by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
You could stay home and fuel the trick-or-treaters with sweets this Halloween. Or, you could pull together a unique costume and party it up, weave your way through a rural corn maze and scare yourself silly at a haunted landmark. Which option sounds better? That's what we thought. Here's where to head for cool costumes, haunted spots and spooky events in Portland.
Updated: September 28, 2009
This veteran costumer helps true Halloween worshipers go the distance with a costume that really wows. Inside, pre-party shoppers make selections from a costume lineup that ranges from the classic French maid ensemble to a Judy Jetson getup. Then, they match their selection with makeup and accessories to complete their transformation into someone (or something) else.
This thrift circuit favorite lures budget-conscious costume seekers with a selection of new and used costumes. But the racks upon racks of used clothes are what really attract the Halloween crowds. Shoppers with the patience to flip through the finds could score everything from retro clothes to granny garments and 80s sweatsuits that make for laughable ensembles come party time.
Costume lovers start scouring the racks at this Eastside clothing exchange early in October, determined to put together a costume that will attract compliments or, at the very least, stares. The toughest part of a shopping outing here is deciding whether to sport a throwback suit or pull together a nerdy ensemble a la Dwight Schrute on "The Office" instead.
Families with young tots drive out to rural Sauvie Island to visit this farm's produce stand, pumpkin patch and famous corn maze from now through Halloween day. From 9am to sunset, the farmers invite locals to lose themselves in one of the region's most challenging mazes. Even better: kids ages 4 and under get into the maze free.
Families who hate the idea of trick-or-treating indoors at the mall can bring their kids to the zoo for a safe, outdoor alternative. Tykes in costume are invited to rush throughout the zoo in order to complete the annual scavenger hunt. The prize? Goodie bags filled with candy and swag.
On weekends in October, Sauvie Island's original corn maze destination opens its Haunted Field of Screams to spook its guests. Everyone from suburban families to hip, urban couples makes it a yearly tradition; when the mist settles into the field, there's no better place in town for a scare.
If trick-or-treating and late night party hopping isn't on your agenda this Halloween, consider visiting this remote property for dinner and a drink at the bar or--if you're daring--an overnight stay. This former Poor Farm has an eerie feel day or night; ghosts of the farm's former residents are said to wander the halls at night.
Most locals consider this landmark a tourist attraction but legend has it that the ghost of Henry Pittock, has been spotted at this historic landmark. If spirit hunting is your thing, head to the hills this Halloween to poke around the mansion's immaculate property and see if the rumors are true.