Ghosts, ghouls and Von Goolo haunt Portland
The trio of happenings that make up Fright Town are creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, with bizarre oddities and bone-chilling effects spread out across three attractions: Baron Von Goolo's Museum of Horrors and Food Court of the Damned, Elshoff Manor: The Asylum, and the Black Box.
Fright Town does not have age restrictions; however, itsattractions are not recommended for small children, as they involve risqué themes and gory scenes.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SUNDAY (and weekdays), Oct. 13-15 and 18-31, Rose Quarter beneath Memorial Coliseum, 1 Center Court, www.frighttown.com, $20, $5 coupon on Web site
Scream at the Beach
Recently named one of AOL's top 13 haunts in the nation, this popular spot has Halloween activities for all ages throughout its multiple spooktacular attractions, including Pirates: Brethren of the Black Flag, Nightmares II, Hayden Institute for the Criminally Insane, Curse of the Voodoo Woman, the Black Rose, the Monster Theatre and the Monster Pit Photo Studio.
Scarier attractions are indicated with a multiskull 'scary' symbol. Only the shows in the Monster Theatre are recommended for kids ages 6 and under.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. others days, Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 19-31, Scream at the Beach, 1802 Jantzen Beach Center near Toys'R'Us, www.screamatthebeach.com, $3-$8 per attraction or an all-attraction pass for $23 ages 17 and over, $17.25 ages 7 through 16, free for kids ages 6 and under (not recommended), $2 discount available online for single attractions
13th Door Haunted House
Now in its fifth and final year at this location, this old Regal theater has been converted into the Door Corporation, Facility #13, a government research facility with experiments that have gone horribly awry.
The production is recommended for visitors ages 13 and over. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years of age.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SUNDAY (times vary by week, call or visit Web site), through Oct. 31, Washington Square Mall, Old Regal Haunted Theater, next to Bank of America, 10125 Washington Square Mall, Tigard, 503-730-4579, www.hauntingproductions.com, $15, $25 VIP tickets, $2 coupon on Web site
Milburn's Haunted Manor
This terrifying haunted house, now in its fourth year, is a Milburn family production, featuring local high school drama kids who love to 'scar' children ages 13 and up.
Parental discretion is advised for children 10 and under. The haunting experience continues with a moonlit U-pick pumpkin patch.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SUNDAY (and weekdays), Oct. 13-15, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 26-31, Milburn's Haunted Manor, 11503 Broadacres Road N.E., Hubbard, 503-982-1232, www.milburnmanor.com, $8
All-ages activities include a walk through giant animated Halloween lights display (dogs welcome!), Monster Land, the Creepy Canoe ride, a Black Hole Slide and safe trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
Two haunted houses, the Haunted Mansion and 3-D Clown Haunt, also are onsite and are recommended for ages 12 and older.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. SUNDAY (and weekdays), Oct. 13-15, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-31, Washington County Fair Complex, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro, 503-648-1416, www.fritelites.com, $10 ages 13 and up, $6 ages 6 to 12, $3 ages 3 to 5, free for children 2 and under
- Suzie Ridgway