Spoopy season is upon us with Halloween creeping just around the corner, and getting festive means seeking out goblins, ghouls, and ghastly terrors. But fear not, we’ve rounded up all the best themed events and haunted attractions around for thrillseekers and folks looking to get into the spirit. For some tamer fall events (booooo), check out our guide to fall festivities around Portland and our complete guide to October events.
Bella Organic Haunted Maze
Make a break for it as ghouls, goblins, and Michael Myers—this year's theme is Halloween—stalk you through this haunted maze. There's something lurking around every corner, so grab your bravest friends and keep your wits about you.
Bella Organic Farm, Sauvie Island (Fridays & Saturdays, Oct 1-30)
Boo Drive Thru
Stay warm (and safe!) in your car, cruising slowly past light displays, spooky frights, and an arrangement of exquisitely carved jack-o'-lanterns by the community (you can even see yours on display if you go pick up a complimentary pumpkin and decorate it during the week preceding the event). Get extra festive and wear your Halloween costume, decorate your car, and BYO hot cider to sip on as you take in the sights.
Willamette Park, West Linn (Oct 29-30)
The Cinema of Horrors: Drive-In Experience
Frightening creatures will deliver fair foods and frights as you watch some of most bone-chilling blockbusters ever made. Bring a brave crew and keep your car doors locked as you watch Insidious (Thurs Oct 14), A Nightmare On Elm Street (Sat Oct 23), and Halloween on Halloween.
Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield (October 8-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31)
Clackamas County Scare Fair
The Scare Fair's theme, Harbinger of Souls, brings mysterious figures and ghosts plucked from the Willamette River valley's haunted history to the fairgrounds. Customize your experience with a "creature candle"—turn it on for safe passage, or off for some bone chilling encounters.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (Fridays-Sundays, Oct 1-31)
The Fear PDX
Face your fears at this popular haunted house containing five all-new attractions for 2021: Factory 13, The Kill Floor, Blood House, Midway of Fear, and Layers of Darkness.
12301 NE Glisan, Hazelwood (Thursdays-Sundays Oct 1-31)
Fright Night at the Davis Graveyard
Meet the devilishly talented crew of elaborate yard display Davis Graveyard. You'll get a behind the scenes look at the "cemetery's" set up while enjoying food (vegan options available) and an open bar, a roaring fire, and a spooky goodie bag. The event will also include a costume contest and proceeds will go to HIV/AIDS organizations Cascade AIDS Project and Our House.
8703 SE 43rd Ave, Milwaukie (Sat Oct 23)
Kids Monster Fest
Geared towards kids 12 and under (and scaredy cats of all ages—no judgment!), this matinee event will take you through Underhill Manor, where you'll receive a magic beacon designed to ward off ghouls and monsters. Keep an eye out for resident bat Harry to win prizes, and get in the wholesome Halloween spirit without having to worry about nightmares later.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District (Oct 23-24)
Oaks Park ScareGrounds
Visit Oaks Park after dark and walk through three haunted attractions—Grimthorne Manor, EViLUTION, and The Condemned: Make ’em Scream—in addition to checking out the house of horrors scarezone, graveyard pumpkin patch, and scream parlor photo op. On Halloween night, the amusement park will conclude their 2021 season with a free fireworks display along the waterfront.
Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood (Various dates between Oct 8-31)
Spirit of Halloweentown
You'll find it impossible not to get into the spooky spirit at St. Helens' annual tribute to Halloween. Leaning into the fact that the movies Halloweentown and Twilight were partially filmed there—Ashley Greene aka Alice Cullen and Jackson Rathbone aka Jasper Hale will even make appearances this year—the city transforms into a themed attraction complete with a giant pumpkin, circus performers, a haunted house, and more.
St. Helens (Oct 1-31)
Underhill & Fearlandia Present Season of Screams
Underhill Haunted House and Fearlandia have put their twisted talents together to present Season of Screams, a collection of three haunted attractions under one roof. Dodge chemically altered lab employees in Fears Gate, face your worst nightmare in Night Terrors, and escape the wrath of the scheming Madam Underhill in Underhill Manor.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District (Various dates between Oct 8-31)
MUSIC & DANCING
15th Annual Thrill the World Portland
Portlanders will rise from the dead to perform Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller" dance. Come in costume and participate, or simply spectate at this thrilling decade-and-a-half-long tradition that screams "keep Portland weird." DJ Prashant's dance troupe will be on hand to perform a Bollywood version of the dance, and the PDX Witches will also grace the crowd with their famous broom dance.
Irving Park, Irvington (Oct 30)
45 East Haunted House Party
45 East presents two rooms of thrilling, heart pumping electronic and dance music over two nights. Heads will roll to local, national, and international artists such as Shiba San, Dombresky, CID, Ernest Ryan, Night City, and more.
45 East, Central Eastside (Oct 29-30)
Bewitched! Outdoor Halloween Dance Party
Dance under the moon—and maybe even howl at it—at this outdoor party where you’re encouraged to dress like your favorite witch, sorcerer, magician, or in orange and black. DJs Action Slacks and Wildman James will "summon the disembodied voices of spirits-of-dance-floors-past," spinning '50s R&B, '60s and early '70s soul, and more oldies until you end up in a trance.
