Summer is officially out and Fall is here! It’s time to begin planning Halloween costumes and drinking/eating pumpkin spice everything. Below are a few activities for this early October weekend that will get you fully in the mood for “spooky season”!
Spirit of Halloweentown: September 16th – October 31th
Everyone loves a good trip down nostalgia-lane, and there is no better place to do this than the historic town of St. Helens, just 45 minutes outside of Portland. Here, you will be able to see the town where the iconic 90’s movie “Halloweentown” was filmed. Spirit of Halloweentown plans out several events to celebrate the holiday, including a Big Halloween Parade happening on October 7th, and a circus performance put on my the Luminescence Performance Team, also happening this weekend. It does cost to get into “Spirit of Halloweentown”, day passes are generally $30 which include access to all the events for the day. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to one of your favorite 90’s movie! Check their website for more details on events and costs.
Portland Tattoo Expo: October 6th – 8th
The Portland Tattoo Expo was established in 2008, and is a three-day event where you can get access to various tattoo artists and get that tattoo you’ve always wanted! No appointments necessary, and there is even a contest for best tattoo you can enter into after getting some ink. The event runs all weekend at the Portland Expo Center and entry costs are between $25 and $60. They will host vendors and seminars on topics like how to best cover up that tattoo you got 20 years ago that you now have second thoughts about. Kids are allowed in, but keep in mind it is an event where people will be getting tattooed, so parent discretion is advised.
Woodstock Farmer’s Market: Now through October 29th
This family friendly, community-oriented market is open every Sunday beginning in June and runs through November. The Woodstock Farmer’s Market is located on 4600 SE Woodstock Blvd. They offer vendors selling everything from fresh produce to wonderful flower bouquets. Bonus: they accept SNAP/EBT benefits that you will exchange for tokens to spend at their vendors. They even have kid activities such as craft making put on my volunteers in the community. If you’re looking for healthy, locally grown produce to add to your weekly shopping list, this local famer’s market on Woodstock is the place to go.