October can be an expensive month—Halloween candy, costumes, decorations, more Halloween candy after you ate the Halloween candy you bought earlier in the month (just us?). But there’s no reason to break the bank when going out and about with the kiddos. Here are some ideas for free kid-friendly fun this month.
Attend the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. See locals race giant pumpkins (yes!) on Tualatin Commons Lake. On dry land, check out the costume contest, face painting, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin golf. October 16.
Cheer for the Blazers! Register now for a FREE TICKET to the 2022 Blazers Fan Fest and enjoy an intrasquad scrimmage, food, fun and prizes for the whole family. October 14.
Get festive. The Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival is back in person this year! Enjoy vendors, music and presentations. October 1.
Plant trees for Portland Arbor Day. Tree canopy coverage citywide helps make Portland a healthier, greener place to live. Join the Arbor Day celebration at Glenwood Park. Plant and care for trees and enjoy family friendly activities. October 29.
Get free trees for your yard. This city of Portland is giving away 2000 trees this fall! Register for yours today. Trees must be planted inside the Portland city limits, limit 2 free trees per household.
Skip the parking fee. October 10 and 20 are Metro Free Parking Days. Enjoy free parking at Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp, and Chinook Landing Marine Park.
Check out some awesome carved pumpkins. Beginning October 15, head out to West Linn on weekends for a kid-friendly Halloween display featuring 200 intricately carved pumpkins with music, fog, lasers, and UV glow lights.
Learn about World Stage Theatre. World Stage Theatre is doing amazing work, and they want to tell you all about it! Join their open house for food, music, yoga, performances and more. October 15.
Give back. Try one of these kid-friendly volunteering opportunities.
Get Snacking. Make one of these easy, lower sugar Halloween treats.
Wear your costume to the market. On October 30 your littles can trick-or-treat at the Tigard Farmers Market.
Get a little spooked. Head to your local library to pick up one of these mostly-sweet, maybe-a-little-spooky books, hand-picked for us by Annie Bloom’s Books.