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Oaks Park extended its summer season thru October 31, with 'Scaregrounds' a new daily attraction, last week of October

DAVID F. ASHTON - The staff of Oaks Park assured us they were ready for anyone who dared enter Scaregrounds PDX, which ends on Halloween, with fireworks that night. The "spirit" of Hallowe'en returned to historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park on October 8 – opening night for a month of family activities along their midway; as well as the premiere performances of this year's new walk-through, three-part "haunt", called Scaregrounds PDX.

"Last year Hallowe'en here was totally different. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rides were dark and the midway was closed; and a drive-through haunted attraction was all that was allowed for us to have," recalled Oaks Park Association Marketing and Events Director Emily McKay. "Now we have the first fully-produced, walk-through haunted houses we've had here in 15 years!

"And, during our regular summer season, the park closed at 7 p.m., so guests missed seeing our midway illuminated with the dazzling lighting on our rides. But everyone can see them here after the sun sets, during October."

And that wasn't all. For families with children too young to appreciate the intense thrill rides The Oaks offers – or who are too timid to go through the Scaregrounds PDX attraction – the park offered free trick-or-treating for kids at booths and arcades along the midway.

"We decided to do this because we're so glad to be open for the Hallowe'en season m this year! It's our way of giving back to our community for all the wonderful support families gave us this season."

And also, in October, the park continued its previously-announced season-long "thank you" to the community by offering free rides on the Oaks Park Train, and its famous and historic 1912 Herschell-Spillman hand-carved menagerie carousel.

As for the "Scaregrounds" attraction itself, many considered last year's innovative Hallowe'en Drive-Through haunting attraction, created by Vendetta Productions, to be the best Hallowe'en fun in town during the height of the pandemic. But this year, the sinister staff of the company returned to The Oaks for a full-blown "Scaregrounds PDX" in-person walk-through experience.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Freaks, creeps, and mutants ran amok in Scaregrounds PDX at Oaks Park, but only through October 31st. "This year, we have three attractions! The first one is the Grimthorne Haunted Manor, a classic ghost and monster story," said ghoul-master-in-chief, Alex Fulmor. "Then, we have EViLUTION, which is a 'mutant monster' invasion; and finally – and maybe the most creepy – is The Condemned, a compound filled with mutant cannibals."

Then, to wrap up their season for the year, Oaks Amusement Park is presenting a fireworks display on Hallowe'en evening itself, October 31, beside the Willamette River.

Emily MacKay rejoined us as we concluded our tour, and remarked, "It has been a difficult couple of years, but Portland's support of nonprofit Oaks Park has ensured that we'll continue to be the place 'Where the fun never ends' for years to come – and with the fireworks show Hallowe'en night, we'll close the season with a bang!"

And for a taste of what you'd have encountered if you enjoyed Oaks Park in October, here's a brief BEE video –

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