Haunted Houses planned in Oroville and Tonasket

The gruesome twosome, members of the band Severed Heads, was just one of many scary sights on this year's Haunted Hayride in Oroville.

The gruesome twosome, members of the band Severed Heads, was just one of many scary sights on this year’s Haunted Hayride in Oroville.

OROVILLE – The Haunted Hayride Saturday attracted 600 people, but the Halloween fun isn’t over yet. There are still Haunted Houses, a Halloween Carnival and a Halloween Party in Oroville and Tonasket.

On Saturday, Oct. 29 the second Annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted Hallway takes place at the Oroville Elementary Gym from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those that wear a costume get two free tickets, say organizers.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 North Valley Community School (NVCS) is holding an October fundraising event — the Oroville Haunted Mansion — designed for family enjoyment and to support individual school classes. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. both nights, NVCS is hosting The Oroville Haunted Mansion and invites all to “come and have a scary good time.”

The Haunted Mansion is located at 85C Chesaw Road in Oroville, a half mile north of the Cherry Street Bridge on the east side of town. Watch for signs directing you to the ghoulish place, say organizers. There is a nominal charge; all of the proceeds help continue the educational opportunities that North Valley Community School offers.

On Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, there is the Oroville Business Decorating and Costume Contest, the Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat and a party at the Oroville Eagles.

Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to decorate their offices and encouraging their employees to dress up again this Halloween.

The chamber will be awarding certificates for the best costumes and the best decorations. In addition, businesses are being asked to participate in the chamber’s Halloween Trick or Treat for kids who will be dropping by in costumes for candy. The two contests, as well as the Trick or Treating, are open to all businesses who wish to participate, whether members of the chamber of commerce or not.

The organization will be sending around volunteer judges to decide who has the best costumes on Monday, Oct. 31. Those that wish to have their businesses judged, but are outside the downtown corridor, should call the Gazette-Tribune at (509) 476-3602 to leave a message to arrange for the judges to come by.

The Trick or Treating for kids is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to Vivian Taylor, from Appleway Video, Books and Gifts. Taylor, who volunteered to organize the event, has been distributing posters that read ìTrick or Treat Hereî to any business that would like one. For more information call Taylor at (509) 476-3900.

While kids are downtown they can also stop by the Oroville Eagles where they are planning a Halloween party from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The party includes treats and games, like bobbing for apples.

In Tonasket the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center is transforming into a Haunted House for visitors ages four and up. The Haunted House will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and entry is a $1 donation, according to Linda Black, one of the event organizers.

“We will also have a playground and apple bobbing out back for those who prefer not to get scared,” Black said. “The event is being sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 21 and TVBRC volunteers.”

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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