Create a costume and compete in a contest. Carve, paint, roll or shoot a pumpkin. Trick or treat for trinkets, candy and books. Or scream your head off at a haunted house, trail or hay maze.
Cities, churches, businesses, libraries, farmers and other groups in the Clackamas County area are hosting a variety of Halloween and harvest-theme events for all ages. Most are free. Some double as fundraisers.
How about celebrating Halloween paranormal-style in downtown Oregon City?
William Becker will host the third annual Halloween Ghost Stories and Tour - an event sponsored by Paranormal Insights and Northwest Ghost Tours on Oct. 31 at Coffee Rush at 900 Main St.
"I have a lifetime of paranormal experience and have been teaching for about four years," said Becker, who writes a monthly column for the Paranormal Underground Magazine and teaches haunted hotspots and paranormal investigation classes.
"I've been a tour guide with Northwest Ghost Tours for about six or seven years and have been a paranormal investigator for several years," he said. "My formal education includes a bachelors degree in history and a masters degree in public administration."
The Halloween celebration will kick off at 7:15 p.m. with ghost stories from around the region and the world. Bring your own to share. Admission is free and beverages, pastries, gelatos and other treats will be available for purchase.
Afterward, Becker will give a brief introduction on psychic paranormal investigations and then start his tour to some of Oregon City's haunted spots. The two-hour walking tour starts at 8:15 p.m. and will cover about 20 blocks.
"We are planning on visiting the Coffee Rush location, the site of the old steam boat docks, and a haunted pedestrian tunnel, and probably the site of the First Cathedral on the West Coast. Mostly we will be outside, but the most active areas of the city are outside and on this tour," Becker said. "I'll give people ideas on grounding and centering and how to shield and filter and how to open up."
The cost for the tour is $12. To make reservations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a voice mail or text to 503-679-4464. For more information, visit www.nwghosttours.com or www.paranormalinsights.net.
Here's a sampling of other Halloween and harvest-theme events for all ages in the Clackamas County and Southwest Portland areas:
Harvest Festival: Barnyard animals, hay rides and slides, pony wagon rides, games, inflatables and other activities. Apples, cider, doughnuts and other holiday treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sat-Sun through Oct. 27. Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road; free admission; all-day activity pass is $10, or $3 per activity; www.firpointfarms.com or 503-678-2455
Harvest Festival: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, adventure park, hay maze, pig train rides, dirt babies craft, barnyard animals, games and other activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Bushue's Family Farm, Market and Nursery, 9880 S.E. Revenue Road; free admission, activities average $2-$3 apiece; www.bushuefarming.com or 503-663-6709
Fall Festival: A corn maze, hay maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin-shooting contests, farm animals, children's pavilion, tricycle race, castle maze, corn bin. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Liepold Farms, 14050 S.E. Richey Road; all-day pass is $10 ages 3-10 and $12 ages 11 and older, or $1-$3 per activity; corn maze admission is $5 ages 3-10 or $7 ages 11 and older; www.liepoldfarms.com or email@example.com or 503-663-5880
Pumpkin Run: Miniature train rides, haunted railroad tunnels, straw mountain, pumpkin patch, and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Youngsters can visit with farm animals Saturdays and Sundays and ride the Boo Train from dusk to 9 p.m. (weather permitting) on any day but Sunday through Oct. 30. Flower Farmer and Phoenix and Holly Railroad, 2512 N. Holly St.; $6.50 ages 13 to 64, $4.50 ages 65 and older or 12 and younger, and free to 2 and younger; www.flowerfarmer.com or 503-266-3581
Journey Through Oz and Scare If You Dare: Characters are played by Canby High School drama department and Canby middle school students; with money and materials for props, costumes, lighting and other items donated by more than 20 local merchants.
Proceeds benefit the Canby Kiwanis Community Food and Toy Drive. 4-7 p.m. Tue-Wed, Oct. 29-30, and 4-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Clackamas County Event Center, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave.; $2 or two cans of food; Yvonne Scott, 503-266-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween Crafts: Open house for all ages. 1-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; www.canbylibrary.org or 503-266-3394
Harvest Festival: Costumes are encouraged at the family event that includes snacks, games, prizes, face painting, a puppet show and other activities. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 24. Goddard School, 14210 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas; free; www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Clackamas-OR/schools.gspx or 503-658-8715
Damascus Square Trick or Treat: Participating merchants will give away candy and other treats. 4-6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Damascus Square, Southeast 212 in downtown Damascus; free; www.damascusoregon.gov or Damascus City Hall, 503-658-8545
Harvest Festival: Costumes encouraged at the indoor celebration that features more than 20 games with a carnival theme, a bounce house, prizes and candy. An onsite food court offers food and beverages for 50 cents to a dollar. 5-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Damascus Community Church, 14251 S.E. Rust Way; free; www.damascuscc.org or 503-658-3179 or
The Gladstone Public Library, 135 E. Dartmouth St., is celebrating Halloween with the following events.
For more information, visit www.ci.gladstone.or.us, call 503-656-2411 or send an email to email@example.com.
- Scary Movies: "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Mon, Oct. 28; the Boris Karloff version of "Frankenstein" at 6:30 p.m. Tue, Oct. 29; the Bela Lugosi version of "Dracula" at 3:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30; and "Warm Bodies" (PG ) at 6:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30.
- Zombie Walk: Teens and adults are invited to dress up like zombies and join other "shuffling corpses to invade downtown Gladstone." Meet at the library at 5:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30, for the hour-long walk. Halloween-theme refreshments and limited makeup supplies and fake blood will be provided. The zombie movie "Warm Bodies" (PG) will be shown at the library after the walk.
- Trick or Treat: A candy give-away will happen from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the Gladstone Library Foundation will give away free books to kids in costumes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thu, Oct. 31.
Halloween Spooktacular Lunch: Wear a costume and enjoy games, entertainment by Art Goodman, and a spooky-themed meal and dessert. Registration required. 11:30 a.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone; $2.50 suggested donation; www.gladstoneseniors.org or 503-655-7701
Halloween Harvest Carnival and Costume Party: Children, ages 2 through the fifth grade, can play on giant blow-up rides and bounce houses, play 25 carnival-style games, win prizes, and eat treats. Food available for purchase. 6-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. McCormick Family Center in the Tri-City Baptist Temple, 18025 Webster Road, Gladstone; admission is two cans of food for holiday gift baskets; www.tcbt.org or 503-655-9326
Hallelujah Carnival: Children can dress up in (non-scary) costumes, eat treats and play games. Parents can join in the games or purchase Italian sodas, nachos or baked potatoes with fixings. 4:30-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Gladstone Christian Church, 305 E. Dartmouth St.; tickets are 25 cents apiece or five for $1; like the church on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/gladstonecc?ref=br_tf) and receive five free tickets at the door; 503-656-3394
Happy Valley Harvest Fest: Live music, tractor-pulled wagon rides, farm animals, apple-cider press, pumpkin painting, face-painting, family-photo opportunities, a pumpkin pie-eating contest, food vendors and seasonal treats. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19. Happy Valley Park, 13700 S.E. Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley; free admission; www.ci.happy-valley.or.us or 503-783-3800
Halloween Fun Night: Ghosts, goblins and other costumed kids under 12 years old can bring their parents and enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores, and activities in Macy's Home Court. No masks, painted faces or toy weapons please. 5-7 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; free; http://www.clackamastowncenter.com/events/halloween-trick-or-treat
Milburn's Haunted Manor: The haunted house offers three PG-13 Halloween attractions, a pumpkin patch and more. Visit www.milburnmanor.com for times and dates (generally Fri-Sun) through Oct. 31. Milburn's, 11503 Broadacres Road N.E., Hubbard; $9 one attraction, $20 all three; www.milburnmanor.com or 503-982-1232
Fright Town Haunted House: Ages 11-17 invited for a field trip to tour all three haunted houses at the famous Fright Town beneath the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Registration required. 5-9 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Meet at West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $34-$51, includes transportation and admission; www.lakeoswegoparks.org or Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549
Halloween Lunch: Senior citizens invited for a Halloween-themed meal. 11:30 a.m. Wed, Oct. 30. Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego; $4 suggested donation ages 60 and older, $5 others; www.ci.oswego.or.us/acc or 503-635-3758
Halloween Trick or Treat: Costumed staffers hand out candy to all ages. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; www.ci.oswego.or.us/library or 503-636-7628
Davis Graveyard: Humorous headstones, haunted buildings, massive mechanical spider, ghostly apparitions and other high-tech attractions. Open daily through Fri, Nov. 2: Lights-only version of display open dusk-10 p.m. Mon-Thu; lights, sounds, video, animation and fog effects (weather permitting) open dusk-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, dusk-10 p.m. Sun, plus dusk-10 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31 (Halloween). At the home of Jeff and Chris Davis, 8793 S.E. 43rd Ave., Milwaukie; free; www.davisgraveyard.com
Fear Asylum Haunted House: Award-winning haunted house includes a multilevel route featuring 18 rooms and live music for ages 12 and older and an annex featuring face-painting, fortuneteller, midway-style games and child-friendly haunt. Weekly 7-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, 7-10 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 27; 7-10 p.m. Mon-Thu, Oct. 28-31. Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie; $13, or $1 for children's haunted house; www.fearasylumhauntedhouse.com
"Star Wars" Family Halloween Party: Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, watch the original 1977 film, play games and eat treats. 7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 24. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City; free; www.orcity.org/library or 503-657-8269
Halloween Enchantment: Take your child on a magical journey in the autumn twilight where he or she will encounter enchanting characters. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 4:30-8 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Micha-el School, 13515 S.E. Rusk Road, Milwaukie; $8-$10; www.micha-elschool.org or 503-882-3322
Halloween Party: Magician Bob Eaton presents non-spooky magic for children of all ages. Costumes welcome. 2 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie; free; www.ci.milwaukie.or.us/library or 503-786-7580
Halloween Story Time: Halloween stories and songs for ages 5 and older. Costumes welcome. 2 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie; www.ci.milwaukie.or.us/library or 503-786-7580
Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday: The celebration that marks the 15-year anniversary of the Harry Potter series features the showing of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (PG) and free birthday cake and popcorn. 5:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30. Molalla Public Library, 201 E. Fifth St., Molalla; free; www.molalla.lib.or.us or 503-829-2593
Harvest Party: All ages treated to crafts and games. 1:30-3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19. Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove; free; 503-655-8543
Halloween Fantasy Trail: The annual event features a lighted trail decorated with spooky sights and sounds, a 40-foot illuminated castle, a crooked house, a walk-through maze and other attractions. Pumpkins and refreshments available for purchase. Noon-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 30. Wenzel Farm, 19754 S. Ridge Road, Oregon City; $4-$5; www.fantasytrail.com or 503-631-2047
Trick or Treat Main Street: Kids invited to don costumes and visit local merchants for sweet treats and other surprises. 2-5 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Dowtown Sandy; free; www.ci.sandy.or.us
Streets of Treats: Parents and kids will walk the streets trick-or-treating at participating stores. Entertainment by Radio Disney, including the Wicked Witch apple shack and costume contest. 2-5 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Bridgeport Village, under the gazebo in the middle of the mall, 7445 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Tigard; free; http://www.bridgeport-village.com/center_events.html or 503-968-8940
Halloween Carnival: Halloween carnival for kids ages 10 and younger features games and food. 3-7 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 9905 S.W. McKenzie St., Tigard; Tickets are .25 each - most games cost 2 tickets; www.stanthonytigard.org or 503-639-4179, ext. 122
Halloween Trick-or-Treating: Throughout the entire Village, stores will have treats for costumed kids and families. 4-6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Bridgeport Village, 7445 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Tigard; Free; http://www.bridgeport-village.com/center_events.html or 503-968-8940
Trunk or Treat: Church members will decorate car trunks and provide candy treats for children of all ages. Fall festival games, crafts, hotdogs and drinks will also be free for the whole family. 5-7 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard; free; www.calvinpresbyterian.org or 503-639-3273
Haunted Trails: Family event features an Enchanted Trail for those with younger children and a Trail of Terror for others. Also features bonfire, free children's games and refreshments available for purchase. 7-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, Oct. 25-26. Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive (Oregon 43), West Linn; $4 advance, $5 at the gate for Enchanted Trail; $8 advance, $10 at the gate for Trail of Terror; www.westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec or 503-557-4700
West Linn Spooky Stroll: The ninth annual event presented by the Moms Club of West Linn starts with a costume parade for all ages and leashed pets, followed by live music, crafts, a fire truck, and refreshments. 3-5 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27. Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn; free, but donations of nonperishable food items for West Linn Food Pantry welcome.
Teen Murder Mystery: Students in grades 6-12 wear a Halloween costume and solve the mystery with a Sherlock Holmes theme. Prizes for best costume and best murder-mystery solutions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Wilsonville Public Library, Oak Room, 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville; free; www.wilsonville.lib.or.us or 503-682-2744
Harvest Party: Family event features costume contests, games, prizes, crafts, and hay rides. 6-8 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Valley Christian Church, 11188 S.W. Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville; free; http://vccwilsonville.org/ or 503-682-3693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vickie Kavanagh