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There are haunted houses to visit and events to take in as Halloween approaches.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAREGROUNDS - ScareGrounds at Oaks Amusement Park is one of many Portland places you'll want to visit to get frightened — in a good way.It's coming, and you can't escape it: Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

If you want to get your scare on, there are places in Portland to visit, and some events leading up to the day/night kids dress up and go house to house for candy (that dad will probably steal).

Here's a brief list:

Haunts

The Underhill Haunted House, with the theme "Season of Screams," includes three mazes and three levels of terror within the 40,000 square feet at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Underhill Manor is a Victorian-inspired experience transporting guests back to another era where terror starts in a creaky mansion. Look out for ghoulish goons, clowns and more. Open till Oct. 31.

The Fear PDX Haunted House, 12219 N.E. Glisan St., featuring four haunts through Nov. 5,

Oaks Amusement Park's ScareGrounds, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, through Oct. 31

Fearlandia, 10860 S.W. Barnes Road, through Oct. 31

Mazes

• The MAiZE at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, 16511 N.W. Gillihan Road, is eight acres where you can get lost (figuratively) in farm-filled fun. It's open through Halloween.

• Also, the Haunted Corn Maze at Bella Organic, 16205 N.W. Gillihan Road, through Oct. 29, is inspired by classic horror film "Halloween" — beware of Michael Myers.

Show/tours

• Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., puts on "Laser Halloween" with spooky lasers, eerie scenes and ghoulish dances, through Oct. 30.

Portland Ghost Tours happen downtown through Nov. 10

A Night With Ghosts, exploring paranormal heritage in Northwest Portland, goes through Halloween

Events

• Meant to be Halloween-themed, The funky Saloon Ensemble's "Nitemare B4 Xmas" show, a live performance of the Danny Elfman score with sing-alongs, a costume contest and a screaming contest, will put you in the funky holiday mood when it stages 8 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and 3 p.m. Oct. 29-30 at Alberta Rose Theatre.

• "{obj:66816:Fright Night — A Halloween Circus}," takes place at Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave, and includes aerialists, hand-balancers, contortionists and more in a tribute to classic horror movies, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

• Miz Kitty's Parlour Vaudeville Variety Show puts on "Halloween Fall Flight of Fancy," 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. It'll be an evening of music (by The Libertine Belles and others), comedy, stories, magic, live painting and more.

• The 16th Thrill the World Portland dance, part of a global dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street. One practice remains: 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 (a run-through happens 1 p.m. Saturday). There are dance instructions on YouTube.

• Drag clown Carla Rossi hosts the "{obj:66819:Queer Horror" movies at Hollywood Theatre}Queer Horror" movies at Hollywood Theatre. Now she'll host the "Hell House Halloween," as artists bring their favorite songs to life in immersive performance and art installations at Oregon Contemporary, 8370 N. Interstate Ave., 7 p.m. Oct. 29. There'll be a costume contest, spooky dance tunes by DJ Orographic and, of course, beverages.

• The Bollywood Horror XX, a Halloween costume dance party featuring Portland's DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid, as well as Seattle's Adam McCollom, takes place at 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Goodfoot Pub Lounge, 2845 S.E. Stark St.


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