Halloween in Portland is absolute magic. Enjoy the season with some of these spooky and not-so-spooky ideas.

Pumpkin Display at West Linn, courtesy Meg Asby
  • Pick out the perfect pumpkin and navigate a corn maze at one of these pumpkin patches.
  • 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 Pumpkin Display at West Linn (free!) for some spectacular inspiration.
  • 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. 
  • Climb aboard the Boo Train. Flower Farmer in Canby offers a spooky evening ride on their miniature train on select dates in October.
  • A visit to Davis Graveyard, an elaborate Halloween display in Milwaukie, is a Halloween must.
  • Don’t forget to decorate your own house!
  • Watch a coven paddle the Willamette. The annual SUP Witches’ Paddle is free to view from the shore or a bridge and will delight your little goblins. October 29.
  • 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.) 
  • Head to the zoo for Oregon Zoo’s Howloween! Costumed trick-or-treaters can learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. Oct. 22-23 and 28–31.
  • If you’re up for a road trip, party at the Boo Bash Festival at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, Washington. October 22-31. 
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