west coast pumpkin regatta

Good Gourd! There are pumpkins and then there are PUMPKINS. Thousand-pound pumpkins you can use as boats. See costumed participants race these giant gourds across the lake at Tualatin Commons in the 10th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.  Or head into the dark forest with your family to learn about the creatures of the night.  If you want to get a head start on your Halloween sugar rush, you can make an edible sugar skull. Or test-drive your kiddos Halloween costumes at the SWCC’s annual Halloween Monster Mash.

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (pictured)
Witness costumed participants race 1000 lb. pumpkin “boats” around the Lake at Tualatin Commons. There will also be a costume contest, pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pie-eating contest, live music, and more.  Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tualatin Commons. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night
We will explore the park to find out who is out at night, where they are and what sounds they make. We will listen for some of our nocturnal residents including coyotes and bats. Sat. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Best for ages 6 years and up. $10/in district, additional fee for non-district. Event details.

Make Sugar Skulls
Celebrate Hispanic heritage and learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Paint your own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Sun. 3:00 pm. – 4:00 pm. Fairview-Columbia Library. Free. All ages. Event details.


Halloween Monster Mash
Get into the spirit and dance with other sociable ghouls, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games. Sat. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Southwest Community Center. $8/child, $4 additional children. All ages. Event details.

Monster Mash Magnet Making
Stop by Green Bean anytime to make a spooky Zombie Magnet at their crafty magnet-making station. Sun. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Yachats Mushroom Fest
Enjoy a weekend of wild forest mushroom cuisine, expert led mushroom walks, talks and exhibits, a variety of mushroom workshops, culinary mushroom markets, books, arts, wine tasting, and more. Fri-Sun. Activities all day; see website for schedule. Several free events; others require small fee. All ages. Event details.

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready to get a head start with some spooky fun this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen