Halloween is almost here! While things are not quite back to normal regarding large gatherings and trick-or-treating, costumes and (especially one with masks!) are still a great way to have some fun with all your fall activities. Have a fun time dressing up around the house or wherever your Halloween and Fall adventures take you with these Portland, Oregon-themed costumes. Remember to practice social distancing but stay together as a pod, you never know what kind of donuts or lumberjacks you might find lurking around these October PDX streets!

Lumberjack or Timber Joey

The modern state of Oregon was in many ways built on sawmills, timber, and the logging industry. While the industry was perhaps rightly criticized for its clear cutting of old growth forests in the past, the myth of the lumberjack and our abundance of trees remains one of the enduring symbols of  the state of Oregon. The lumberjack was the mythical cowboy-esque persona of this era and personified in years past by the likes of Paul Bunyan and today by people like Timber Joey, the Portland Timbers “Mascot” who saws off a ring of wood from a tree every time the Timbers score a goal. Conversely, if you’re against the very idea of this, consider going as a tree hugger. The spirit of protest and demonstration is still alive and well in Oregon.

Rain Cloud & Rainbow

This could possibly be the most Portland costume of all time, and it’s a classic that will never go out of style. Get the whole family in on it with individual cloud or raindrop costumes and then designate someone to carry or be a rainbow! You can buy costumes online or get crafty and creative. With a little cotton, colored paper and glue, you’ll have the cutest rainstorm in town.

Blazers or Timbers Fan

Portland loves its Blazers and Timbers. Any real Timbers fan has enough gear to outfit the entire army, so put it to good use! You can make it interactive with pretend axe-chopping your way up and down the street. Or just get your brand new babe an adorable onesie and you’ll have all of the ghosts and ghouls gathered to get a peak.

Little Hippie

Portland may be known for some of its hipster qualities. But there was a time when weirdoes and hippies filled our streets. Evoke the classic Portland hippie in the days of flower power, jam bands, and bell bottoms. Our local Good Will and classic vintage stores are packed with everything that you need. There is no shortage of vintage needs here in Portland! Online shops are also a COVID-safe go-to if you can’t pull some pieces out of the back of your own closet. 

Donut or Biscuit

Portlanders love their donuts! There are plenty of donut outfits you can purchase online. You could even DIY this one at home with some felt. Go all VooDoo and stick real cereal to the costume! Or, if you’re more of a savory person, celebrate your love for Portland’s own Pine State Biscuits. Bonus points for some gravy and fried chicken on top.

Food Truck or Chef

Dress up as an ode to your favorite food cart–if your little one is in a stroller, you’ve got a rolling costume! DIY some local favorites like Khao Man Gai, The Grilled Cheese Bus, or others. Or, if you’re a foodie family who watched Top Chef Portland, dress up like your favorite Top chef judge or contestant.


The mythical Sasquatch usually stays out of view, but this Halloween he just might make an appearance. After 2020, who knows what could happen! Get ready to greet him with your very own sasquatch costume to welcome him to the neighborhood. Or perhaps all the isolation has finally goteen to Sasquatch and he found himself trapped in the world’s only Sasquatch trap, located in Siskiyou National Forest.


Portlanders love their pizza. According to one author, Portland even has the best pizza in the country! Dress up like your favorite slice or restaurant and watch out for those who try to eat you! 

Put A Bird On It

This might be the easiest idea for a Portland costume ever! Throw it back to 2011 with a Portlandia-inspired costume—just put a bird on it! Other ideas might include goths, street punks, butchers, and picklers! 

—Levi Rogers

featured image via pexels

Related Stories

Portland Halloween Activities

Best Portland Candy Shops

Portland Haunted Spots