What to Do for Halloween in Portland
From a Halloween-themed light spectacle at OMSI to the legendary Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, there are plenty of festivities to keep us entertained this spooky season. Even if you’re not trick-or-treating on the night itself, we’ve a candy bucket full of events to keep you horrifically entertained.
The Clinton Horror October
VARIOUS TIMES THROUGH OCTOBER, CLINTON STREET THEATRE, $8
When folks aren’t catching a midnight screening of Rocky Horror, they can satisfy their Halloween cravings with an entire month of horror movies at Clinton Street. Film screenings include the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, Jordan Peele’s glorious psychological thriller Get Out, and more.
12:30 P.M. & 4 P.M., TUE–SUN THROUGH OCTOBER, OMSI, $7.50
OMSI presents another vibrant laser light show in its Kendall Planetarium, this time featuring scenes set to Halloween tunes. For those seeking an additional eerie display, the museum is hosting a Stranger Things light show on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival
FRI–SUN, OCT 7–9, HOLLYWOOD THEATRE, $30–70
Catch cosmic horror on the big screen at the 27th annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. The HPLFF will feature more than 50 works by independent filmmakers from around the world, in addition to panel discussions, live events, and special guests such as Re-Animator actor Jeffrey Combs. A large number of the feature films and shorts will make their world or regional premieres at the festival.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
SAT–SUN, OCT 15–16, VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN TUALATIN, FREE
The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has earned a national reputation for its eccentric main event: giant pumpkin races. Each October the festival draws thousands of spectators who come to watch costumed paddlers helm 1,000-pound pumpkins across the Tualatin Lake of the Commons. Other highlights include a giant vegetable weigh-off at Stickmen Brewing Company, the Regatta Run, and pumpkin golf and bowling.
Run Like Hell Half-Marathon
8 A.M. SAT, OCT 29, ELKS LODGE, MILWAUKIE, $10–94
Show off your costume at this family-friendly Halloween themed running event. The fun run kicks off with a kid race, followed by a half-marathon, 10K, and 5K along the Trolley Trail. Participants can celebrate crossing the finish line with live music, beer or cider, and food at a post-race party.
Killer Pumpkin Fest
NOON–11 P.M. SAT, OCT 29, ROGUE EASTSIDE PUB & PILOT BREWERY, FREE
Rogue Brewery is throwing a party on the streets of its Eastside pub to celebrate Halloween. Guests can expect a variety of activities for all ages, including costume contests (the brewery even invites folks to bring their fur babies in costume), ax throwing, pumpkin smashing, and plenty of brews and non-alcoholic beverages, of course.
Monster March and Spooktacular
3–7 P.M. SAT, OCT 29, SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE, FREE
Portland parents can bring their little monsters to this parade through the streets of the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood. The Monster March route starts at Sellwood Middle School before making its way to the Sellwood Community House, where games, music, food and drink, a photo booth, and face-painting await parade-goers.