Go. Play. Explore. — October 16-22

We are already in mid-October! How? Halloween is right around the corner and spooky crafts and activities are popping up everywhere. There’s a ton of fun to be had indoors and out this week— here are some of our top picks for the week. We’ve got lots of Halloween picks below, but if you’re looking for even more, check out our Halloween calendar here

Event Spotlight:

Monday, October 16: Mr. Ben Plays Live Music for Kids and Their Grownups in North PDX

Tuesday, October 17: SKYGLOW: A Magical Timelapse Film and Conversation in NW PDX

Wednesday, October 18: Special Education: What You Need to Know in Oregon City

Thursday, October 19: Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek in SW PDX








Friday, October 20

Portland Parks Ladybug Walk in North PDX. Ladybug Walks are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-up who want to explore nature in Portland’s parks with trained preschool naturalist. Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Read our review here.

Storytime with Olive &Dingo in SE PDX. Come join O & D for Story Time with songs, stories, comedy and balloon animals for young children and their families. 

Hands-On Harp Demonstration in NW PDX. The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, and how do you play them? Discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams.

Garden Home Pumpkin Hunt in SW PDX. There will be plenty of chances for young visitors to win prizes, jump in our bounce house, participate in a costume contest and get their face painted, too! Enjoy bingo, crafts, games and more in the Garden Home Recreation Center gymnasium. PLUS, new this year is a Haunted Maze with the Garden Home Community Library. From 5 pm-6 pm there will be an inclusive event for children experiencing sensory and mobility needs.

Celebracion del Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration in Fairview. Celebre el Día de los Muertos a través de la creacion de bellas manualidades y aprenda sobre esta tradición tan especial en Latino America. Celebrate The Day of The Dead, a festive and colorful Latin American holiday. Create beautiful crafts and learn more about this special tradition.

Saturday, October 21

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin. If you have never seen the Pumpkin Regatta then you probably have never seen costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins around the Lake of the Commons in a series of wacky races. The Regatta also includes a giant pumpkin weigh off, pie eating contest, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, clown and magic shows, hot food and much more.

Museum of Natural History Open House in SW PDX. Come explore new interactive exhibits developed by PSU students, featuring a diversity of organisms from PSU’s scientific collections. Open to everyone, this free, family-friendly special event is educational fun for all ages!

The Big Bad Wolf’s Big Bad Day in NW PDX. Dragon Theater Puppets presents a puppet show for all ages. Three wolves tell their stories about what really happened to them in the classic stories about the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Peter and the Wolf.

Foot-stompin’ with Bigfoot Mojo in SE PDX. Live Bluegrass band Bigfoot Mojo provides high-energy music for a foot-stompin’ good time for the whole family. Old traditional songs and originals will keep everyone dancing.

Halloween Night Flight in NW PDX. Come face-to-face with Portland Audubon’s Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, and Raven. Enjoy crafts, learning stations, and a naturalist-led night walk that will investigate the creatures that haunt the Portland Audubon sanctuary at night.

Sunday, October 22

Gustafer Yellowgold in SE PDX. Gustafer Yellowgold’s show is a multi-media performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling.

Salmon Homecoming in Gresham. Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In collaboration with the Native American community, Salmon Homecoming will include cultural activities, walks honoring the cultural significance of salmon, and indigenous science programming. Event takes place both Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22.

Dracula Re-Vamped in SE PDX. Dracula Re-Vamped is the brilliant monster kids puppet show for all ages. This all time family favorite at the Puppet museum generally sells out each show. Show is about 45 minutes long, give or take a monster or two. Fun for all ages. Shows on both Saturday and Sunday.

Special Halloween Coraline Screening in NE PDX. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween at this spooky fun event for guests of all ages. The event will feature ‘spooky’ prelude music performed on Hollywood Theatre’s pipe organ. Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes and participate in a mini costume parade before the movie start.

The Not-So Secret Family Show in NE PDXFeaturing a rotating lineup of Portland’s finest family performers for the kids & showcasing Portland’s best singer/songwriters for the grown-ups. Full bar & menu available. October 22 is Mo Phillips and Jeremy Wilson.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out our full calendar here. 

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Amy Conway

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