Seasonal fun isn’t hard to find this weekend. From baking sweets and treats to going on a pumpkin hunt to celebrating the Day of the Dead—there’s a plethora of autumn-inspired, “Portlandy” events for your whole tribe to attend. Read on to find the perfect fall outing for your family.

day-of-the-dead-portlandphoto: Ian Lee via flickr

SE Portland

Make Some Yummy Treats
Join Bee Thinking’s own Hillary Bergh, 5th generation chef and nutrition coach, in making some sweet honey treats! Each participant leaves with a batch of no-bake pumpkin spice cookies and the recipe to recreate them for years to come! Fri. Event Details.

Be Amazed by the All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show!
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, pizza by the slice, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat. Event Details.

Participate in a Day of the Dead Celebration
Head to Cargo for an unforgettable Day of the Dead Party. Join the fun for tamales, sweets, sugar skull decorating, button making, face painting, tarot card readings, and handwriting analysis. Kids and adults are welcome to come in costume. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Enjoy Story Time with Baby
There’s a new story time for you and baby at Green Been Books. Enjoy listening to and participating in songs, rhymes, lap bounces and playtime with your littlest family member. You’ll leave with some new ideas about things to do with baby on your own. Fri. Event Details.

Feed on the Fun at Veg Fest
Portland VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone and features good food, live entertainment and lots of fun for the whole family.Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Don’t Miss Halloween Night Flight
Celebrate Halloween at Audubon Society of Portland’s Night Flight Festival! Learn all about the creatures of the night on a naturalist-led walk through Portland Audubon’s Nature Sanctuary, enjoy crafts, learning stations, and meet the Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture and Raven! Children are encouraged to wear costumes that are easy to move in without masks because they will be walking along the trails.Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Learn More at the Oregon Episcopal School Open House
This event is a great opportunity for parents and students exploring grades 6-12 to learn more about OES. Experience the unique teaching style with mini-class offerings throughout the afternoon. Sun. Event Details.


Head to the Halloween Spooktacular Event
Dress in costume and join World of Speed for a day of Halloween fun! On October 22, take part in our costume parade, compete in the Great Pumpkin Race, and make your own “Trunk-or-Treat” bags for gathering tasty treats and cool prizes throughout the galleries. Sat. Event Details.


Catch the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Catch this comical and family-friendly retelling of the classic tale of bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, after he moves to Sleepy Hollow, a town haunted by a headless horseman. Based on the book by Washington Irving. Sat. Event Details.


Go Pumpkin Hunting in Sherwood
Take a free hayride to the pumpkin Patch to select the perfect pumpkin (pumpkins range in price from $4-$10). Enjoy  free attractions like the hay maze, farm animals, play structure, tractor, hay “house”, tractor tires, fun fall signs/cutouts, the long black tube, and more. On weekends nosh on hand-cut french fries, German sausages, freshly popped kettle corn, pumpkin bowling, duck races, & pumpkin toss games. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite fall-inspired family event? Tell us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti