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20 Essential Portland Area Halloween Events 2018

  |  Happenings, Local Happenings, Portland

Although it feels like fall just started, it’s time to start making plans for Halloween! This year, there are plenty of Halloween events in Portland and its surrounding suburbs. From costume contests to trick-or-treating, and dance parties to river cruises, there’s something for everyone on this list. In fact, we’ve included a mix of both adults-only and kid-friendly events to ensure everyone can take part in the festivities this year!

Mark your calendars for these spooky (and not-so-spooky!) Halloween events in the Portland area. Continue reading if you dare…


HoptoberFest Block Party at BridgePort Brewing

October 6 | 12–6 p.m.

Location: BridgePort Brewing, Portland

BridgePort Brewing is hosting their second annual HoptoberFest Block Party, featuring music from DJ Ashley Montague, a photo booth, games, and plenty of Oktoberfest-inspired food for purchase, including German-style pretzels and sausages. Plus, Silver Julep, Portland’s award-winning bar caterer will be serving up a variety of BridgePort beers from their classic Airstream trailer. Tickets for HoptoberFest are available in advance for $13 and at the door for $18. The price of entry includes three drink tickets redeemable for 10-ounce pours of your choice.


Howloween at the Oregon Zoo

October 20–21 + 27–28 | 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Location: The Oregon Zoo, Portland

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo

Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for little ones to go trick-or-treating amongst wildlife. Costumed kids can collect treats and prizes at different stations throughout the zoo, learning about wildlife along the way. On the first weekend of Howloween, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service experts will host a “Monster Invaders” demonstration in the Nature Exploration Station. And on the second weekend, join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service experts in the Nature Exploration Station to celebrate Bat Week, an annual, international celebration recognizing the important role of bats in our world. This event is free with regular zoo admission.


Trunk-or-Treat at the Aloha Swim Center

October 26 | 5–8 p.m.

Location: Aloha Swim Center, Beaverton

The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is hosting their first annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the Aloha Swim Center in Beaverton. Enjoy a night of safe trick-or-treating fun for all ages in the parking lot, plus crafts, open swim time, games, snacks, and more. Decorate your car for Halloween to participate in the trunk-or-treat fun! Multiple prizes will be awarded for the best costume and best decorated car/space.


Monster Bash & Splash

October 26 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, Beaverton

The annual Monster Bash & Splash at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center offers endless Halloween fun for little ones, including a trick-or-treating village, a chills and thrills carnival, boo bingo, a little goblin play zone, and a pool party. Plus, dive into your favorite vampire hotel movie with a movie screening in the pool at 7 p.m. Admission to Monster Bash & Splash is $10 per child. The event is designed for kids ages 8–13 but all ages are welcomed.


‘80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party

October 26 | 8 p.m.

Location: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, Portland

Crystal Ballroom McMenamins Halloween

Photo Courtesy of McMenamins Crystal Ballroom/Kathleen Nyberg

The ‘80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party will take over both floors of the Crystal Ballroom the Friday before Halloween. One section (#80sVDA) will feature all your favorite ‘80s videos and plenty of Halloween-themed videos, and #NewWaveVDA in Lola’s Room will feature the videos that made MTV’s 120 Minutes great, featuring artists like The Cure, Adam Ant, The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and New Order. This 21+ party will feature tons of lights, videos, music, dancing, Halloween decor, and their legendary costume contest.



Experience Theatre Project Presents The Rise of Houdini

October 26–27 | 6–10 p.m.

Location: Beaverton Masonic Lodge, Beaverton

For two nights only, experience a horrifying séance in a haunted lodge. Step back in time to 1927 for The Rise of the Great Houdini, performed by Professor DR Schreiber. This spooky event will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a full bar with themed cocktails and beers on tap, and a delicious themed dessert served at intermission. Guests are encouraged to dress in the fashion of 1927 but costumes are not required. Tickets for this exciting Experience Theatre Project event range from $52–75.


Portland Spirit’s 2018 Halloween Boo! Cruise

October 27 | 11 p.m.–1 a.m.

Location: Portland Spirit Cruises & Events, Portland

All aboard for this special Halloween cruise on The Portland Spirit. Enjoy an evening of fright, fun and soul, including music from Soul Suspect, three full-service bars, and a bistro menu. This event is for ages 21 and over. Tickets are available in advance for $46 each. The cruise takes off at 11 p.m. so be sure to arrive by 10:45 p.m. for boarding!


Halloween Party at the EastBurn

October 27 | 5 p.m.–2 a.m.

Location: EastBurn Public House, Portland

EastBurn Portland, OR

Photo Courtesy of EastBurn Public House

EastBurn Public House is throwing an epic Halloween Party, including a costume contest, drink specials, live music, DJ music, and more. $500 will be awarded to the best costume of the night, so come dressed to impress!


