Halloween brings out the kid in all of us and the joy that comes from being spooked. Luckily some great experiences have been created in Mt. Hood Territory allowing you to extend the fun all month long, leading up to the holiday. Whether you like a modest tingling of the hairs on your arms or prefer a scream inducing thrill, there is something appropriate at both ends of the spectrum.
The Halloween Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farm in Oregon City is great for young kids. Its twinkle lit, wooded trail winds through spooky sights and sounds, a crooked house, suspension bridge and Halloween scenes in its 40-foot castle. It’s definitely a unique experience they won’t forget. Plus, afterwards you can walk through its pumpkin patch and pick one out to take home and decorate.
Visit Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek on Saturday, October 24 for its Haunted Farm with live performances representing death and dying in pioneer times. These chilling recreations are performed by student volunteers and provide an entertaining history lesson.
Join local historian and paranormal investigator Rocky Smith for a haunted happening during one of his Northwest Ghost Tours in Oregon City. Blending his lifelong knowledge of the first city of the Oregon Territory with his personal paranormal experiences, he brings to life stories that will delight and spook you, while leaving time for you to share any of your own close encounters.
For a horror filled time, you have to enter the Fear Asylum Haunted House in Milwaukie! Be prepared for interactions with aliens who have invaded earth and are ready to frighten anyone who dares to show their face in the dwelling they’ve taken over!
The Creatures of the Night, famous for their haunts in West Linn, have moved their spookiness up towards Mt. Hood and now present the Sandy Library Haunt. Happening October 18-19 and October 25-26, the ghouls behind this event have been kind enough to include two different experiences. The first hour, 7-8pm, is the Haunt Jr. This family friendly experience includes monsters that are more welcoming and friendly for the younger guests who want to experience the event, and their parents who don't want the kids to have nightmares.
The next two hours is the full event. For those who may still be a bit scared, Creatures of the Night offers the exclusive "Creature Candle", a magic item that changes the experience and all the creatures inside from scary to spooky and magical.
What better place to embrace Halloween than Timberline Lodge, featured in the classic horror film "The Shining." The evening at the "Overlook Hotel" begins with family-friendly activities that are only slightly spooky including scavenger hunt trick-or-treating and zombie-themed laser tag. Afterwards, kids can cozy up by the fireplace for some ghost tales. As the evening goes on, the fear factor increases with a costume contest, fireside horror stories fit for adults and of course a late-night showing of "The Shining." Special room deals make this the perfect Halloweekend getaway. Saturday, October 26.