Get your calendars out. Halloween options abound on the Oregon Coast
The Witches of Depoe Bay will be out in force on Saturday, Oct. 31, looking for donations to fill their cauldron.
Anyone hoping to get on the receiving end of a cackle from this comradely coven should be sure to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Depoe Bay Food Bank.
The witches will be at the old Bonepile BBQ premises, just next to Pirate Coffee from 4 to 6 pm.
Come dance a spell
Fans of big band music will be in for a truly enchanting evening on Saturday, Oct. 31, as the Lincoln Pops Orchestra presents "That Old Black Magic Halloween Bash," at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
With three sizzling sets including such hits as "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Witchcraft," the scene will be set for cutting a rug on the dance floor or simply sitting and enjoying tunes from a bygone age.
There will be complimentary refreshments including punch, cookies, nuts and candy as well as a concession stand selling beer, wine, sodas and other treats.
Although costumes are not required, they are encouraged. A costume contest, with cool prizes, will take place before the last set, at around 9 pm.
The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, also known as the Lincoln Pops Big Band, has been performing in Lincoln County for more than 30 years, evolving into one of the finest big bands in Oregon.
Led by trumpeter and conductor John Bringetto, the Pops plays all types of dance music, including swing, Latin and jazz tunes as well as favorites from the era of Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller. Members include current and retired professional musicians, band directors, former high school and college players, and even a few talented local high school students. Every big band needs a great vocalist; the Pops have four. The band has a regular gig on the third Thursday of each month at Gleneden Beach Community Hall.
Saturday's concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, with doors opening at 6:30 pm.
Tickets, $13 in advance or $15 at the door, with $2 off for all cultural center members, are available online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by dropping by the center.
Proceeds from ticket sales and concessions will be split between the cultural center and the Lincoln Pops Orchestra.
For more information, call 541-994-9994.
The casino is not kidding
Who says kids should have all the fun at Halloween? Certainly not Chinook Winds Casino Resort, which is inviting ghosts and goblins aged 21 and over for an evening of adult fun at the Black and Boo Ball on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Running from 9 pm to 1 am in the casino's convention center, the party will offer free admission and music all evening from DJ Metal.
Guests with the best costumes can get in the running for cash prizes, with winners of the Scariest, Sexiest and Best Couple categories going home with $250 for first place and $150 for second place. The winner of the Most Unique category will win $400, with $500 going to the winner of the top prize Casino Choice. Judging begins at the witching hour of midnight so don't be late. Also, remember it's a casino — so don't bring facemasks or any items that could be construed as weapons.
Guests at the casino's 6 pm bingo session can also get in on the prize action with a costume contest taking place during the 7:15 pm intermission. First-, second- and third-place winners will go home with $300, $200 and $100 respectively.
The casino's Play Palace will be open until midnight on Halloween for parents who want to drop their kids off in a safe environment during the celebrations.
Halloween: the inside story
Kids are invited to start their Halloween off early on Saturday, Oct. 31, with a visit to the 4-H Carnival and Trick-or-Treat Street at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
From 2 to 4 pm, kids will get to trick-or-treat at locally sponsored "storefronts" in the safe, dry indoors.
Ghoulish games, a petting zoo, cookie walks, ring toss and other activities will also be on offer. Admission is free with game tickets available for a small fee.
The fairgrounds are located at 633 NE 3rd Street, Newport.
Aimed at younger kids, the event promises trick-or-treat fun regardless of the weather as well as leaving time for other Halloween activities in the afternoon and evening.
Any proceeds from the event will help support 4-H club activities throughout the year.
For more information, including details on how to volunteer to help out or staff a trick-or-treat booth, contact Heather Tower at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-574-6534 ext. 57411.
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