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From a high school drama-inspired haunted house to multiple trick-or-treat events, the day is filled with options

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY NATHANIEL DUNAWAY - Haunted house performers pause for a photo.

Halloween is nearly here, and the Prineville community is scaring up a multitude of events to celebrate, whether it be dressing up in costume or walking through a haunted house.

There is something for all ages, whether you are a youngster or young at heart. To kick off the festivities, the Crook County High School drama students are more than happy to provide some spooky entertainment to usher in the holiday. The Drama Haunted House Fundraiser will take place Oct. 29 from 5-8 p m, and Oct. 30 from 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on the high school auditorium stage.

Admission is $5, and there will be no fee for the kids carnival. The recommended age for the haunted house is 11 years and up.

"Be ready for a scare, because Thespian Troupe #4906 is thrilled to announce our first annual Haunted House Fundraiser," commented drama instructor Nathaniel Dunaway. "The theme for this haunt is 'Carnival of Souls,' so be prepared: there will be clowns."

Anyone looking for a more family-friendly, clown-free option are welcome at the kids carnival, where there will be games, candy, snacks, raffles and a costume contest. The kids carnival will take place in CCHS commons during the haunted house.

The design for the haunted house was created by Dunaway and his second period Advanced Drama class. They began planning the first week of school.

"I came in with a title: Carnival of Souls. The class did the rest," added Dunaway.

"In a lot of ways, it's the perfect fundraiser for a group of drama kids to put together, because it's a show."

"We're really treating it like a performance," said Advanced Drama student Torrie Gregg. "There are actors, there's a stage manager, there are rehearsals, Dunaway is the director."

"The biggest difference is that instead of sitting for the show, the audience will walk through the show," added Logan Finley, who will be playing a clown, "So, the audience and the actors will be on stage together. It is a much more tailored, personal experience."

Instead of going alone, groups of two to six at a time will be guided through the carnival/circus-themed haunt by a Ringmaster.

"We'll use the money we raise to pay for our trip to the Thespian State Festival in April," said Catalina Ortez, the haunt's stage manager. The State Festival is a three-day event where over 900 drama students from across Oregon gather in Salem to attend theatre workshops and watch performances.

October 29: Humane Society of the Ochocos pet costume contest

A pet costume contest will be conducted by the Humane Society of the Ochocos from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its location at 1280 SW Tom McCall Road.

October 31: Greenbar Excavation candy give-away

Greenbar Excavation will hold a trick-or-treat event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their place of business, 1300 NE Montana Lane, off of Murphy Court. Candy and prizes will be given away to participants.

October 31: Candy crawl

The annual candy crawl will once again take place in downtown Prineville. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. The sponsors are Bayberry Lane, Berlin Capitol Group, Close Encounters, Homestead Realty, Pursify and Studio Jay. Young trick-or-treaters will visit 63 businesses. Passports are available ahead of time at any of the local food stores, including Erickson's Thriftway, Rays Food Place, Grocery Outlet, Grocery Bandit and Wagner's Market IGA. The passports will be available Oct. 24, and the parents can have them stamped by businesses and into the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce by Nov. 8. A drawing will be held Nov. 9.

October 31: Drive through trick-or-treat at the Crook County Fairgrounds

Cars can drive in through the Main Street entrance at the Crook County Fairgrounds and upon approaching the Grizzly Mountain Pavilion, veer left and watch for the staff in costumes. Candy will be provided from 6 to 9 p.m. Organizers ask visitors to exit on the gravel road that leads onto main street.

Fairgrounds Manager Casey Daly indicated that they are looking for donations for individually wrapped candy from the community. He also emphasized that there will not be a harvest party this year at the fairgrounds.

October 31: Senior Center costume contest

The Prineville Senior Center will hold a costume contest. There will be three categories: funniest, scariest, and most unique. Organizers ask that participants be at the Senior Center by 11:30 a.m. for judging, which will be conducted by the kitchen staff.

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