Halloween is big in Portland. Apparently, our citizens like things quirky, with a dash of the freaky and frightening -- and that's on the other 364 days of the year.
Below are some highlights among the abundance of Halloween events out there. Have a favorite? Drop some suggestions in our Forums!
September 25th-October 19th
The Reformers present The Revenants: Two Couples, A Garage and The Beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse
What: The Reformers present Scott T. Barsotti's play, The Revenants -- the tale of a two young couples who barricade themselves in a garage when the zombie apocalypse strikes. And to nail the ambience, and perhaps add to the fright factor, the play takes place in a garage in Southeast Portland.
Where: The Reformers Garage, 1126 SE 15th Avenue
When: 8 p.m. nightly
Price: $15 at the door, or order them online
More Info: thereformerspdx.com
'Keep Portland Lost' Maize at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
What: Get lost in the corn fields! During the day, there's a family-friendly corn maze, and at night there's a separate haunted maze that's sure to curdle your blood.
Where: The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, 16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
When: The hours are a maze themselves. Open most days, September through end of October; see portlandmaze.com for specifics.
Price: Corn MAiZE: Adults $7; Kids 6-12 & Seniors $5; Under 5 Free; Free admission on your birthday with an ID! Haunted MAiZE: $10 Combo Tickets: Adults $15 / Kids $13
More Info: thepumpkinpatch.com
October 4th & 5th
Zompire: The Undead Film Festival
What: This annual film fest celebrates the undead with independent short and feature films. See the Zompire website for the full list of films, which includes Dead Banging, a Japanese heavy-metal infused undead extravaganza, and Dead Meat Walking, a "Zombie Walk documentary." There's also a Costume Contest with cash prizes.
Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street
When: Friday, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Saturday 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Price: Friday: $15; Saturday $20; Weekend: $30
More Info: zompire.com
October 4th-November 1st
Portland Fright Town
What: Haunted house creepy fun. Fright Town has a special opening on October 4th, and a Dia de los Muertos show on November 1st.
Where: Exhibit Hall of the Memorial Coliseum
When: Sunday-Thursday, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 7:00-11:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays/Tuesdays)
Price: $20, $5 off with a coupon
More Info: frighttown.com
October 18th & 19th
The Best of The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
What: The Best of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival horror movie shorts will screen alongside a 35mm print of the cult classic Re-Animator.
Where: Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
When: 9:40 p.m.
Price: $8/day, $14 for 2 days
More Info: hplfilmfestival.com
Haunted Ghost Town at Rossi Farms
What: Rossi Farms brings a terrifying edge to an Old-West themed experience.
Where: Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Avenue
When: 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., October 18th-20th, 24th-27th
Price: $15. The Haunted Ghost Town non-profit supports Parkrose local youth activities programs and local community-based projects.
More Info: thehauntedghosttown.com
Dawn of the Dead Dash
What: Combine costumes and gore with some after-dark exercise, and unwind with an after-run party. "Participants are released to race through the city, avoiding being tagged by zombies to clear all the checkpoints and make it back to headquarters. No set course, no one is safe. Hunt or be hunted."
When: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $35-$45 in advance, $50 day of. 18+ for run, 21+ for after party.
More Info: dawnofthedeaddash.com
The Zombie Run at Blue Lake Park
What: The 3.1 mile race is more zombie apocalypse than exercise, but either way participants will surely elevate their heart rates.
Where: Blue Lake Park, 20500 NE Marine Drive, Fairview
When: 10:00 a.m.
More Info: thezombierun.com
Halloween Free Sack Lunch Show at The Old Church
What: The Old Church hosts its free "Sack Lunch" performance at noon every Wednesday. For Halloween, organist Michael Branes will make things creepy.
Where: The Old Church
More Info: theoldchurch.org
Pop-Up Cinema at Hotel Deluxe: Young Frankenstein
What: For the Halloween edition of Pop-Up Cinema, the Hotel Deluxe will feature a free screening of the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein.
Where: Screening Room at the Hotel Deluxe, 729 SW 15th Avenue
When: Doors at 5:30 p.m.; film begins at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early to ensure you get seats.
More Info: hoteldeluxeportland.com/portland-luxury-hotel/pop-up-cinema/