Here in Tualatin Valley, October is a spooky free-for-all. While a quaint pumpkin patch or charming apple farms and festivals may draw you into the pastoral bliss of the Tualatin Valley, the foggy territory is haunting grounds for not-so-scary ghosts and ghost-hunters as well.
With a long Oregon pioneer history in Forest Grove, Beaverton, Hillsboro and other towns, the Tualatin Valley has accrued its fair share of ghost tales. Whether or not you’re a believer, the spooky Oregon ghost stories of the area may have you conjuring up plans for a visit. Here is the scoop on our favorite paranormal personalities:
McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove
If you’re game for sharing the hallway with a ghost, book room 232 at the McMenamins Grand Lodge. It’s said that the Lavender Lady ghost likes to hang out outside the room’s door. Blow your nose before leaving the room—some have noted that they smell lavender on the second floor’s main hallway.
Pacific University in Forest Grove
Classical music enthusiasts should visit Pacific University’s Knight Hall for a potential ghostly encounter with Vera. As a classical music student in the early 1900s, stories of Vera’s ill-timed fate vary, ranging from a fall down the stairs to a lovers’ quarrel. With refined taste, Vera is known to turn off pop radio stations.
Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard
A ghost encounter in nature gives us an extra spook. At Tigard’s Fanno Creek Trail, a few morning walkers have noted seeing a surly dog-walker with two leashed dogs. Not so weird, right? Well, it is when she disappears right before your own eyes.
After visiting Tualatin Valley’s notoriously haunted spaces, visit Fearlandia, where you will be guaranteed to get a fright. Located in Tigard, Fearlandia has been named among the top haunted houses in Oregon for three years running. This year, Fearlandia is open weekends in October, as well as on Halloween, and features two attractions: “Oden’s Eye” and “The Dark,” which is a pitch-black experience.
Visit Tualatin Valley this October and maybe you will have your own spooky Oregon ghost story to tell. Happy haunting!