Aquarium Staff Prepares For Creatures

October 20, 2006

The Aquarium’s annual Halloween party is a coastal tradition

Oregon Coast Aquarium staff is busily preparing for the annual Halloween celebration, Creatures of the Night. As artist Michael Cole works on a moving dragon for the Haunted Caves, other staff members can be seen rummaging through the “prop room” at the Aquarium, looking for just the right accessory for their costumes. There is a Hansel and Gretel cottage being built and Cole has recreated paper mache’ characters from the animated film, Monsters Inc.

Every year at this time the Aquarium closes its doors early and 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 4:00 pm and reopen to present the 14th annual Creatures of the Night, Saturday, October 28, from 7 to 9 pm.

Creatures of the Night has become an annual coastal tradition, growing larger and more elaborate each year. This year’s theme, Monsters Incorporated will offer activities for all age groups. Young children will find colorful 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.

Visitors will enter the main entrance through the “Nightclub of the Damned” where they will be served creepy concoctions while waiting in line. Once they pass the threshold of the main entrance they will enter a forest from “Hansel and Gretel” where a witch resides in a house made of candy accepting donations for Lincoln County Food Share. A costume contest will be held in the café where volunteers will gather contact information and judges will announce winners at the end of the evening. It is not necessary to be present at the time of final announcements.

Other activities:

  • Andre Hagestedt, Editor of Beach, will tell chilling tales about “Ghosts of the Coast” in the Gleason Event Room located in Passages while sharks lurk in the viewing window behind him. These interactive stories will be appropriate for slightly older children and adults.
  • Eric Nepom with the Pirate Improv Theatre Show will perform in the Qwest Theatre. The shows, sponsored by Marine Discovery Tours, are for all ages.
  • Anon, a local belly dance instructor and her students will perform Middle Eastern style dancing with veils throughout the Aquarium.

Admission is substantially reduced for the event with Aquarium members entering free. Non-members who donate a new, unwrapped toy or 2 items of canned or packaged food for Lincoln County Food Share, will enter free also. All other adults pay $2 and kids $1.