Local Halloween Events Where Little Ghouls and Ghosts Play
Halloween ranks high on the list of kids’ favorite holidays — and a ton of forethought goes into their decision of what to wear as the perfect costume while partaking in one of the best activities ever: trick-or-treating! Stretch out the Halloween festivities and celebrate on multiple occasions in the days and weeks leading up to October 31st. Here are several fantastic local events where little ones can show off their costumes, win prizes, play games, trick-or-treat and more. Monster March in Sellwood Fun for the entire family, the Monster March in Sellwood is a wonderful neighborhood event that brings out the kid in everyone. Ghouls and goblins march alongside princesses and superheroes, and even moms and dads dress up. The fun of entire families parading down the street decked out in their Halloween ensembles is unprecedented. There’s a real sense of community and camaraderie at this event, which is a treasured annual tradition for hundreds of local families. Neighbors happily greet each other throughout the march route — but revelers come from all over Portland and are given a warm welcome!
When: October 27 at 3:00 pm; March begins and ends at Llewellyn School Where: 6301 SE 14th Avenue, Portland Online: sellwoodwestmoreland.com Halloween in Multnomah Village Really want to show off your little one’s costume? Go trick or treating in the Village on Thursday, October 31 and join in on all the fun taking place during the dwindling daylight hours. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, so it’s time to show off all the hard work you put into making your kiddo’s costume (or buying it).
When: October 31; 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Where: 32nd – 36th and Capitol Hwy, Portland
Monster Mash at Southwest Community Center
Jumpstart the Halloween celebration by taking your little monsters, ages 2 and up, to the Monster Mash at Southwest Community Center. All kids should wear their costumes and get into the Halloween spirit by dancing with fellow witches, ghosts and skeletons, making creepy crafts and playing bewitching games.
When: Saturday, October 19; 4:00 – 6:00 pm or 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: 6820 SW 45th Avenue, Portland
Great Pumpkin Event at PSU Join in the festivities at the great pumpkin event at PSU. This annual harvest celebration includes a pumpkin carving contest and a children’s costume parade, which winds through the market at noon. Every parade participant receives a goodie bag to gobble up as well.
When: October 26; 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 240 N Broadway, Suite 129, Portland
Online: portlandfarmersmarket.org Trick-or-Treating at The Streets Between the pumpkin decorating and the bubble and parachute play, your kids will be beside themselves. And that’s just to get them warmed up for the costume parade led by none other than Lotta the Clown. After the parade, the little ones can go trick-or-treating with other kids around the shops at The Streets.
When: October 26; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: 19350 NW Emma Way, Hillsboro
Where do you plan on taking your kiddos to show of their costumes this year?
– Beth Shea