It's been a month of creativity and fun, and we've been posting about it all to let you know what kinds of cool art is happening near you. But it all leads to this: Halloween in Oregon!
Since All Hallow's Eve falls in the middle of the week, we've got a full week of events featured in this roundup, so be sure to look in each section for the stuff happening on and around the big day. There are plenty of costume parties, concerts and trick-or-treat events for ALL ages.
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The Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Halloween Show
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Downtown Convention Center - 435 NE Wasco St.
Not only do you get to see a show by professional thespians, but you get to be part of the action by deciding where the story goes. This interactive murder mystery dinner theatre performance, claiming to be “the nation’s largest” troupe for such thrills, is a sure-fire way to spice up Portland nightlife.
NW Martial Arts Festival - $15
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 9 am to 5 pm
Oregon Convention Center - 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Don’t think this is an arts event? It’s literally got “arts” in the name! Yes, it’s a competitive sport event, but there’s creativity and dedication in the ability to control one’s body the way these kids can. Oh, and there will also be some live entertainment performances, like LED weapon-play. Art is indeed everywhere!
Killer Pumpkin Fest
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 11 am
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery - 928 SE 9th Ave.
On its surface, this event is a fun time spent tasting all the different beers and ciders that can be brewed with pumpkin in them. But dig past the rind and you’ll see pumpkin carving, launching and smashing. If that’s not art to fit the season, we don’t know what is.
Halloween in Portland
All Weekend & Various Locations
This spooky attraction to the Rose City is actually dozens of events in one: A Beer Quest pub crawl starting at historic Kell’s Irish Pub, as well as haunted houses and ghost tours all over downtown!
Beethoven’s Fifth - $36+
All Weekend - 7:30 pm
Smith Auditorium, Willamette University - 270 Winter St. SE
“Dun-dun dun duuuun!” The first four notes alone make this Beethoven’s most iconic piece, and it’s especially fitting for the scary themes of All Hallow’s Eve. Not everything in this season has to be about drinking and wandering around in another person’s face. Take a trip to the symphony and introduce some class to your Halloween with this event.
Xperience Music Fest - $15
Saturday, Oct. 26 - noon to 9 pm
McNary High School - 595 Chemawa Rd.
This is a new event designed for middle and high schoolers to participate in all things contemporary music. Not only will students be performing live music, some of it original, but kids will also be running the production side, doing sound and lighting.
Samhain Celtic New Year Festival
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 10 am to 5 pm
Willamette Heritage Center - 1313 Mill St. SE
This Gaelic and Pagan cultural holiday (pronounced “sow-in,” like “cow in”) celebrates the Celtic New Year as the sun begins its new cycle from darkest to brightest in the northern hemisphere. There will be music, costumes and educational workshops.
Halloween in Salem
History & Mystery - $25+
Friday, Nov. 1 - 6 pm and 8 pm
Polk County Courthouse - 850 S Main St. - Dallas, OR
These tours have been going on all month, but if you haven’t had the chance to make it to sleepy little Dallas for one yet, you’ve still got one week to check it out. These tours of historic and haunted buildings in the seat of Polk County are sure to be a fright!
Mad Scientist Halloween Extravaganza - $5
Friday, Oct. 25 - 2 pm to 7 pm
Eugene Science Center - 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy
The Science Center in Eugene is always showing off cool demonstrations and laser light shows, but this event is “The Eugene Science Center at its spookiest.” Live science experiments, lasers, fog machines and Halloween fun of all kinds and for all ages!
Jurassic Quest - $20
All Weekend - Until 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 7 pm on Sunday
Lane Events Center - 796 W 13th Ave.
With dinosaur rides (yes, RIDES!), fossils and live digs this event is the premier one for the budding paleontologists in your family.
Big Daddy Weave - $25+
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 7 pm
Willamette Christian Center - 2500 W 18th Ave.
The Christian Rock quintet from Mobile, AL comes to Eugene this weekend to play the Willamette Christian Center.
Halloween in Eugene
Monster Mash - $20
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Eugene Science Center - 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy
The previous event listed at this venue family-friendly, but this one’s just for the drinking adults. It’s a dance party, costume party and all-around good time. In case we didn’t make it clear before, this place has LASERS!
