Portlanders don’t wait until the end of the month to celebrate Halloween. We indulge in the creepy and crawly all month long. Buy those costumes early, because you’ll need them for all of the upcoming weekend events. Don them at the Squishing of Squash, Nerf Night, Howloween Zoo Night and the Scare Grounds. Intrigued? Read on to find out where you can find all the spooky fun this weekend.

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SW Portland

Participate in the Squishing of the Squash
The Oregon Zoo’s annual Squishing of the Squash, in which some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins, is a precursor to the zoo’s Howloween celebration taking place the following weekends. Events will include a fun scavenger hunt that directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo where they can collect candy and prizes and learn about wildlife. Throughout the weekend, guests can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats. Free with zoo admission. Fri. Event Details.

Watch Me Jane
Before she was an internationally renowned naturalist, conservationalist, and activist, Jane Goodall was a young girl with big aspirations—and a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. Journey into Jane’s vivid daydreams as she and Jubilee eat breakfast on the Sahara, feel the ground shake during the Great Migration on the Serengeti, and smell the air on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Childhood imagination leads the way in this musical portrayal of Jane’s childhood, encouraging boys and girls of all ages to pursue their ambitions in the face of adversity. It’s a magical nature adventure that the whole family will treasure! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Head to Howloween at the Zoo
The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. In keeping with the zoo’s mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations. Kids can collect treats and prizes at the different stations. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Fall Festival
Cedar Hills Recreation Center is turning into a mini carnival for their annual Fall Festival! Each room will have fun and exciting activities for the whole family. There will be a bounce house, carnival games, bingo, face painting, food and refreshments, and more. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss Hot Jazz Halloween
Celebrate the macabre with Portland’s most authentic vintage jazz ensemble! The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra will be busting out our spookiest and kookiest tunes of the 1920s and 30s for an evening of creepy revelry like no other! Costumes encouraged with prizes to win! Fri. Event Details.

Rossi Community Pumpkin Patch
The Rossi Farms Pumpkin Patch will is open and an example of true community effort, the patch will be primarily staffed by student volunteers from Parkrose High School choir, band, and wrestling programs in exchange for a donation from Rossi Farms. This year’s patch is a simple, small neighborhood patch – we don’t charge admission, only for pumpkins (priced by size, ranging from $3-$15). Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join Nerf Night
Kids ages 5-11 are invited to this epic NERF Night of fun!!! Enjoy fully supervised target practice, team vs. team, capture the flag games and much more! Fri. Event Details.


Head to the Sandy 2019 Library Haunt a New Chapter
The City of Sandy Library Partnering with Creatures of the Night presents a full walk-through haunted attraction with fantastic monsters, live actors and  enticing storytelling.There are two different experience for the different age groups to enjoy. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss the 2019 Clark County ScareGrounds
The Clark County ScareGrounds is the Pacific Northwest’s premier Halloween event located on the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA. This unique event features haunted houses, carnival rides, midway vendors, side-show attractions, food, walkaround characters, and more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti