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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spiders such as this wolf spider are studied at Lewis & Clark College. The college is hosting SpiderFest Oct. 25 to share findings from research students are doing.

More Halloween fun is planned in the area. Be sure to check out these events for a creepy good time.

It’s that time again — there’s a chill in the air, leaves are turning and spiders are ballooning and decorating our world with webs.

At Lewis & Clark College these are signals that it is time for SpiderFest, a celebration of the biodiversity represented by arachnids and the science done at the school with them. Students and staff welcome the public to come into the lab Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. to learn about spiders.

They will give demonstrations on how venom is collected by electro-stimulation, show the activity of venom chemicals on insects, have demonstrations of live spiders catching prey by biting them and much more.

Students will give presentations on their research projects. Spider inspired treats and “venomous brew punch” will be served and you can try your luck at pin-the-tail on the vinegaroon.

The event is free and will be held in Bodine and the Binford lab, room 102, on the Lewis & Clark campus, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland. For more information, contact Greta Binford at 503-768-7653.

Get your scream on at

Shriners Haunted House

Get your scream on at the Haunted House Halloween Oct. 25 through 31 at the Al Kader Shriners Center, 25100 SW Parkway Ave., Wilsonville. Admission is $10 per person and proceeds benefit Al Kader Shriners Center and are not tax deductable. Doors open at 7 p.m. nightly.

Willamette’s ninth annual Old Town Haunt will be on Halloween

Aliens have landed in the Willamette District of West Linn just in time for the Old Town Haunt on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Visit the merchants in Willamette from 11th Street through 14th Street for trick or treating and more fun.

Oregon Zoo to hold Howloween

Trick of treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 26 and 27 at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission. In keeping with the zoo’s mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. A scavenger hunt directs trick or treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Goody bags fill with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit.

General admission is $11.50 for ages 12 through 64, $10- for seniors age 65 and up; $8.50 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for those 2 and younger. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required.

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