Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Halloween 2022 Events in Portland

Thrill the World, Chelsea Manning, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
October 28, 2022
Smash some pumpkins and some beers at Rogue's Killer Pumpkin Fest. (Rogue Ales & Spirits via Facebook)
Leaving your Halloween plans 'til the last minute can be scary, but luckily, we've rounded up some ghoulishly great options for the weekend, from Killer Pumpkin Fest to the 16th Annual Thrill the World Portland and from Chelsea Manning to Halloween Thrash. For more ideas, check out our full Halloween calendar and our guide to the top events of the week

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Daughters of Darkness Add to a List
Just in time for Halloween, Hollywood's Thank God It's Queer series spotlights a queer vampire classic with Daughters of Darkness. Harry Kümel's '71 nightmare is a moody, psychosexual slow burn featuring a reimagined Elizabeth Báthory in a Belgian hotel. Sign us up! The film may fit neatly into the lesbian vampire trope of 20th-century media, but it's a solid entry that set the scene for seductively spooky flicks like The Hunger.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


Grand Central Bowl's Big Lebowski Halloween Bash Add to a List
Channel The Dude in an oversized wool Cowichan cardigan and head to this Big Lebowski-themed bash, which will offer food, drinks, bowling, games, and costume prizes, not to mention $5 White Russians. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Union Gospel Mission, which provides over 200,000 meals a year to those in need.
(Grand Central Bowl & Arcade, Buckman, free)

SNAP!: Witches Ball Add to a List
This nostalgia-ridden Halloween dance party encourages you to channel your favorite Sanderson sister as you hex the dance floor to tunes of the '90s and early aughts. You better work, witch! 
(Holocene, Buckman, $12)



Book Party with Disabled Hikers Add to a List
In celebration of the publication of The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon by disabled writer and activist Syren Nagakyrie, the Pacific Northwest-based justice community Disabled Hikers will host a rain-or-shine shindig, author talk, and group hike at Hoyt Arboretum. Attendees can grab a copy of the book from the visitor's center to have it signed by Nagakyrie.
(Hoyt Arboretum, Sylvan-Highlands, free)

Portland Arbor Day 2022 Add to a List
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but one of the sad realities of climate change is that it has become difficult for trees planted during that time frame to succeed. As a bittersweet compromise, Portland now celebrates Arbor Day in October, so newly planted trees can "take advantage of nice wet winter months" as they get established. The day has now come, so join fellow tree huggers to help plant native trees, help care for Glenwood Park's existing trees, and pick up a tree for your own yard. 
(Glenwood Park, Lents, free)


Satanageddon! Add to a List
A crucifix flips upside down. A hard-to-clean, vaguely evil goo drips down the walls. Soon, you're in the midst of a mystifying orgy. Film and television went in a batty, sin-obsessed direction during the Satanic Panic, and the American Genre Film Archive's head archivist, Ivan Peycheff, has compiled the best in ultra-rare films, trailers, cartoons, and shorts of the era. Peycheff's program includes Satan War, a creepy tale of which there are only two prints in existence, and Spectre, a mind-boggling TV movie that blends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Strange. Say your prayers!
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10)


The 5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl Add to a List
Don your most ghoulish costume and shamble like a zombie from watering hole to watering hole at this creepy-crawly bar crawl. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for the best costume, and you'll get to take advantage of beverages and shots, exclusive food and drink specials, professional photographers, after-parties, a custom Halloween badge, and more.
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Killer Pumpkin Fest Add to a List
Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin beers, storytelling, costume contests, axe throwing, and even pumpkin smashing at this free and all-ages event. Sales benefit UKANDU, a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission is to "bring joy, hope, and connection to communities impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer."
(Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, Buckman, free)


A Halloween Art Picnic Add to a List
Pack a blanket (and perhaps some rain gear) for this Halloween-themed art picnic, where you'll find interactive art displays, a live performance by Americana rockers Eel Sallad, spooky freebies, and over five dozen local artists sharing paintings, wearables, stickers, and more. (Bring some cash along to support their work!) Expect some great costumed dog watching, too.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)

Ghostly Gala Variety Show Add to a List
This chilly variety show invites ghouls and goblins to get goosebumps with ghost stories, tarot readings by Layne Young, and a devilish drag performance by "angelic sinner" Nikki NiHao. Attendees will find spooky vendor booths on site, plus a costume contest offering vamp-worthy prizes.
(1520 Northwest 20th Avenue, Slabtown, $15)

16th Annual Thrill the World Portland Add to a List
It's a little funky and a little creepy—as part of a "global dance event," Thrill the World dancers will shake off that undead feeling by performing Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" choreography. (DJ Prashant's dance troupe will also perform a Bollywood rendition of the dance.) Cheer them on or do a little boogying yourself; proceeds from the event will be donated to KBOO Community Radio and Our House of Portland, which helps provide integrated health and housing services to people with HIV/AIDS.
(Irving Park, King, $5 suggested donation)


