Let the Halloween countdown begin – along with the pumpkin patch visits and getting lost in the corn mazes. Our October issue is your guide to all the fall season fun in PDX, including our annual fall performing arts preview and a photo essay for all the procrastinator parents in our tribe (you know who you are!) on pulling together a Halloween costume for the kiddos from stuff you’ve probably already got in the dress-up box. October also marks the start of open house season at schools around the metro area, so our education guide is designed to help you find the best fit for your kids, whatever their interests. Plus, kid-friendly ramen joints, a getaway guide to Tillamook and a very personal essay on parenting the second time around.
Spooky apps for Halloween hounds, top local corn mazes and getting your family ready for “the big one.”
Add It Up
No costume yet? No problem. Easy equations for last-minute looks for your littles. By Denise Castañon. Photos by Jessie Kirk.
In the Spotlight
Getting up close and personal with some of the stars of this fall’s best shows. By Ryan White.
“Mommy, are we rich?” How to answer your kids’ questions about dollars with sense. By Darcy Cronin and Miel Hendrickson.
In the shadow of Mount Tabor, Montavilla stands tall. By Heather Lee Leap.
Who needs paintbrushes? For this free-form art project, any small toy will do just fine. By Aria Leighty.
A first column from a new perspective — mama to two. By Catherine Ryan Gregory.
Noshing on noodles at Noraneko. Plus a ramen roundup. By Julia Silverman.
Gluten-free pancake bites, easy enough for kids to make on their own. By Chrystal Carver.
Haunted houses, zombie walks and Frozen on ice.
Portland in pictures.
SPECIAL SECTION: Education Guide 2015
Finding the right school to match your kid’s interests, whatever they are. By Julia Silverman.
One of my favorite kid book is Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess which turns the damsel-in-distress archetype on its ear. (And has an awesome Oregon connection – Munsch first told the story to the kids at the Bay Area Childcare Center in Coos Bay back in the 1970s, when he worked there.) In the book, plucky Princess Elizabeth is all set to marry preppy Prince Ronald, when a dragon comes along, wreaks havoc on the kingdom, and spirits Ronald off to his lair. Elizabeth is left with singed hair and only a paper bag to wear, but undaunted, she sets off to defeat the dragon, who is eventually done in by a combination of Elizabeth’s smarts and his own overinflated ego. But there’s still a twist – Ronald inspects shoeless, smelly Elizabeth in her dowdy paper bag, and snootily tells her to come back when she’s more presentable. And Elizabeth? She’s got my favorite line: “Ronald. You are a bum.” I thought of Elizabeth when we were preparing this month’s issue. I see her in the take-no-prisoners Converse high tops on our cover model, shot deep in the mossy woods of Tryon Creek State Park by photographer Levi Sim. She’s in the superhero pose of 3-year-old Aysa from our DIY Halloween costume photo shoot. her spirit is in Junie B. Jones too, whom you can catch headlining this month at Oregon Children’s Theatre, and in the irrepressible Piggie of Mo Willems fame, who shares the state with her buddy Gerald the Elephant in this month’s Northwest Children’s Theater production. My own daughter wants to be Hermione this Halloween – and anyone who has read the Harry Potter series knows that she was the real brains of the operation. So, this Halloween, here’s to Elizabeth and all her partners in crime, fictional and otherwise. Boy or girl, it doesn’t matter – wear a tutu or some overalls, tie on a cape or carry a wand – and go forth to save the day.
– Julia Silverman
This Month’s Cover
Local photographer Levi Sim captured this shot at kid-friendly Tryon Creek State Park. We think it’s dreamy — and what is Halloween, if not a chance for your kids to dress up as their dreams (or nightmares)? For more of his work, check out levisim.com.