These local Halloween spots are the perfect way to spend the evening.

Are you ready for the spooky season?

With Halloween only days away, there are plenty of festive activities out there, including a few haunts close to home.

Joy Cinema

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeff Martin, owner of the Joy Cinema on Pacific Highway, reopened the theater earlier this year. This week he is showing horror classics Beetlejuice and Night of the Living Dead.The newly re-opened Joy Cinema on Pacific Highway is getting into the spirit with two spooky films playing at the movie theater through Halloween night.

Starting Friday, the Joy will begin screenings of “Beetlejuice,” the 1988 horror-comedy directed by Tim Burton, and a special show called “Spooktacular,” a collection of film clips, cartoons and movie trailers, topped off with a screening of “Night of the Living Dead,” the black-and-white zombie film that has been an inspiration to horror films for decades.

The theater has 21-and-older shows at night, but all ages are welcome to weekend matinees. Theater organizers warn that “Night of the Living Dead” is an intense, frightening film and is not recommended for kids 13 and younger.

For ticket prices and showtimes, visit

Joy Cinema is located at 11959 S.W. Pacific Highway in Tigard.

Ash Avenue Dog Park

by: SUBMITTED - A pug-o-lantern struts her stuff during the annual Halloween Canine Costume Contest. This year the event moves to Ash Avenue Dog Park, off Southwest Burnham Road, in Beaverton.Don’t leave man’s best friend out of the festivities. The 11th annual Halloween Canine Costume Contest moves to Ash Avenue Dog Park this year. The family-friendly event showcases your four-legged pooch dressed to the nines.

On Saturday, bring your dog to Ash Avenue Dog Park off of Southwest Burnham Street in Tigard for a morning of fun and games. The event is hosted by the Tigard Dog Park Committee.

Event organizers say the costume contest is “guaranteed to be more fun than chewing up a brand new slipper or snatching a sandwich from the kitchen counter.”

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. for the contestants and their humans, who are also encouraged to dress up.

A celebrity panel of judges including Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen will be on hand to award prizes for the best costumes and raffle prizes.

Ash Avenue Dog Park is located at 12770 S.W. Ash Ave.

Downtown trick-or-treating

by: JAIME VALDEZ - A monkey gets from candy from McGruff the Crime Dog, during Tigard Main Streets annual Trick of Treat celebration. The annual event begins at 3 p.m., Halloween day.Looking for a safe place to trick-or-treat with your little witch or ghost? Southwest Main Street in Tigard will once again open its doors for trick-or-treating before it gets dark.

“Trick or Treat Main Street” is a chance for families to stop by participating businesses for candy and fun activities.

It’s a longtime event in town, said Margaret Ellenson, co-owner of Tyler’s Automotive on Main Street.

“It has turned out to be quite the event,” Ellenson said. “It’s a nice, safe place for the kids to come down, and parents don’t have to worry about them being out in the dark.”

Participating businesses will have an orange flyer hanging in their window. The annual event lasts from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tigard High School

The annual Halloween Rooms opens at 5 p.m. Halloween night at Tigard High School.

A donation of canned food opens the doors for a night of fun and frights. Classrooms and corridors are transformed into ghoulish scenes as students pass out candy, and a few scares, to those willing to enter.

The food donations will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Tigard Food Pantry.

The fun lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tigard High School, 9000 S.W. Durham Road.

Tualatin Haunted House

Read our story on the 2012 haunted house, organized by the Tualatin Youth Advisory Council.

Jenkins Estate “Spooktacular”

Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to the annual Jenkins Estate “Spooktacular.” The event will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per child, adults are free when accompanied by children. The stables will be transformed into a “not-so-spooky” Halloween adventure. Admission includes carnival games, craft projects, face painting, hayride to the pumpkin patch and prizes. Additional hayride tickets for family members 11 and older are available for $1 (one adult ticket is included with a child admission). Dracula’s Snack Shack will be open for hungry goblins, serving children’s favorite snacks. Costumes are encouraged. Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road, is a historic estate owned and operated by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District.

Halloween Treats Await

King City Albertsons is hosting Halloween fun on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for children 12 and younger. This is a free event, and no registration is required. A donation of canned food or cash will be accepted for the Tigard Food Bank. Young visitors will get to decorate a Halloween cookie, make a lantern, guess a gross item, fish for a prize and have a picture taken. Albertsons is located at 16200 S.W. Pacific Highway across from King City and the Willowbrook Center. For more information, call the store at 503-684-5070.

Streets of Treats Harvest Festival The Streets of Treats event will take place Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. under the giant gazebo in Bridgeport Village. Kids and families are invited to participate in games and activities, including the Wicked Witch Apple Shack, singing, dancing and of course dressing up in their favorite costumes. Guests will be entertained by a live Radio Disney DJ playing festive Halloween music. Children and their parents are invited to trick-or-treat in Bridgeport Village stores. The event will be capped by a costume contest with prizes. Then on Halloween, families will enjoy safe, fun trick-or-treating throughout the village from 4 to 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Bridgeport Village is located just off Interstate-5 at exit 290 in Tualatin.

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Saturday and Sunday, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission. An intriguing scavenger hunt directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the zoo, their habitats and adaptations. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit. Throughout the weekend, visitors can watch the zoo’s enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items such as pumpkins help keep the zoo’s animals mentally and physically stimulated.

“War of the Worlds”

On Halloween night, head to the Beaverton City Library auditorium for an authentic re-enactment of the 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” Performed by Reliving Radio of Portland and presented by the Beaverton Historical Society, the auditorium will be transformed into a radio studio of the 1930s, inviting the audience to experience the radio event that rocked the nation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 at the door, and seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the Beaverton Historical Society. Visit for more information.

“BloodyVox: Fresh Blood”

Join BodyVox on a trip to the dark side as spirits, sprites, demons, vultures, insects, ninjas and a slightly deranged clown return in a fresh update to this new Halloween dance classic. The show features world premiere work by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland. Show times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Halloween at 7: 30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $36, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups of eight or more. Visit or call 503-229-0627 for more information. The BodyVox Dance Center is located at 1201 N.W. 17th Ave. in Portland.

“Dracula: A Musical Nightmare”

Stumptown Stages begins its eighth season with this tale of Dracula by Douglas Johnson, complete with the requisite insect-eating lunatic, beautiful innocents, hapless heroes and thickly-accented vampire experts. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; and a special Halloween performance on Wednesday at 10 p.m. at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, in Portland. Tickets can be purchased at, or at the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For info, visit or call 503-381-8686.

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