Events abound for Halloween

Written by Triplicate Staff October 24, 2013 02:03 pm

A statue takes on an eerie appearance at a haunted house that opens Friday in Crescent City at 2361 Lake Earl Drive.
A statue takes on an eerie appearance at a haunted house that opens Friday in Crescent City at 2361 Lake Earl Drive. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
If you’re looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween season, there’s something to please boos and ghouls of all ages. Here’s a list we’ve brewed up for events in the region.

Today through Oct. 31

• Pumpkin patch in Fort Dick: The patch is open daily, with free hay rides on weekends, at 1690 Morehead Road. School tours are welcome.

Call 464-4286 or 954-6126 for more information.

“Club Dead” haunted house: Chetco Pelican Players opens the doors at 7 p.m. nightly for its 10th annual Haunted House in Brookings.

The house is located at the former Toreros Mexican Restaurant, behind Dutch Bros. Coffee, off Chetco Avenue.

Admission is $10 per victim. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 to 11 p.m. on weekends and on Halloween night. This is not recommended for children under 10.

Actors will dress up and scare visitors with a variety of elaborate scenes and activities in the 1,000-square-foot building.

“Those few who survive the deranged tour of depravity will receive tasty trick or treats and heaping helpings of witch queen Claire Willard’s famous ‘Creepy Crawly Chili,’ in the retreat of her beastly ‘Beastro,’” said spokesman Lon Goddard.

More scenes from the haunted house on Northcrest Drive. The attraction is open Friday through Sunday and on Halloween, 5–10 p.m., and benefits the Legacy Cheerleaders of the Lost Coast Kids Gym.
More scenes from the haunted house on Northcrest Drive. The attraction is open Friday through Sunday and on Halloween, 5–10 p.m., and benefits the Legacy Cheerleaders of the Lost Coast Kids Gym. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
• Haunted Candlelight Tours: These run at the Oregon Caves National Monument east of Cave Junction.

Guides in costume will lead visitors through the darkened tunnels of the caves, sharing lesser-known tales of the cavern and its creatures, such as bats and spiders.

The tour is roughly one hour long and will begin at 4 p.m. daily. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $8.50 per person; reservations are not available.

Costumes are allowed, provided fabric and makeup are not at risk of touching or coming off in the cave (no trailing fabric, fake tails, glitter, loose fringe, etc.).

Children must be at least 12 to participate, and unaccompanied youth will need a parental release form signed on site. The tour is moderately strenuous and not recommended for visitors who have difficulty balancing while walking, respiratory problems, or heart conditions. Be aware that these tours include eerie soundscapes, ghost stories, and Halloween-inspired theatrics.

For more information call (541) 592-2100, ext. 2259.

Friday–Sunday and Oct. 31

•  Haunted House in Crescent City: A fundraiser for the Legacy Cheerleaders of the Lost Coast Kids Gym in Crescent City, the Haunted House features live actors and will be open Friday through Sunday, and on Halloween night, from 5 to 10 p.m. at 2361 Lake Earl Drive. Cost is $10.

Call Wendy at 954-8925 for more information. 

Friday

• Ghost Stories Night: Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings will host its annual Ghost Stories Night for children at 7 p.m. Children and their families are invited to come in costume and hear fun stories read by local teacher Dan Rotterman, librarian Dori Blodgett and special guests.

The evening will also feature spooky songs and ghoulish snacks. Ghost Stories Night is mild and appropriate for young children.

For more information call (541) 469-7738.

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Saturday

• Smith River Heritage Association’s Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest: Kids can bring their carved jack o’ lanterns to the Smith River Community Hall, 241 First St., to enter it into a contest to win cash prizes.

The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and kids are invited to wear their costumes. Treats, apple cider and cookies will be served.

Call Janice at 487-1975.

• The Sun and Moon Foundation’s Halloween Party and Dance: The new non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging arts and education in the Pacific Northwest will hold a from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 494 Pacific Ave. 

Face-painting and games will be offered for younger kids from 6 to 7 p.m., ghost stories read to older kids from 7 to 8 p.m., topped off by a dance for all ages from 8 to 10 p.m.

Call Kirsten Randrup at 954-5666.

• Scaryoke by Stagelights: Wear a Halloween costume and dance and sing at Stagelights’ second “Halloween Scaryoke” from 5 to 8 p.m.

The free family-friendly karaoke event will happen at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave., Harbor.

Participants can sing solo, duets or in a group on a fully-lit stage while friends and family dance and cheer them on.

Snacks and food will be sold at the concessions stand, with proceeds benefiting the Brookings Harbor Community Theater (BHCT). Donations will also be accepted by Stagelights to fund future karaoke events.

For more information call Scott at (541) 469-3123.

• Sequoia Park Zoo’s 16th annual Boo at the Zoo: This happens in Eureka from noon to 4 p.m.

Learn about slimy, slithery, creepy and crawly creatures through games, crafts, and animal encounters at this frightfully delightful family event. Activities include the Snake Maze, Spider Web Toss, Skull Identification, Scavenger Hunt, Slug Slime, Face Painting, and so much more! The Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, snakes, and other zoo critters will be out and up close for a spooktacular experience.

The animals at the Zoo also get to celebrate Halloween with their very own surprise-stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns. Watching the animals feast on their treats is an experience not to be missed!

A Costume Parade & Contest is set for 2 p.m. for a chance to win Halloween-themed prizes. Then treat the family to cotton candy, caramel apples, popcorn, snacks, and other twisted treats from the special Halloween menu at the Funky Monkey Café and other food stations located throughout the Zoo.

All games and activities are included with general zoo admission. For more information, visit www.sequoiaparkzoo.net or call (707) 441-4263.

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Tuesday through Oct. 31

• The Rogue Playhouse in Gold Beach’s Halloween Haunted Theater: “Three nights of terror” from 6 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 31 at the Ellensburg Theater, 94196 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach.

Tickets are $5. Those brave enough to go through the maze of ghouls and goblins a second time pay $3, a third time $2, and the fourth time is free.

For information call (541) 247-4382.

Wednesday

• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints annual Halloween Carnival and Trunk-or-Treat: The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church, 770 Elk Drive, Brookings.

The free event will feature family-friendly games and activities inside while people hand out candy to costumed children from the backs of vehicles in parking lot.

Thursday (Halloween)

• Grace Lutheran Church and Preschool’s annual  Harvest Festival and 10-cent Carnival: The alternative to trick-or-treating will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 188 E. Cooper St.

This family-friendly event will feature carnival games, face painting, prizes, Rene’s  BINGO Bonanza Area and lots of candy. A full dinner will also be available.