Here is a roundup of upcoming Halloween events.
It turns out there will be a haunted house in Brookings again this year.
The Chetco Pelican Players will host its annual haunted house at the old West Coast Appliance building, U.S. Hwy. 101 and East Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31. It will stay open each night as long as people are arriving. Admission is $8.
There had been concerns that a venue was not available for this year’s haunted house, but a site opened up at the vacant warehouse.
This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chetco Pelican Players, and the haunted house has been an annual event for eight years.
With a cast of up to 70 people at times, there’s something to scare visitors around every corner — and there are lots of corners in this multi-level, 15,000-square-foot venue.
There is enough space for the return of the “Vortex Tunnel” along with new surprises, including flying ghosts, supernatural happenings, voices of the dead and weird music.
Those who survive will be treated to Claire Willard’s chili and a cup of hot cider to calm the nerves.
People 15 and older who would like to help can call Willard at 541-661-3239.
Chills for Children
The name implies this event is for children, but it’s in spirit only.
Saturday’s annual Halloween party for people 21 and older is a benefit for the Del Norte Child Care Council. The local agency provides a plethora of services to parents, such as help finding a child-care provider and using the right car seat.
“This is their only big fundraiser,” said organizer Billie Kaye Gavin-Tygart.
The eighth annual Chills for Children will be held at the Cultural Center. Northwoods Restaurant will sponsor a no-host bar and DJ Hope from Medford will be mixing music.
“Adults can come dressed up and cut loose,” Gavin-Tygart said.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and dancing goes until 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at 6 Degrees of Celebration, 909 3rd St., or the Child Care Council, 212 K St., or for $25 at the door.
A panel of judges will determine the best costumes in various categories: best overall, group, couple, scariest and funniest.
The Halloween party has grown to the point where it typically attracts about 300 people, Gavin-Tygart said.
She said she realized that Crescent City needed a Halloween party and made it a fundraiser. It’s become something that people look forward to each year.
“This town has a lot of great fundraisers, there is nothing like this,” Gavin-Tygart said. “It’s a chance to come have fun and dress up. I can’t believe how people dress up, they put so much work into their costumes.”
The Brocks’ pumpkin patch in Fort Dick just keeps growing.
Larry and Diane Brock are inviting people to grab a sugar pie or jack-o-lantern pumpkin in the 2-acre patch at their home, 1690 Morehead Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, unless it’s raining.
“Anybody can come out and pick a pumpkin,” said Diane Brock.
The Brocks are offering hay rides around their field for groups of six or more people. They are also standing up cutouts of farm scenes for people to take their picture with, Brock said.
They started a pumpkin patch about three years “because it’s a family thing,” Brock said. “There’s nothing for the families to do with the little kids. We really enjoy the kids.”
People can call the Brocks at 464-4286 for more information.
The Northwest Trail Riders are putting on the second Trail Spook-Tacular on Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
Trials will be set up for children and adults on horseback to try, said Barbara Harkins, the secretary for the riding group.
“They have to go through each trial without the horse being spooked,” she said.
Ten obstacles will be set up for contestants to go through, such as pushing a ball through a maze or putting the horse’s hooves in rings or letting someone dressed as a witch offer an apple to the rider.
“You’re hoping you’ve worked with your horse enough to have a good mind and accept what you do,” Harkins said.
Even instructing a horse to step into a large ring on the ground is “not as easy as it sounds,” she said.
“Horses are careful about where their feet go,” Harkins said. “If you train them, they will do it.”
This will all take place at the Ace Arena at the Fairgrounds. It costs $10 to enter for members and $15 for non-members. Registration is at 9 a.m.
Right before the trials begin will be a costume contest for participants and their horses at 10 a.m.
There will be prizes for the best costumes and for completing the obstacles.
“It’s a lot of fun and challenging,” Harkins said. “It gives them some things to work on to make their horse a better horse. It’s a learning opportunity.”
During the event, there will be a tack sale to raise funds for the Northwest Trail Riders. People can bring in their tack and 10 percent of whatever sells will go to the riding group and the rest goes back to the owner.
Ship Ashore Resort has had a dance in October around Halloween for 40-plus years, said Manager Marlene Enright.
This year the Harvest Dance will be Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.; cover is $6.
Border Coast will be performing rock ’n’ roll tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, Enright said.
There will also be a costume contest for those who choose to dress up with prizes for the best ones, she said. Door prizes will also be given out.
“I’ve seen some really good ones,” Enright said about costumes.
About 100-200 people come to the dance each year, she said. Even those who move away from the area come back for the party every year, Enright said.
“It’s really fun,” she said.
Other upcoming events
• The Del Norte County Public Library is hosting two Halloween events Oct. 30.
At 3:30 p.m. the library and Smith River Rancheria Community and Family Services will host “Carpathian — the Spooky Storyteller” from Humboldt County. This program will be held at the Howonquet Community Center , 250 North Indian Road in Smith River. Children are welcome to come in costumes.
At 6 p.m. that evening, the same program will be at the library, 190 Price Mall in Crescent City. Both programs last about an hour and are free to the public.
• Redwood Elementary School’s 45th annual Halloween Carnival will be Oct. 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.. There will be games, a costume contest and a silent auction, food and door prizes, including a mountain bike, digital camera and a food basket.
Tickets cost $1 and are available at Redwood School on Lake Earl Drive in Fort Dick or at the carnival.
The school is accepting donations of cakes, bags of candy, items for auction, hot dogs buns, cans of chili, plain tortilla chips, cans of soda, ground beef, bottled water and small juice boxes. Donations can be dropped off in the Redwood School office.
• The Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, will host Ghost Stories Night Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Kalmiopsis Elementary School first-grade teacher Dan Rotterman will open the night with ghoulish poems assisted by first-grade alumni. Dori Blodgett will read stories and lead in the singing of spooky songs.
• The second annual Brookings Zombie Walk will be Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning at Stout Park and progressing down Chetco Avenue. Meet at the park in costume, or come and be a victim for zombies to prey upon during the walk. Makeup assistance will be available at the park. The event is for all ages.
• A “Spectacular Haunted House” will be Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rogue Grange Community Center, Nesika and Grange roads in Nesika Beach. Admission is a $3 donation for one person or $10 for a family.