By Eugene Magazine | Published October 2018

Happy Halloween! Carve your pumpkins, don your costume (or costumes), and celebrate the spookiest holiday at one of these local events!

Beatles vs. Stones

The ultimate battle of who are the true kings of the British Invasion is coming to the WOW Hall this Thursday. The showdown will feature alternating power sets between two tribute bands with a show-stopping encore with both bands collaborating. The South Eugene High School String Quartet will also be joining the performance!

Thursday | 9 pm | WOW Hall, 291 W 8thAve. | $18-$20 | wowhall.org

Open House at Emerald TMS

Emerald TMS is hosting an open house for the chance to check out what they can do for you. They provide TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) therapy for patients suffering from severe depression with the NeuroStar therapy system. Come see what they’re all about!

Thursday | 1140 Willagillespie Rd., Ste. 44 | Free admission | emeraldtmsoforegon.com

The Frightuary Haunted House

One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween is to get your adrenaline pumping at a haunted house. The Frightuary is offering three experiences, including zombies, ghosts, clowns, and many more frightening scenes and creatures to make you scream.

Thursday-Wednesday (except Monday) | 7 pm | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13thAve. | $15 | thefrightuary.com

Eugene Ski Swap

Head to the Lane County Fairgrounds to gear up for this winter’s snow play season. There will be great prices on all kinds of skis, snowboards, warm and padded clothing, snowshoes, helmets, and much more! Interested in selling your old gear? There will be a chance to drop off your items for consignment sale.

Consignment drop off: Thursday and Friday, 9 am; Sale: Friday, 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am | Exhibition Halls 1 and 2, Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W 13thAve. | $2 | eugeneskiswap.org

Pinots and Pumpkins at Noble Estate Urban

Noble Estate Urban is hosting their annual Halloween Bash this Friday! The evening will feature plenty of treats, chocolate from Brutto ma Buono, food from Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ and Pillage Pizza, wine, live performances from Henry Cooper and Friends, and local beers and ciders. Costumes are encouraged!

Friday | 4 pm | Noble Estate Urban, 560 Commerical St. | Free admission | 21+ | nobleestatewinery.com

Disco Halloween Extravaganza

Kind Tree-Autism Rocks is hosting a Disco Halloween Extravanganza to celebrate Halloween and dancing like no one is watching. Trick or treat with the Great Pumpkin, enter your costume in the contest, show off your dance moves, see your future with the fortune teller, and much more!

Friday | 6 pm | Vets Club Ballroom, 1566 Willamette St. | $5-$15 | kindtree.org

Complexions Contemporary Ballet: Star Dust

Paying tribute to the life and music of David Bowie, Star Dust, performed by Complexion Contemporary Ballet, is a unique take. The performers take the audience through all of Bowie’s different personas and albums, from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust to the Goblin King, and everywhere in between and beyond. You’ll be dancing, singing, and crying along at this jaw-dropping show.

Come to the show in full Bowie get up! There will be photo booths, prizes for the best costumes, and other surprises! You could win four tickets to the show by entering on our website.

Friday, October 26 | 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$73.75 | hultcenter.org

Quarantine Haunted Maze at CROW

The zombies have escaped and have taken over the CROW Center for Performing Arts in Florence. Enter at your own risk of infection to search for a vial of antidote to keep yourself safe. The maze on the Monday (family night) is rumored to have the zombies better contained, but be ready to be scared the other nights!

Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 6 pm; Monday, 5 pm | CROW Center for Performing Arts, 3120 Hwy. 101, Florence | $6 | crowkids.com

Dracula at Very Little Theatre

See Bram Stoker’s classic novel come to life at the Very Little Theatre, opening this weekend. One of the classic vampire stories, follow Count Dracula in his slow takeover of London in the VLT’s ten performances. During their closing weekend (November 9and 10), they will also be hosting a Dracula Blood Drive.

Opening Friday-November 10 | Multiple times | Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St. | $14-$21 | thevlt.com

Reefer Madness the Musical Dinner Show at Actors Cabaret

What happens when some previously clean-cut teens fall prey to the evils of marijuana? Well, hysteria overtakes them, of course! “Reefer Madness the Musical” is a musical comedy based on the anti-marijuna social guidance film from the ’30s. With book, music, and lyrics by Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy, the catchy songs will leave you singing in your seats at the Actors Cabaret and on your way home.

Opening Friday through November 10 | Multiple times | Actors Cabaret of Eugene, 996 Willamette St. | $16-$49.95 | actorscabaret.org

Halloween Coffin Races at Skinner Butte 10/27

Decorated coffins will be racing down Lincoln Street from the Skinner’s Butte Columns for ghoulish bragging rights and prizes this Saturday. There will be a series of one-on-one, elimination-style races until an ultimate champion is declared. There will also be other awards, including “Freshest Coffin,” “Best Dressed Team,” and more. There will also be live music, a beverage garden, food trucks, pumpkin carving, and other Halloween-themed activities.

Saturday | 12 pm | 3rdAve and Lincoln St. | Free admission | eugene-or.gov

Blackboard Chef’s Showcase: Americana with Amy Mirate at Mike Synder

Provisions Executive Chef Mike Snyder and Pastry Chef Amy Mirate will be center stage at the Chef’s Showcase at Blackboard at Provisions this Saturday. Join them for tastes from their carefully curated menu featuring American dishes such as a fall chicory salad, chicken and waffles, or pumpkin cheesecake, among other classics. Pre-register on the Provisions website.

Saturday | 6:30 pm | Blackboard at Provisions, 296 E 5thAve. | $45 | provisionsmarkethall.com

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival

Head to Mount Pisgah for a day of mushroom-related activities for their annual Mushroom Festival. There will be live music, guided nature walks, hay rides, a cider booth, a kids’ booth, culinary demos, and much more! Donations and proceeds from this event will support their work in native habitat stewardship and environmental education.

Sunday | 10 am | Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. | $8 suggested donation | mountpisgaharboretum.com

Veg Salad Craft Grand Opening
Veg Salad Craft, which is elevating how you enjoy salads and other fresh foods, is hosting their grand opening on Monday, October 29th. They plan to highlight seasonal, healthy, and locally sourced ingredients in their breakfast and lunch offerings, which include salads, grain bowls, and infused waters. Come see what they’re all about and welcome them to the Eugene family!
Monday | 12 pm | 861 Willamette Ave. | Free admission | facebook.com/fueledbynature

All Hallows Eugene

Go trick or treating at local businesses around Downtown Eugene! There will also be pet and people costume contests, other family activites, and live performances. Check out the website for a full list of the participating businesses. LTD is also offering free one-day bus passes so you can get there with ease!

Wednesday | 4 pm | See website for list of participating businesses, Downtown Eugene | Free | eugene-or.gov

Staff Restaurant Pick: Toxic Wings

Having recently opened their W 11thlocation, Toxic Wings is slowly taking over the wings (and more) scene in Eugene. Choose between bone-in or out wings, your choice of sauces (which range from mild to “Crazy Spicy”), and what you want on the side. They also have a full burger menu and fries that can come with an array of toppings (we recommend the pulled pork fries).

Toxic Wings | Three places to enjoy: 943 River Rd. (Mon-Thurs, 11 am-8 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-9 pm), Valley River Center Food Court (Mon-Sat, 10 am-9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm), or 2766 W 11thAve. (Mon-Sun, 11 am-9 pm) | toxicwings.com