If you are a native Oregonian you might be willing to brave a downpour to get your kids out trick-or-treating. If you’re not feeling quite that courageous, don’t worry! We’ve come up with a list of indoor back-up plans just in case the sky decides to open up! Read on for our favorite picks of Family Friendly Halloween fun without the umbrellas, boots, mud, and rain jackets.

Halloween at the Portland Children’s Museum

On Halloween day bring your little animals, monsters, witches, superheroes, or ballerinas to the Portland Children’s Museum for a special quest!  Kids will Trick-or-treat to each exhibit and have the opportunity to participate in a spookily fun art project or slimy sensory experience. Museum staff will be handing out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, hand-made Halloween buttons, and toys for a perfectly marvelous sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy! This happens on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you already have plans on Wednesday mark your calendar for Sunday October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a playful, festive, and NOT-SO-SCARY day of Halloween fun at the museum. Kids can decorate Trick-or-Treat bags, smash pumpkins and enjoy sensory play with their gooey guts, have fun with glow-in-the-dark painting and listen to spooky stories!  
Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Oct. 31, 10:00 a.m.–1:00p.m.

Free for members, $11/non-members

4015 SW Canyon Road
Online: portlandcm.org


Portland's Aerial Tram Halloween Ride

Wear your witch's hat but leave the broomstick at home! Today Portland’s Aerial Tram will do the flying for you. Expect a day of frightful and delightful family activities, including face painting and Halloween arts and crafts for kids, and TRAM rides. Kids under 6 ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Oct 27, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

Online: gobytram.com

The Alphabeticians Halloween Party

Mr. “Boo” and Mr. “Eeee!” return AGAIN for their 7th annual appearance at Mississippi Pizza’s Halloween Party. Woohooo!!! This year they’ll be joined by the beloved bass player Matt Lynch, better known as “Tallulah’s Daddy” and drummer Scott Crabtree! Bring your costumed kids for a full band Halloween Party and get ready to dance the evening away. Your party people can also join in the costume parade with the whole gang. There will be treats, prizes, a monster mash, and so much more fun! It’s $6 for every living human, babes in arms come free. Enjoy hot delicious pizza during the festivities, and parents might like to try one of the rotating beers on tap.

Oct. 27, 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6/person
3552 N. Mississippi Ave.
Online: thealphabeticians.com

Village Ballroom Monster House Party

If you are looking for a mix of fall fest activity and chill out time with the family this might be your event! Head over to the Village Ballroom on Oct. 28th for an afternoon and evening of spooky fun. There will be a free, family-friendly harvest festival from 3-5 p.m,followed by a showing of  Monster House at 5:45. Don't miss it! Admission is free for everyone. Donations will be accepted at the door to support community projects. There will be chairs provided however you are welcome to bring blankets and pillows and get comfy on the floor! The Oregon Public House will be offering food and beverages for purchase throughout the event.

Oct. 28, 3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Village Ballroom
700 NE Dekum St.
Online: villageballroom.com


On Halloween Day from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. you can take your kids to the halls of the Kennedy School for Trick-or Treating adventures, dinner out, live performances, and so much more! It’s free for everyone and all ages are welcome. Dinner is not included but we recommend you stay and feed those little cute monsters… or else. Starting at 4:30 p.m. there’s a Willamette Radio Workshop in the Kennedy School Theater. Trick-or-Treating begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. all throughout the Kennedy School Halls. If you’re feeling the energy stay a bit longer for a live musical performance from the Strange Tones! Click here to see some images from last year’s fun filled event!

Free for Everyone

Oct. 31, 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave


Online: mcmenamins.com

Spooky Storytime and “The Great Pumpkin” at the Beaverton Library

Get in the Halloween Spirit with a spooky storytime at the Beaverton Library! Come in yoru costumes and enjoy a not-so-scary story followed by a fun viewing party of the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”! This activity is free for everyone and best for kids ages 2-6. Come early or stay late and check out your own selection of spooky Halloween books to read together at home before bedtime!
Oct. 31, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
Online: beavertonlibrary.org

—Elissa Cirignotta


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