costume contest.

McLaughlin said he will extend an invitation to other area law-enforcement agencies in the hopes they, too, will attend.

“I think this will be really great,” said McLaughlin.

Those who are interested in volunteering for the event or providing sponsorship should call OVPD Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw at (302) 539-1111.