The spookiest month of the year is here along with tons of family fun. If you are looking to fill your weekend with spooktacular events, look no further. We’ve put together a list of the best weekend activities for families. Celebrate at a local pumpkin patch, head to OMSI, or spend the day on the farm. Read on to find out where you need to be when your days off roll around.

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SE Portland

Head to OMSIs 2019 Sci-Fi Film Festival
Experience futuristic dystopias, sinister artificial intelligence, and riveting alien adventures with over 25 of science fiction’s most memorable films. This year’s line-up includes classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, The Matrix, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as well as new favorites like Inception and Interstellar, all on the largest screen in Portland. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Head to Rainbows Unicorns Skate
Rainbows and unicorns go together like fun and roller skating! Wear your rainbow and/or unicorn gear during our evening Open Skate Session and get free conventional skate rental or $1 off Open Skate admission. Fri. Event Details.

Join The Parent Trip
This is a free event for expecting parents and families of young children who can go and meet local practitioners in a low-stakes atmosphere. There will be a small play area and a nursing nook to help you be able to enjoy your time! Have you been meaning to find a family photographer you love? A chiropractor who specializes in pregnant bodies, postpartum bodies, or infants? Looking for a great parent-focused exercise class? This event has brought all these 19 different professionals together for you, under one roof, for one afternoon! Sat. Event Details.

Join Halloween Activity Day
Join us for a day of free family fun at East Portland Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 12! Whether you’re running around obstacle courses with friends, jumping on the bounce house, getting your face painted by a professional, or getting creative with an arts & craft project, you and your family will have a great time! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Participate in Fall Family Farm Day
Head to the farm for the Fall Family Farm Day! This is a day off from school, so be sure to take full advantage and head out to Sauvie Island Center for a morning of tasting, exploring, and learning together on the farm. Registration is requested but not required. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Art in the Burbs
Enjoy original works from over 72 juried artists’, all for sale. Find jewelry, ceramics, exterior art, cards, textiles and more. Delicious food trucks, live musical entertainment and a student art gallery will be at the show. Sat. Event Details.


Discover Mysterious Mushrooms
An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the Tillamook State Forest. Join State Park Ranger Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms. You will view freshly picked fungi, learn to identify edible and poisonous varieties, and discover the important roles that fungi play in forest health. Following the talk, you can take an optional short hike with Dane to search for and identify mushrooms. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification. Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Scary Story Time
In celebration of Halloween, Party City is hosting a Scary Story Time series for customers and kids in 25 stores across Washington. Stores will provide a theatrical reading of stories from the third edition Disney’s Scary Storybook Collection. While enjoying a theatrical reading from local leaders dressed in costume, guests will also receive on-theme treats. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out Power up Kid’s Self Defense Class
As a parent, one of your primary jobs is to keep your child safe, but a child’s work is to explore the world and spend increasingly more time away from home. You want to be sure they have the tools they need to stay safe, even when they are not by your side.

Your child leaves class with new confidence, a strong posture, a loud, forceful voice and a realistic yet positive sense of their place in the world. Sparkling eyes and eager nods of understanding show you our lessons are hitting their mark. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti