Metro Parent October 2014


Dreaming of a DIY Halloween? Take a cue from our October issue’s cover model, Rosie the Riveter (and her buddy Yoda, of course): You Can Do It! And Metro Parent (Portland, OR) can help, with an issue that’s full of October goodness, from how to stitch up the cutest treat bag on the block to our guide to our favorite Portland-area pumpkin patches.

October is also when local performing arts groupsreturn to the stage, and we’ve got a great preview of what’s coming up from all your kids’ favorites, including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theater and School and the kids’ concerts at the Oregon Symphony.

Our Daddy Issues columnist, Ryan White, explains why he will never, ever be a “brony” and managing editor Denise Castanon samples a worth-the-drive thin-crust pizza place with a fun play area in Clackamas.

There’s much more, including a Take Five interview with bestselling mystery author and Portland mom Chelsea Cain, news about how local hospitals and schools are working together to fight childhood obesity and our picks for the best rainboots to be found around town. After all, it’s getting to be that time of year again.


Play Room
Best-selling author Chelsea Cain talks writing murder scenes at Playdate PDX, plus the best trick-or-treat spots around the metro area.

Curtain Up
Our fall performing arts guide takes flight (literally, in the case of an aloft Mary Poppins). By Ryan White.

Crafty Halloween
Whip up the cutest treat bag and jack-o-lanterns on the block. By Denise Castañon.

Moving To … Kenton
Paul Bunyan keeps watch over this family-friendly NoPo neighborhood. By Courtney Sherwood.

Balance Sheet
First things first: It’s time to sit down and map out your family’s spending habits. By Darcy Cronin and Miel Hendrickson.

Hands On
Put all those fall leaves to good use with Art School Studio’s fun, salt-dough project. By Alexis Janssen and Heather Jackson.

Field Trip
Pumpkin patches and October go together like tricking and treating. A select guide to a few of our favorites. By Julia Silverman.

Family Supper
Thin-crust goodness, plus a kiddo play area in Clackamas? Sign us up. By Denise Castañon.

Recipe File
The Pronto Pizzeria and Kitchen crew shares their recipe for tasty little meatballs.

First Person: Daddy Issues
Just when our columnist had mastered the Frozen characters, along came the My Little Pony squad. By Ryan White.

Time Out
October’s top event picks, from apple tasting at Portland Nursery to bird-watching in Ridgefield.

Last Look
Portland in pictures.


Pediatric Health

Fall Festivities


Editor’s Note

EditorsNote1My twins are October babies, which usually makes this month pure mayhem for our family. No sooner is the birthday wrapping paper cleared away than the Halloween countdown begins. Actually, who am I kidding? The Halloween anticipation at our house starts roughly around, oh, November 2. And can you blame them? Halloween is the perfect kid holiday: There’s costumes and candy and staying up late and just a soupçon of spookiness — what’s not to love? After much debate, I think the kids are leaning toward scary costumes; there’s a lot of chatter from the backseat about vampires and zombies. But when they were 1-year-olds, I tried my hand at making them costumes, faithfully following a no-sew tutorial in a national parenting magazine that shall remain nameless. It wasn’t a huge success: Ben’s cottonball “cloud” costume started to molt almost immediately, and the rays on Elly’s sunshine costume were alarmingly droopy. In the years after that, I’ve stuck mostly to pulling from our dress-up bin (save for the one year I went a little nuts and splurged on over-the-top mermaid and pirate costumes from Etsy), but maybe I’ll give the DIY thing another try this year, following the neat suggestions from our homemade Halloween feature. There’s lots more to love in this month’s issue, including our fall performing arts preview, and a guide to some of the metro area’s best pumpkin patches. Bring it on, October: This year, we’re ready for you.

— Julia Silverman



Onthe Cover: All hail the Sellwood-Westmoreland monster march, where  local photographer
extraordinaire Kim Campbell took this great shot of Rosie the Riveter and her small Yoda. See more of Kim’s work at


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