Portland Farmers Market Great Pumpkin Event
Portland Farmers Market offers the bounty of the season with pumpkin-filbert pancakes and apple cider samples.
Be inspired by the master carvers of Typhoon artfully carving a 40-pound pumpkin, then choose a free pumpkin to carve and take home.
Little goblins taking part in the kids' costume parade at noon will receive a treat.
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Portland Farmers Market, South Park blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets, 503-241-0032, www.portlandfarmersmarket.org, free
Howloween at the Zoo
Howl with the animals as the Oregon Zoo presents Howloween, a safe trick-or-treating environment with a scavenger hunt, educational activities and goody bags filled with candy and prizes.
For a hair-raising adventure, the zoo's Haunted Mine thrill ride in the SimEX-Iwerks Simulation Theatre gives guests a ghostly tour of a haunted mine shaft via a runaway cart.
In addition to the kids' activities, zoo animals also will get into the spirit of things with seasonal treats.
Hippos, elephants and polar bears will be treated to pumpkins; the mandrills and tigers will receive jack-o'-lanterns; the wolves get papier-mâché bats; and the grizzly bears are given scarecrows.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Oct. 28-29, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, www.oregonzoo.org, $6.50-$9.50, free for children 2 and under, $1 parking, Haunted Mine (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) costs an additional $4.50
'Tweens and teens feeling too old for trick-or-treating can mix, mingle and dance the night away dressed in their costumed best at the Teen BoneAnza.
The event, intended for kids 11 to 17, offers a costume contest, dancing, games, food and a haunted ghost town tour.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 28, Southwest Community Center, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave., 503-823-2840, www.portlandparks.org, $5
Join in the costumed fun as the Westmoreland/Sellwood Annual Monster March Parade winds its way from Llewellyn Elementary School, down Southeast Milwaukie Avenue, up Bybee Street and back to the school via a route closed off by police.
Participating businesses will hand out treats to the marching monsters along the route. Show up early and be ready to march on time.
Prizes will go to those exhibiting the most creative costumes.
3 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 29, Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E. 14th Ave., 503-916-6216, free
Zydeco Halloween Masked Ball
Pull on your costume and lace up your dance shoes for the all-ages Zydeco Halloween Masked Ball this weekend.
The music, hailing from the Louisiana bayou, includes French, Caribbean and blues influences and features the accordion, washboard and guitar. Dexter Ardoin, Andre Thierry and the Zydeco Ramblers All-Star Band will perform.
A free dance lesson, led by Adam and Ali Grimshaw, will begin an hour before the main event.
Prizes for best and most outlandish Halloween get-ups will be awarded.
7 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. dance, SUNDAY, Oct. 29, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., 503-243-2652, www.cascade-zydeco.com, $15 advance by phone or $17 at door
Wonder Woman Day
The fiercely independent DC Comics' Amazonian superheroine, co-created by husband-and-wife team William Moulton Marston and Elizabeth Holloway Marston in 1941, gets her day in the spotlight.
Wonder Woman Day is a benefit for Raphael House of Portland and Bradley-Angle House, two shelters providing assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Comic book artists, including Terry Dodson, Matthew Clark and Anne Timmons, will sign free prints to give away.
Works donated by more than 100 artists in the comic book, newspaper comics, animation and fine art realms will be part of the silent auction, including pieces by Adam Hughes, Alex Ross, Bill Morrison, Dan Piraro, David Lloyd, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez and John Romita Sr.
Raffles and merchandise tables also will offer fans a chance to stock up on the rarest of superhero goods.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 29, Excalibur Comics, 2444 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., www.wonderwomanmuseum.com, free
'Aladdin and His Magic Lamp'
Recommended for ages 4 and up, this Arabian Nights-derived rod puppet show offers a colorful set and 16-puppet cast, including an evil sorcerer, a princess, a sultan, a genie and, of course, Aladdin, the poor street urchin who finds the magical lamp and falls in love with the princess.
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 11 a.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 27-29, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-0557, www.tojt.com, $12 children, $16 adults