Creatures Again Breaks Attendance Record

October 30, 2008

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 16th annual Halloween party, broke its attendance record for the third year in a row last Saturday with 2,754 people attending and contributing a total of 4,900 pounds of donations for Lincoln County Food Share, 1,525 more than last year’s total of 3,375 pounds. The annual event, which offers free admission with two items of food for Lincoln County Food Share opened at 7 pm and ended at 9 pm and was attended by ghouls, goblins and some who chose not to wear a costume. The courtyard at the entrance was hosted by Burning Truth, a fire dancing troupe and “Very Scary Karaoke,” entertaining visitors as they queued in line for the opening.

“Lincoln County Food Share is in need of food for their pantry during this difficult economic time,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium Marketing Director. “People were very generous with their donations at the door.” Admission to the event was two items of food or pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or a new toy.

The annual family Halloween party offered interactive games and activities for younger children and a more frightful experience for older children. “Zombie Pirates” enticed visitors to venture into the caves as creepy creatures and goblins hid in the shadows of the nature trail. Ghouls swam alongside the fish in Passages of the Deep and a costume contest had winners in four different age categories.

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 and the pantry has been especially low this year.