East County is about to get real spooky
All the ghosts and ghouls, vampires and zombies, princesses and superheroes, and everything else that goes bump in the night will shamble toward East Multnomah County for a month filled with festive activities.
Lovers of all things Halloween won't have to travel far this year as there are plenty of ways to celebrate the unofficial holiday close to home — pumpkin carving, hay rides, costumed cars, a llama, and, of course, plenty of candy.
One of the highlights will be Gresham Station's Halloween Spooktacular. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, kids can trick or treat at the many stores in the shopping center while showing off their costumes. Though held outdoors, visitors 5 and older are asked to wear a face covering.
A celebrity will also be at Gresham Station to celebrate Halloween — a llama from Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas.
Later that afternoon swing by Wood Village where city leaders will celebrate gourds. The sixth annual Pumpkin Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the newly unveiled City Hall & Civic Center, 24200 N.E. Halsey St.
With the COVID-19 pandemic the festival will once again be a drive-thru pickup for all the supplies needed to have fun safely at home. Drivers and walkups will receive free pumpkins, arts & crafts kits, treat bags, an autumn-themed baking kit and more.
You can also scratch your pumpkin itch by visiting Liepold Farms' Fall Festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the end of the month. The farm, 14050 S.E. Richey Road, has a corn maze, hay ride, pumpkins for sale, apple cider donuts, scavenger hunts and more. General admission is $5.
Finish up the festivities on Saturday by swinging by downtown Gresham as the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association celebrates the return of the annual free Safe Trick-or-Treat event along Main Avenue between First and Fourth streets. The business owners will hand out candy to children in costumes from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
Then on Halloween — Sunday, Oct. 31 — there will be even more places to trick-or-treat.
Several monsters will cruise into town to allow children to pick up all sort of sweet treats. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a Trunk or Treat at the Gresham Elks Lodge, 3330 N.E. Division St.
Then that evening swing by Gresham Ford for a Drive-Thru Halloween Trunk-Or-Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. The dealership, 1999 Powell Blvd., will feature vintage vehicles dressed up for the occasion from the Mt. Hood Mustangs and Fords Car Club. There will be plenty of candy, and folks won't have to leave their vehicles.
- Pumpkin Fest — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Wood Village City Hall, 24200 N.E. Halsey St.
- Halloween Spooktacular — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Gresham Station, 649 N.W. 12th St.
- Safe Trick-or-Treat — 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, downtown Gresham, along Main Avenue between First and Fourth Streets
- Trunk or Treat — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Gresham Elks Lodge, 3330 N.E. Division St.
- Drive Thru Halloween Trunk-Or-Treat — 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Gresham Ford, 1999 Powell Blvd.
- Fall Festival — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 31, Liepold Farms, 14050 S.E. Richey Road.
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