Boo! The Rose City gets scary
A handful of haunted houses, some of them real, await 'victims'
It's many people's favorite time of year: October, culminating with Halloween. Here are some of the Tribune's picks for the holiday season:
FrightTown at the Rose Quarter
With 40,000 square feet of ghastly ghouls, bloodthirsty zombies and evil chainsaw-wielding monkeys, this festival of frights spreads its scares across three different attractions: Baron Von Goolo's Museum of Horrors, Elshoff Manor and the Black Box. Von Goolo, although insanely brilliant, has little control over his ooze-dripping monsters, so watch your step.
7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Oct. 31 (some days off, check website for details), Rose Quarter beneath Memorial Coliseum, www.frighttown.com, $20, $5 coupon on website
The Haunted MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch
What's that lurking behind you? Get stalked in five acres of spook-filled corn by mutated farmers and psychotic hillbillies at this popular Sauvie Island attraction.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Oct. 31 (some days off, check website for details), 16511 N.W. Gillihan Road, 503-621-7110, $7 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 6-12, $10 Haunted MAiZE
Tour of Untimely Departures
Say hello to some of Lone Fir Cemetery's 'residents' and discover the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths with a candlelit tour of their graves.
6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Lone Fir Cemetery, Southeast 26th Avenue and Stark Street, www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org, $10 adults, $15 families, no children younger than 18
Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash
Do the monster mash to Portland's favorite old-timey swing band, the Midnight Serenaders, at this second annual Halloween bash, which moves this year to the more spacious and eerily named Secret Society Ballroom. In addition to a full bar as well as food, the Secret Society will be offering the 'Zombie' - a special drink the venue promises will 'help makes things a bit more festive.'
9 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 29, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St., www.brownpapertickets.com, $10 advance, $15 at the door (21-and-older event)
Halloween Fantasy Trail
Venture into the haunted wilderness of rural Oregon City and take in the spooky sights of a ghost-filled 40-foot castle and other old, forbidding structures.
Noon-5 p.m., 7-10 p.m. everyday except Sunday through Oct. 30, 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City, 503-631-2047, $4 adults, $3.50 children 12 and younger
No skeletons or monsters will pop out at you (at least we think) on the 'Halloween Tours' of the Portland Underground, but the information you'll learn of the men who died there is just as chilling as it is interesting.
Fridays and Saturdays, starting at Hobo's Restaurant, 120 N.W. Third Ave., www.shanghaitunnels.info, 503-622-4798, $13-$26 adults, $8-$17 kids 12 and younger
'80s Video Dance Attack
Ever wanted to be one of the zombie backup dancers in Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video? This is your chance to dance with the dead. The Crystal Ballroom spooks up its weekly '80s-themed dance party.
9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Crystal Ballroom, 503-225-0047, $5 at door (21-and-older party)
Scream at the Beach
This popular spook spot has fun for the whole family, including a 'Halloween Town' with creepy souvenir shops, a circus tent full of sharp-teethed clowns that love to play tricks on you and a historic carousel from 1921.
7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through the Oct. 31 (some days off, check website for details), 1230 Jantzen Beach Center near Home Depot, www.screamatthebeach.com, $20 per attraction, $30 one-time VIP pass
13th Door Haunted House
One of Portland's best haunts has gone through a makeover, changing from a government research facility gone awry to a more classic, mutated-zombie-baby theme.
7 p.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday through Oct. 31, 8805 S.W. Canyon Lane, 13th door.com, $15 Monday-Thursday, $18 Friday-Sunday, $27 VIP tickets