Kid-Friendly Halloween Weekend Fun

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year, which means that Halloween *really* starts on Friday. We’ve gathered up a selection of some of the many kid-friendly Halloween events going on around Portland over Halloween weekend and beyond. Below you’ll find spooky and not-so-spooky events that feature art, animals, vampires, dancing, science, planes and candy. For even more happenings, check out our 31 Days of Halloween guide and our Halloween events calendar.


Snag your own pumpkin! Brave the rain and mud to get your own pumpkin at one of the area’s pumpkin patches. Be sure to stick around for hay rides, games, corn mazes and – of course – caramel apples.

Get spooked at a haunted house. Get your older kids psyched up for some spooky fun, or check out one of the more kid-friendly haunted houses.

Halloween Weekend:

Halloween Enchantment with the Micha-El School in Milwaukie. Take your child on a magical journey in the autumn twilight where they’ll encounter many enchanting characters. Come in costume!
When: October 27, 5-8 pm
Where: Micha-el School, 13515 SE Rusk Rd., Milwaukie
Cost: $10 per person. Tickets may be bought here.

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.  The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. In keeping with the zoo’s mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations.
When: October 28 and 29, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland OR
Cost: $4.95-$9.95

20th Annual Vampire-O at Magness Tree Farm. Come on out and view the impressive fall foliage of Magness Tree Farm at this fun, family-friendly orienteering event with a Halloween twist. You are on a mission to collect as many points as possible (in Score-O style), while vampires are out to steal your points back from you! The catch is that you won’t know who’s a vampire until it’s TOO LATE…
When: October 28,, 10:30 – 11:45 am
Where: Magness Tree Farm, 31195 SW Ladd Hill Rd., Sherwood OR
Cost: $17 individual, $5 for any additional persons. Kids 10 and under are free.

Thrill the World Portland 2017. Thrill the World Portland takes the stage for its tenth annual Thriller dance. Join in on the fun, or come to watch.
When: October 28, 2:45-3:30 pm
Where: Irving Park, 707 NE Fremont St., Portland OR
Cost: Free!

Monster Mash: ‘A Grimm Gala’ at the Southwest Community Center. Wear your costume, dance, make creepy crafts, play bewitching games and more.
When: October 28, 4-6 pm
Where: Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave, Portland OR
Cost: $12-14, with $6-8 for each additional child.

Not-So-Scary Halloween at the Portland Children’s Museum. Treat your family to a playful, festive, and not-so-scary day of Halloween fun at Portland Children’s Museum! Trick-or-treat bag decorating, pumpkin smash, spooky story times, glow in the dark painting, trick-or-treating and other festive fun await.
When: October 29, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland OR
Cost: Free with admission, with $5 materials fee for trick or treat bag

Llewellyn Monster March. This Sellwood-Moreland staple is open for all! Come show off your costumes and parade around the streets of Westmoreland, catching candy along the way.
When: October 29, 3 pm
Where: Llewellyn Elementary School, 6031 SE 14th Ave., Portland OR
Cost: Free

Halloween Day:

Halloween Hangar at the Pearson Field Education Center.  Halloween Hangar is a spooktacular, free, fun, family event guaranteed to bring smiles to goblins of all ages. Wear your costume and be ready for some fun and games, and maybe a little bit of learning, if you don’t watch out! Construct whirly gigs and release them at the vertical wind table. Build a glider. Be a jet pilot on a flight simulator. Kids receive a candy bag, while supplies last.
When: October 31, 6-9 pm
Where: Pearson Field Education Center, 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver WA
Cost: Free

Daytime Trick or Treating. Pre-trick or treat, or have this be the big event for younger kids. We’ve compiled a list of neighborhoods who give out candy before it gets dark here.

Be safe, and have fun!

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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