7 Spine-Tingling Locations That Make For An Eerie Family Outing

From the Shanghai Tunnels to the phantom rowboater of the Willamette River, Portland has a rich haunted history underneath its rosy façade. Some of these places may be a little too terrifying for little ones, but others provide a wonderful opportunity for a spine-tingling family trip and a great opportunity to extend the spirit of Halloween beyond costumes and candy. You may even learn a little something about Portland history or creepy creatures along the way!

Witch's Castle in Forest Park
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Witch’s Castle in Forest Park

Beginning from the Upper Macleay Trail Head (the parking lot just east of the Audobon Society) in Forest Park, you can ascend the short half mile along the river on the Wildwood trail to the "Witch's Castle," a dilapidated structure in the woods that will set imaginations afire. There is actually a very bloody legend about the former tenants of this forest home—but your kids don’t need to know that. It will be plenty scary just as it is.

  1. Witch's Castle in Forest Park
  2. Rimsky-Korsakoffee House
  3. Tryon Creek State Park
  4. The Shanghai Tunnels
  5. Warrior’s Rock Lighthouse Trail on Sauvie Island

Where’s your favorite spooky spot in Portland? Where do you dare to bring your kids? 

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen

photo credit: Todd M.Spooky C, Scott Christensen, Warrior Rock Lighthouse on Facebook, Friends of Tryon Creek on Facebook