Halloween will be a little different this year, but Portlanders are finding creative and safe ways to celebrate! Enjoy the season with some of these spooky and not-so-spooky ideas.

  • Remember that pumpkin you bought? Time to carve it. Pro tip: Roast all the pumpkin seeds you dig out for a super-tasty snack. Check out our Pinterest board for pumpkin decorating and carving ideas, or visit the Boo Drive Thru (Oct 29-30) or The Pumpkin Display at West Linn for some spectacular inspiration (both FREE).
  • Plan a Halloween scavenger hunt. You can repurpose those plastic Easter eggs and hide candy around your home or backyard, or look for seasonal items in your neighborhood. Try a scavenger hunt by flashlight for more ambience. Our Pinterest board has some fun ideas. 
  • Don’t forget to decorate your own house!
  • Build a haunted house. A gingerbread house, that is. The Food Network has a recipe, directions and inspiration for this cute and creepy creation. (Trader Joe’s also has a popular kit version.) 
  • Peek at a miniature haunted house. Bunny with a Toolbelt has created a haunted dollhouse in their Window of Wonders on NE Alberta.
  • Head to the zoo. Oregon Zoo’s Howloween is back! Costumed trick-or-treaters can learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. This year treat bags are available at the end of the hunt for an additional $3 per participant. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24 and 28–31.
  • Show off those costumes! Post to Instagram with the hashtag #pdx_parent. We can’t wait to see your costumes!
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