Little ghouls and goblins, looks like you will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate Halloween all weekend long! There are events all over town, including lots of safe choices for trick-or-treating and even sugar-free options as well. Be sure to check out your neighborhood community center, many are offering Halloween-themed events throughout the week and weekend. Here’s what’s on tap for Portland Parks & Recreation. Two Portland Farmers Markets are in the Halloween spirit—the PSU Market is hosting a pumpkin event on Saturday and the King Market a Halloween hoedown on Sunday. There’s a Day of the Dead event at the St. Johns Library, a sugar-free Halloween carnival at the Village Fee School, a pumpkin fest in Beaverton, and a costume party in Troutdale. Finally, the Oregon Zoo is a sure hit anytime this weekend with their annual events, Squishing of the Squash on Friday and Howloween on Saturday and Sunday.



Halloween Carnival
A natural, sugar-free Halloween party bonanza! Open to the public and hosted by the Village Free School, this event includes a children’s movie, crafts, food, role-playing and board games. Perfect for toddlers through late-elementary-school-aged kids. Fri., 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Portland, $10 suggested family donation. Event details.


“Day of the Dead” Stories and Songs of Mexico
Head over to St. Johns Library and learn all about the history of this Mexican celebration! Nuestro Canto has gathered music from indigenous people of Mexico to perform in its original form and language using ancient and native instruments. This program will combine stories and indigenous songs about Day of the Dead. Fri., 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Halloween Hoedown
The King Farmers Market is in the Halloween spirit! There will be pumpkin painting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a trick-or-treat costume parade at noon. Sun., 10:00 a.m., Portland, free. Event details.


Great Pumpkin Event
Is the PSU Farmers Market on your list of stops for Saturday? In addition to picking up delicious fall fruits, vegetables and treats, the kids will love taking part in the fun planned—a pumpkin carving contest from 9 a.m. to noon plus a kids’ costume parade at noon! There will be prizes and goodie bags too. Sat., 9:00 a.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Squishing of the Squash
Oh, yes, it is indeed time again for this annual event at the Oregon Zoo! The elephants will once again delight the audience by pulverizing a huge pumpkin! Also, the interim elephant manager will discuss how pulverizing pumpkins plays an important role in these pachyderms’ well-being. Fri., 10:30 a.m., Portland, free with zoo admission. Event details.

Howloween at the Zoo
Bring your kids to a fun and safe setting for trick-or-treating—the Oregon Zoo! Trick-or-treaters in their costumes can participate in an exciting scavenger hunt that leads them 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. and Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Portland, free with zoo admission. Event details.


Pumpkin Fest
A night of Halloween fun and festivities! Put on your costume and proceed to Conestoga Recreation Center. There will be a pumpkin museum where you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite pumpkin. Win prizes on the pumpkin walk, jump on the inflatable and watch a movie in the pool. Fri, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Beaverton, $6 per child, adults free.Event details.

October Costume Party
Get some more mileage out of your little one’s costume and maybe even wear your own costume too! Hosted by the Moms Club of Troutdale, this event promises lots of fun with music, games, prizes, craft activities, food and drinks.Fri., 10:00 a.m. – noon, Troutdale, free. Event details.


—Holly Crisp