By Courtney Crossfield, EDN
Whether sweaters are preferred to coats, pumpkin spice lattes to salted caramel mochas, or king size Snickers to the variety pack of minis for trick-or-treats, the metamorphosis to autumn is hard to ignore. With that change comes activities fashioned for fall. From spook-tastic fun to mad scientists, harvest festivities to haunted warehouses, there are so many events in Eugene for the whole family — even for those who insist they are too mature for this year’s tricks and treats.
Haunting Halloween hysteria can be had October 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mad Scientists’ Halloween Extravaganza, held at the Science Factory. The mad science lab is hosting a variety of eerie experiments, disturbing demonstrations, and much gallivanting ghouling. Kids can take part in launching a pumpkin projectile in the north field with the use of the factory’s trebuchet. Costumes are encouraged. A small dinner will be obtainable upon purchase. The factory will be closed 1-5 pm for this event. A family of four is $15, with $2 for each additional guest. Science Factory members will pay $10 for a four, with the same $2 additional charge per guest.
For the rest of the month, local pumpkin patch Lone Pine Farms hosts their famous corn maze and Cow Train Trail for smaller children ($3.50 ages three and up), along with keeping their glowing orange fields open for the picking. Pumpkin scavengers get a variety of choices, and can elect to take a hay ride there, at $3 and $4 per person, or grab a wheelbarrow to lug findings back and forth with. The daytime maze, not of the haunted sort, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Once night strikes, the maze becomes haunted, occurring Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:30 pm to 10 pm until October 28. October 31 there will be a special, family-friendly Flashlight Night in the evening. Lone Pine Farms also has a playground, goat walk, petting barn, straw bale maze, music, and treats.
Further happenings taking place Halloween night include Harvest Time. This is a free family event that includes games, prizes, candy, and costumes and is put on at Camp Harlow. It will be held Halloween night from 6 to 8:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Additionally, Valley River Center will accomidate trick or treaters 6 to 8 pm Halloween night, with merchants greeting costumed kids with candy.
The Fear Spasm Haunted House features thirteen rooms of terror, each highlighting one specific phobia, October 23-31. The haunted house is in the warehouse located at 1650 Centennial, Springfield. Admission is $10, with gates opening at 6 pm and closing when the crowd disperses. Food and drinks are available on site.
Proud Duck parents in the Eugene area can visit the University of Oregon for Family Weekend, October 26-28. Friday will hold a pep rally, 4 to 7 pm at the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheatre for Homecoming. Co-hosted by the Family Programs office and the division of Student Affairs with the UO Alumni Association, it will include features on UO past and present athletes, the Oregon Cheerleaders, performances by two of the student a cappella groups, the Oregon Marching Band, and the school’s mascot: the Duck.
From 4-6 pm an extravaganza held on the Fishbowl Terrace allows students and parents to meet various members of the Division of Student Affairs, along with games, food, and giveaways. The university’s annual Tailgate Party in front of the John Serbu Youth Campus practice field before kickoff against the University of Colorado is another event including food, drinks, and giveaways, costing $22 for adults and $11 for children 12 and under.
Alternatively, for those opposed to these holiday-specific activities, an event with a touch of fantasy may be the perfect endeavor. The Matthew Knight Arena will hold Cirque du Soleil Presents Quidam October 25-28. Tickets are $35-70; $28-57 for children 12 and under. Military, senior, and student discounts are available. Quidam is an examination of our own world, compared to Cirque du Soleil’s imaginary world of illusory characters. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 pm, with an additional show at 3:30 pm on Friday. Sunday shows begin at 1 pm and 5 pm.