Kenton Club, Kenton (Oct 30)
Portland Erotic Ball
Emmy-nominated Sasha Scarlett will host Portland’s sexiest event, taking up three floors of the Crystal Ballroom. Costumes (or stylized states of undress) are a must, so you might as well go all out in pursuit of costume contest prizes (over $5,000 in cash is up for grabs). Soul Vaccination will perform, DJ OG ONE—the official DJ of the Blazers—will keep bodies rocking, and you can admire circus performers and aerial and burlesque performances or get in on the action on the interactive fetish demonstration stage.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat Oct 30)
Psycho-A-Go-Go! A Rock & Roll Mask-erade Dance Party!
This monster mash will feature rock & roll sets from DJs Rescue and Gregarious, plus a live set of creepy covers by The Edgar Allan Posers for you to shake your bones to. VJ Disorder and The Creature from The Black Lagoon will deck out the space with tons of "gore-lorious decorations" and project "wicked visuals compiled from the spookiest and most bizarre movies of all time" throughout. Immortalize the night by taking photos in front of themed backdrops, and dress to impress at the three category costume contests—prizes will be given to the best rockstar, best monster, and most creative/weirdest. Plus, make sure you don't become the living dead; you can keep your energy up with food from Altengartz German Brand Bratz and Voodoo Doughnuts, and festive cocktails at the Ghost Bar.
Vitalidad Movement Arts, Central Eastside (Sat Oct 30)
The Nightmare Before Christmas with the Oregon Symphony
The Oregon Symphony will perform Danny Elfman's haunting film score from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, bringing Jack Skellington, Sally, and crew to life on the big screen. Costumes are encouraged to truly get into the Halloween spirit.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Oct 22-24)
FOOD & DRINK
All Hallow's Eve at Raven's Manor
Enter the lair of Dr. Raven if you dare for a night of Halloween thrills, burlesque performances, themed food, and the bar's signature potion-esque cocktails.
Raven’s Manor, Old Town-Chinatown (Sun Oct 31)
Booklover’s Burlesque: The Gothic Edition
Being well-read is always sexy in our books, but this literary salon takes that notion to the next level, pairing book readings from professional readers, actors, and local authors & writers with inspired burlesque, boylesque, and draglesque performances. Come ready to "explore the strange, the mysterious, the creepy, and the unexplained" at this sensual and stimulating one-of-a-kind show.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Alberta Arts District (Fri Oct 22)
SCRAP Spooktacular Celebrations Presents: Costume Making Party! / Pumpkin Decorating
The sustainably minded craft store will have its resident stitch witch and drag expert on hand to assist you in making the Halloween costume of your dreams whether you need to get some inspiration, you're in the beginning stages of executing your vision, or you're putting on some finishing touches (Fri Oct 15). After you hit a pumpkin patch or two, BYOPumpkin to SCRAP and get your decorating hat on. Transform your gourd into the most eye-catching jack-o'-lantern on the block with glitter, paint, googly eyes, and other bedazzling bits. If you're not a proponent of the pumpkin, you can make a lumiere in a glass jar, a decoration that you can reuse year after year (Sat Oct 16).
SCRAP PDX, Goose Hollow (Oct 15-16)
SLAY Film Festival
From the folks who bring you the sexy film fest HUMP! and stoner showcase SPLIFF, comes the second annual SLAY Film Festival to scare your pants off on Hallo-weekend. Expect everything from "classic ghost stories and slasher films, to dystopian cults and political nightmares."
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Oct 29-30)
Feast your eyeballs on weird and wonderful pieces at this group show curated by Well Well co-founder Jessie Weitzel Le Grand. The gallery will display Dan Lam's signature resin pieces, sculptures by Paolo Puck, ceramics by Pam Puck and Sarah Hughes, and more. A closing party will be held on Halloween night, and visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
Well Well Projects, Kenton (Oct 2-31)
Villains & Vixens Musical Cabaret
This spooktacular musical cabaret will run through a program entirely composed of parody songs sung by all the fictional villains everyone loves to hate, like Beetlejuice, Maleficent, Cruella, Captain Hook, Ursula, and more from films like Star Wars, It, The Shining, and Jaws. As The Lion King's Scar would sing: "Beee Prepaaared!"
Samaritan Odd Fellows Lounge and Virtual (Oct 15-17)
Round up your gaggle of costumed kiddos and head to the zoo for an educational Halloween tradition where they can learn about healthy wildlife habitats during a scavenger hunt throughout different exhibits. Treat bags are available for an additional fee and include goodies made with environmentally friendly ingredients.
Oregon Zoo, Washington Park (Oct 23-24, 28-31)
Oregon City Public Library Halloween Scavenger Hunt
The historic library will lead kids and adults of all ages on a scavenger hunt through Oregon City with two ways to play. An easy mode will task young kids and families with finding Halloween iteams hidden in the windows of town landmarks like Ermatinger House, Pioneer Center, and City Hall. In the advanced mode, older kids, teens, and adults will tap on a digital badge to read riddles and guess which noteworthy books they're referring to... Answers will be posted at each scavenger hunt stop. Each registered participant will receive a small prize and prize drawing ticket.
Various locations, Oregon City (Oct 15-31)
Run Like Hell 10K-5K
Don your Halloween costume and take part in this fun run where you can choose the length (5 or 10K) of your course and whether to walk like a zombie or run like a bat out of hell. The event will begin and end at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, taking participants along a flat, paved trolley trail. Live music, beer, food, and more will await runners and walkers at the finish line.
Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Milwaukie (Sat Oct 30)