Festive Local Halloween Activities

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Halloween is one of Portland families’ favorite holidays. We love to get weird with our kids, and fortunately there are plenty of activities and events that give kids and parents alike the opportunity to do so. From the zoo to the , we’ve go all of the best Halloween activities for local families listed below.
photo: via the Oregon Zoo

Howloween at the Zoo

You don't want to miss this favored Halloween activity for the younger. The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this local tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. Expect to wear a mask, stick to your timed entry slot, and receive a goody bag at the end. Kids 2-12 will still love seeing the animals and learning all about conservation with a fun scavenger hunt.

Tickets available for timed entry starting Oct. 14.

Oct 24, 25, and 31, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR
More information here.

Spirit of Halloween

The sleepy community of St Helens comes alive every October as it re-imagines Halloweentown, the spooky movie filmed there in the 1990s. You can find a celebration all month long, and they mean business—tickets are required for entry every weekend. You’ll be able to go on a self-guided haunted tour, check out the vendor village, and admire the storefronts in the historic downtown—look for special effects and great displays! You’ll find world class street performers, dance lessons, an alien exhibit, a costume contest, and a myriad of photo ops.

Cost based on activity
Courthouse Plaza at The Historical Riverfront District
275 Strand Street
St. Helens, Oregon
Weekend Parking at 471 Plymouth Street
More informationhere.

photo: via IStock

Oaks Park Scare Grounds

Portland only Scream Park returns to one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, the historic Oaks Amusement Park. The Event features three horrifying haunted walkthrough attractions, House of Horrors Scarezone, Graveyard Pumpkin Patch, Last ‘Scream’ Photo Op, as well as Oaks Park Thrill Rides, Games and Concessions. There's also a not-so-scary option for little kids. Little ghosts and goblins are invited to join for Midway Trick-or-Treating during select hours! Get a trick-or-treat bag from any game booth, then stop by the Carousel, Train, Mini Golf Course, and each Midway Game for goodies. 12 and younger only; 1 treat per child per location. Carousel and Train rides are free.

Note: All guest are required to wear face coverings.

$24.95 and up  
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR
More information here.

Bella Organics Haunted Corn Maze

Open every Friday and Saturday night through October, this Halloween activity starts at dark! Get lost in acres of corn, in the dark. Creatures stalk you as you make your way through the Haunted Corn Maze! This year the Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze will be inspired by Halloween, the movie! There will be dark ghouls and goblins, chased by zombies, as you make your way through a unique Upside Down while avoiding Demogorgon.

If you kiddos are too young for such a scare, Bella Organics has a far less scary corn maze to be enjoyed earlier in the day. It's open on Halloween and includes access to hay rides a cow train and even a petting zoo with lots of animals your little ghosts will love getting their hands on. 

Please note that all visitors are required to wear masks except for when sitting and eating a drinking. 

prices vary according to acctivity
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
More information here.


—Annette Benedetti

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