Everyone loves to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, but it’s wise to have an indoor backup plan in case the skies decide to dump. Keep those costumes (and facepaint) dry this year by taking the fun indoors at one of the many events happening around town. Read on for some of our favorite picks for Halloween fun without the umbrellas and boots.

Halloween leaf costumephoto: anjanettew via flickr

Oaks Park Halloween Spooktacular
Make sure the costumes are skate-friendly and then head to the Oaks Park skating rink for a free-wheeling good time. Kids will enjoy spooky music, prizes and ghostly games while zipping around one of the country’s largest roller skating rinks. Dress in costume (if you dare) and get $1.00 off your admission.

Oct. 29th and 30th, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Tickets: $6.25/person plus skate rental, $1 discount with costume
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Online: oakspark.com/specials

The Alphabeticians Halloween Party
Mr. “Boo” and Mr. “Eeee!” return for their 6th annual appearance at Mississippi Pizza’s Halloween Party. Your party people can join in the costume parade with The Alphabeticians and then dance their tails off to their favorite live tunes. Moms and Dads can enjoy pizza, one of the eight rotating beers on tap and enjoy the scene at this favorite spot on Mississippi.

Oct. 22nd, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $5/person, $20 max per family
3552 N. Mississippi Ave.
Online: thealphabeticians.com

halloween-2013-robleto-via-flickrphoto: robelto via flickr

Eek Week at the Portland Children’s Museum
Portland’s tiniest trick-or-treaters can participate in all the action at PCM. Bring your ghosts and ghouls for the Howl ‘n’ Hoot Halloween Photo Shoot, when professional digital photos will be taken against a festive backdrop and a social media photo contest will offer a chance for prizes. The thrills continue all through the weekend with mini haunted house making in the Maker Studio, monster mash dance parties in the Theater, spooky story times, trick-or-treat bag making, and more. Check out the website for a full schedule of activities.

Howl ‘n’ Hoot Halloween Photo Shoot
Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
$20/members, $25/non-members

Eek Week Activities
Oct. 27-31
Free w/admission. Additional craft activities for fee.

4015 SW Canyon Road
Online: portlandcm.org


photo: San Mateo Library via flickr

Halloween Story Time at Green Bean Books
Take your story-loving spooky ghouls to two special story times at this cozy Alberta bookstore during Halloween week. On Sunday the 30th, it’s the Not-Too-Spooky Story Time with costumes welcome, followed by another spellbinding story time on Halloween Day! Your little tricksters will love showing off their costumes and trick-or-treating in the store. (Insider tip: You won’t find a restroom in this sweet little bookstore, so combine your visit with a stop at Grasshopper down the street.) On Monday, story time will be followed by Alberta’s trick-or-treating adventure, where you can pick up your Halloween treat bag at Green Bean and head out between 3:30-6 p.m.

Oct. 30, 11 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Oct. 31, 3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
1600 NE Alberta St.
Online: greenbeanbookspdx.com/events

Halloween Events at Multnomah County Library
Spooky (and not-so-spooky) stories are just the ticket for getting in the Halloween spirit at the Multnomah County Libraries. On Saturday the 29th, join award-winning puppet company Puppetkabob for a Great Pumpkin stencil craft at the Hollywood Library. Also on Saturday over at St. John’s Library, the gang can create cardboard costumes with unexpected materials (LED lights, anyone?). On Halloween Day, it’s a Not-So-Spooky costumed story time at the Woodstock Library. All events are free, but are first come first served. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the start time to secure a spot. While you wait, check out some ghostly Halloween storybooks to take home and enjoy with your little gaggle of ghosts.

Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
801 SW 10th Ave.
Online: multcolib.org/events/great-pumpkin


Oct. 29, 11:00 a.m.–2 p.m.
7510 N Charleston Ave.
Online: multcolib.org/events/cardboard-costume-creation

Oct. 31, 4 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
6008 SE 49th Ave.
Online: multcolib.org/events/not-so-spooky-stories


photo: San Jose Library via flickr 

Portland Parks and Recreation Halloween Fun
You can party for days at any of Portland Parks and Recreation’s many Halloween happenings leading up to the holiday. From carnival games and crafts to face painting and haunting family swims, there’s no shortage of wickedly fun events at these much-loved community centers across the Portland area. Enjoy the fun at the PP&R center closest to you, or try one you haven’t visited and check out an entirely new neighborhood. Some events are free, while others charge a small entrance fee or canned goods as admission.

Multiple dates and locations throughout October
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

The Rainy Day Family Halloween Spectacular Monster Mash Bash
Just try to say this name twice… or on second thought, grab the fam, snag your tickets online and bring your costumes because The Rainy Day Family (featuring your favorite folks Penny’s Puppets, Tallulah’s Daddy, Pointed Man Band and The Alphabeticians) will have a new “spookified” set of music for you all. Carnival games, prizes, candy and more will follow the concert, so stick around.

Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 online, $10 at the door FREE for 1 & under
The Village Ballroom
700 NE Dekum St.
Online: pennypuppets.com

What Halloween activities are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters