There's still time to get your scare on for Halloween
It's a week to try to have some fun — before the stress of an election — and it just happens to be the week of Halloween, which conveniently falls on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Here's a reminder of some of the things going on in the Portland area, even with many events and attractions cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions:
• One of the newest and coolest attractions is the Oaks Park Haunted Drive-Thru at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way.
It includes five different haunts, each with a theme — "The Condemned," featuring cannibals; "Night Terrors," which includes scary clowns; "Site 13," a lab experiment gone wrong; an insane asylum and a classic haunted manor. Actors will play characters in a storytelling experience with special effects, while visitors sit in their cars with a Bluetooth device (cleaned and sterilized) mounted inside providing the audio.
It scares visitors through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $70-$80 per vehicle and required to be purchased in advance. For info: www.scaregroundspdx.com.
• With the popular "BloodyVox" show cancelled, BodyVox Dance and filmmaker Robert Uehlin made a movie to entertain fans of screendance as a drive-in showing at Zidell Yards, 3121 S. Moody Ave. It's called "BloodyVox: Lockdown," and there'll be shows Oct. 29-31. Tickets start at $35; see www.bodyvox.com.
For a story on "BloodyVox: Lockdown," see our story at www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/11-features/484926-390470-bodyvox-takes-bloodyvox-to-the-big-screen.
• The Fear PDX is a haunted house that decided to stay open with social distancing and other rules implemented. It does tours through Nov. 1; visitors will walk through in a single file line, creating social distancing.
It's open till Nov. 1 at 12301 N.E. Glisan St. For tickets ($30-$58): www.fearpdx.com.
• Scores of pumpkin patches are open, including the aptly named The Pumpkin Patch at 16511 N.W. Gillihan Road on Sauvie Island.
It's open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through October. For more: www.thepumpkinpatch.com. The Pumpkin Patch's adjoining attraction, the Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, is also open.
Among the other pumpkin patches: Bella Organic, 16205 N.W. Gillihan Road, through Oct. 31; Topaz Farms, 17100 N.W. Sauvie Island Road, through Oct. 31; Bi-Zi Farms, 9504 N.E. 119th St. in Vancouver, Washington, through Oct. 30; Hoffman Farms Store, 22242 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, through Oct. 31; Liepold Farms, 14050 S.E. Richey Road, Boring, through Nov. 1; and Oregon Heritage Farms, 22801 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, through Oct. 31.
• The Cinema of Horrors Drive-In Experience includes scary movies, and monsters manifest themselves in real life outside your car window — seriously. Movies show at various times through Nov. 1 at Clark Count Events Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield, Washington. Tickets: $49, www.CinemaOfHorrors.com.
• The popular Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie wasn't opened, but part of its operation went to the Clackamas County Scare Fair at 694 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Canby. Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 1. Tickets are $20 per car. The drive-through experience also includes scares from the Nightmare Factory, Fearlandia and Creatures of the Night. For more: www.clackamas.us/fair/clackamas-county-scare-fair.
• Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, continues to celebrate Howloween, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29-31. There'll be a wildlife-themed scavenger hunt and more. Tickets: $12.95-$17.95, www.oregonzoo.org.
• Presented by Portland Mercury, the SLAY Drive-In at Oaks Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way (at The Hangar), features short horror films, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 28-31. Read all about it at www.portlandmercury.com.
• The Experience Theatre Project of Beaverton will showcase a virtual haunted house called "The Tower of Terror," 6 p.m. Oct. 30-31. The online interactive experience allows people to go on the Internet and explore a world of live performance.
It will feature an interactive elevator that "transports" you to different levels of creativity, creative artists performing on each one of six "floors," a horror-filled "basement," and a "screaming room" showing classic horror films.
The event lasts approximately three hours and it's donation-based. It will feature a mix of pre-recorded and on-screen live performances.
For more: www.experiencetheatreproject.org.
• Put on by Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, the Monster Mash Drive-Thru Spooktacular will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Families can download a map of the "spooktacular" stations from the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation website and start wherever is closest to their neighborhood. There is no set start or end point.
Participants will receive prebagged "goblin goodies" at each station.
Participation is free and open to the public. For more: www.ci.oswego.or.us.
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