Tricks, Treats, and Halloween for Kids in Portland

Costumes and Candy, Oh My!

Portland Skyline with Mt. Hood in the Distance
Portland Skyline with Mt. Hood in the Distance. Credit: Travel Portland

Halloween is a major holiday highlight for kids. They love dressing up in costume and getting bags full of free candy from the neighbors. You can get in the spirit of this spooky holiday a few days ahead of time with activities for kids around Portland at the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children's Museum, and Lloyd Center. But there are also some events all around Portland that give this time-honored ritual a twist. One of the best of these is trick-or-treating on Main Street in Oregon City. They can double-dip this Halloween by making the rounds and then get home just as night falls to do the usual thing around the neighborhood. Watch out for that sugar high. Check out these 2017 events for some extra spooky fun.

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    Trick-or-Treating at Lloyd Center

    At the Lloyd Center Spooktacular, there will be a spooky photo booth,  Halloween games and crafts, and the  Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt. This takes place on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Second Level Center Court.

     

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    Every year, Oregon City, about 20 miles south of Portland, puts on the dog for Halloween. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31, the kids can get candy at Liberty Plaza with the Oregon City Police Department, check out the spooky lights on the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, get their pictures taken, and then trick-or-treat down Main Street at participating businesses.

     

     

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    Entry Plaza to the Oregon Zoo in Portland's Washington Park
    Oregon Zoo in Portland. ©Angela M. Brown (2009)

    Get the kids in costume and take them to the Oregon Zoo for the Howloween on Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.​ The kids will go on a scavenger hunt and get treats and prizes at stations throughout the zoo while they learn about wildlife.
     

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    Portland Children's Museum in Portland Oregon
    The Portland Children's Museum. ©Angela M. Brown (2009)

    The Portland Children's Museum goes all out for Halloween. At its event on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the kids will get to decorate trick-or-treat bags, listen to spooky stories, participate in a pumpkin smash and do glow-in-the-dark painting. Then comes the main event: trick-or-treating around the museum and a dance party (in costume) with a DJ.

     

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    It goes without saying that every kid from 2 to 16 (or older) wants to go out on Halloween night and collect as much candy as they can. Your own neighborhood is the usual location for this (sweet) yearly ritual. But Portland is a top-of-the-list city for trick-or-treaters. If you want to venture beyond your home turf, according to Zillow.com, the five best neighborhoods in Portland for trick-or-treating hauls are: 

    1. Richmond (Hawthorne)
    2. Northwest Heights (Sylvan)
    3. Sellwood
    4. Laurelhurst
    5. Eastmoreland