October is my favorite month of the year with the orange and red leaves, the candy corn and chocolate, the silly costumes and jack-o-lanterns and, of course, the many activities and programs celebrating autumn. The North Coast is hosting a variety of festive events for everyone, whether you’re a fan of scary Halloween happenings, a theater enthusiast or a nature lover.
Dress up in your best Halloween costume for the annual Fall Fun Fest, put on by the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. Bring the whole family for carnival games, a cakewalk, a haunted maze and a costume contest from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in Seaside. The fee of $2 or two cans of food for the South County Community Food Bank will get you access to the festival as well as the Spooky Swim from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sunset Pool. You’ll get to splash around while lights, music and decorations set the scary mood. Find more information here.
Photo: Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District
Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27
Need a laugh? Head to the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts’ production of Arsenic & Old Lace, a comedy involving two old ladies, Teddy Roosevelt, a murderous brother and more! Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. while Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. at the Community Theater in Tillamook. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and younger. Click here for more information, and buy tickets here.
Photo: Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts
Can’t get enough theater? Then visit Astoria’s haunted Liberty Theatre for a creepy dance show called BloodyVox. Dancers will put on a performance incorporating Hitchcock, vampires, ghosts and zombies that will make audience members laugh while also giving them goosebumps. You’re encouraged to come in costume to enjoy this bloody, graceful dance starting at 7 p.m. Check out the event's webpage for more information and to buy tickets.
Get the creepy vibes going at the Astoria Public Library with "The Book of the Dead: The Clatsop County Coroner’s Book of Inquests, 1905 – 1909," about the ways residents of Clatsop County died. McAndrew Burns, executive director of the Clatsop County Historical Society, is presenting this book as part of the Astoria Library's Natural Selections science and nature speaker series. Teens and adults are invited to this macabre event for free from 7 to 8 p.m.
If you get too disturbed by those grisly stories, take a moment to re-center yourself at a Self-Guided Chakra Balancing session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sou'Wester Lodge in Seaview. You’re invited to make your own aromatherapy spritzer to take home with you after meditating in the velvet lounge and focusing on your chakra of choice. Pricing depends on the types of aromatherapy spritzers you choose to create. Call (360) 642-2542 to RSVP at least 24 hours before attending so the organizers can make sure to have enough materials for everyone. Visit this website for more information.
Oct. 19-20, 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, 9-10
Photo: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
After looking within, take a look outside at the beautiful fall colors next to the Nehalem River during the scenic excursion along the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ride the historic diesel train from Wheeler to Batterson and back to take in the views of the seasonal hues. Rain or shine, you’ll be prepared for any weather, as there are open cars as well as enclosed cars. Prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and veterans, $15 for children ages three to 12 and free for younger children. Click here to learn more and to buy tickets.