Halloween has sunken its teeth into Portland. Pumpkin patches are bursting and the city is crawling with eerie events. The entire town is crawling with fun. There are the usual suspects like The Oregon Zoo and The Portland Children’s Museum. And most neighborhoods are also hosting events like family parades and craft classes.

Will you be celebrating the spooky season and test-driving your Halloween costumes this weekend? Or enjoying some Halloween-free time with your family?

East side

Sugar Skull Craft at Spielwerk Toys (pictured)
Decorating Mexican Sugar Skulls is a wonderful addition to your Halloween traditions. Children will decorate pure sugar skulls with colorful icing, beads, feathers, foil, and sequins in memory of loved ones who have passed. Beautiful, simple, and fun! Sat. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

You Who Halloween
Catch a special Halloween You Who variety show full of puppets, magic, stories, sing-alongs, giant barn owls, and incredible music that adults will love, too—this month, catch The Head and the Heart. Dress up! Sun. Doors at noon; show at 1:00 pm. $10 adults/$5 kids/non-walkers free. All ages. Event details.

Sellwood Monster March
A wonderful neighborhood event that brings out the kid in everyone. The fun of entire families parading down the street decked out in their Halloween ensembles is unprecedented. Sun. 3:00 pm. Llewellyn School. Free. All ages. Event details.

West side

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for trick-or-treaters. Join an exciting scavenger hunt leading to activity stations around the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit. Sat-Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Boo Bash, Monster Mash
Go on a scavenger hunt for the missing pumpkins, create a one of a kind trick or treat bag, and shake a tail feather with museum favorites Greasy Kid Stuff!  Sun. 9:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Free with admission. All. Event details.

Out of Town

Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls
Watch salmon chasing and circling in Multnomah Creek and learn about the state of salmon and other endangered species. Smokey the Bear is just one of the special guests. Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Multnomah Falls. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen