Never seen anyone race a giant pumpkin across a lake while dressed as the tooth fairy? Well, this weekend you have your chance: The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is back. Fun-guys and fun-gals can head to the Oregon coast and learn why fungi can be fun at the Yachats Mushroom Festival. And Halloween activities are creeping up all over town. Make monster magnets or learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and paint your own edible sugar skull.

Suburbs

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.

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.

Portland

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.

Creatures of the Night
Join an exciting evening of family-friendly hiking and nocturnal activities as you explore Tryon Creek State Natural Area for creatures of the night. Sat. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $6, $5 for members. Advance registration required. All ages. Event details.

Monster Mash Magnet Making
Stop by Green Bean anytime to make a Monster Mash Magnet at their crafty magnet-making station. Sat. 11:00 am – 4:00 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.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen