Scare up some fun at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and elsewhere before and on the big day, Thursday, Oct. 31

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIAN THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY - A highlight of the Halloween season includes Underhill Haunted House at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where there'll also be a Kids Monster Fest.
Revelers have a week to take in all the attractions and events of Halloween, and then celebrate on the big day itself, Thursday, Oct. 31.

Here's a variety of stuff to consider — haunts, pumpkins, parties, dance and more — all around the Portland area:

• Portland's biggest haunted house is at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The 40,000-square-foot home of scares is now called Underhill Haunted House, and it includes three adult haunted houses. It has expanded from last year's The Beneath.

Underhill Manor is a Victorian-inspired experience transporting guests back to when terror started in a creaky mansion. The Clown Factory features psychotic clowns — 'nuff said. And, another haunt puts emphasis on gore-tastic fears drummed up by government and big pharma.

For the younger set, there is Kids Monster Fest, designed for the lighter side of fright. It's set to show Oct. 24-26, between Disney On Ice shows, as well as on Halloween.

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• Enthusiasm seems to be higher than ever for the Thrill the World Dance, which takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street. It's an annual group dance inspired by Michael Jackson and his album/song "Thriller."

There'll be a practice at 1 p.m. that day at Irving Park, followed by Bollywood Thrillers performing at 2:45 p.m.

Donations of $5 are suggested, with proceeds going to KBOO Community Radio.

Several cities take part in Thrill the World. For more:,

• The Oregon Zoo's Howl-O-Ween continues from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27. There'll be scavenger hunts and activities all geared toward teaching kids about animals and their habits and adaptations; kids can collect treats and prizes at different stations.

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• Tickets appear to be available for the Portland Erotic Ball, the 21-and-over event that features bands, a costume contest, circus acts and adult entertainment at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. General admission is $55, VIP is $110. It's hosted by Sasha Scarlett. For more:

• Queer Horror, administered by drag clown Carla Rossi, will present "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark," at 9:30 p.m. on Halloween at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. There'll be a drag and burlesque preshow tribute to horror hostesses — Elvira, Vampira and Portland's own Tarantula Ghoul.

The 1988 movie stars Cassandra Peterson, the brains behind the character.

Admission is $10. for more:

• Another top Portland attraction is Fear PDX at 12301 N.E. Glisan St., which now has five haunted houses: Dark Carnival, Dead City, The Doll Factory, The Mansion and Nightmares Extreme Haunt. For more:

• Kids and adults alike love the corn mazes, and a good one is the Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch and Winery, 16205 N.W. Gillihan Road on Sauvie Island. It features a haunted corn maze inspired by the Netflix show "Stranger Things." For more:

• One of the most popular metro-area attractions is Davis Graveyard, 8703 S.E. 43rd Ave. in Milwaukie. It features lights, displays and more. Visit ...

Nearby, it's Fear Asylum at the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge #142, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. For more: ...

The Fearlandia Haunted House, 16255 S.W. Upper Boones Ferry Road in Tigard, is a must-see on the west side. For more: ...

Just over the Columbia River, drawing many visitors from Portland, it's Clark County ScareGrounds at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington — three haunted houses, carnival rides, games, food and more. Info: ...

Milburn's Haunted Manor celebrates its 17th year as a haunted house in the countryside at 11503 Broadacres Road N.E. in Hubbard. For more:

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