A nightmare comes to life in downtown Brookings at the Chetco Pelican Players' seventh annual haunted house.

The event takes place at the former Brookings Natural Foods Co-op location, 630 Fleet St. The cul-de-sac is accessed from either Fern Avenue or the city parking lot located across from Redwood Theater on Chetco Avenue.

This year's venue - located in two buildings, one of which was built circa 1926 - may be smaller than in previous years, but this only means the frightening vignettes are closer together with less room to escape the evilness that lurks around every corner.

The haunted house is once again presided over by Witch Queen Claire Willard, in conjunction with the Chetco Pelican Players and the help of First Impressions Print Shop."Nightmares" comprises hundreds of square feet of phobic fear and chambers of dread. Still the largest Haunted House on the South Coast, it boasts thrills and scares that will grind hair and make teeth stand on end. Those who dare will be taken through a dank world of iron and stone with vampires, werewolves, mutants, freaks, mad scientists, monsters of the mind, crazed killers, high school students and awful apparitions of every sort lurking in wait behind each dark corner in the most shocking show of the year.

Those who survive the excruciating experience will receive soft drinks, cookies, candy and heaping helpings of Witch Queen Claire's famous Creepy Crawly Chili in her gruesome "Beastro" at the end of the ordeal. Be sure to come early to avoid the crowd.

The gates to "Nightmares" will open at 7 p.m. today (Oct. 27) and will be open nightly through Halloween. The show closes at 10 p.m. weekdays and midnight on weekends. Admission is $8. The event is not recommended for children 10 and younger.

andbull;Azalea Middle School will host a Halloween Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the school's gym and cafeteria. All ages are welcome. The event will include a haunted house, food and a variety of games. The cost is 50 cents per ticket. Advanced tickets will be sold during lunch time at the school the week of the carnival, at State Farm Insurance, 401 Hillside Ave., Brookings, and at the carnival.

andbull;Brookings Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Drive, hosts a children's Halloween party for children 12 and younger from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Children must be with an adult. The event will include games, prizes, candies, cookies and punch. For information, call 541-469-2169.

andbull;Brookings Merchants Association will host Trick or Treat at participating downtown merchants between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Wear costumes and watch for signs in merchant windows.

andbull;Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 770 Elk Drive, Brookings, is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Costumes are welcome.

andbull;Slow Children will perform for a Halloween party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at 101 Tavern, 98141 W. Benham Lane, Harbor. Admission is $3 for those not wearing a costume.

andbull;The Ferguson Brothers will perform for a Halloween Party at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Ship Ashore Resort, 12370 Highway 101, Smith River. Admission is $10. Costumes are welcome.

andbull;The public is invited to take the 3:10 to worlds unknown when the Ghost Express arrives on Halloween at the Stout Mountain Railway Garden on Oak Street in Brookings. Model railroads will be running from 3:10 p.m. until dark on Sunday, Oct. 31.

andbull;Stagelights Musical Arts Community presents "Halloween Scaryoke," a karaoke and costume party and contest from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings. The event is for all ages and will include prizes, food and drinks. Admission is $5 for singles, $8 for couples and $12 for a family of three (See story, Page 2B).

andbull;Brookings Church of the Nazarene will have a family carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the church, 1600 Chetco Ave., Brookings. The event will include prizes, clowns, games and a bounce house. Wear a costume and bring a sack for candy. For information, call 541-469-2571.

andbull;Sea View Senior Living Community, 98059 Gerlach Lane, Harbor, is sponsoring a Safe Trick or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, for children 12 and younger. Residents will offer treats and refreshments to costume-clad guests.

andbull;Living Waters Foursquare Church, 1136 Fifield St., Brookings, will have a Harvest Party at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Games and candy will be offered.