Halloween thrills, chills lurk around every corner
We all know Portland is weird in its own way. It's not difficult to surmise, then, that there's something odd, scary and exciting to do just about every night of the week during October — the month all weirdos seem to love best.
But the Halloween excitement certainly isn't contained to Portland proper. Be sure to search in the suburbs and beyond for delightful Halloween shenanigans — including, a giant pumpkin regatta in Tualatin.
Last year's West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta was canceled because of bad weather, but it's back, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Lake of the Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St., Tualatin.
"We have our fingers crossed for no wind this year," said Heidi Marx, an event specialist with the City of Tualatin, which organizes the zany community festival.
What is a pumpkin regatta, exactly? Well, while a normal regatta features boat races, paddlers, instead, will be rowing in massive hollowed-out pumpkins.
Not interested in the races? There are lots of events going on — including pumpkin golf and pumpkin bowling, pie eating and costume contests.
If a pumpkin festival in Portland's suburbia hasn't tickled your fancy, check out any one of these zany happenings in the city and beyond:
Chris and Jeff Davis have been turning their property at Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard and 43rd Avenue, Milwaukie, into a proper graveyard complete with a mausoleum and lots of hand-made tombstones for nearly two decades.
The haunted site has reappeared. The display isn't a walkthrough and can only be viewed from the street. Effects are visible on the weekends but lights only during the week. However, the family is giving interested viewers an opportunity to walk through the yard, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the property and talk with the creative team. The Independent Dance Company middle school dance team will perform its version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," along with food, beverages and other vendors. The event is free.
Find out more: davisgraveyard.com
The Fear PDX Haunted House Screampark
Dubbed Portland's largest Halloween event, the Fear PDX Haunted House Screampark returns to 5413 N.E. Columbia Blvd. Judging by a trailer it produced for this year's event, visitors are sure to jump out of their skin. The event is open Wednesday through Sundays throughout October and the first weekend of November. Prices vary.
For more: fearpdx.com
Night Flight's seventh annual "Fright Night — A Halloween Circus"
Catch decked out aerialists and trapeze artists flying about at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. for three shows: Saturday, Oct. 21, Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. All shows start at 8 p.m.; tickets are $35 in advance and $42 at the door.
Find out more: albertarosetheatre.com
13th Door Haunted House
Called "Oregon's Icon of Fear," the Beaverton haunted house, at 3855 S.W. Murray Blvd., offers a number of frightful events, including escape rooms, casket rides and even "Flash Light Terror Nights" on Nov. 3 and 4, after Halloween. For $20 per guest, groups will be given a dimly lit LED finger light to explore the "dark passages of The 13th Door." It warns that it's not for the faint of heart.
Find out more: 13thdoor.com
Regal Cinemas 2017 Horror Fest
Portland's Regal Lloyd Center 10 & Imax at 1510 N.E. Multnomah St. location will join in on a nationwide horror fest showing classic horror flicks and double features all through October. On Oct. 9, catch a Stephen King double feature whammy, "The Dead Zone" (1983) and "Pet Sematary (1989). Later, it's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) on Oct. 17, "Jaws" (1975) on Oct. 24, and screenings of "The Shining" on Oct. 30 and 31.
See what else they're showing: www.regmovies.com/promotions/horror-fest
If usual cabarets aren't your thing, maybe try a macabaret, a — you might have guessed — cabaret with a touch of macabre. "Lenore Rises: An Edgar Allan Poe Macabaret" will show at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., for two nights, Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, as a variety show in honor of Halloween. According to the event description, the so-called macabaret is a curated gathering where artists and performers from around Portland give voice to the famous, long-dead poet's female characters through art installations, live music, Dolly Parton impersonations and dance.
Tickets are $8 in advance, and between $10-15 on the day of show.
Buy tickets here.
FrightTown at the Rose Quarter is back, with its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 7, at its location beneath the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way. While last year's event was more of a deranged circus theme, 2017's is more science fiction research facility-themed, called Sector 13. Find out more: frighttown.com
'Nosferatu' with live ensemble
A special showing of the 1922 silent picture "Nosferatu" takes place 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. It's the first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." The film will be shown with a live score by Oregon-based ensemble Mood Area 52.
Find out more: hollywoodtheatre.org/events/nosferatu-with-live-score
• Popular corn mazes include The Corn Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, 16511 N.W. Gilliahan Road, and Kruger's Farm Haunted Maze and Corn Cabaret, 17100 N.W. Sauvie Island Road.
Find out more: thepumpkinpatch.com
Mark Miller, assistant editor of The Times, contributed to this report.
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