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What Nightmares Loom Over the Oregon Coast
(Oregon Coast) - Something is going to go bump on two nights on the Oregon coast in late October. Two talks on Oregon coast ghost tales and other oddities will be given in Newport and Seaside in the final week of the month, by Andre’ Hagestedt - editor of BeachConnection.net and TravelParanormal.com.
The first happens in Newport at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Saturday, October 25, as part of the aquarium’s Creatures of the Night celebration. The second talk happens nearly a week later at Beach Books in Seaside, on Friday, October 31 – Halloween itself.
The Seaside event takes place at 7 p.m., and will include a chance for others to tell their ghost experiences at the end.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium talk happens in various sections from 7 p.m. to almost 9 p.m., during the aquarium’s Halloween celebration that includes karaoke, jugglers, candy and various activities for children.
Both talks will cover the same subjects, but the aquarium talk will be segmented into the following sections:
Astoria to Seaside: the ghost of Handsome Paul, the mysterious army man specter of the North Coast, hauntings of hotels and eateries, and the ghost of the Indian princess.
Cannon Beach and Nehalem Bay: If you like the show LOST, you’ll dig this one. Bandage Man, Haunted Tour of Cannon Beach, the town where weird things just happen, and a haunted winery, and more.
Ghosts of the Central Coast: Lincoln City’s ghost ship, the haunted fire house, Depoe Bay’s angry specter, a devilish lake, ghosts who haunt restaurants and bars, and the weird legends of Neskowin.
Oregon Lighthouses: the dark of the light. Heceta Head’s friendly spook, the myths of Newport’s two sentinels, creepy Hollywood people, and the ghastly real-life history of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
Weird Science, UFO’s and Strange Secrets: UFO sightings, experiments in black physics, an Area 51, secret military bases, glowing sand, freaky sunset phenomena and scary lava flows.
“In spite of how it looks, I’m not a ghost hunter or believer in the paranormal,” Hagestedt said. “Some people collect hubcaps or stamps; I collect paranormal tales and legends. It’s a kick in the pants. I am, however, extremely interested in the odd and the out-there: I’m a big sci-fi geek, and huge on real science. But these legends and such are a load of fun.”
Hagestedt started the website Oregon Coast Beach Connection (www.BeachConnection.net) three years ago, covering the upper half of the Oregon coast. The site features exhaustive details about the region, as well as daily travel, science and entertainment news from the coast, currently clocking in at over 19,000 pages. Part of his preparation for the site included documenting every single beach access in the 180-mile region between Florence and Astoria.
“I always say I’m so obsessed with the Oregon coast it’s ready to take a restraining order out on me,” he said. “Any little detail of the area fascinates me.”
Based on the growing financially successful formula and popularity of BeachConnection.net, Hagestedt recently started TravelParanormal.com to cover the United States and the world, with the intention of also creating a place for travelers interested in something unusual, a forum for people to tell their own paranormal tales, as well as the skeptics who want to debunk them.
The subheading of the website is “Paranormal Fun for the Traveler and the Skeptic.”
Hagestedt has been a journalist and web expert since the 90’s, having begun his writing career at Salem’s Statesman Journal in 1995, covering music and nightlife. He has since freelanced for or been employed at various media around the northwest, including KXL radio, The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly, Valley Business Weekly, Oregon Coast Guide, The Rocket and numerous others over the years.
The Halloween talk at Beach Books in Seaside is free and begins at 7 p.m. 37 N. Edgewood (next to Pizza Harbor), Seaside, Oregon. (503) 738-3500.
The October 25 talk at Oregon Coast Aquarium starts just after 7 p.m. Final schedule of will be available that night. Admission is free with donation of a new, unwrapped toy or two items of non-perishable food items for Lincoln County Food Share or pet food for Lincoln County Animal Shelter enter free. Without donation adults pay $2 and kids $1. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474 x 5224. www.aquarium.org.