Ocean Coast Aquarium Haunted By Creatures Of The Night

By Cindy Hanson

Newport, OR - Creatures of the Night to Haunt Aquarium October 25.

Admission is 2 cans of food for Lincoln County Food Share.

Every year at this time the Oregon Coast Aquarium closes its doors early and quietly mutates into something very strange. The lovely wooded grounds are transformed into an ominous landscape with haunted caves and foggy courtyards summoning all manner of ghosts, ghouls and creepy characters to partake in its annual soiree of the sinister.

The Aquarium will close at 4 pm and reopen with jack-o-lanterns lighting the way through the 16th annual Creatures of the Night, the Aquarium’s annual Halloween Party, Saturday, October 25, from 7 to 9 pm.

Creatures of the Night offers a safe environment for a fun family celebration featuring activities for all age groups including games, fun, treats, frights, delights and costume contests. Each area will be marked with signs designating “happy faces” for younger children and “scary faces” for the more fearless. Young children will find interactive games and activities in the main indoor galleries. For older children there are spooky haunts lurking in the outdoor caves and creatures hiding in the shadows of the nature trail.

This year’s theme, "Very Scary Karaoke" will feature performances of nightmarish karaoke in the front courtyard as Burning Truth, a fire dancing troupe, performs dazzling choreography with flames. Sea Myths will be enacted within the indoor galleries and the haunted caves outdoors will feature ghouls and goblins. The nature trail will have a fairytale theme with the dark side of fairytale characters and their friends. Ghost Pirates will perform at the entrance to Passages of the Deep and the exit lobby will feature "Ghosts of the Coast" stories by  Andre' Hagestedt in the Gleason Room. Costume contest winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and awarded prizes.

* 7–9 pm Andre’ Hagestedt, editor of BeachConnection.net, tells “Ghosts of the Coast” stories in the Gleason Room
* Games and activities throughout the evening
* Eric Nepom with the Pirate Improv Theatre Show will perform in the Theatre
* 7-9 pm Candy distribution as visitors leave
* 8-8:30 pm costume contest with a variety of categories and age groups

Admission is free with donation of a new, unwrapped toy or 2 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. Creatures of the Night is sponsored in part by Dennis P. McManus, CPA, Gastroenterology Specialists of Oregon, Western Partitions, Inc. and Oceana Natural Foods Cooperative.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources.

Photo Caption: A ghoul juggles eyeballs at the Aquarium entrance at last year’s Creatures of the Night, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual family Halloween Party benefitting Lincoln County Food Share and Lincoln County Animal Shelter
Photo Credit: Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium

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