The Pacific Northwest is teeming with cryptids, and not just Bigfoot. Here’s how to dress like one of Oregon’s other monsters for Halloween.


Oregon is a scary place.

The woods are far away. The waters are murky. It is dark and brooding most of the year. When you travel beyond Portland’s city limits and into the true state wilderness, who knows what’s hiding there?

From river snakes to flying werewolves, the Pacific Northwest is a hotbed for all manner of strange beings—and not just Bigfoot.

Related: We picked up Sasquatch in Portland. It was not difficult to find.

Stories of other so-called cryptids – creatures of dubious origin whose existence is not confirmed by science – have captivated Oregonians for centuries.

So, given that it’s Halloween, we wanted to introduce you to some of the lesser-known megafauna in the area. And, because it’s the season, we’re giving you a guide to DIY your own last-minute Oregon Cryptid costume.

Colossal claude

Natural habitat: Columbia River

First reported by crew aboard the Columbia Lightship in 1934, the Colossal Claude is a river monster once spotted at the mouth of the Columbia River. According to a crew member, the water snake was about 40 feet long, with an 8-foot neck, round body, “wicked-looking tail” and “a wicked, meandering look on its head.” . Although the creature has not been seen since the 1950s, another aquatic beast was reportedly filmed by Shell Oil workers during an oil drilling expedition near Astoria in 1963. They nicknamed it Marvin the monster, although some insist it wasn’t. other than Claude.

Costume components:

• Spandex bodysuit

• Kitchen gloves

• Fins

• Long cardboard tube
(for the neck)

• Length of barbed wire
(for the tail)

• a snake mask


Natural habitat: Mount saint helens

You might recognize Batsquatch from Rogue’s Misty IPA label of the same name. “While there are many stories about the Batsquatch,” the brewery writes in its description of the beer, “they’re all a bit hazy on the details.” First spotted in the 1980s near Mount St. Helens, the elusive winged humanoid is said to resemble a flying primate with leathery black wings that extend up to 50 feet. In 1994, the Tacoma News Tribune detailed an alleged encounter with a teenager near Buckley, Washington. According to the report, the animal had clawed paws, blue tinted fur, the face of a wolf and wings “as wide as the road”.

Costume components:

• Bigfoot costume (throw head)

• Wolf mask

• Bat wings

• Drywall stilts

Devils Lake Monster

Natural habitat: Devils Lake in Lincoln City

Who would have thought that a place called Devils Lake would have a grim history? Although it is now a summer recreation area, the body of water takes its name from a tribal legend about an octopus-like monster believed to inhabit the lake. According to the story, a Native American chief sent a group of warriors on a late night hunting trip. Without warning, a mass of giant tentacles surfaced and capsized their canoe, dragging the men into the dark depths.

Costume components:

• 4 red foam pool noodles

• 6 pairs of red socks

• Sexy devil costume (discard “sexy” items)


Natural habitat: Almost everywhere in the woods of Oregon

A bipedal werewolf-type monster, think of Dogman as the canine version of Bigfoot, only more menacing. Those who have encountered it – sightings have taken place in Albany and Klamath Falls, among other wooded locations – report seeing a hairy creature with ears like a German Shepherd and a long snout that is about 7 feet tall and has a human face and torso. Others have described his appearance as some sort of hellhound, with red eyes, big teeth, and an evil grin.

Costume components:

• Michael Myers mask

• A dog


Natural habitat: The forests of Oregon and Washington

It sounds like a forgotten Saturday morning cartoon character, but don’t be fooled by the cute name. According to accounts passed down by loggers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Gumberoo is a soccer ball-shaped creature that resembles an obese bear, completely hairless, with a spiky beard and leathery, leathery black skin that grows back. The balls. Gumberoos are said to spend most of their lives hibernating in hollowed-out cedars, which means that when not asleep they voraciously devour anything in the form of meat and edible. Call it a “scary bear”.

Costume components:

• Screen-printed Gumberoo blouse

• a plastic bear mask

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