This week on the Northern Oregon Coast will bring a variety of events to help you celebrate the harvest season and get ready for Halloween. From costume dance parties to pumpkin-carving contests, there are many opportunities to connect with the community and embrace autumn.
Friday, October 25, to Sunday, October 27
Seaside is hosting a weekend full of activities, starting with the Friday night Monster Mash Dance Bash from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bob Chisholm Center. Everyone is welcome to join for a costume dance party, costume contests, a performance of “Thriller” and more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, businesses around town will greet participants to their free Halloween stations, including Halloween shell painting, cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt and downtown hayrides just to name a few.
A pet parade and costume contest will take place at 3:30 p.m., followed by a haunted surrey parade at 4 p.m. Kids are also welcome to go trick or treating out of the trunks of vehicles from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seashore Inn during Seaside’s first-ever Trunk or Treat. Adults are invited to dress up and come to the Times Theatre & Public House Saturday night for the Karaoke Kings with a live band at 9:30 p.m. followed by a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11 p.m.
The weekend will culminate in the Big Pumpkin Drop at noon on Sunday at the Seaside Public Parking Lot. Those who come can place bets on where the farthest piece of pumpkin will land after being dropped from 40 feet high.
Saturday, October 26
All ages are welcome to enjoy pumpkin carving, apple cider, crafts, face painting and more at the 1st Annual Harvest on 2nd Street Plaza. Pacific Restaurant in Tillamook is hosting this event for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can compete to win prizes in pumpkin-carving and pumpkin-painting contests for each age group. This is also a fundraiser to benefit Tillamook Junior High Speech Team, THS SAFE and local charities. For more information, check out the event Facebook page.
Sunday, October 27
Want to meet some ghosts in a graveyard? Former citizens will come back from the dead to tell their stories to anyone who comes near their tombstones at the Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. The Clatsop County Historical Society is putting on these ghostly chats starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors are asked to come no later than 3 p.m. For more information, call (503) 325-2203.
Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31
Do you love reading and dressing up for the holiday? Readers who stop by the Ilwaco Timberland Regional Library in costume on Wednesday and Thursday will get to pick out a book as a treat. The librarians will also put their picture in the costume gallery.