There’s spooky fun around every corner this weekend! Get your kiddos out to a local farm where they pick their perfect pumpkin and then stroll through a maze where otherworldly things lurk . From haunted towns and houses to fairgrounds that will having your whole family squealing, read on for a full list of our favorite weekend activities and events.

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Oaks Park Scare Grounds

Portland only Scream Park returns to one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, the historic Oaks Amusement Park. The Event features three horrifying haunted walkthrough attractions, House of Horrors Scarezone, Graveyard Pumpkin Patch, Last ‘Scream’ Photo Op, as well as Oaks Park Thrill Rides, Games and Concessions. There’s also a not-so-scary option for little kids. Little ghosts and goblins are invited to join for Midway Trick-or-Treating during select hours! Get a trick-or-treat bag from any game booth, then stop by the Carousel, Train, Mini Golf Course, and each Midway Game for goodies. 12 and younger only; 1 treat per child per location. Carousel and Train rides are free. Event Details.

Bella Organics Haunted Corn Maze

Open every Friday and Saturday night through October, this Halloween activity starts at dark! Get lost in acres of corn, in the dark. Creatures stalk you as you make your way through the Haunted Corn Maze! This year the Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze will be inspired by Halloween, the movie! There will be dark ghouls and goblins, chased by zombies, as you make your way through a unique Upside Down while avoiding Demogorgon. Event Details.

Scaregrounds PDX

After dark, Oaks Park morphs into Portland’s most horrifying haunt experience with three terror-inducing walk-through haunted attractions, plus the House of Horrors Scarezone, Graveyard Pumpkin Patch, Scream Parlor Photo Op, and of course the thrills and chills of Oaks Park’s rides and roller skating! Event Details.

Pumpkin Picking at the Pumpkin Patch

Located on beautiful Sauvie Island, The Pumpkin Patch is Portland’s original pumpkin patch. It’s a third-generation family farm that is Good Agricultural Practices certified. The Pumpkin Patch has been around since 1967 and is located just 15 minutes Northwest of Portland on 800 acres with over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the year. Each October they put on an incredible harvest festival with many attractions including their Big Red Animal Barn, hayrides, giant hay pyramid, original Corn Maize, Patio Café, Giftshop, Pumpkin Perk coffee cart, a bounteous farmers market of produce, and a couple food carts! Feel free hitch a ride on the wagon to U-pick your own pumpkin in the fields or simply pick one out in the market. Event Details.

Spirit of Halloween

The sleepy community of St Helens comes alive every October as it re-imagines Halloweentown, the spooky movie filmed there in the 1990s. You can find a celebration all month long, and they mean business—tickets are required for entry every weekend. You’ll be able to go on a self-guided haunted tour, check out the vendor village, and admire the storefronts in the historic downtown—look for special effects and great displays! You’ll find world class street performers, dance lessons, an alien exhibit, a costume contest, and a myriad of photo ops. Event Details.

Fall Splendor Excursion

Join for a scenic excursion along the Tillamook Coast and behold fall’s vibrant array of colors first-hand. Aboard this train powered by a historic diesel locomotive, bear witness to the season’s breathtaking transformation – a sight to remember. Event Details.

Pumpkin Display at West Linn

West Linn’s annual pumpkin display will be back this year with 200 intricately carved, mind-blowing pumpkins, a kid-friendly laser light display, glow pumpkins, and a flaming jack o’ lantern. This home display has previously been featured in The Oregonian, Pamplin Media, and Fox News 12. Parts of this display have appeared at special events such as: Spirit of Halloweentown, Clackamas County Scare Fair, and the City of West Linn Boo Drive Thru.  Event Details.

Howloween at the Zoo

You don’t want to miss this favored Halloween activity for the younger. The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this local tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. Expect to wear a mask, stick to your timed entry slot, and receive a goody bag at the end. Kids 2-12 will still love seeing the animals and learning all about conservation with a fun scavenger hunt. Event details.

Children’s Heart Foundation Walk

The Children’s Heart Foundation is celebrating 25 years of progress in support of the mission to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research.  Please join for our Congenital Heart Walk that includes the walk, family-friendly activities and entertainment!  There will be virtual activities throughout the week of the event as well, so you can participate wherever you are! Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti

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