Halloween Thrash Add to a List
Vintage country outfit Jenny Don't and The Spurs will trade in their western wear and cowboy hats for muscle tees and cross necklaces as they pay tribute to the iconic heavy metal band Danzig at this Halloween tribute night extravaganza. Rock duo The Black Doors will join, playing the music of The Stooges along with Buzzcocks cover band Noise Annoys. DJs Queen Amygdala, Tobias, and Glittery Ghoul will keep you dancing in between sets. Costumes are highly encouraged!
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $13)

Rockers for Knockers Breast Cancer Benefit Show Add to a List
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and time to rock out for a good cause (all proceeds donated to the breast cancer foundations Fighting Pretty, The Wig Cycle, and Keep A Breast) with performances from the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, N*Sync "no-boy" tribute band N*Synced Up, Muddy River Nightmare Band, Latter Day Skanks, Titty Babies, Broken Bodies (playing Misfits covers), and burlesque from Showgirl Temple. Plus, dress to impress for the costume contest!
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

Spooky Pines Graveside Getdown Add to a List
Join the newly formed radio station Shady Pines Radio for a Halloween shindig filled with live music, dancing, games (with prizes!), local brews, craft stations, and more. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for performances from psych-rock ensemble Super Secret Band, Brazilian singer-songwriter Johnny Franco, rock 'n' roll cult Family Worship Center, and DJ Big Papa Warrior, who will spin between sets.
(The Factor Building, Central Eastside, $15)

The Wanna Be-52s with The Beat-On Brats Add to a List
Pretend you're at CBGB's in 1974 with two acts covering some of the most beloved punk and new wave bangers. The Wanna Be-52s will get your feet movin' with early material and deep cuts from The B-52's while Ramones cover band The Beat-On Brats promise to be "the closest most will ever get to experience the power of The Ramones live show." Don't forget your Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes!
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $7-$10)


Empower the Words: A Poetry Series Add to a List
Local Asian American poets will share their work and expand on themes of cultural experience and racism at this two-session reading series, which continues with words from slam poetry champion Alex Dang on October 29.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, $0-$14)



Oregon Mycological Society Fall Mushroom Show Add to a List
Returning from a two-year hiatus, the Oregon Mycological Society's Fall Mushroom Show celebrates fungi, sprouts, and spores with displays of hundreds of wild mushroom species. True mycophiles can snag "mushroom-related products" from on-site vendors, learn more at the informational booths, and nosh on cooked mushroom samples.
(World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum, Southwest Portland, $10)

Wonderwood Makers Faire Add to a List
Hear ye, hear ye! Mike Bennett's fantastical new cafe-slash-adventure, Wonderwood Springs, will host this makers faire of art, wearables, toys, and vintage goodies. Come in costume and peruse the magical wares from Hammer and Jacks, Dark Forest, and Tiger and Gold; the butter brew lattes and other seasonal elixirs on Wonderwood's menu will keep you caffeinated through the evening.
(Wonderwood Springs, St. Johns, free)


Church of Film: Mister Designer Add to a List
Drop by The Red Fox for Master Designer, the last screening in Church of Film's October series of gothic treats. The '87 Soviet horror follows an avant-garde artist whose descent into madness includes creating lifelike wax mannequins, which we can't imagine goes well.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)


Halloween Sunday Bingo Add to a List
What better way to recover from Saturday's shenanigans than with mimosas, comedy, and bingo hosted by The Lost Boys Live Add to a List stars Erin Jean O'Regan and Jed Arkley? (Yes, you can wear your costume.)
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $10)


Buffy Sing-a-long: "Once More, With Feeling" Add to a List
Calling all Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatics! This special Halloween Eve screening of the beloved musical episode of Once More, With Feeling encourages you to let your demons out while scream-singing along to the spooky musical numbers. Stick around after the show for a reading of some saucy fan fiction inspired by the show.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman, free)


Rontoms Sunday Sessions - October Add to a List
While Rontoms’ patio shows are absolutely lovely in the summer, the actual best time to go to Sunday Sessions (in this critic’s opinion) is in the cooler months. Take advantage of Rontoms’ big, cozy interior room and the chill, intimate sets that unfold in full view of East Burnside. Concertgoers can cuddle up on couches by the fireplace, order grilled cheese sandwiches, and clutch mugs of mulled wine. This weekend, the series continues with local blues-rock band Tango Alpha Tango and psychedelic rockers Møtrik. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Rontoms, Buckman, free)


Harryween! - Harry Styles Halloween Dance Night Add to a List
If you ask me, Harry Styles is worth every bit of hype and admiration he receives. While the title “Harryween” is inadvisable, Harry Styles stans should definitely be aware of this seemingly epic dance party going down at Holocene, on the night before Halloween. Presented by What the Dance, attendees will celebrate the release of Styles’ sparkling May solo album, Harry’s House, as they dance the night away to melodious, soul-inspired singles like “Watermelon Sugar High,” and “As It Was,” and other danceable album stand-outs like “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” “Late Night Talking,” “Cinema,” and hopefully an uptempo remix to “Little Freak,” in which Styles appropriately sings “Did you dress up for Halloween?/ I spilled beer on your friend, I’m not sorry/ A golf swing and a trampoline/ Maybe we’ll do this again.” Costumes are encouraged, and proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test) is required for entry. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Holocene, Buckman, $15)


