Aww, spooky skeletons, scary ghosts, and horrible amounts of cultural appropriation! Halloween has finally reached our doorsteps and while scary may not be one of the words you’d use to describe Corvallis,there are still a great many Halloween events that we creepy Corvallisites can enjoy.
We’ve broken down a great chunk of the events in Corvallis, but couldn’t possibly cover every single shindig in town, so save your complaint-writing hand for candy gathering or booze drinking this Halloween weekend.
Let’s start with a roundup of all the family-friendly Halloween events.
First up in town comes a quartet of events from our two downtown theaters. At the Whiteside Theatre, we’ve got Frightside at the Whiteside and their historical Ghost Tour. Frightside at the Whiteside is the theater’s annual Halloween concert, this year featuring performances from the Brutal Bridges Band, All the Apparatus, and Symbiotic Quintet. This incredible night of music starts on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7 per person or $20 for groups of up to five members if tickets are purchased in advance, and $10 per person or $25 for groups at the door.
If it’s spooks you’re looking for, the Whiteside has its historical Ghosts of the Whiteside tour with a newly added Ghost Hunt. This tour is described as a “walk through history and current unexplained phenomenon” through the supposedly haunted Whiteside Theatre. The tour will start at 6 p.m., with the Ghost Hunt (featuring a portable EMF reader) an hour later at
7 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $12 at the door. The show features mature themes and is recommended for those aged 16 and older.
Just a short walk away at the Majestic Theatre is a duo of spine-chilling events worth your time. First on the slate comes “3D zombie horror theater” in the form of Wait for the Blackout, a zombie play that promises guts, gore, and glory. Wait for the Blackout is a unique show in that it involves the entire theater, from the lobby to backstage and everything in between. This immersive zombie experience will have two shows on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Each show runs $12 for adults and $10 for members, students, and seniors. The show is recommended for those aged 13 and up.
And, not to be outdone by their theatrical neighbors, the Majestic will also feature a tour of their haunted building with the Haunting of the Majestic. Designed for children aged 3 to 10, The Haunting of the Majestic features a full haunted house experience with tons of extra goodies for kids to enjoy. The haunting will be running from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $3 per child or $10 for groups of up to five children. Accompanying adults are free; entry includes digital photos, balloons, and a few free treats.
Continuing on in the area, the Downtown Corvallis Association will be shaking things up a bit with the 2015 Downtown Corvallis Trick or Treat falling on Friday, Oct. 30 instead of on Halloween proper, promising kids two days of candy hauls. On top of that, the Arts Center will feature a special free Day of the Dead-inspired art exhibit through Halloween from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.
Venturing out of the downtown area, Interzone will be hosting Oregonian bands Dogbreth, Adieu Caribou, and Dumb Luck for a pre-Halloween show of tunes on Thursday, Oct. 29 at
7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and tickets will cost you between $3 and $5.
On NW Elder Street, a home transforms into a graveyard for the OSU Beaver and all its Pac-12 enemies with City of the Dammed. This free light show experience runs from dusk to 9 p.m. and can be enjoyed every day in the lead-up to Halloween night.
And finally, on campus at the LaSells Stewart Center, the Rainbow Continuum is throwing its Fall Drag Show on Halloween night. While the show isn’t distinctly Halloween themed, drag at its core is essentially a form of costume and they encourage all audience members to attend in costumes of their own. Beyond that, the folks putting on these shows know how to entertain a crowd and they do so with style. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for anyone with an OSU ID, or $5 for non-students.
Now, if you’re over the age of 21 and you’ve been rolling your eyes at the events I’ve listed so far, don’t worry. Corvallis has a veritable bevy of events for you to drink the night away at. Most of them follow the same general formula. Booze plus costume contest plus booze plus live music equals the adult Halloween experience. It basically comes down to which venue’s talent sounds best to you.
Cloud & Kelly’s will be hosting its annual costumed street party Halloweird on Halloween night where people can expect a full night of dancing to the tunes of DJs C4 Logic, Tooie, Drifter, and Modesik. Sky High Brewing has an all-80’s, all-vinyl dance party. Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill has all the country music you can handle. Impulse Bar & Grill will be wrapping up a full week of Halloween events with DJ Gino Valenziano. And finally, Squirrel’s Tavern will have local band Big Outside performing. Most of these venues will host some sort of costume contest with the promise of prizes and every one of them is on Halloween night. The only 21-and-up show not on Halloween night is local band Vandfald’s CD release show at Bombs Away Café on Thursday, Oct. 29. All these shows are fairly affordable as well, ranging between $5 and $10 for entry.
So no matter your age, no matter your interests, and no matter what ridiculous costume you decide to wear, Corvallis has you covered.
For further details on most of the events listed above, head to www.corvalliscalendar.org.
By Nathan Hermanson