October is a month full of hauntingly, spooky fun for everyone in the family. Opportunities to attend events that ignite the imagination about across Portland. If you are looking to hit a play, help with the harvest or take your Halloween costume for a test run, then you should check out some of the weekend happenings we’ve rounded up below. Read on to find out more.
photo: Amber Kost via flickr
The Oregon Zoo’s annual Squishing of the Squash, in which some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins, will be held Friday. Squishing of the Squash kicks off the zoo’s Howloween festivities taking place this weekend and next, include a fun scavenger hunt that directs trick-or-treaters to activity stations throughout the zoo where they can collect candy and prizes and learn about wildlife. During the two Howloween weekends, visitors can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats. Fri. Event Details.
See the Wizard of Oz
Check out Journey Theater’s youth production of The Wizard of Oz! After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.
Experience Howloween at Oregon Zoo
The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo.
Kids can collect treats and prizes at the different stations. Because our everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only provides deforestation-free candy. Learn more about palm oil and how you can help orangutans and elephants with your consumer choices.
You can also join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service experts in the Nature Exploration Station to learn about the “Monster Invaders” of the water world (a.k.a. aquatic invasive species) and their impact on our regional wildlife. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.
See Ella Enchanted on Stage at OCT
On the day she was born, Ella was cursed to obey every command. She’s always been told there’s nothing she can do to reverse it…Nevertheless, she persisted.
Ella of Frell is anything but ordinary. At birth, she was enchanted by a foolish fairy’s spell and must obey any command she is given, no matter how absurd. At age 15, Ella sets out on a quest to break the curse forever!
Ella Enchanted is a fairy tale musical about self-empowerment, perseverance, and an eagerness to learn! Along the way, she’ll encounter nasty ogres, evil step-sisters, and–if she has time–a handsome prince.
The Big Ideas Set goals! Strive to achieve them. Your role in life is not pre-destined. Always be your true self. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.
Check Out Boom Arts Presents “Pescador” (Chile)
Educational Outreach Programming presented in collaboration with Young Audiences Inc.
Chilean contemporary puppetry ensemble Silencio Blanco returns to Portland after their celebrated Spring 2017 début. Now, Boom Arts presents Pescador (Fisherman), the company’s puppet essay on the nearly extinct character of the artisanal fisherman. In Pescador, man once again encounters the immensity of nature in pursuit of a trade that’s been nearly forgotten in the age of trawling and industrial fishery. In Silencio Blanco’s visually arresting trademark style, vaguely figurative, simple papier-mâché puppet figures co-exist with actor-puppeteers, dancing their way through stormy seas. “By far one of the best pieces of art I’ve ever seen.” – Portland audience member on Chiflón by Silencio Blanco, Spring 2017. Fri. Event Details.