There are plenty of super, and not-too-spooky, activities to bring little ones to this Halloween season! Whether it’s a visit to the pumpkin patch, costumed roller skating, or glow in the dark painting, there’s something for every age and interest. Read on to find our favorite Casper the Friendly Ghost-approved bewitching favorites.

photo: Family Fright Night via flickr

Oaks Park Halloween Spooktacular
What’s more fun than roller skating? Roller skating in a costume! Your kids will eagerly get ghoulish for this cool event. Oaks Park roller skating rink hosts an annual all-ages costume parade and contest on the rink floor, along with themed games and music. Your kids will enjoy hours of fun and big bonus: skaters in costume receive $1.00 off admission.

Oct. 28th, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Admission $7.00, plus $2-5 for skate rental
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
503-233-5777
Online: oakspark.com/specials

photo: Mark Simpson via flickr

Oregon City Kids’ Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Contest 
Pumpkin carving is one of the most beloved must-dos of the Halloween celebration. This year, leave the mess behind when you participate in this local activity. Bring your creepy creativity skills and imagination to this carving and crafting day, hosted by The Caufield House. Pumpkins and decorating materials are provided, so all you need is a whole lot of creativity. The best pumpkin winner will be announced on October 31st.

Oct. 29th, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
free
The Holding Cell, 110 8th St in Oregon City
503-305-8429
Online: downtownoregoncity.org/event-detail/trick-or-treat-on-main-street

photo: Emily via flickr

Not-So-Scary Halloween at the Portland Children’s Museum
The Portland Children’s Museum once again hosts a day filled with spooky story times, glow in the dark painting, and trick-or-treating, topped off with a dance party and DJ! For an additional $5 materials fee, young goblins can also decorate trick-or-treat bags.

Oct. 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Admission: $10.75, museum members or babies under 1: Free
4015 SW Canyon Road
503-223-6500
Online: portlandcm.org/events/not-so-scary-halloween-2

photo: West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta via facebook

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
For a truly unique experience, check out the City of Tualatin’s giant pumpkin regatta. Whether your family likes boating, costumes, pie eating contests, marching bands, or larger-than-life vegetables, this event will have something for everyone. Spectators come from all over the US and Canada, and it’s right in our backyard! Be sure to enter the kids costume contest at 11 and check out the visit by therapy llamas Smokey and Rojo at 11:30. The races start at 2 pm. Souvenirs and refreshments are available for purchase onsite.

Oct 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free
Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street
Online: tualatinoregon.gov/pumpkinregatta/about-pumpkin-regattaschedule-events

photo: Penny’s Puppets via facebook

Penny’s Puppets Halloween Show
Check out Penny’s Sweet Tooth The Ghost Puppet show and costume party and help the puppets solve the mystery of their disappearing candy. This 45 minute original musical puppet show is entertaining, educational and funny. Your little ghoul will be aghast with excitement! Stop by the Guilder coffee shop next door beforehand for coffee and snacks to bring in to the show.

Oct 27, 10:30 a.m.
Admission: $5 plus $1.17 per ticket service fee
Fremont Theater: 2393 NE Fremont, Suite C
Online: pennypuppets.com/the-fremont-theater-shows.html

photo: Christine Urias via flickr

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Story Time at Green Bean Books
Visit Green Bean Books on Alberta for a hosted book reading that will leave your spirited story lover spellbound. Costumes are encouraged, and Alberta Street stores even host trick-or-treating that afternoon as well, so you can make a day of it. Note that Green Bean Books doesn’t have a restroom, so perhaps make a pit stop at Radio Room for a snack from their children’s menu.

Oct 31, 3 pm.
Free
1600 NE Alberta Street
503-954-2354
Online: greenbeanbookspdx.com

What’s your favorite Halloween activity with your family? Tell us in the comments section below!

—April Hasson