‘Tis the season for costume making, pumpkin carving and candy eating. Halloween season is in full swing — and it wouldn’t be complete without the age-old tradition of trick-or-treating. If you’re a candy-loving kid living in the Portland area, you will be very pleased to discover that this city is ideal for trick-or-treating. Just head to Alameda, Grant Park, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire and Eastmoreland, and you’ll discover the ideal conditions for a treat-filled evening on Halloween.
If you’re looking for more treat-filled fun, add one (or several!) of these trick-or-treating events in Portland to your calendar. Featuring costume contests, games and activities, and of course, lots of treats — these kid-focused events are the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit.
October 19–20 + 26–27 | 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
During the final two weekends of October, Howloween at 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. This event is free with regular zoo admission.
October 26 | 12–4 p.m.
Each year, Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association hosts their Harvest Festival, a free family-friendly (including pets!) indoor/outdoor autumn festival. Activities include a haunted house, a carnival, face painting, crafts, live music, and much more. Costumes are encouraged! RSVP on their Facebook event page and keep an eye out for updates as the event draws near. Rumor has it that Bellatrix LeStrange will be there…
October 26 | 2–5 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Hamid Shibata Bennett via the City of Milwaukie
Each year, downtown Milwaukie comes to life with costumes, treats, and lots of Halloween fun! Put on your costume and travel between the participating businesses along Main Street and 21st Avenue to collect treats from 2–5 p.m.
October 27 | 4–6 p.m.
The Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose are hosting the 5th Annual Parkrose Trunk or Treat, featuring lots of candy, games, spooky music and a costume contest at 5 p.m.! While the event is designed for ages 0–12, there will be lots of Parkrose business coupons for adults.
October 31 | 3–5 p.m.
Photos Courtesy of Happy Valley Library
On Halloween, visit the Happy Valley Library for trick-or-treating fun in your costume! Monster Mash is a beloved community event kids in Happy Valley look forward to each year.
October 31 | 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Multnomah Village
Each year, Multnomah Village hosts Halloween in the Village, a community-wide trick-or-treating event featuring candy, games and endless Halloween fun. Visit participating businesses along Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Troy on Halloween from 3:30–5:30 p.m. — rain or shine!
Trick or Treat Alberta Street
October 31 | 3:30–6 p.m.
Businesses along Alberta Street will be giving out candy and other goodies on Halloween! There are two starting places this year: Green Bean Books at 1600 Northeast Alberta and Redbird Studio at 2927 Northeast Alberta. The first 500 costumed kids will receive a free cloth trick-or-treating bag! And grown-ups will not be left out of the fun, as Halloween falls on Last Thursday, which will feature Halloween- and Day of the Dead-themed gallery showings from October 31 through November 2.
October 31 | 4–6 p.m.
The Tigard Downtown Alliance is hosting their annual Trick or Treat Main Street event, providing a safe, daylight experience for trick-or-treating along Tigard’s Main Street at participating businesses. The trick-or-treating zone extends from North Main by Rite Aid and Value Village all the way south towards Main Street Village. Participating merchants will have a pumpkin in their window signifying they are open to trick-or-treaters!
October 31 | 4–6 p.m.
Oregon City is hosting their annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event, where participating local businesses will be handing out candy for trick-or-treaters. Plus, pick up candy from the Oregon City Police Department and several “trunk-or-treat” vehicles from iHeartRadio, and participate in a costume contest. Be sure to stick around to see some spooky lights on the Oregon City Municipal Elevator by from 6:30–8:30 p.m.! This annual Halloween tradition is sponsored by Les Schwab, Country Financial, Guild Mortgage and Citizens Bank.
October 31 | 4–10 p.m.
Put on your costume and head to McMenamins Kennedy School this Halloween for a Frankenstein show, trick-or-treating, live music, and much more. Plus, if you watch closely, you may just encounter some paranormal activity while you’re at the Kennedy School, as some believe the place to be haunted!
What trick-or-treating events are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below — whether or not they are on this list.