The Halloween tradition is not for everybody, but many live for the holiday. If you would rather be at home watching Dukes of Hazzard reruns in your underwear, skip this article.
For everybody else – this list of local events will help you get the party started. C’mon, get excited, it’s time to um…let your freak flag fly. Dress up like a twisted version of Blanche from the Golden Girls and head on into downtown.
Haunting of the Majestic Theatre – 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis – October 28, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $3 per child, Adults FREE.
It may already be haunted, but in case you are not convinced, the century-old theater is going to play the part of a haunted house for one night. This is for kids, of course, but parents are allowed too. Where else can adults get in somewhere free?
In addition to having creepy grown folks jump out of trap doors and from behind partition walls, there will be games, a balloon artist, and free digital photos with some of the kids favorite cartoon characters. Oh, parents, there is also coffee for you and treats for the kiddos.
Trolley of Terror and VIP Ghost Hunt
518 2nd Avenue SW, Albany – October 27 & 28. Trolley, $10 per adult and $5 per child. VIP Ghost Hunt, $25 per person.
This is truly one of the scariest journeys you will experience, aside from attending a city council meeting. And for some, public transportation is frightening enough. This event, brought to you by the Monteith Society, allows you to board a trolley and ride through Albany’s haunted past, as well as legally break and enter into the spooky 168 year-old Monteith House on a candle-lit tour.
With the VIP Ghost Hunt, trained paranormal investigators will lead participants on a wild ghost chase. The VIP Ghost Hunt is limited to 10 lucky folks who want to get some experience with ghost hunting equipment. Reservations are recommended because seating is limited. (541) 928-0911
CrawlOWeen Corvallis Halloween Pub Crawl – October 31, 8 p.m. $20. 21 and up. Downtown Corvallis
This year’s iteration of the pub crawl dubbed “Nightmare on Main Street” is a well-organized effort of disorganized stumbling between bars, as participants are encouraged to “crawl at their own pace.”
When you purchase admission, you get a complimentary bar crawl cup (woohoo), a crawl passport to log your excessiveness, a welcome drink at registration, and drink specials along the way. Remember your IDs kiddies because this is a 21-and-up event.
Corvallis DIY Halloween Cover Show
Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe, Corvallis
October 28, 8 p.m. FREE.
Enjoy multiple renditions of your favorite rock bands, graciously provided by local artists in 20-minute installments. Come in costume and dance to the soothing sounds of Green Day (86’d), Blondie (Shaene), The Pixies (The Shifts), Weezer (Mons La Hire) and The Cure (The Grumberts). But don’t show up dressed like Debbie Harry or Black Francis, because it may confuse the band members. All ages are welcome and it is FREE!
Electronic Halloween Party
Benton County Fairgrounds, Guerber Hall,
110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis – October 31, 8 p.m.
$10. 18+ but 21 to drink.
Are you ready to get sweaty with a bunch of strangers? This is the second annual Halloween get-together hosted by Green Room Aloha. This huge dance party features a costume contest with cash prizes. Try out the patented dance moves you have practiced in the kitchen all year, regardless if you scare everyone around you. They will probably think it is part of the Halloween act.
Heckin’ Spooky Drag Show/Halloweird Block Party Massive! – Cloud and Kelly’s Public House,
126 SW 1st Street, Corvallis – October 28, 10 p.m. $5; Block Party, October 28, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5. 21 and up.
Last but not least, our friends at Cloud & Kelly’s are hosting two back-to-back events that are not to be missed. First, a drag show and dance party, to exercise the Diana Ross out of you. Show begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until who cares? Second, the much-anticipated, self-proclaimed, weird and massive block party with DJ’s, dancing. and drinking sponsored by 2 Clowns Spiderhouse.
By Chris McDowell