Creatures Of The Night Breaks Attendance Record

November 01, 2006

The Aquarium’s annual Halloween party also collected more food for Lincoln County Food Share than ever before

Creatures of the Night, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Halloween party, broke its attendance record last Saturday with 2,057 people attending and contributing 2,342 pounds of food to Lincoln County Food Share. The event, which began at 7 pm and ended at 9 pm, was attended by ghouls, goblins and some who chose not to wear a costume. The foggy courtyard at the entrance was hosted by a deranged DJ and an assortment of weird characters serving creepy glowing concoctions as visitors queued in line for the opening. “It just keeps getting more elaborate each year,” said Aquarium Public Relations Manger, Cindy Hanson. “It’s getting more challenging to top the previous year’s event!”

This year’s theme, “Monsters Incorporated” offered interactive games and activities for younger children and a more frightful experience for older children. A growling mechanical dragon, created by Aquarium artist, Michael Cole lurked in the outside caves. Creepy creatures and zombies hid in the shadows of the nature trail. Ghouls swam alongside the fish in Passages of the Deep. The Husbandry Department, dressed as fish, hosted a special “Human Meat Market” offering “cream of scuba diver soup” and “fresh fingers.” A costume contest had winners in four different age groups, with five-year-old Alexa Tusing stealing the show wearing a white feathered chicken costume.

The event has become a coastal tradition inviting visitors for an evening of frightful fun for the admission of two cans of food or a toy. The food contributions were gratefully accepted by Carol De Mouth, Project Coordinator for Lincoln County Food Share. “This must be what they mean when they say creature comforts,” said DeMouth. “Lincoln County Food Share sincerely thanks the Oregon Coast Aquarium and all of the hobgoblins who donated food so that people won’t go hungry.”

Lincoln County Food Share is a community based nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger. It serves six independent food pantries, two meal sites and six supplemental nutrition programs. Recent economic conditions and high unemployment rates have put increased pressure on the emergency food system.