Cape May's Halloween Happenings 2005

Posted 10/10/05
CAPE MAY, NJ - If you're itching for some black magic, what better place to be than in the ghostly streets of Victorian Cape May.

Scarecrows

There's plenty of Halloween atmosphere, thanks to the Center for Community Art's Scarecrow contest. Look for the creative scarecrows all over town.

The Wed-Dead-ing Party, outside Cape Island Gardens on Broadway in West Cape May, won first prize in the business category.

Halloween Parade

You don't want to miss Cape May's annual Halloween parade.

While not in the same category as the famous Greenwich Village event, this parade of outlandish outfits is definitely worth a trip to the shore.

Our favorites last year were the Motorcycle Ghouls and the ghostly Dixieland Band.

This year's parade kicks off at 3PM on Sunday, October 23, from Lyle Lane, right behind the Cape May Bandstand.

The marching ghosts and goblins will head over to Perry Street then to Carpenter's Lane and finally up Washington Street, ending at the Emlen Physick Estate.

Parade marchers and watchers gather at the Physick Estate for prizes and refreshments.

If you want to march this year, make sure you're at the Bandstand between 1 and 2:30PM. Call Cape May Civic Affairs at (609) 884-9565 for more information.

Wildwood Parade

Luckily, Wildwood's Halloween Parade is a week later, so you can see or march in both.

The Wildwood Halloween Parade starts at 6PM at the Wildwoods Convention Center on the evening of October 28th. Registration is at 5PM. Judging 5:30PM. Free. Call (609) 729-1934 for more info.

Other Ghostly Events

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts is going heavy on ghost tours for the whole month of October with their Ghost of Cape May Trolley Tour.

Halloween weekend, October 27-29, there's a special twist on that tour. MAC's Evening Ride with the Ghostwriter on those evenings features author and psychic medium Craig Mc Manus.

Mc Manus personally conducts tours of some of Cape May's spookiest sites. Tickets are $15. The tour begins and tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Call MAC at (609) 884-5404 for more information.

Also Saturday, October 29, MAC is starting a new haunted treasure hunt. Dress in costume (strongly encouraged!) and follow the trail through Cape May’s historic haunted houses. A clues sheet and map are included. Tickets are $13 per family and are available at the Washington Street Mall info booth.

Just for Kids

Or take a Halloween night hike looking for creepy crawly creatures at 7PM on Saturday, October 29 at Cape May Point State Park. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. Free. Bring a flashlight!

Harry Potter fans should head over to the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., from noon to 2:30PM on Sunday, October 30. There'll be fizzing potions and concoctions made of everyday kitchen ingredients followed by chocolate frogs and other tasty treats. $10 members, $15 non-members. Preregistration required. Call (609) 898-8848.

Phantom Dinners

If you haven't had your fill of dressing up, head to the Phantom of the Opera dinner at the Mad Batter - in costume please - for a three course dinner and Halloween Costume contest Friday night, October 28. Cost: $45.

Don't spill any food or drink on your costume You'll need it the following night, October 29th, for Congress Hall's Phantom Ball.

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