Double, double toil and trouble—Halloween is almost here! Jack-o-lanterns are popping up all across town; everyone is stocking up on Halloween candy; and we’ve been planning our costumes for weeks.
Our Central Oregon communities take Halloween very seriously, celebrating with fun events, trick-or-treating, spooky movies and more. While many events have been cancelled due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the Delta Variant, there are still plenty of ways to get into the Halloween spirit safely around Bend, Redmond and our other local communities. Below we have a list of our anticipated Halloween events along with a few ways to celebrate at home this year. Happy Halloween!
Local Halloween Events & Activities
Explore High Desert Halloween
This year, head to the High Desert Museum for a Halloween event the whole family will enjoy! On October 23rd from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., hear tales that will make you tremble; uncover myths about not-so-wicked wildlife; and visit the Miller family to explore their favorite spooky traditions from the early 20th century. Costumes are encouraged and tickets are free with regular museum admission.
Each year, residents of Redmond head downtown to go trick-or-treating at local businesses along 6th Street. The street is closed to cars from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night, creating a fun and safe environment to enjoy this beloved tradition. Plus, enter the costume contest for a chance to win prizes!
Watch a spooky movie under the stars at Twilight Cinemas
Everyone loves a good Halloween movie—especially when you get to see it under the stars at a drive-in! This year on October 30th, Twilight Cinemas will be showing Disney’s Cruella beginning at dusk. The drive-in opens at 5 p.m. so you can get a good spot and you’ll be able to get snacks from their snack bar. Reservations are required and masks are required when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
Participate in a glow-in-the-dark disc golf tournament
On October 30th, head to Redmond for a disc-golf tournament and Halloween mash up: Howlaloola! The event will kick off with an afternoon round of 18-holes followed by dinner and a 12-hole glow-in-the-dark round. Costumes are encouraged and there will be plenty of tricks, treats and Halloween fun.
Take a ghost tour of downtown Bend
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Bend is known for its award-winning breweries, amazing restaurants and incredible outdoor recreation. But there’s another side to this Central Oregon mountain town that few ever get to see. That’s where Bend Ghost Tours come in! This tour company will lead you through the haunted streets and alleyways of historic downtown Bend, where you’ll learn about the city’s macabre tales, secrets and famous ghosts. Click here to book your tour this October.
Make a fall craft at The Art Station
If you’re looking for something fun to do with kids this Halloween, check out The Art Station’s packed itinerary of youth classes! This season, they’re offering a little bit of everything for all ages, helping inspire a love for art in your little ones. Their upcoming fall classes will teach your children how to make leaf platters, Dia De Los Muertos skeletons, sunset paintings and more.
Catch a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
There’s nothing like watching the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live audience. Mix that energy with Halloween and you have a night you won’t soon forget! This October, enjoy watching the film with a “shadow cast” at the Cascades Theatrical Company. Actors will perform in front of the screen as the film plays, a tradition beloved among Rocky Horror fans. Costumes are encouraged and you can purchase your tickets for a showing October 22-31st, right here.
Participate in the annual Downtown Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Each year, the Downtown Bend Business Association hosts a Halloween Scavenger Hunt, encouraging you to explore Bend and take selfies with iconic sites and Halloween items like bats, gargoyles, spiders, winter gloves and more. To participate, all you have to do is visit the downtown Bend website and download their 2021 scavenger hunt form. Then, make your way throughout downtown and take pictures with items on the list, posting them to Instagram using the hashtags #downtownbend and #halloweenhunt. Finally, just return your form and be entered to win $50 in Downtown Dollars, which can be used at local Bend businesses.
Things to Do at Home
Carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween activity that is a favorite for many families all across the country! Simply head to one of our favorite pumpkin patches in Central Oregon and then go to town shaping and carving your pumpkin into faces, silly messages and more. If you want a safer alternative for young children, consider painting them with kid’s washable paint instead!
Watch a Halloween movie
At the end of the day, Halloween is about spending time with your family and getting a little scared here and there. So, if you don’t feel like pulling out all the stops this year—don’t worry! Settling in with a scary movie and some popcorn can do the trick just as easily. For the kids, we recommend a not-so-scary movie like Frankenweenie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus and the 2019 reboot of The Addams Family.
Decorate to the max
While you may not be able to host a massive Halloween bash this year, you can still decorate your home to the max! Fill your front yard with Jack-o-lanterns, fake skeletons, foam gravestones and, of course, plenty of fake, giant spiderwebs. Then make sure the inside of your house looks just as haunted with creepy ghosts, painted pumpkins, witch figurines and more.
Go Trick-or-Treating (Safely)
Trick-or-treating is still a go this year, if you feel comfortable! If you are taking your kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood or you’re a homeowner handing out candy, be sure to read the recommended guidelines here to make it a safe experience. You can even take the Safe House Pledge and print it to be displayed on your window or door, telling your neighbors your house is safe for trick-or-treaters!
Have a happy Halloween!
How do you plan on spending Halloween here in Central Oregon? Let us—and our readers—know, in the comments below.