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Students Seeking Out Thrills This Halloween

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“[The corn maze] is much more fun to go in a large group. It’s not as enjoyable going with just one other person. You need some extra friends to go through the experience with you,” Jacob Beaty said.

“Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary’, ‘spooky’, ‘haunted’, or ‘forbidden’, in the title” is something Shaggy would proclaim from the well-known television cartoon Scooby Doo.
However, this seems to be a great difference in opinion from what some of the student body at UCC plans to do in terms of festivities this season. Many students are really drawn to the creepy and thrilling this Halloween season.
Culinary Arts student Jacob Beaty plans to walk through the Lone Pine Farms Corn Maze.
“It is much more fun to go in a large group. It’s not as enjoyable going with just one other person. You need some extra friends to go through the experience with you,” Beaty said.
The Corn Maze at Lone Pine Farms located in Junction City proves to be a popular destination most students plan to check out if they have not already.
Several of UCC’s women’s basketball players decided to do something outside of basketball and school. They also visited the Lone Pine Farms’ Corn Maze. The night was filled with screams and laughter as players explored the maze.
“I was definitely scared at times and was just trying to get out of there as quick as possible. And yes I did scream,” Pilialoha Kailiawa, 6”0” forward, said. “It was definitely worth the money and experience.”
One individual lightened the creepy mood and jokingly expressed her intelligence by picking a corn stalk and raising it above her head. She reassured her teammates that the towering stalk would help them find each other if they became lost.
“That was probably the highlight, when Anna had the stalk. That just topped off the adventure,” Kailiawa said.
Whether the maze is considered to be “scary” is based upon judgment. Another player was so spooked within the maze that she fell on the ground—though she claims she was pushed by an individual in their group. The truth of what really happened shall remain buried in the haunted Corn Maze.
A pre-med student who wanted to remain anonymous after being asked what her plans were this year described an adventurous journey to all the retirement homes in Roseburg with her daughters.
“I have always done that since they were young. The residents love to see them parade around in their costumes,” she said.
“We go to about three homes, and with all the candy that my daughters receive from the residents it all amounts to be just enough.”
Another event she plans to check out this season is the Trunk or Treat candy hand out at Glide Elementary School. Halloween night many people from that community will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on the elementary school campus.
Along with the thrills and chills of Halloween naturally comes the festive as well as frightening costumes. Many students of all ages plan to dress up this year to celebrate.
“I haven’t really decided on my costume yet,” Aaron Dawson, a computer science major, said.
“A friend from work has suggested the jolly green giant, but I’m also thinking of maybe being Flynn Rider from the Disney Movie Rapunzel. I have been told I have the beard for that.”
Aria Blackwood, a major in pre-med, explained that she doesn’t plan on going out and will be just hanging around home handing out as well as eating candy. However, she does plan on dressing up.
“I plan on being a turtle, a female teenage mutant ninja turtle,” Blackwood said.
Other students are not as prepared but are anticipating the holiday. “I haven’t really given [my costume] any thought yet, but I do plan on wearing a costume,” Braxton Townsen, accounting major said.

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Taelor Martin (12) and Breanna Dornberger (13) jump in synchronization to block Linfield Wildcat hitter.

For many other Halloween festivities happening around the community, be sure to check out the events below.

Haunted Happenings

Pumpkin Patches

  • Kruse Farms Pumpkin Patch •10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only
  • Camp Millennium Pumpkin Patch •October 18-19, 25-26. Saturdays 11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
  • Norm Lehne Garden and Orchards •Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sundays

Haunted Houses

  • The House of the Undead
    •October 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31 Open from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Kiddies version following Neewollah parade: •5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Haunted City Hall and Trick or Treat in Downtown Oakland •Friday, October 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Family Friendly Events

  • Oakland Elementary School Carnival •Friday, October 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Monster Mash: Middle School Dance •October 24 7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
  • Douglas County Museum’s Spooky Night •October 25 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Zoobilee at Wildlife Safari •October 25 5:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
  • Healthy Halloween Fun and Treats •October 25 9:00 a.m.
  • 40th Annual Neewollah Parade •October 31 5:00 p.m.
  • Trunk or Treat at Sunnyslope School •October 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Trick or Treat at Oak Park Retirement and Assisted Living Community •October 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

21 and over Events

  • Monster Mash at Seven Feathers Casino •October 31 8:30 p.m-12:30 a.m.
  • Splitz Halloween Party •October 31 9:00 p.m-close
  • Jersey Lilly Halloween Party •October 31
  • Day of the Dead Party at O’Toole’s Pub •November 1 7:00 p.m-close