Things are getting spooky around Portland, but there’s still plenty of time to have fun with out fright. Fill up your weekend with cool activities like The Circus Project’s Open House, the Arcade Game Expo or the Giant Pumpkin Ragetta! If that doesn’t quite do it for the chill-seekers in your crew…I hear Coraline is lurking at a local theater! Read on to find out where you’ll find your fill of family fun this weekend.

Photo: The Circus Project via Yelp

NW Portland

Check Out the Hands-On Harp Demonstration 
The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, how do you play them? Discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams. Visitors will learn about different types of harps, listen to harp techniques, and pluck the strings of a harp themselves! Fri. Event Details.

Attend The Circus Project’s Open House
Artists, students, friends, neighbors, and fun families are invited to join The Circus Project for a studio Open House! Take a turn on the trapeze, tightwire,
cyr wheel, or try partner acrobatics and juggling. Current students will
demonstrate skills for family and friends. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Head to the Arcade game expo
Your little gamer is going to love this event! The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is a huge convention of video and arcade games to play, video game panels, video games to buy and thousands of other people who love video games of all generations.Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Take Back Your Time: Time Management Class for Parents (session 2)
Discover 6-14 hours of free time in your week. This workshop, lead by Rachel Hall, is great for when you are feeling “in a rut” or “maxed out” on energy. Ever feel like no matter what you do, you never have enough time? This workshop will help you get off autopilot and assess where your time is going. Sun. Event Details.

Hit the Screening of “Coraline,”
All Classical Portland will present a screening of “Coraline,” the 2009 first feature film from Portland-based animation studio LAIKA at the Hollywood Theatre. This 3D dark fantasy film was an immediate hit with both children and adults because of its creative and captivating storyline and innovative production aesthetics. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the event will feature ‘spooky’ prelude music performed on Hollywood Theatre’s pipe organ, the only such instrument in a public theater in the city. Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes and participate in a mini costume parade before the start of the show. Sun. Event Details.


Attend the Family Resource Fair
Meet with more than 20 nonprofit organizations that offer free and low-cost services to families! The Family Resource Fair features engaging displays, activities for children and information for adults. Exhibits highlight a wide range of topics including children’s healthcare, educational support for kids of all abilities, nutritional services, fine arts, mentoring and more.

Families are encouraged to visit tables and talk with representatives about programs and services. Families who visit five tables will receive one free raffle ticket. Drawing prizes include tickets to the Oregon Zoo; passes to the Northwest Children’s Theater; kids’ birthday party packages at Young Art, Sunset Lanes, and John’s Incredible Pizza; and much more.

Children attending the fair will receive one free book while supplies last. In addition, children ages three to seven years old, not already tested in other programs, can receive free vision screenings. Early screenings are critical so that children receive eye exam referrals before they begin formal reading instruction. Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss the Hillsboro Airport Air Fair 2017
Come capture the wonder of aviation at Oregon’s second busiest airport. Take a tour of the airfield, test your flying skills with the flight simulator, get a close-up look at planes on display, enjoy fresh food from Retrolicious, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy. The Regatta also includes a giant pumpkin weigh off, pie eating contest, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, clown shows, hot food and much more. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check out the Enchanted Farm and Forest Tour
Visit the Enchanted Farm and Forest where magic awaits around every corner! Children and adults will be lead by a costumed tour guide along winding forest and garden paths. On the way they will meet whimsical characters like a sleepy bear or Grandmother Cedar who will offer them gifts and special messages as they try to answer the question: “Where does the sun go at night?”Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Go on a Babywearing Playdate
Join a weekly SE play date at Tidee Didee Diaper Service! VBE’s will be available to help with any questions about your carriers as well as have a few try on only options available. Or feel free to come just to hang out with fellow babywearing caregivers and kiddos! Fri. Event Details.

What’s your favorite October-y weekend event. Share it with us in the comments below

—Annette Benedetti