Lake Oswego has all kinds of special events planned to help you count down the days until Halloween. You’ll find something for everyone from a flashlight candy hunt for preschoolers at the Parks and Recreation Office to scary movie nights and of course, a guide to the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in Lake Oswego. I’d say in most cases, you’re in for a treat!
Get Crafty with Pumpkins Workshop. Dress up a pumpkin or gourd using succulents and natural materials to add to your fall décor. $35 registration fee includes all materials. Saturday, October 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dennis’ 7 Dees Lake Oswego Garden Center, 1090 McVey Avenue. 503.636.4660
Oregon Ghostly Legends. Seasoned storytellers Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke bring their bewitching powers to breathe spine-tingling life to Oregon mysteries and ghosts. Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street, 503.636.7628.
Lakewood Theatre Company Costume Sale. Take advantage of the Lakewood Theatre’s “fall cleaning” and pick up some costumes from old shows or all the ingredients to create your own. In the past my wife found such gems as an adult size blue gingham dress from a Wizard of Oz production and a drum major hat. Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lakewood Center for the Arts Community Room, 368 S. State Street. 503.635-3901
Pumpkin Carving Contest open to ages 11-17. See who can create the scariest and most original look. Supplies will be provided and prizes awarded. Friday, October 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the LO Teen Lounge, 1500 Greentree Rd., 503.675.2549.
Teen Movie Matinee. Let your teenagers get their spook on in time for Halloween. Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street, 503.697.6580.
Zombie Garden Day. Don’t get spooked because the kids are out of school. Sign your 5 to 12 years olds up for a day of zombie fun complete with scary snacks, spooky face painting and zombie stomping to eerie music. Friday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. $60/Resident; $90/Non-Resident. Register for Class 14500 through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation. 503.675.2549.
Scary Movie Night for ages 11-17. Enjoy all the makings of a spooktacular night: scary movie, s’mores and popcorn. Friday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. LO Teen Lounge, 1500 Greentree Rd., 503.675.2549.
Crosstoberfest. Want some mud and hills of torture to get you in the Halloween spirit? Then register for or come out and watch Lake Oswego’s first cyclocross race. Riders will compete against the clock in a variety of categories including costume presentation! Participants as well as spectators can enjoy a barn party all day long with food and beverages available to purchase. A modified kiddie cross course will also be available for riders nine and under. Saturday, October 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fees vary so register online. Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. 503.675.2549.
Palisades Spooktacular Indoor Trick-or-Treating for ages 0-12. Bring the fun inside where you know it’s safe and dry and warm as the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation offices open their doors to witches and goblins looking for goodies. 10:30 a.m.-Preschool Flaslight Candy Hunt; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Indoor Trick-or-Treating through staff offices. 1500 Greentree Rd., 503.675.2549.
Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating. Check out my blog on best trick-or-treat neighborhoods in Lake Oswego.
Halloween Activities Not Far From Home. As I’ve mentioned before, Lake Oswego’s convenient location is another thing to love about living here. So this Halloween season, take advantage of some nearby Halloween happenings.
Lee Farms Harvest Festival. Bring the kids along for family-friendly entertainment including hayrides, corn maze, hay mazes and barrel wagon rides. Free admission on weekdays but activities are more limited and may cost extra. Weekend admission is $5 plus additional activity tickets that can be purchased separately. Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.a to 6:00 p.m. 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. 503.638.1869. Festival runs through October 31.
Wentzel Fantasy Trail. Explore over 1,000 feet of the spooky sights and sounds along a wooded walkway, including a 40 foot haunted castle, maze, crooked house, tunnel and suspension bridge. Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission: $6/Adults; $5/Children 12 and under (cash only). 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City. 503.631.2047. Open through October 30.
Bauman Farms. Another Harvest Festival awaits you about 45 minutes south of Lake Oswego in Gervais. Activities include an animal barn, apple tasting, mazes, hay ride, and an apple sling shot. Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $3/weekdays; $5/weekends plus additional cost for some activities. 12989 Howell Prairie Rd., NE, Gervais. 503.792.3524. Runs through October 31.
13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Here’s something you don’t see everyday–costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins around a lake. Head over to the Tualatin Lake of the Common on Saturday, October 15 for a full lineup of fun. Races start at 2:00 p.m. but there are plenty of activities beforehand including a magic show, kids’ costume contest and fun run. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. 503.691.3076.
If you want a real treat, sign up to be notified of when a new “52 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego” comes out by clicking the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column.