Cool Costume Parties for Your Little Monsters

Got a little one who refuses to wear anything but a princess dress or a Captain America getup? If your little one can’t get enough costume time, these parades and events should at least help chip away at the desire to wear that special get-up everywhere, from grandma’s house to the grocery store. Maybe.

SWCC's Monster Mash is just around the corner!

photo: Southwest Community Center


SWCC Monster Mash
Jump-start the Halloween celebration by taking your little monsters to the Monster Mash at Southwest Community Center. All kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for a night of dancing, maneuvering obstacle courses, making creepy crafts, playing bewitching games and watching a movie. Babies can play in Caspar’s Corner. Dinner is available for $3. Register ahead of time receive a $2 admission discount.

When: Saturday, October 18; 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave.
Info: Before Oct. 17 $12/child ages 1 and up; $6/additional child; free for parents and children 0-11 months
Online: portlandoregon.gov

North Portland

Halloween Monster Mash
Costumed ghosts, kitty cats and skeletons can shake their bones to tunes, play carnival games (and win prizes), jump around in a bounce house, participate in a costume contest, and check out a petting zoo (reptiles, most likely), courtesy of the Oregon Zoo’s ZAP team. Dinner is covered too, with Papa Murphy’s pizza and dessert.

When: October 24; 6-8 p.m.
Where: Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way
Info: Free; best for elementary school kids
Online: portlandoregon.govSaturday: Winter Market at Shemanski Park (Downtown)

photo: Portland Farmers Market, congaman via Flickr Creative Commons


Great Pumpkin Event
This annual harvest celebration at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU* will include a pumpkin carving contest from 9 a.m.-noon, and a children’s costumed parade that winds through the market at noon. The carved pumpkins will be judged at 12:30 p.m. Every parade participant will receive a goodie bag.

When: October 25; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between SW Hall Ave. & SW Montgomery St.
Online: portlandfarmersmarket.org

*King Market (NE 7th and Wygant St.) will also have a Great Pumpkin Event this year on October 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a pumpkin carving contest and goodie bags for costumed kids.


Trick-or-Treating at The Streets
Little ones, ages 12 and under, can go trick-or-treating in a festive and safe atmosphere with other costumed goblins around participating merchants at The Streets of Tanasbourne.

When: October 25; 1-3 p.m.
Where: 19350 NW Emma Way
Online: streetsoftanasbourne.com

Lil Devil Halloween

photo: Brett Neilsen, Flickr Creative Commons


Monster March
This neighborhood event invites all ghouls and goblins to march alongside princesses and superheroes in this neighborhood event. 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 26 at 3 p.m.
Where: Begins and ends at Llewellyn School, 6301 SE 14th Ave.
Online: sellwoodwestmoreland.com

Multnomah Village

Halloween in the Village
Go trick-or-treating and have the kids in bed by their regularly scheduled bedtimes this year with a safe and well-lit experience for the little ones. Halloween in the Village will see Multnomah Village businesses handing out candy during the dwindling daylight hours.

When: October 31; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: SW 32nd – 36th and Capitol Hwy.
Online: multnomahvillage.org

Where do you plan on taking your little ghouls and boys to show of their costumes this year? Tell us in the Comments section below!

— Suzie Ridgway