Boo! These haunts add a little fright to Halloween
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
There are plenty of places to scare yourself on the spooky night
It's time for the spooks and kooks to come out at night, with Halloween right around the dark corner.
There are plenty of activities in Portland for young and old as All Hallows' Eve nears. Here are some of the Tribune's picks for holiday fun:
FrightTown at the Rose Quarter
It's billed as the place for the three most horrifying haunted houses in the Pacific Northwest. Last year more than 20,000 visitors came face to face with the lunatic stylings of Baron Van Goolo and His Museum of Horrors, and this year Baron takes on the giant monsters of Japan, The Atomic Rampage of The Ultra Battle Monsters, with other attractions being hillbilly cyborg zombies, The Chop Shop and the decaying haunted castle Elshoff Manor. It's co-produced by 1031 Community Theatre.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 21-24, Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 27-31, Rose Quarter Exhibit Hall, One Center Court, rosequarter.com, $20
It's long been considered one of creepiest haunted houses in the area. 'Night Terrors' is the theme. It's a rated PG-13 haunt, with zombies scratching at the walls and an even longer maze.
Opening at 7 p.m., through Oct. 31, 8805 S.W. Canyon Lane, 13thdoor.com, $15, $25 VIP
The Corn MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch
It's a popular, fun destination on Sauvie Island in the fall, but especially around Halloween. This year's Halloween feature is the Haunted Corn Field Maize.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (Haunted Maize, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 22-23, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 29-31), 16511 N.W. Gilihan Road, 503-621-7110, $7 ages 13-over, $5 ages 6-12, $10 Haunted Maize
Portland Erotic Ball
The 11th annual event is the biggest, sexiest Halloween party featuring 11 stages of entertainment, a full fetish demonstration area and the city's only $5,000 costume contest. Entertainment includes Super Geek League, Pepé and The Bottle Blondes and Stolen Sweets. Other highlights: aerial acts, go-go dancers, contortionists, snake girls, sword swallowers and burlesque acts.
8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., portlanderoticball.com, $35 advance, $40 at door, VIP $69/$69
Halloween Fantasy Trail
You can dare to hike the grounds of the Wenzel family farm during the day or night, going through a 40-foot castle with Halloween scenes and through a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.
12-5 p.m., 7-10 p.m., through Oct. 30, 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City, 503-631-2047, $4 adults, $3.50 children 12-under
Scream at the Beach
It's the 10th anniversary of the scares at the Jantzen Beach Center, with a highlight being a twisted version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
7-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Oct. 31, 1772 Jantzen Beach Center, screamatthebeach.com, $20, $30 VIP
Trick or treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn more about wildlife during Oregon Zoo's Howloween, and also watch as animals are provided with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins stuffed with snacks - chimpanzees, African wild dogs, Asian elephants, polar bears and black bears Oct. 30 and Amur tigers, sea otters, African wild dogs, orangutans, black bears and Asian elephants Oct. 31.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Rd., oregonzoo.org, free with admission
Bent, A Hallow's Eve Ball
It'll be a whimsical and provocative celebration of the haunted season, including creepy cocktails, spooky decor, unique entertainment, dance music and a costume contest. It's a benefit for the Equity Foundation, honorary chairman is Gus Van Sant, emcee is Poison Waters and producer is Cindy Thompson.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Left Bank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., benthalloween.org, $36.66