Lots of outings to get you into the Halloween spirit this weekend! There’s a HUGE corn maze within the Portland city limits that is sure to get you lost at least once in your 6.5-acre journey! There’s a Halloween storytime, a special family-oriented performance by the BloodyVox Dance Company, and a pumpkin derby where you can either create and enter your own pumpkin racecar or simply enjoy the races from the sidelines. The amazing Elizabeth Mitchell is in town performing on Sunday, and a children’s theater group all the way from Germany performs their Polarsafari show at the Chapman School. Finally, Doggie Palooza, which provides a chance to bring both your human and furry kids out for the fun, and a fancy party at the Capitol Hill Library. Cheers to a great weekend!


Corn Maze In The City
If you and your kids are fans of larger, harder corn mazes, this one has your names written all over it! Come check out this 6.5-acre corn maze, complete with 15-foot-thick walls. After you’ve tackled the maze, maybe relax a bit with pony rides, face painting, food booths, a bouncy slide, hay and tractor rides, pumpkin painting, and a hay pyramid. Fri. to Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Portland, $7 13+, $5 5-12, 4 and under free. Event details.


Halloween Storytime
Give your kids a dress rehearsal in their costumes and come enjoy Halloween stories and crafts at Barnes and Noble! Best for ages 0 to 5 years. Sat., 11:00 a.m., Portland, free. Event details.


Elizabeth Mitchell
What a treat—Elizabeth Mitchell will be in town performing at Mississippi Studios! If you haven’t experienced Mitchell’s beautiful voice and fun, folky children’s music, this is a perfect chance to do so.Sun., 1:00 p.m., Portland, $12.90 per person, $40.30 family of four. Event details.




The BloodyVox Dance Company is putting on a special, family matinee performance! This show includes activities specially designed to promise a dreadfully good time for the littlest ghouls and monsters. A team of thirteen talented dancers brings the spirit of Halloween to life in this brand new dance theater experience.Sat., 2:00 p.m., Portland, $20. Event details.


Doggie Palooza
Grab your well-behaved pooch and head to a fun pet fair! There will be toys and treats and a variety of presentations and demonstrations. Enter your furry kid in contests for most creative Halloween costume, best pet trick, and pet/owner look-a-like! The first 500 dogs get a free treat courtesy of Dogswell. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, $8 adults, $7 62+, $5 3-18, under 3 free, members free. Event details.


Children’s Theater: Feuer & Flamme
The Children’s Theater group, Feuer and Flamme, comes to entertain us all the way from Germany! This mobile theater company usually travels throughout Germany and Europe, but is making the long journey to Portland. Their two-women act is delightfully imaginative and combines the tradition of German storytelling with a more contemporary stage setting. See their performance of Polarsafari, suitable for young children. Sat., 2:30 p.m., Portland, $10 per person. Event details.


Fancy Party
Kiddos, wear your top hats and tutus, it’s time for a fancy celebration! The Capitol Hill Library is hosting a special event with fancy stories, games and crafts. Best for ages 0 to 5 years. Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Portland, free. Event details.



Screaming Pumpkin Derby
It’s a race of handmade pumpkin cars, folks! Both competitors and spectators welcome! In addition to a day of pumpkin car racing, there also will be crafts, trick-or-treating, lunch and desserts. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes! Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Vancouver, free. Event details.

—Holly Cris