As if costumes and candy weren’t enough to launch kids from their warm beds, straight into their costumes Halloween morning, it’s also a No School Day for Portland Public Schools. Yikes! If the thought of that much energy, paired with nothing to do, is scarier than than a zombie on your lawn, you’re going to need a plan – STAT. Treat yourselves to all of the fun without any of the spooky with a special puppet show, then head to the daylong  Not-So-Scary Halloween event. Later on, before you hit your ‘hood, go trick-or-treating down on the farm or on the Halloween Crawl along N. Killingsworth. Have a safe and fun Halloween!kids-halloween-costume

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Halloween Puppet Show
Penny’s Puppet Productions presents, Sweet Tooth the Ghost.  This cozy, safe and fun Halloween morning includes free stickers, coffee and tea. Be sure to wear a costume, as they will be doing a short and sweet costume parade. All kids will receive a small finger puppet to take home as their treat. Fri., 10:30 a.m.-noon, $5/person or $17/groups of four, All Ages. Event details.

Killer Halloween Crawl
The Overlook Village Business Association is hosting its third Halloween Crawl for kids and adults. Neighborhood businesses are offering special deals and a prize drawing for those in costume.  Costumed crawlers need to pick up a “passport” from the first participating business they visit and get it stamped by each business they visit.  Before they go home, they have to turn in their passport at the business they visit last in order to enter a drawing for prizes that include free or discounted services or products. Fri., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Halloween in the Village
Go trick-or-treating and have the kids in bed by their regularly scheduled bedtimes this year with a safe and well-lit experience for the little ones. Halloween in the Village will see Multnomah Village businesses handing out candy during the dwindling daylight hours. Fri., 3:30-5:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Not-So-Scary Halloween at the Museum
A full day of fun includes trick-or-treating inside and outside the museum all day, a Wizard of Oz meet and greet, a treat bag craft and an outdoor scavenger hunt.  See listing for specific event times. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $9-$10/person; free for members and children 1 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Dia de Los Muertos NW
Kids will find plenty to do and see at 6th annual celebration from Dia de Los Muertos NW: “A Celebration of Tradition & Innovation”. This year, Audio Cinema will host face-painting, muertos calaveras (sugar skull) decorating, storytelling with the Multnomah County Library, live music, including a performance by Grammy Award-Winners, Los TexManiacs, and a Catrina parade winding through the event. This is also a food drive for SnoCap Community Charities, so be sure to bring a non-perishable food item with you. Sat., 1 p.m.-midnight, $5/person; free for ages 12 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Dia de Los Muertos Procession and Concert
Everyone is welcome to join in the traditional, musical procession, starting at the PSU Urban Center (SW 5th Ave. and Mill St.) and ending at the Crystal Ballroom, with other participants dressed in black and painted faces. Don’t forget your umbrellas! At the destination, there will be Aztec dance performances, kids’ crafts, and so much music. All events are open to the community and welcome children. Sun., Nov. 2nd, 4 p.m. (procession); 5 p.m. (show), All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Trick-or-Treating at the Farm
Before you run around the neighborhood, head to Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch and Winery, where friendly characters will be dying to hand out candy to families all over the farm. Their haunted and twilight mazes will also open, as well as the rides (cow train, grain train, and hayrides), but those will end at dark. Costumes are highly encouraged. Fri., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Free trick or treating (some activities require a small fee), All Ages. Event details.