The recent foggy mornings and orange-tinged leaves have us in full Halloween mode. The last weekend of October is always a cauldron of activities, which is as good a reason as any to embark on a Halloween weekend of tricks and treats in Tualatin Valley.
Halloween weekend of tricks and treats in Tualatin Valley
Thursday, October 26
Experience a friendly ghost hunt with Washington County Museum After Dark (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $15-$17; ages 21+). The evening includes a “visit” from two 1800s-era jailbirds. The actors—ahem, we mean ghosts—will share their stories from the haunted past. Libations will help their stories go down.
Friday, October 27
While there are plenty of places to munch and sip on pumpkin spice treats, venture for even more enchanting edibles this weekend. At Beaverton’s Bubble N Tea, the Pink Lady drink is a boba concoction of strawberry milk topped with fluffy cotton candy. It essentially looks like a bubbling cauldron of girly delights. What’s even better is that the tea house only uses loose leaf teas (no sickly-sweet powders!).
Plum Hill Vineyards pairs Pinot with pumpkins for its Halloween Happy Hour (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; tasting fees apply). The pup-friendly event includes a costume contest for humans and canines alike. Settle in with a great glass of wine, some amazing cheese and a spooky movie projected in the tasting room.
Saturday, October 28
Roloff Farms is waiting to host you for the last weekend of its pumpkin patch extravaganza. Stand at the top of the patch’s hay pyramid—you may be able to overlook the cornstalk maze and map out the fastest route. Beyond Roloff Farms, there’s a pumpkin patch for every preference.
Halloween-time basically begs for a murder mystery party. The party is on the stage with Murder at Checkmate Manor (shows October 26-31 at 7:30 p.m. and an additional Sunday 2 p.m. matinee; $25-$30). The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society presents a slap-happy murder mystery with a cast in drag. The result is a raucous theater experience that will produce more giggles than ghouls.
Tuesday, October 31
If you’re haunting Tualatin Valley on Halloween, then the family-friendly Halloween at the McMenamins Grand Lodge is not to be missed (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; free event). Dance to live music, sip witchy brews and trick-or-treat with the kids. What’s not to love?
Enjoy your Halloween weekend of tricks and treats in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley!