You’ve been making plans for your kiddo’s Halloween costume all year, and kept up while they changed their mind from fairy to ladybug to wolverine to pirate. Now the time is almost here—but where should you take them to reap their reward? With the evenings getting darker and darker, events that take place while it’s light are just right. If your little witch or wizard hits the pillow early, these Trick or Treating spots are for you. Read on for more!
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The shops and businesses downtown at Multnomah Village come together every year to make a sweet treat for the kids. Start at Starbucks for a map and free coffee for the parents (score!), then head out to explore this safe and fun neighborhood! They’ll be trick or treating rain or shine, so be sure to check out the fun shops like The Craft Factory, with special treats. Start early enough to grab dinner nearby, like the kid and dog friendly Lucky Lab.
Halloween, 3-5 p.m.
7737 SW Capitol Hwy.
There’s plenty of fun on Alberta Street this Halloween! Join the legions of costumed children gathering treats and prizes from participating businesses along this wild street. And hurry—the first 500 kids who trick or treat at the fantastic kids’ bookstore Green Bean Books will get a very special treat or treat bag! You can also find a new puzzle at Grasshopper, and check out the spooky flavors of the month at Salt and Straw—Essence of Ghost, anyone?
Halloween, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
This fun museum is geared toward littles, and it makes a supportive, safe environment to let your young one wander. It’s especially good for those exploring their first Halloween, and for parents trying to cut down on the candy. Instead of sweets, staff will hand out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, buttons, and Halloween toys. Explore the ‘spooky’ exhibits like sensory slime, carnivorous plants, or check out a puppet show. This event is early in the day, so you can either call it a candy-free holiday or use it as an excuse to have fun all day and save your candy for that evening.
Halloween, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4015 SW Canyon Road
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Nominated for a 2018 Great American Main Street Award, Oregon City’s downtown core has seen some huge transformations over the last few years. Combining historical preservation and lively new businesses, the Main Street is a fun and friendly place for any ghoul or goblin. Come stroll the streets and see for yourself this Halloween! Participating businesses will be handing out candy and treats to costumed crusaders all evening.
Halloween, 4-6 p.m.
Downtown Oregon City
Howl your way through Halloween with the animals at the zoo! Stop by Friday around 11 a.m. to catch the famed Squishing of the Squash at the Elephant’s Habitat, then make it a whole weekend and come back on Saturday or Sunday. Your kids will find sweet scavenger hunts, trick or treat activities, learning opportunities and more. All the candy is palm oil free, something the zoo advocates strongly for due to the large impact harvesting the oil makes. As you wander around, keep your eyes out for zoo keepers offering animals special pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats to play with.
Free with zoo admission
Sat.- Sun., Oct 28-29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Another street full of fun stops to take your masked monsters, Mississippi pulls out all the stops for Halloween. Orange and black balloons mark the places to visit for bucket-filling. Don’t miss the toy store Black Wagon for special treats, and top it all off with pies and puppets at Mississippi Pizza Pub, where folksong group Red Yarn will be spinning songs all evening.
Halloween, 3-6 p.m.
If you need to duck inside to save a costume from the rain, be prepared by heading to the mall for some indoor trick or treating. But don’t miss out on the exterior stores, either! Participating stores and restaurants will have bright orange signs in their windows, so make it a scavenger hunt while your tiny bunny hops from sign to sign getting goodies. It’s a Mall-o-Ween extravaganza!
Halloween, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cedar Hills Crossing Mall
3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
What’s your favorite Trick or Treat location? Tell us in the comments below!