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Frightful fun planned for Halloween

REVIEW, TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Thomas Rice holds a pair of skeletons that will be tucked away in the forest during the Haunted Trail in Mary S. Young Park Oct. 28 and 29. The Enchanted Trail, also held at Mary S. Young Park, is for those who dont enjoy being scared.

Halloween is a time to dress in costumes, host a party, carve a jack-o'-lantern and of course, eat lots of candy. A number of events are planned starting tonight through Oct. 31, which vary in spookiness to please all ages. Take advantage of these frightening and not-so-frightening events:

n See “Rise of the Giants’ film on growing giant pumpkins

Want to know how hard work, great seeds and a little bit of magic can make a pumpkin grow to the size of a Volkswagen?

Attend the Oregon premier of the “Rise of the Giants” documentary from 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 20. Co-sponsored by Clackamas Community College’s Digital Media Communications (DMC) and Horticulture departments, the film is directed by Emmy Award-winners Mark Devendorf and Daria Matza. Devendorf recently joined CCC as an instructor in the DMC department.

“Rise of the Giants” follows a group of dedicated and eccentric farmers who race to grow the world’s largest pumpkins. Along the way, the film reveals how the plant changed the course of U.S. history, how farming helps incarcerated addicts with their recovery and how a community of young growers rediscovered their farming roots.

This free event is open to the public and runs from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20 in the McLoughlin Auditorium on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. There will be refreshments, prizes and seed giveaways.

To watch the film trailer and learn more about its production, visit riseofthegiantsmovie.com. For questions about the screening, email Devendorf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n Wear costumes to family Halloween safety event at VFW Oct. 20

Lake Oswego VFW Post and Auxiliary No. 12140 are hosting a family Halloween safety event from 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 20 at the post, located at 417 Second St., Lake Oswego. There will be pumpkin painting, costume contest, safety stations, finger painting, candy, face painting, glow lights and more. The event is free and open to all. Call 971-227-4139 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n Face painting and costume contest at Sit Still Salon, Oct. 28-31

Makeup artists will paint anything from superheroes to classic Halloween monsters. Customers are encouraged to send a photo ahead of time or bring a photo with them. Cost ranges from $10-$60, depending on how elaborate the design is and how long it takes. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted. The face painting takes place during regular business hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. To make an appointment, call 503-657-3975. Sit Still Salon is located in West Linn's Central Village, 5656 Hood St., Suite 105.

n Haunted Trail, Enchanted Trail are back at Mary S. Young Park Oct. 28 and 29

There is a new fear in the forest. If you dare, a walk through the woods at night is sure to give you cause for fright, or not, depending on which trail you take.

The Haunted Trail is a nighttime walk through the woods, where you will encounter scary scenes and characters along the way. This trail is recommended for ages 8 and older; it is not a hayride and is not recommended for the elderly or very young. Cost of the Haunted Trail is $13 purchased in advance or $15 at the event.

The Enchanted Trail is intended for people who are not ready to be scared. It is recommended for families with younger children, and children 3 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Tickets to the Enchanted Trail are $4 when purchased in advance or $5 at the event.

Order tickets for either the Haunted Trail or Enchanted Trail online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/westlinn/Activity_Search?

Time slots will fill; order tickets soon.

Mary S. Young Park is located at 19900 Willamette Drive in West Linn.

n Zombie Garden Day set for Oct. 28

Friday, Oct. 28 is a no-school day for Lake Oswego School District, so it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a day at Luscher Farm pretending to be a zombie. Make a zombie garden, dress in zombie rags complete with spooky face paint, munch on scary snacks and finish the day with a zombie stomp to spooky music. This event is for ages 5-12 and runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Cost is $60. Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lakeoswegoparks/Activity_Search.

n Luscher Farm Crosstoberfest Cyclo Cross Race, Oct. 29.

Wear a costume to the Crosstoberfest Cyclo Cross Race from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn. Crosstoberfest takes place in the rolling and muddy hills of the farm, includes food, drinks, live music and more. Register online at crosstoberfestLO.org. Registration fee is $27 per rider, $15 for juniors. Prices increase the day of the race to $30 and $18.

n Monster Mash Halloween dance party at WL library Oct. 29

Join Micah and Me for a live music show featuring Halloween songs, classics and original music at noon Oct. 29. Young children are invited to dress in costumes while dancing, singing and even playing along with their own instruments. Party is for children birth to age 5. No registration required. The library is located at 1595 Burns St.

n Enjoy a Happy Halloween at the LOACC

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will host its traditional Halloween Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31. The spooky special menu features graveyard salad, stuffed bat peppers, swamp root veggies and vampire garlic knots plus spooky spice cake for dessert. Come dressed for the spooky occasion and have some fun. Cost is a suggested $4 donation for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else. Call 503-635-3758 to reserve a seat. The center is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego.

n Palisades offers indoor trick or treating

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation staff invites children 12 and younger and their parents to trick or treat indoors at their offices located at 1500 Greentree Road from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 31. Wear a costume and come to trick or treat up and down the hall.

n Kruse Village Halloween Party

The public is invited to attend Kruse Village’s freaky fun Halloween party from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31. The event includes frightening food and beverages, trick-or-treating, coloring contests and more. Businesses open for trick-or-treating include: Home Care Assistance, Engle & Volkers, Plank and Coil, Asula Wellness Center, Insurance Lounge, Hand & Stone and Eighteen Eight.

Kruse Village is located at 4847 Meadows Road in Lake Oswego.

— The Review, Tidings