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S. Oregon Coast Spooky to Scrumptious: Halloween in Coos Bay Area

Published 10/10/22 at 6:24 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

S. Oregon Coast Spooky to Scrumptious: Halloween in Coos Bay Area

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(Coos Bay, Oregon) – From chill-inducing to just chillin', one area knows how to get down with the holiday and even just Fall itself. All kinds of variations on a Halloween theme are popping up around the south Oregon coast trio of towns. Charleston, Coos Bay, North Bend and some surrounding rural areas all get in on the act. Photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection

It's a lovely potpourri of scares to simply lots of candy. (More updates may happen at Oregon's Adventure Coast)

One of the big highlights of the south Oregon coast for Halloween is the Mahaffy Ranch Harvest Festival, which has already started and runs through October 31. Dig into various fun and more atmospheric than spooky activities with the hay rides, corn maze, corn cannon, and the Snack Shack. All of this surrounds the center of the fun here: the family-friendly U-pick pumpkin patch.

Courtesy Haffay Ranch

Monday - Thursday 12 - 6 p.m.; Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 10362 Highway 241, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Starting October 14, get ready for The Haunted Woods at Coos Bay Speedway. It promises to be a “fun and freaky” time, and rather known for creating some pretty good scares. There's props, live actors, and bundles of unsettling surprises along this “trail of terror.”

General admission is $12 per person, going 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dates are October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Looking for a way to make your own wild holiday mask? The Mask Making Workshop happens at the Coos Art Museum on October 23, running from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Basic masks can take 30 minutes or more and detailed masks will likely take even longer.

Horsfall Beach, courtesy Oregon's Adventure Coast

They provide a mask base and tables full of supplies and tools. Cost: $10 per group and that will get you one mask. Each additional mask is $5 each. See the site

Something truly unique this way comes to the south Oregon coast: the Cabaret at the End of the World. Imagine a puppet show with a comedy about the apocalypse. It's a wacky mix of mummy love ballads, investment advice from pirates, revolutionary cows doing beat poetry, smart appliances locked in virtual rap battles, all wrapped up in a rock 'n roll horror-comedy.

It's the wowing creation of Ashland troupe Puppeteers for Fears and the band The Elephant. The material would be rated PG-13 or R in film. Tickets are $20-$30.

There's shows across the Oregon coast. In Coos Bay it happens on October 19 at the Egyptian Theatre, on October 14 there's a show in Astoria's Labor Temple, in Brookings it happens on October 20 at Chetco Pelican Players, and in Myrtle Creek it's on October 21 at The Grand Victorian Theatre.

October 29 brings the North Bend Downtown Candy Crawl to North Bend's Main Street. It all starts at 11 a.m. at Grant Circle, with music from K-Dock, games and a scavenger hunt. It's what they call a “Trunk-or-Treat,” where vehicles gather in one spot, representing various businesses, and the candy booty is in the trunks. This is done because participating businesses are usually too spread out for trick-or-treaters to get to easily.

Via the candy-filled autos, you make your way through more than 20 businesses in town, and keep an eye out for the golden ticket. That part goes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Liberty Theatre hosts a Halloween-themed flick and a candy count. (541) 756-8536 or see the Facebook page.

October 31 sees the Charleston Trunk-or-Treat in that beautiful Oregon coast port town. Put together by local fishing fleet families, you head down to the Charleston Marina Complex and visit different trunk full of treats. It goes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 541-404-5934 or see the website.

Also on Halloween, the Annual Coos Bay Trick-or-Treat gets going at 3 p.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. The scrumptious treats happen throughout downtown, Front Street and the Coos Bay Village – look for the large orange pumpkin posters for participating businesses. Dress up, get goofy and have a ball: show off your spooky costumes on social using the hashtag #CBDAHalloween.

Call 541-266-9706 or see the website.

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