Looking for a few fun Halloween ideas? Here is a sampling of ghoulish events taking place around the greater Portland area in celebration of the calendar's most frightful holiday.
Whether you're looking for a haunted house, a pumpkin patch or even a chance to run through town in a costume, the city's got it going on.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is giving away blinking lights to the first 500 people who visit the west or east precinct. Trick-or-treaters can clip them onto their costumes for added safety in the dark.
In addition, police shared several safety tips for kids and their parents to make sure that no one is hurt while trick-or-treating on this popular kids' holiday. VIDEO: Portland Police Bureau shares quick tips on Halloween Safety.
On the bus
Trick or treat to the max onboard the 11th Annual Ooky-Spooky Halloween BarFly Bus! There’ll be thrills and chills all night long as we visit some of the scariest haunts in Portland. Multiple costume contests throughout the night with fun prizes (and sometimes even cold, hard cash!), too.
Saturday, October 30th, 2010
COSTUMES MANDATORY – multiple costume contests!
On Saturday night October 30 costumed teams will embark on the Portland Scavenger hunt at locations around the city.
Sat. October 30th, 2010 @ 6 p.m.
Scream at the Beach
What: It's the eighth annual Jantzen Beach Halloween spectacular, complete with haunted house, live music, carnival rides and theater productions. Scream at the Beach has been billed as one of the "Top 13 Haunts" in the nation by AOL.
Week Three: October 15, 16 and 17 only (7 pm each day)
Week Four/Five: October 18 through 30 (everyday at 7 pm)
Final Night: October 31 (7 pm till midnight)
Times: Sunday through Thursdays – 7am to 10pm, Friday and Saturdays, 7pm to 11pm.
Admission: $20 for the entire Nightmares in Wonderland: 9 haunts in one massive tour!Includes the Halloween Town Adventure and the Haunted Carousel. Recommended Ages: 8 and up (not recommended for children under 5)
Additional: $1 to visit the Cheshire’s Clown Chaos Coupons:$5 off coupons available with Jantzen Beach Super Center Merchants and Promotional Partners
What: This perennial favorite offers many different "frightening" opportunities, including Milburn's Haunted Manor, Wicked-Wood Forest, Boo Lane and the Moonlit Pumpkin PatchWhere: 11503 Broadacres Rd NE in Hubbard, Ore., about 30 minutes outside of downtown Portland.
Times of operation: Sundays, weekdays, and Halloween Night, 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 - 11 p.m.
What: Fright Town bills itself as Portland's scariest haunted house, "bar-none," and will offer three haunted houses under one roof: The Asylum, Museum of Horrors and The Chop Shop in 40,000 square feet of space.Where: Beneath the Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter in Portland
Fright Town will be open on October 1st & 2nd, 8th-10th, 14th-17th, 20th-24th and from the 27th through Halloween.
Box Office hours are:
What: Tour of Lone Fir Cemetery offers history of graveyard and stories about the unusual circumstances surrounding the deaths of some of the buried. Meet some of Lone Fir’s “residents” at their graves and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures
Tours are 45 minutes long and guests should plan to dress for rain or cold weather -- tours take place in rain or moonshine.Where: Tour begins at SE 26th and Stark streets cemetery entrance
When: Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m.How much: $10 donation appreciated
What: A "spectacle of specters" that features spooky lights displays accompanied by machine-generated fog, video and animations. Davis Graveyard also features fun how-to activities like "Building your own graveyard" and "Promising playwrights." Check the website [HL] for more information and details. Where: 8703 SE 43rd Ave., Milwaukie, Ore. (Corner of Johnson Creek and 43rd)
When: Monday, Oct. 6-early November
Annual open house is this Sunday October 17th from Noon to 5pm. The MHS Dance team will be performing their version of "Thriller" throughout the day. The Coffin Cruisers will be there with their hearses and the Living Dead Girls will be with them doing photos. Come and enjoy the afternoon and see "behind the scenes" and meet the creators of the display.
Out on the Farm
The MAiZE is open from September 4th, 2010 through October 31st, 2010. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10am until 10pm. Additional nighttime hours will be available for large groups by reservation.
What: Kruger's farm, maze and pumpkin patch Triangles and circles mark paths in a 6-acre corn field maze on five miles of trails designed by an area artist. Pumpkin Patch, farm animals, fall decor, hay pyramid and corn maze.
Hayrides at 11 am & 4 p.m (Check in with us and let us know you want a hayride.)
Where: Kruger's Farm, 17100 N.W. Sauvie Island Rd.When: Open daily
What: A fun, family friendly place for " entertainment on the farm," featuring free hay rides to a 5-acre pumpkin patch, a 5-acre corn maze, a 1,000-bale hay maze, a petting zoo and other special entertainment. Pumpkins cost 25 cents a pound.\
Where: Heiser Farms, 20900 Grand Island Loop, Dayton, Ore.When: Weekends beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. Pumpkins are for sale all week long.How much: No cost advertised; call for more information or for group scheduling.Times of operation: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends
Enjoy the Vince Guaraldi Tribute Band on October 16 as they play familiar jazz favorites to get you in the festive holiday mood. Donations will be accepted and will go to Operation Christmas Child.
Also - pumpkin cannon, spooky hayrides BRING FLASHLIGHT!
What: The Great Pumpkin Hunt, organized by the city of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, features a scavenger hunt by teams. At each stop along the hunt, teams will be challenged to perform a task and then receive their next clue. Teams will conclude at a harvest party sponsored by Trader Joes at an undisclosed location -- you'll find out when you make it to the last clue!
Where: Starts at the Hillsboro Stadium and courses throughout the city of Hillsboro
When: Saturday, Oct. 25
Times of operation: Noon-5 p.m.
What: Take a tour of the "Portland Underground" and hear about ghosts that are said to be "leftover spirits of men who died after being shanghaied between 1850 and 1940."When: Check the online schedule [HL]How much: $19 Adults $15 Senior (65 & up) and Youth (11-17) $5 Child (5-10)
What: Take a "paranormal" tour of old Chinatown and more with Portland Walking Tours. The event includes ghost-hunting equipment at notoriously "haunted" locations around the downtown area and ends across the Willamette River at the White Eagle. The website claims, "You'll catch glimpses of ghosts, expose psychic hoaxes and duck through haunted passageways," and emphasizes there are no theatrical performances.Where: Downtown Portland
What: Squishing of the squash at the Oregon Zoo - elephants receive a HUGE pumpkin to pulverize. Great photo opportunity - Free with zoo admission. For further information, call 503-226-1561.
Howloween - A fun, family oriented trick-or-treating event at the Oregon Zoo. Activities include a scavenger hunt, activity stations and goodie bags for kids. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes; admission is free with regular zoo entry fees.Where: Oregon ZooWhen: Saturday, Oct. 30 -Sunday, Oct. 31