Halloween events in and around Hillsboro
With spooky season fully upon us, here's a roundup of haunted houses — and some less scary fare — in and around Hillsboro in the lead up to All Hallows Eve:
• Halloween in Downtown Hillsboro: Organized by the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, local businesses help turn all of downtown Hillsboro into an afternoon of candy, costumes and fun events. Running from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, dozens of participating businesses will have various free activities and trick-or-treating opportunities.
• Haunted in Hillsboro: An amateur, free community haunted house on the corner of Northwest Hertel Street and Ninth Avenue. OregonHauntedHouses.com gives this a "spooky" rating rather than a "scary" one, meaning it should be appropriate for the whole family.
• Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch & Scenic Walk: Located at 23985 N.W. Grossen Drive, this popular annual pumpkin patch also offers face-painting, a food corner that includes fresh kettle popcorn, wagon tours and pony rides.
• The Dread Keep: Located at 2321 N.E. Estate Drive, this haunted house is only open on Halloween night. It's free, and candy will be handed out to all families while supplies last.
• Oregon Airsoft Arena presents "A Zombie Experience": Fans of Airsoft and tactical games can head to 1600 N.E. 25th Ave. to pay for a real fright. Participants must survive a simulated zombie apocalypse and save humankind from the brain-eaters. The experience is available by appointment only.
• Día de los Muertos Cultural Altar: Celebrate "Day of the Dead," an important cultural celebration held every year on Nov. 1, by checking out this altar on display at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, located at 527 E. Main St. Courtesy of Oregon artist and cultural activist Huecha Omeyocan, the altar will be on display all day from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.
• Fang-tastic Feast: The Senior Center at 750 S.E. Eighth Avenue is hosting a Halloween dinner "filled with spook-tacular foods, tricks and treats," says the event posting on Hillsboro Parks & Recreation's event calendar. Tickets can be pre-purchased at the center or $8 or by calling 503-615-1090.
• Spooktacular: On Saturday, Oct. 29, visit the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve at 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway for a live raptor show, costume contest, a spooky walk and more. Tickets are $5 at the door and the event runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children 3 and under get in for free.
• North Plains Library Trick or Treat: Visit the community library in North Plains, located at 31334 N.W. Commercial St., at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 for a free trick or treat event. You can also check out the Trunk or Treat event at Aftali Ridge Elementary School a few days before from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28.
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