With all of the Halloween activities out there, how do you choose where to go and what to do? Well, we’ve got 9 haunting ideas and festivities to help you narrow down how to celebrate Halloween. Whether it’s craft projects, trick or treating, playing outside, or hiding inside from the weather, we’ve got you covered. To find more awesome Halloween happenings in Portland, check out our events calendar and have a spooktacular holiday.
1. Kids Costume Shops in Portland
Sure there’s no shortage of pop up Halloween shops around town, but the most savvy Portland parents know that the local costume shops have the best materials for costumes.No matter what your little monster decides to be, you can bet that one of these awesome costume shops has it.
2. Kids Halloween Costume Activities
Dress up the little ones and have them parade all around town with this list of 6 events around the Portland area. Whether it’s the Monster March in Sellwood, or Howl-oween at the Zoo, there’s always something to dress up for, and why only rock the costumes on one day of the year when we have an entire weekend? Exactly!
3. Harvest Season Celebrations
Apple cider, pumpkins, hay rides, hay mazes–all part of the quintessential fall experience, especially for your little ones. Harvest Season celebrations are great for getting the kids excited about Halloween (as if the promise of candy wasn’t enough) and it’s the perfect excuse to get the whole family out for some cute photo opps.
4. Portland Pumpkin Patches
It’s not too late to snatch up pumpkins for the kiddos! Most of the pumpkin patches on our roundup have corn mazes, hay rides, and petting zoos as well, so this seasonal activity can easily take up a whole Saturday.
5. Places to Enjoy Fall Colors
When the weather starts turning brisk and the leaves begin changing colors, it can only mean that Fall is upon us. With so much lush wilderness surrounding Portland, you don’t have to travel very far to see some of the most picturesque fall scenery.
6. Spooktacular Places in Portland
Check out our list of haunted and spooky locations all around Portland. This round up is great for kiddos who are up for a little fright. From a lighthouse to a cemetery, we’ve combed the area to find the perfect locations for your Halloween-loving kiddos to explore.
7. a-MAZE-ing Halloween Treks
It’s one of the few activities that both kids and adults can look forward to every fall. Strap on your boots and bring your best sense of direction to wander around these intricate corn mazes. Most of these corn mazes have pumpkin patches or other harvest events at the same location, so it’s the perfect way to kill a few hours.
8. Start a Halloween “Boo Bag” Tradition
Haven’t heard of “Boo Bags”? It’s the Halloween craze that’s sweeping the nation–one neighborhood at a time. Check out the details on how you can get in on this boo-tastic tradition and start making your own boo bags for your friends and neighbors this Halloween.
9. Portland Farms With Pumpkins, Petting Zoos, and More
If you didn’t get your fill of harvest activities, check out these local farms that boast their very own celebration just for families. Along with your usual pumpkin patches and petting zoos, some of these farms boast a pumpkin train and an impressive straw pyramid that’s great for the kids to climb.
10. Portland Fall Activities For Kids
Still at a loss for things to do this fall in Portland with Kids? Take a look at our 50 best fall activities for Portland kids. We promise endless entertainment!
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— Lauren Dupuis
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