Haunted Market - $3 (or food donation)
Oct. 30 & 31 - 6 pm to 8 pm
5th Street Public Market - 296 E 5th Ave.
Okay, we’ll give you something for the kids, too! This annual festival transforms the downtown 5th Street Market into a spooky, trick-or-treat goldmine. Businesses will have all kinds of wares for purchase, and plenty of kids in costumes will head home with a hellacious haul of sweets.
Vampires & Visions - $10
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 8 pm
Domino Room - 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
This dance party, fashion show and costume contest will feature so much spooky creativity, it’s impossible to adequately convey it in this round-up. Just know, if you’re in Bend this weekend, you HAVE to attend. There will be prizes, too!
Amigo the Devil - $16
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 7 pm
Volcanic Theater Pub - 70 SW Century Dr.
With song titles like “Cocaine and Abel” and “I Hope Your Husband Dies,” this acoustic guitar phenom bears his heart, soul and beliefs onstage. Check out this show in Bend for some live music in your diet this Halloween season.
Old St. Francis Halloween Party - $15 (21+)
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 9 pm
McMennamin’s Old St. Francis School - 700 NW Bond St.
This costume party and live music showcase will get the historic school hopping this weekend in Bend.
Halloween in Bend
Old Mill District Halloween Party
Thursday, Oct. 31 - 4 pm to 7 pm
Old Mill District - 450 SW Powerhouse Dr.
This annual children’s event will feature costumes, live performers and, of course, plenty of candy. Local businesses will also be supported by your patronage!
Boneyard Halloween Bash - Free!
Friday, Nov. 1 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Boneyard Pub - 1955 NW Division St.
Here’s another one for the adults in town. If you find yourself in dire need of a Halloween party and aren’t bothered by hitting one a day late, head to Boneyard for its first annual bash.
Halloween Lies (Interactive theatre) - $30
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 6 pm to 10 pm
4 Daughters irish Pub - 126 NW Main St.
From the Columbia to the Rogue, there are murder mystery theatre events happening all over Oregon. This one is themed “The Vampire Detective” and features live performances and real-time investigation.
Fortune’s Folly Pre-Halloween Show - $10
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 9:30 pm
Grape Street Bar & Grill - 31 Grape St.
Join alternative rock band Fortune’s Folly for a night-long dance party and concert. There will be much more than just live music featured here, so stop on by if you’re in the neighborhood.
Trick or Treat at the Expo
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 11 am to 5 pm
Jackson County Expo - 1 Peninger Rd.
Dozens of booths from local businesses will be on tap to hand out candy to costumed kiddos from all over the Rogue Valley.
Halloween in the Rogue Valley
2019 Children’s Halloween Celebration
Thursday, Oct. 31 - 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Ashland Chamber of Commerce - 110 E Main St. - Ashland, OR
Downtown Ashland’s got the biggest trick-or-treating event outside of Medford, not to mention a quaint Elizabethan vibe to go nicely with the old-timey costumes of the holiday,
Bump’n the Night - $20
Thursday, Oct. 31 - 8pm
Historic Ashland Armory - 208 Oak St.
Featuring headlining act Sugarbeats, this show will also feature local acts like One Mad Man, Jaya and Deep Sea.
Stormy Weather Arts Fest - $25+
Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3 - All Day
Various Locations - Cannon Beach, OR
This event has been on our radar for months now and here’s why it should be on yours! It might not be Halloween-y itself, but this arts festival still features art that showcases autumn in Oregon, in all its wet and windy glory. Live music, gallery showings, interactive demonstrations and so much more! Check out the website for full details, because we simply can’t list it all out here.
Trick Or Treat Street - Free! (non-perishable food donation required)
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Oregon Coast Aquarium - 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd.
This annual event turns the area surrounding Oregon’s aquarium into a spooky village, replete with storefronts and cover from the rain.
Oregon-made Film Festival - $7
All Weekend - Various showtimes
Bijou Theatre - 1624 NE US Hwy 101
The Bijou Movie Theatre is showing nothing but iconic films made in Oregon through the end of this month. That includes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Stand By Me (1986) and The Ring (2002). If you’re looking for other iconic movies shot in Oregon, check out this story from Curbside over the summer!
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