October is spooktacular in Portland! Don’t believe us? This weekend includes Monster Mash, a pumpkin carving contest, roller skating with Ghouls and so much more. Get in on the Halloween fun! Read on for all of the event details and more.

photo: Jessica Lucia via flickr 

SW Portland

Attend a Preschool Open House
Join a brief conversation about The International School’s Kindergarten language immersion and International Baccalaureate program. The introduction will be followed by tours of the campus. Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Monster Mash “A Grimm Gala”
The wind is howling and the moon is full: it’s time! Wear your costume to impress friends and scare goblins. Get into the spirit and dance with other sociable ghouls, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games that only come out once a year! Perfect for children ages 1-12 years old.Parents and children 11 months & younger are free! Sat. Event Details.

Try the Not-So-Scary Halloween at the Portland Children’s Museum
The Portland Children’s Museum once again hosts a day filled with spooky story times, glow in the dark painting, and trick-or-treating, topped off with a dance party and DJ! For an additional $5 materials fee, young goblins can also decorate trick-or-treat bags. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Watch Penny’s Puppets Halloween Show
Join a brief conversation about The International School’s Kindergarten language immersion and International Baccalaureate program. The introduction will be followed by tours of the campus. Fri. Event Details.

Greater Portland Areas

Attend No Ivy Day 2017
Head to Portland Parks & Recreation’s 14th annual citywide volunteer restoration event No Ivy Day! Gather across the greater Portland area to remove invasive plants in our natural area parks and show your support for the environment! There are multiple locations to volunteer all over the Portland Metro Area. Volunteer events run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Refreshments, tools,and instruction will be provided at events.
Join us after the volunteer event from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., for a free celebration lunch and raffle. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out the Hands-On Harp Demonstration
The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, how do you play them? Discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams. Visitors will learn about different types of harps, listen to harp techniques, and pluck the strings of a harp themselves! Sat. Event Details.

Attend the Halloween Organ Spooktacular
Grab your little ghouls and head to Trinity’s annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) Party in Kempton Hall. It’s followed by a spooky recital for the whole family by Trinity’s eerie organists Bruce Neswick & Chris Lynch. Bring the whole family, and come in costume! Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland 

Go on a Babywearing Playdate
Join a weekly SE play date at Tidee Didee Diaper Service! VBE’s will be available to help with any questions about your carriers as well as have a few try on only options available. Or feel free to come just to hang out with fellow babywearing caregivers and kiddos! Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Oaks Park Halloween Spooktacular
What’s more fun than roller skating? Roller skating in a costume! Your kids will eagerly get ghoulish for this cool event. Oaks Park roller skating rink hosts an annual all-ages costume parade and contest on the rink floor, along with themed games and music. Your kids will enjoy hours of fun and big bonus: skaters in costume receive $1.00 off admission. Sat. Event Details.

Oregon City

Attend Oregon City Kids’ Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Contest
Pumpkin carving is one of the most beloved must-dos of the Halloween celebration. This year, leave the mess behind when you participate in this local activity. Bring your creepy creativity skills and imagination to this carving and crafting day, hosted by The Caufield House. Pumpkins and decorating materials are provided, so all you need is a whole lot of creativity. The best pumpkin winner will be announced on October 31st. Sun. Event Details.

What’s your family’s favorite Halloween event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti