Nightmare on Main Street event returns to Oregon City
Following up on Ghoul Gallery's successful signature event from last year, store owner Tom Geil is bringing back "Nightmare on Main Street - A Gathering of Ghouls," from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at 619 Main St.
Hearse drivers from the Coffin Cruisers Hearse Club and the Driven Dead Car Club appeared for the first "Show and Gloom" car show in 2016.
"The event featured a scarecrow contest with some of the most unique scarecrows this side of the pumpkin patch," Geil said. "Expect all this and more as this year's event progresses."
New this year, the Ghoul Gallery is featuring a rock painting contest in conjunction with the scarecrow contest.
"Paint it, rhinestone it, even feather it — whatever you do, just make it in the theme of Halloween," Geil said.
Prizes for both contests include gift certificates to various downtown restaurants and the Ghoul Gallery. For more information and an entry form to the contests, visit ghoulgallery.com/Rules-EntryForm.pdf.
Geil, the proud owner of Hursula, a 1989 Cadillac Coupe de Ville hearse, has set up Bonaparte the Skeleton sitting at a decrepit old organ ready to play you a tune upon entering Ghoul Gallery. Once inside, lifesize replicas of Frankie Stein and Woofy Werewolf welcome you into their den.
Ghoul Gallery is not just Oregon City's Halloween store for the past four years, it also has the distinction of being the only year-round "ghoulish gifts and frightful decor" store in the entire Pacific Northwest.
With that in mind, Geil is joining forces with Rocky Smith's NW Ghost Tours to create Oregon City's first "Spooktaculary Decorated Home Haunt" Competition. If you have a home that you believe is the best in Oregon City, you could win a downtown Oregon City Ghost Tour for 10 people or gift certificates to the Ghoul Gallery.
For information, entry form and rules, visit nwghosttours.com/BestLocalHaunt.html. Nominations are being accept through Oct. 20.
There are only two Friday the 13ths in 2017, and one just happens to be on Oct. 13. Ghoul Gallery will feature some unique in-store spooky events, and Smith will cap it off with a Haunted Ghost Tour that evening.
A local who owns a business making holiday decorations so impressive that she signs them as art will make a Friday the 13th appearance at Ghoul Gallery.
"Her pumpkins and her snowmen and everything else have been so well received," Geil said, "so we're going to have her there, plus some other surprises."
For more information, visit GhoulGallery.com.