by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Costumed children will once again trick-or-treat the merchants in downtown Forest Grove this year, as they have for many years past.Oh, October! Crisp leaves, colorful hills, foggy mornings and brisk afternoons, harvest decor, pumpkin carving and hearty comfort foods.

Fill the last two days of the month with enough fall fun to last until next year.

Halloween is on Thursday this year, but don’t let the work week damper holiday festivities — plenty of quintessential autumn options abound right here in western Washington County.

n Theatre in the Grove is offering a special Halloween showing of “Young Frankenstein” at 7:30 p.m.

The adaptation of Mel Brooks’ musical comedy offers a fun way to celebrate Halloween with a light, wacky show.

The parody of classic monster movies is a great way to spend an “evening laughing with fellow monster fans,” as it’s “chock full of huge production numbers, derivative songs, and (happily) lots of the best shtick from the movie,” according to News-Times reviewers.

Because of language and adult themes throughout the play, it’s probably best to leave the kiddos at home and make it a date night or a night out with friends.

If you can’t make the show Thursday, catch it Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2:30 p.m. $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth.

Visit or call 503-359-5349.

n Theater-goers looking for something a little gorier can head to the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, for “The Twelfth Night of the Living Dead.” The play is a combination of Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love, and the bloodiest parts of the Night of the Living Dead. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

n Looking to maximize trick-or-treating efficiency? Stop by Forest Grove businesses, Pacific University, the Grand Lodge, or all three. Local store owners invite costumed kids into their shops to participate in the annual Trick-or-Treat the Merchants from 4 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the News-Times. See the back page for a list of participating businesses and look for our orange posters in the windows. McMenamins Grand Lodge will also be open Thursday for candy hunters from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific University will open up Walter, Clark and McCormick residence halls and their University Center from 5 to 7 p.m. for community members clad in costume. The North Plains Library will also be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for trick-or-treaters. Downtown Hillsboro merchants will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. for trick-or-treaters as well.

n Get to know the ghosts Forest Grove residents live with daily on Sojourn Forest Grove’s family-friendly ghost and myth tour. Meet at Pacific Avenue and College Way for a 7 p.m. departure. $5.

n The Carlton Community Foundation brings an old granary to life with horror and surprise. The Haunted Granary designers boast the place will “scare the pants off” even the most intrepid of visitors. Get scared for $5 and a couple cans of food for the food bank. Those braving the granary should be at least 13 years of age. It will be open Thursday. 168 S. Pine St. in Carlton.

n Members of the First Christian Church, 2231 19th Ave., will dress up and welcome community members to their “trunk-or-treat” on Halloween. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., vehicle trunks will be filled to the brim with candy, waiting for local kids to submerge their claws, hooks and witchy fingernails into the trough of treats.

n His Church will host a harvest carnival on Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. with games, hot dogs, nachos, drinks, and cotton candy. 2070 Beal Road.

n Plum Hill Vineyard, 6505 S.W. Old Highway 47 in Gaston, is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Thursday. Stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. for a costume contest, gift shop and wine sale, snacks and hot spiced rosé.

n Christian Praise Center, 254 19th Ave. in Cornelius, is having a harvest party on Halloween, starting at 5 p.m. with a potluck. There will also be games and candy handouts.

n Keep the celebration going with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1660 Elm St. in Forest Grove. Saturday, Nov. 2, the Hispanic parishioner group invites the public to join in a Day of the Dead celebration at 7 p.m. at Mass with traditional Latin American altar decorations. Following Mass, there will be a celebration with traditional foods in the parish hall.

It’s not too late to visit local farms with festive displays and harvest activities. Enjoy festive treats and the great outdoors while finding a pumpkin to carve.

n The Forest Grove Farmers Market will be open with several vendors selling pumpkins from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Forest Grove on Main Street. There will also be a Day of the Dead celebration at the market — a Mexican holiday now celebrated around the world to remember loved ones who have died. Enjoy traditional pan de muerto and hot chocolate, participate in a raffle for market goodies, and watch a cooking demonstration by New Seasons Market. Kids can color and paint skulls.

n Lake View Farms, 31345 N.W. North Avenue in North Plains, will be open Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to noon on Halloween. They have a large pumpkin patch with a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There’s also a seven-mile corn maze, hot cider and kettle corn, farm animals, and train, hay, and paddle boat rides. 503-647-2336.

n Jim Dandy Farm, 45770 N.W. Sunset Highway in Banks, will have their pumpkin patch, corn maze and haunted greenhouse open Wednesday and Thursday. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are restrooms, a picnic area and farm animals to enjoy as well. 503-324-3954.

n A Maze in Grace Gardens, 2985 S.W. Golf Course Road in Cornelius, will be open Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with pumpkins for picking, bunnies for petting, a corn maze for wandering, hay rides and pirate boating around the farm for enjoying, and fresh apple cider for savoring. 503-707-6368.

n Duyck’s Peachy Pig Farm’s, 34840 S.W. Johnson School Road, pumpkin patch will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. They’ll also have baby pumpkins and decorative corn stalks for sale. Their furry friends will be there, too.

n Blooming Junction, 35105 N.W. Zion Church Road in Cornelius, will be open Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They have pumpkins for sale in the patch, and already picked for sale in the shop. All pumpkins are grown using natural practices. 503-681-4646.

n Unger’s Farm Store, 34880 S.W. Johnson School Road in Cornelius, will be open on Halloween 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 971-285-7507.

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