Portland is ramping up the October fun with some scary-good activities and events for families. Have a Howloween experience you’ll never forget at the zoo, check out a free puppet show, or celebrate your favorite spooky holiday on the tram. We’ve rounded up all of the best weekend events for you below.

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NW Portland

Check Out a Free Puppet Show
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a free puppet show presented by Dragon Theater with paid admission to the structure.  These shows are fun for all ages and change weeky! The three story indoor playground and cafe makes for a fun family friendly night. There is a full service cafe with coffee, beer, and wine.  Fri. Event Details.


Head to the Monster Bash & Splash
At the annual Monster Bash, youngsters will enjoy our trick-or-treat village, chills and thrills carnival, boo bingo, little goblin play zone and a pool party, hosted by the lifeguards, that includes swimming, the Wipeout! water feature, music and more. You also get to dive into your favorite vampire hotel movie. Movie in the pool begins at 7 p.m. Children ages 6 or younger will need an adult to accompany them in the pool.

The Monster Bash is programmed for kids 8-13, but anyone is invited to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss the Fall Carnival
Come one! Come All. Head to the Carnival at Glenfair Family Church. There will be kid’s games, prizes, candy, costume contests (please no scary masks), a photo booth, snacks and more. Plus, free MOD pizza raffle giveaways! Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

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. Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations.

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.


On the weekend of Oct.27 and 28, join experts in the Nature Exploration Station as we celebrate Bat Week, an annual, international celebration recognizing the important role of bats in our world.

Activities are best suited for children ages 2-12, but all are welcome. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Experience Halloween Fun at the Tram
You can wear your witch’s hat but leave the broomstick at home and let the Tram fly for you.  We’ll have frightful and delightful family activities, including face painting and Halloween arts and crafts for kids.

There will be activities for the kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland 

Attend the Reiki Kids Class
In this workshop the children will get in touch with subtle energy and learn simple methods of using Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique using life force energy. This course is designed to be fun and interesting for children who have an awareness of their energetic being and would like to spend time in a nurturing, supportive atmosphere which allows them to explore their innate potential. Children have a natural awareness of healing energy and can often see it. They are very close to the flow of life. It is easy for them to learn Reiki. In this class we honor their unique perspectives and present Reiki in a way they can understand. Sat. Event Details.

Catch Light the Night
The Light The Night event is hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fundraise in order to help find a cure for blood cancer. The walk is free to attend; all you need to do is register as an individual or gather a team! Doing fundraising is welcomed and encouraged! At the event you will be given a lantern: white for survivors, red in honor of a loved one battling or recovering from cancer, and yellow in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. When it is is dark outside the lanterns will be lit and we will walk to raise awareness for a cure. Sat. Event Details.


Watch The Witches Movie Viewing
The Witches by Roald Dahl is Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop book of the month. You are encouraged to read the book and then join them along with SALT Academy for a showing of the movie in the SALT Works Theatre. Concessions will be sold. Space is limited.

The Witches is about real life witches who are trying to turn the world’s children into mice. However, a vacationing little boy and his grandma try to foil their plans. Will they succeed? Sat. Event Details.


Take The Free Children’s Self Defense Class
Halloween is spooky but it doesn’t have to be scary. Join U.S. World Class Taekwondo Hillsboro for a free self defense class geared towards ages 6-12. Learn safety tips, how to get out of grabs and holds, and other important aspects of self defense.  This free class is taught by black belts with decades of experience and a passion for teaching. No signup is needed, but space is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti