Halloween is the last day of the month, but all of October is a spooky free-for-all. While a quaint pumpkin patch or charming apple festival may draw you from Portland’s city limits and into the pastoral bliss of the Tualatin Valley, seek out some frighteningly good Halloween activities. The Portland Region’s Halloween haunts have supernatural appeal.
Lake View Farms
For a spooky-lite foray, hop aboard the sternwheeler boats at Lake View Farms. Keep a lookout, though, as not one, but two Loch Ness monsters will rise from the murky waters of the lake. On Fridays and Saturdays, the farm’s looping corn maze is open until 10 p.m. ($6 entry). As adults, we’re not afraid of the dark until we’re lost in the dark.
13th Door Haunted House
See what lurks behind the 13th Door, the Portland region’s best haunted house ($18 entry). Nothing good ever comes from a visit to the boiler room, but we dare you to open the door to it anyways. Feel alive as you’re chased by the undead!
I think there is an alien behind you. Leave earth for a few hours and transport yourself to planet Glowing Greens. The Beaverton mini-golf spot is an extraterrestrial landscape that can, at times, feel eerily like the Stranger Things underworld. The animated set of drooling, menacing aliens is a worthy Halloween outing.
Murder at Checkmate Manor
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society presents a rousing production of Murder at Checkmate Manor (Thursday-Sunday shows through October 22, October 26-31; $25-$30 tickets). Bag&Baggage Productions describes the show as an Agatha Christie murder mystery in stiletto heels.
McMenamins Grand Lodge’s Ghost Stories
Even your overnight accommodations can possess some uncanny vibes. The McMenamins Grand Lodge has the “Lavender Lady” painted on the wall, but some say her spirit dances through the halls at night with whiffs of lavender to prove it.
Check off each activity from our Halloween haps to make the most of October’s witchy magic.