Get your scream on for Halloween with these activities in Lake Oswego

Halloween may not be for another month, but there are lots of excuses to get your scream on early in Lake Oswego. Check out this lineup of festivities.

TEENS/TWEENS GET CRAFTY. Pumpkin Topiary for grades 6 and up. My wife and daughter made some of these last year for a table centerpiece and front porch display and they lasted until way past Thanksgiving. All supplies will be provided. Thursday, October 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503. 636.7628.

HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES. It’s bittersweet saying goodbye to Lake Oswego’s Farmers’ Market but a good old-fashioned hayride could soften the blow. Reservations are required for the rides on the hour; first come first served seats are available for rides on the half hour. Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (last ride at 12:30). Cost: $8/aduls; $5/youth 0-12. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street, 503.675.2549.

CARDBOARD COSTUME CREATIONS FOR KIDS GRADES K-5. Kids want something original this year? Head to the library where recycled materials like cardboard, plastic, felt and even LED lights will inspire one-of-a-kind costumes. Saturday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503. 636.7628

TEEN SCARY MOVIE NIGHT. If shrieking out with friends sounds like your teen’s MO, steer him or her in the direction of the Lake Oswego Library for Scary Movie Night. Popcorn and scares included. Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 706 Fourth Street, 503.697.6580

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CUPCAKES for ages 8 and up. Looking for something for your child to do on teacher conference day? Sign them up for this hands-on baking class where they’ll learn how to bake and decorate festive pumpkin cupcakes to enjoy on site and at home. Thursday, October 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nick and Figs, 425 2nd Street. 503.479.8596. Registration: $52.

LAKEWOOD’S ANNUAL COSTUME SHOP SALE. Part of the fun of shopping for your Halloween costume at this annual event is you never know what you are going to find. Help Lakewood Center clear out their closets to make room for future shows. Clothing is mostly adult sized and priced to sell. Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, 368 S/ State Street. 503.635.6338.

PAINT YOUR OWN PUMPKIN. Who says a pumpkin can’t be pink? Let them get creative without making a mess at your place! Bring your own pumpkin or choose from ones provided. Friday, October 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503.697.6580.

CROSSTOBERFEST. Costumes are encouraged for both participants and cheerleaders for Luscher Farm’s annual Crosstoberfest on Saturday, October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cyclocross racing is one of the most beginner-friendly of bicycle race formats with courses no longer than two miles, although they do present interesting (and entertaining) challenges. In addition to a race, it’s also a party with a vendor village offering food, drinks, music, and yes…beer. Registration information is available online.

MONSTER MASH for ages 0-12. Pal-o-ween has given way to the Monster Mash at the Park and Recreation’s new location. Spooktacular fun remains: family friendly activities and classroom treats. Wednesday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. 503.675.2549.

TRICK OR TREATING. Check out one of my most popular blog posts on popular Lake Oswego neighborhoods for trick-or-treating.

Let me take the spook out of house hunting for you. Give me a call and I’ll put my 25 plus years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you. 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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