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 22.
Cheer for the Blazers! Register now for a FREE TICKET to the 2023 Blazers Fan Fest and enjoy fandom, food, fun and prizes for the whole family. October 8.
Get festive. Festival season is still going strong! Check out the Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival, a family-friendly Diwali Celebration in Lake Oswego, and the 2nd Annual El Tigre Fest at Cook Park.
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 McCoy Park. Plant and care for trees and enjoy family friendly activities. October 14.
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 9 and 19 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 20, 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.
Get Halloween freebies. Make the rounds, with freebies typically found at Salt & Straw, Krispy Kreme, IHOP, and Mike’s Drive-In on Halloween. Be sure to double-check this year’s offerings, as deals are subject to change. And if you have a birthday this month, check out our list of birthday freebies, too!
Give back. Try one of these kid-friendly volunteering opportunities.
Get Snacking. Make one of these easy, lower sugar Halloween treats.
View an eclipse. Wear eye protection and watch the moon pass in front of the sun on October 14.
Make daytime trick or treating plans. Many of these Daytime Trick-or-Treating events are free to attend, too. We add to the list all month long, so bookmark it and check regularly as the big day approaches.
Wear your costume to the market. On October 29, your littles can trick-or-treat at the Tigard Farmers Market.
Ride a train. It’s hard to believe, but there’s no entrance fee and no charge to ride the trains at Molalla Train Park. Trick or treat there on October 29, at their Halloween Extravaganza! Donations welcome.
Get a little spooked. Head to your local library (or one of our favorite destination libraries) to pick up one of these mostly-sweet, maybe-a-little-spooky books, hand-picked for us by Annie Bloom’s Books.
Trick or Treat! The ultimate free October event. Get those bags or buckets and get some candy!