Chelsea Manning Add to a List
American transparency activist and whistleblower Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the unauthorized possession and distribution of classified military records in 2013, but later had her sentence commuted by former President Obama. In README.txt, Manning digs into her background fighting for government accountability as a trans woman in the digital age, and the childhood and adolescent experiences that drew her to the military in the first place. 
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District, free)



All Hallows' Eve Party and Contest Add to a List
The '70s-themed watering hole Advice Booth will host a party featuring "hot, humpy, and spooky disco beats" from DJ Jens Irish, plus a "frightfully delightful" drink menu, raffles, a Halloween costume contest, and special guest MC Beau from Untapped Trivia. A percentage of sales for the evening and raffle sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
(Advice Booth, Overlook, free)



The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch Add to a List
Have a corntastic day navigating immaculately cut pathways through corn stalks at Portland's eight-acre corn maze. This year's theme is "Cinnamon and Sugar"—warm up with the "easy" section of the maze before tackling the more challenging section, and don't forget your boots!
(The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, $8, Friday-Monday)

Oregon Heritage Farms Fall Activities Add to a List
Apples are king at this fourth generation-owned and operated orchard, but there are also pumpkins ripe for the picking at a "less mess" pumpkin patch run by the Hillsboro High School Spartan baseball team as part of their fall fundraiser. Pick up some apples by the pound and don't miss the farm's succulent apple treats, including mini apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, and caramel apples.
(Oregon Heritage Farms, free, Friday-Sunday)

Packer Orchards Fall Festival 2022 Add to a List
This family farm has been around since 1920 and is known for packing their fresh fruit into baked goods of all sorts. Visit the farm for an activity-packed fall festival featuring a corn maze, pumpkin patch, giant corn pit, giant hay slide, farm animals, autumnal treats like caramel apples and apple cider donuts, and more.
(Packer Orchards, Hood River, $14.95, Friday-Sunday)

Plumper Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival 2022 Add to a List
Listen, we already love Plumper Pumpkin Patch for the name alone (say it three times fast!), but the fact that it was once named one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in the nation by MSN sweetens the deal. And, in addition to all the usual suspect fall farm activities, they have a hobbit house (!) for kiddos to explore.
(Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm, Cornelius Pass, $13-$15, Friday-Sunday)


The Banshees of Inisherin Add to a List
Martin McDonagh (who also directed In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) continues to develop his thoughtful, darkly comedic style in this tale of two lifelong friends on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland (played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who experience a startling rift in their relationship.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Friday-Monday)

Wendell and Wild Add to a List
Henry Selick, the downright brilliant director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, returns with more visionary stop-motion animation for this fun goth flick featuring the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Angela Bassett. Wendell and Wild follows two mischievous demons whose journey to the "Land of the Living" hinges on the help of a wry 13-year-old girl.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Saturday-Sunday)


Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Add to a List
Oregon's "biggest and best" used book sale hits town this weekend, with over 65,000 books, CDs, and DVDs up for grabs, plus vinyl records, video games, and audiobooks. (Basically, if you're into any form of physical media whatsoever, you'll want to peep this sale.) Proceeds benefit the Multnomah County Library, so you can feel good about your trunk full of purchases, and special discounts on October 30 and 31 incentivize digging through the weekend's leftovers.
(Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District, free, Friday-Monday)


Emily Counts: Field Studies Add to a List
Emily Counts's ceramic style is always a little mystical, reflecting on nature and the fragility of life through curious sculptural busts and wall pieces that are sometimes lit from within. In Field Studies, Counts casts her gaze toward growth, decomposition, and transformation, exploring aging through flowers, matriarchs, insects, fruit, and other sensory oddities.
(Nationale, Buckman, free, Friday-Monday)

Portland TextileX Month Add to a List
Exploring a "regeneration" theme this year, the Portland TextileX Month (PTXM) is back to explore everything from myths and rituals to community building and protesting through diverse textile exhibitions and workshops. We're tied up in knots about Charlie Wilcox's stop-motion embroidery explorations Add to a List and Francesca Capone's Material Memory Add to a List , but you can find a full list of the month's events here.
(Various locations, Pricing varies, Friday-Monday)

Resilience — A Sansei Sense of Legacy Add to a List
Centering eight artists' reflections on the traumatic legacy of Executive Order 9066, Resilience — A Sansei Sense of Legacy incorporates traditional Japanese techniques like boro stitching and kintsugi alongside deconstructed kimonos, photography, and mixed media collage. Featured artists include Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Tom Nakashima, Na Omi Judy Shintani, and others.
(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, $0-$8, Friday-Sunday)

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