It is fall, the rain is beginning to come down, there is a nip in the air and the pumpkin patches are almost ready to be harvested. In the fall, a Portlanders fancy can’t help but turn to Halloween. With its gloomy weather and reputation for eccentricity, Portland is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday that is all about dressing up as demons in order to fake the real demons out and escape them.
There are many different Halloween events in Portland. Whether it’s costumes, debauchery or candy you crave there should be something to make the holiday a memorable one. There are the usual haunted houses, hay rides and trick or treat streets, but there are also a few events that you will only find in the town where weirdness is one of the chief selling points.
Hart Theater, October 2-11, 2015
This musical centers on an “unseen” episode of the popular television show in which Wednesday Addams falls in love with a normal boy and brings the boy and his parents’ home to meet her family.
The show runs Fridays though Sundays, with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets to the shows are $11.00.
Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th Pioneer Courthouse Square
Yes that’s right, Portland has an entire festival dedicated to hard cider. There are many cideries in the Pacific Northwest and the weekend brings you a chance to sample up to thirty different kinds of cider.
Admission to the fest is $25.00, for a pass which includes six tastings and a souvenir cup. If you must have more than six tasting to make a truly informed decision, you can get a VIP Pass for $50.00. The pass includes ten tastings, a souvenir cup and access to the VIP area.
The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. As with all events in Portland, there will be plenty of food trucks to provide all manner of eats to go with the cider. If you can’t find a baby sitter, fear not! The event is open to all ages and well behaved dogs can even come along.
Pumpkin Regatta Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10am-4pm at the Tualatin Lake
When one thinks of a regatta one normally thinks of blue blooded Ivy League students racing across the ocean on their families sailboats. But, Portland has its own style and this Regatta features participants racing across a lake in giant pumpkins while dressed in superhero costumes.
The event is free, but you will want to get there early to get a good seat and bring a bit of cash for all the food and souvenirs that will be available.
Thrill the World
Saturday, October 24 3:00 p.m.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is considered to be the greatest music video ever made. The short film centered on Mr. Jackson and his date encountering zombies doing a line dance. Although Mr. Jackson may be gone, his music is still part of our culture.
This event features a large flash mobs of people performing the famous dance routine at locations around the country. The original video was thirteen minutes long. Needless to say, the dance requires some practice.
Practices will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning on Sunday, September 27 and Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on October 2. Practices will be held at Freemont UMC at 2620 N.E. Freemont Street in Portland.
If you perfect to rehearse alone there are many instructional videos online. The location of the event has yet to be determined.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.