Frightful fun abounds; the trick is in choosing what to do

by: COURTESY OF FRIGHTTOWN - The array of creatures and scares at FrightTown have always drawn big crowds at Halloween time. The Memorial Coliseum haunted houses are some of the attractions around the city for the fans of Halloween.It’s time to get your scare on, Halloween style.

With a week to go before the ghouls and goblins come out Oct. 31, metaphorically speaking, the Tribune presents a potpourri of some places to go and enjoy the adrenaline shooting up your spine and the screams exiting your mouth — and, hopefully it’s only screams leaving your body. Here are some haunts, sites, parties and more in the next 10 days:

• Halloween starts and ends with some of the best haunted houses in Oregon. “FrightTown” at Memorial Coliseum’s exhibition features three haunted houses, including “Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors.” “The Black Box,” a monster-filled dark maze returns with new monsters, rooms and an all-new finale. “The Contagion: Blood Fever” spotlights a world gone dead. “The Madness” descends into cosmic horror where mankind serves as food. (7 p.m. till late, Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1,, $20, $15 with coupon).

• Thousands of people have entered the “Keep Portland Lost” Maize and The Haunted Maize at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, 16511 N.W. Gillihan Road — and all have safely emerged, alive. No dramatics here, just fun for the whole family, laughing and walking down corridors outdoors. (“Keep Portland Lost” Maize, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 30-31,, $7, $5 youth/seniors; The Haunted Maize, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-31,, $10).

• The very popular 13th Door Haunted House, located at 3855 S.W. Murray Blvd. in Beaverton this year, will be open each night (7 p.m. till late, through Nov. 3,, $15). It’s the 13th year of operation for the 13th Door, which means some really evil things could happen once you’re inside and walking down dark hallways and unhallowed grounds and coming across rotting zombies and rabid dogs feasting on human corpses and other demented creatures and spirits.

• There are other haunted houses to consider, including Grisly Manor PDX in Southwest Portland (, Scream in Gresham ( and The Haunted Ghost Town on Northeast 122nd Avenue ( The maze at Fear Asylum in Milwaukie ( cuts through multiple rooms at the Elks Lodge. A three-part haunt located outside the metro area, Milburn’s Haunted Manor in Hubbard (, always rates high.

• BeerQuest PDX “Haunted Pub Crawl” takes guests on a tour of haunted Portland bars to meet real ghosts. Of course, there’ll be libations to enjoy — so, is it a ghost you saw or just part of the libation fun? You’ll hear about resident ghosts and their stories, true historical accounts of shanghaiing, corrupt police, underground speakeasies, brothels, drug dens and more from Portland’s wicked past, and visit the Shanghai Tunnels. (Every day through Oct. 31,, $25). The Shanghai Tunnel Halloween Tours in Portland Underground also are taking place (

• The “Four Horsemen Haunted Attractions,” 1223 N. Hayden Meadows Drive, look interesting — you be the judge whether it’s scary. It’s two houses — one, Primus, a subterranean civilization recently discovered; the other, Hell House, once home to a family of serial killers. (7 p.m. till late through Nov. 2, except Oct. 30,, $20).

• Tickets still remain for the Portland Erotic Ball at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. (,8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26,, $39 general, $69 VIP). Live bands, burlesque artists, aerial performances, deejay music, dance teams and full fetish demonstration stages and a big costume party are some of the features. No, it’s not for kids.

• Aliens! Celebrating the 75th anniversary of “War of the Worlds,” the Orson Welles radio show that freaked out citizens who thought Martians had landed on Earth, the Willamette Radio Workshop plans to re-enact the show with six actors, live foley (filmmaking) and recorded sound effects. (7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Wash.,, free; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.,, free). For info on Willamette Radio Network:

• Check out the Davis Graveyard, where the Davis family that lives at Southeast 43rd Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard transforms their yard into a haunted graveyard theme. It features a ruined mausoleum, monuments and a large, redesigned, life-size ruined abbey. Nearly every prop has been hand-made by local artists. (Viewing is from dusk till 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, dusk till 11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays,, free).

• The eclectic Vagabond Opera puts on its annual “Day of the Dead” bash, “The Transylvanian Voodoo Ball” at the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., with haunting music, ritual, art and the sincere honoring of the departed. The night also features Russian party band Chervona and guest singers, a belly dancer, wandering Butoh performers, an interactive altar installation, a divination table and a costume contest. (9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1,, $16, $20 at door).

• The website has many more events among its Halloween listings.

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