Special Celebrations Harvest Festival in Vancouver

October 27 | 1–3 p.m.

Location: East Park Church, Vancouver

Special Celebrations is a volunteer-led support group of parents celebrating their loved ones experiencing special needs. The group is hosting a special sensory-friendly harvest festival in Vancouver open to all ages and all abilities. Activities include carnival games, crafts, face painting, mad science, sensory play, and more. Family-friendly costumes (without masks) are welcome.


Halloween ComicFest in Portland

October 27 | All Day

Locations: Various Comic Book Stores

Halloween ComicFest is a massive celebration of Halloween and comics sweeping across the country at various comic shops. Pick up free Halloween-themed comics and participate in a costume contest at any of the many participating shops in the area, including Floating World Comics, Other Worlds Games, Future Dreams, Excalibur Books and Comics, Books With Pictures, and Bridge City Comics.


Halloween Fun at the Tram

October 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Location: Portland Aerial Tram, Portland

Halloween Fun at the Portland Aerial Tram

Photo Courtesy of Timo Forsberg via Portland Aerial Tram

Experience Halloween festivities from new heights at the Portland Aerial Tram. Their annual Halloween event features frightful and delightful family activities, including face painting and arts and crafts for kids. Plus, enjoy the views from the tram at any point in the day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Kids 6 and under ride the tram for free with a fare-paying adult.


Halloween Costume Crafting at The Craft Factory

October 27 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: The Craft Factory, Portland

Crafters rejoice! Dress up in your best costume and get crafty at The Craft Factory. For $10, create a Halloween-themed craft, including a haunted house, a cat, or a pumpkin — plus make a mask to match your costume for free. Snack on a sweet treat while you create your festive craft!


Booville in Vancouver

October 27 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: Luepke Senior Center, Vancouver

Booville Vancouver, WA

Photo Courtesy of the Parks Foundation of Clark County

The Parks Foundation of Clark County is hosting Booville in Vancouver! This free family-friendly event will welcome over 500 children and families to participate in safe indoor trick-or-treating, games, story time, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, and much more.


Downtown Milwaukie Trick-or-Treating

October 27 | 2–5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Milwaukie

Downtown Milwaukie Trick-or-Treating

Slip on your costumes and head to downtown Milwaukie for an afternoon of trick-or-treating at various participating businesses. The trick-or-treating fun will be happening along both Southeast Main Street and Southeast 21st Avenue!


Tombstone Trick-or-Treat at Lone Fir Cemetery

October 27 | 12–3 p.m.

Location: Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland

Mingle with ghosts at Tombstone Trick-or-Treat, a free and family-friendly trick-or-treat party hosted by Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. The cemetery’s gates will be flung wide open for guests to wander the grounds and mingle with historic Portland spirits handing out candy, chatting about their impressive (and sometimes unusual!) lives, and giving autographs. This is a free event open to all ages!



Creatures of the Night in Sherwood

October 27 | 6–9 p.m.

Location: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

Take a walk on the wild side at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood. Their free family-friendly event will feature indoor hands-on activities, night walks, and fun surprises! Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animal. Night walks start at 6 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 8 p.m. Sign up for a time slot upon arrival; keep in mind that there is limited space available!


Luscher Farm Crosstoberfest – Cyclocross Race

October 27 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Luscher Farm, West Linn

The City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department and Zone 5 Promotions is hosting a special Cyclocross event at the rolling and muddy course at Luscher Farm in West Linn. Members of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association may ride in this race, either registering in advance or the day of. Visit the Vendor Village for an Oktoberfest party, featuring food, beer, music, and much more!


Portland Halloween Party at Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

October 31 | 10 p.m.–12 a.m.

Location: Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, Portland

Dance the night away with Mars Retrieval Unit and Lost Ox at Goodfoot Pub & Lounge this Halloween. This 21+ event will kick off at 10 p.m. but doors open at 9. Tickets are $12!


2018 Monster Mash

October 31 | 3–6 p.m.

Location: Christ Church Episcopal Parish, Lake Oswego

Dress the kids in their costumes and head to the Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego for an indoor trick-or-treating spooktacular! This free event will feature safe, family-friendly activities, classroom treats, and an overall spooky good time for kids ages 0–12.


‘90s Halloween Party at Crystal Ballroom

October 31 | 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Location: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, Portland

McMenamins is hosting their annual ‘90s Halloween Party in Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom. Put on your costume and dance the night away to your favorite ‘90s songs. This event is for ages 21 and over. Admission is $8 at the door.


Happy Halloween!

What Halloween events in the Portland area are you dying to attend? Let us know in the comments below!

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