From the Nightmare Factory to pumpkin carving, local organizations are hosting a throng of Halloween-themed events this coming week. Here are our picks for the best of the best arranged by date.
• The Oregon School for the Deaf’s annual Nightmare Factory haunted house runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. The school is located at 999 Locust Street N.E. in Salem. Cost is $10 for general admission or $15 for VIP packages. A second run through is only $5. For $40 you can get strapped in a wheelchair and ride through the house courtesy of Booger. Bring two cans of food for the Marion-Polk Food Share and get $1 off your ticket.
Saturday, Oct. 27
• Salem’s Starflower Hoops and Hoop Mafia are inviting area residents to hula hoop with the ghosts, zombies, and superheroes of the town during a spirited hoop jam. Extra hula hoops will be provided, and all are welcome to bring their own as well. Put on your finest Halloween costume and join in the festivities. 1 p.m. at 241 State Street in Salem.
• Screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grand Theater, 191 High Street in Salem. Do the time warp again in your favorite costume and join in a slew of interactive elements. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 29
• Ready to create a pumpkin that is better than just a couple funky teeth and two triangles for eyes? Grab your pumpkin and head to the Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th Street N.E., between 4 and 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
• Kids can put on their Halloween costumes and the Salem Public Library will host stories, activities and crafts. Preschool students are invited in the morning 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., and children 5 and older in the afternoon, 4 to 4:45 p.m. In the Anderson Rooms A&B at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. S.E.
• Actors from Pentacle Theatre are teaming up with Salem Public Library for an evening of spine-tingling stories in a special edition of Grown-Up Storytime. The show runs 90 minutes featuring a series of short, not-too-scary stories of ghostly mayhem and merriment. 7 p.m. in the Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
• Dayspring Fellowship Church will host its 19th Annual Kids Carnival Celebration.
The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. is open to nursery schoolers to fifth graders. Dayspring Fellowship is located at 1755 Lockhaven Dr N.E. Admission is free and the tickets for the two dozen planned games are 10 cents each. Participating children will receive a free bag of candy. Dinner will also be available at a reasonable cost. For more information, contact Deanna at Dayspring Fellowship at (503) 390-3900 ext. 305.
• Horrorween Food Drive at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics, 5420 River Road N., 4-7 p.m. There will be a variety of costumed characters to take pictures with including superheroes, horror icons and maybe Star Wars, too. Bring your cameras. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the Keizer Community Food Bank and there will be prizes to hand out for folks showing up in costume.
• Several stores at Lancaster Mall will be handing out candy between 6 and 7 p.m. The mall is located at 831 Lancaster Drive N.E. in Salem.
• Stores throughout down Salem will give out candy. Clockworks Cafe, 241 Commercial Street N.E. Is hosting a kickoff costume party at 4 p.m.