The CDC has specific recommendations in place for Halloween 2020. We have updated our information to the best of our knowledge, but as we’ve learned in 2020, changes can happen at the last minute, so please check with your local city and county to get the most up-to-date info. on what is allowed in your area. Even if you can’t trick-or-treat, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate with the kids

What a spooky treat! The full moon falls right on Halloween, which is on Saturday this year, making it a night ripe for mischief. While traditional trick or treating is, unfortunately, a risky activity, there’s still plenty of time for creative fun. Aside from the great ideas of doing an indoor Halloween candy scavenger hunt, having a socially distanced pumpkin carving party, a spooky movie night, or driving around to look at decorations, here are a few activities still happening around town. Stretch the fun out all month– wear a costume every day as you hit up these treats.

photo: Oregon Zoo


Howloween at the Zoo

As in past years, this favorite Halloween activity for the younger crowd is still going in–just with a few changes. Expect to wear a mask, stick to your timed entry slot, and receive a receive a goody bag at the end instead of the traditional trick or treat style candy collection. Kids 2-12 will still love seeing the animals and learning all about conservation with a fun scavenger hunt.

Tickets available for timed entry starting 10 days before.

Oct 24, 25, and 31, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR

Pix-o-Matic Halloween Trick or Treat Popup

If you’ve already visited Pix Patisserie’s Pix-O-Matic vending machine, you know how much fun it is. A vintage machine serves up treats like macarons that spin on their own trays inside a carousel, ready to be delivered to your waiting hands. On Halloween this year, those tiny doors will open for FREE from 6:30-9pm to serve one treat per visitor! You’ll have to get past the “haunted” ghosts first, but then you can choose your own treat from truffles, stickers, retro candies, and more. There are 114 doors in the vending machine, so plan accordingly!

2225 E Burnside St
Portland, OR

photo: pixabay

Spirit of Halloween

The sleepy community of St Helens comes alive every October as it re-imagines Halloweentown, the spooky movie filmed there in the 1990s. You can find a celebration all month long, and they mean business– tickets are required for entry every weekend. You’ll be able to go on a self-guided haunted tour, check out the vendor village, and admire the storefronts in the historic downtown– look for special effects and great displays! You’ll find world class street performers, dance lessons, an alien exhibit, a costume contest, and a myriad of photo ops.

$45/adult, $35/ ages 3-18
Courthouse Plaza at The Historical Riverfront District
275 Strand Street
St. Helens, Oregon
Weekend Parking at 471 Plymouth Street

Oaks Park Haunted Drive-Thru

For an excellent night out with safe distancing, head to the haunted drive through at Oaks Amusement Park. You’ll drive your car through the park and watch the terrifying performances unfurl around you. Five different attractions with separate storylines, like an abandoned circus of The Night Terrors or the mad rooms of The Green Asylum. Each attraction is rated different–the mildest is the ghostly ruins of the Hill House. A 2/5 on the scare factor, it’s the most appropriate for younger kids (there are no age restrictions, but it is scary: grown-ups should use their own judgement for their kids). Tickets available online only.

$69-$79 per vehicle 
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR

photo: ryan via flickr

Lone Fir Cemetery

In past years the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery have held ghostly tours and trick or treat events. There are no crowds descending this year, so it’s a perfect time to have your own quiet visit to this picturesque old cemetery– the first burial was in 1846. Make your own scavenger hunt there or do a photoshoot in ghoulish costumes around the old headstones. Is it haunted? Maybe! Some spooky characters were buried there in the past! Can you find Asa Lovejoy who flipped a coin to help name Portland? Or Dr. James Hawthorne, who owned an insane asylum? Or Emma Merlotin, whose eyes were removed to see if they held the image of her murderer?

SE 26th Ave &, SE Stark St
Portland, OR

Clackamas County Scare Fair

The folks at Clackamas County Fairgrounds put on their own scarefest this year, which you can drive around from the safety of your own car. Some of the area’s best fearmongers are at work here. “Nightmare Factory, Davis Cemetery, Fearlandia and Creatures of the Night have put their noses to the headstone for special scares around the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.”

Get your tickets online ahead of time, and prepare to be scared!

$20/per vehicle
694 NE 4th Ave.
Canby, OR

—Katrina Emery

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