Don’t try to escape it: Halloween has sunken its teeth into Portland. Pumpkin patches are bursting and the city is crawling with spooky events. The entire town is oozing with fun. There are the usual suspects: The Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, and most local shopping areas are putting on big bashes. But smaller neighborhoods are also hosting events like family parades and craft classes!

Looking for something more low key? Check out these Spooktacular Places in Portland if you want to hike to a haunted lighthouse or enjoy some quieter time with your family.


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. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Eco Halloween
The second NW Portland Green Halloween event features treats, face painting and a Halloween costume contest. Sat. 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Beezoo Children’s Exchange. Free. All. Event details.

Great Pumpkin Event at Portland Farmers Market
A Halloween harvest celebration featuring a pumpkin carving contest and children’s costume parade around the market at noon. Goodie bags provided for all parade participants. Sat. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


You Who Halloween: Fruit Bats
You Who
 is a children’s rock variety show with activities in the art zone and a variety show for the shorty set that is full of puppets, magic, stories, sing-alongs, and “giant barn owls.” But it also has incredible music that adults will love, too—this month, catch a special Halloween You Who with Fruit Bats. Dress up! Sun. Doors at noon; show at 1:00 pm. 15 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.

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! Sun. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen