Top 5 Favorite: Spooky October Events

Top 5 Faves


The rain starts falling, the leaves change colors, and darkness falls a little earlier than before... Spooky season is here! Whether you're a pumpkin-patch-lover or a fan of horror films and fun, we've put together a list of five must-do activities this October in Portland. But before you head out...


SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWN | September 18-October 31, 2021

Complete with costume contests, trick-or-treating through St. Helens’ Old Town District, haunted town tours and scarecrows galore, the celebration of the creepiest day of the year extends into every weekend in October, starting with the lighting of the Great Pumpkin in the city plaza. Plus, did you know St Helens was the site of filming for not only the Spirit of Halloweentown movie, but also Twilight? Paint on that glitter lotion, and get your vampire-loving selves out there!

Spirit of Halloweentown

HOWLOWEEN | October 23-31, 2021

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween activity for the animal-lovers in your life? The Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed kids learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. Treat bags are available at the end of the event for purchase (just $3), so fun is guaranteed to be had by all! Besides, who doesn't want to see a lemur absolutely rip into a jack-o'lantern?? We know we do!

Oregon Zoo's Howloween


For lovers of the strange and unusual, enjoy Portland's Oddities and Curiosities Expo. This annual event features local and national vendors with items such as taxidermy, wet and dry preserved specimens, antiques, jewelry made from bones, skulls and insects, original artwork, skulls and bones, curiosities, and all around creepy, strange and bizarre items. Plus, there will be sideshow performances and live human suspension all throughout the day. What more could you want from an event during Spooky Season???

Oddities & Curiosities Expo

BEERQUEST HAUNTED PUB TOUR | September-October, 2021

A list of spooky events wouldn't be complete without at least one ghost-hunting event, right? And what better way to find those sneaky suckers than with a few glasses of craft beer (aka liquid courage)! Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters – all while sampling six local beers. You'll even get a 20-minute exploration of the infamous Shanghai tunnels with your tour!

BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

MIKE BENNETT'S CRYPTO-ZOO: MUSEUM OF MYSTERY | September 20-November 5, 2021

You might remember a Mike Bennett-mentored piece in our window at Jupiter NEXT last year during Winterland last year. See his work for yourself! Walk through Portland artist Mike Bennett’s immersive Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery, filled with 26 life-size Cryptids, Monsters and Mythical Beasts. Play games, win prizes and look out for surprise guests.

Crypto-Zoo Museum of Mystery


Make the most of your stay in Portland, no matter what the season. Need a place to cozy up before heading to your room? Stop in at Hey Love for a night cap. Autumn at Jupiter Hotel is unparalleled. All we need is YOU!