Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trick or treat

When I was a kid my dad would really get into Halloween.  The kids that came to our house looking for treats would get tricked!  One year he tied a witch to a rope that went from the top of our roof across the front of our house to our basketball hoop.  He would wait for kids to come trick or treating then he would let the witch fly.  Those kids earned their candy.  Another year he made a haunted house in our garage where you had to wear a blindfold to go through.  Sadly I never got to go through it because the kid who was in line before me had pink eye and used the blindfold.  But that was years ago...and I've gotten over it...ok maybe not completely.

Here are some free Halloween activities coming up this weekend:

Every day through Halloween
Davis Graveyard: Each October, the Davis’s transform their property into a realistic, haunted graveyard. Get the full experience (sound, fog, ghost effects, and animations) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Halloween from dusk to 11:00 pm (10:00 pm on Sunday). Get the lite version (lights only) every Monday through Thursday from dusk to 10:00 pm. 8703 SE 43rd Ave in Milwaukie.

Friday, October 28
Halloween Spooktacular: Lots of fun, games, prizes, and food. Appropriate for children in preschool through 5th grade. Admission is free; need to buy tickets for activities. St. Johns Community Center (8427 N. Central), 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Halloween Monster Mash: Wear your costume and dance with other sociable ghouls, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games. Peninsula Park Community Center (700 N. Rosa Parks Way), 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Grave Tales (In the Dark): Join storyteller Megan Miller on a haunting tour of Oswego Pioneer Cemetery by lantern light. Oswego Pioneer Cemetery (17401 Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego), 7:00 pm..

Saturday, October 29
Portland Green Halloween Event: Healthy treats (sugar-free and organic), costume contest, face painting, and a talented photographer. 2390 NW Thurman St, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Thriller Dance: The basketball court at Irving Park will be the site of this year’s Thrill Portland, a time to come together to dance Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. You’re welcome to watch or join in. The dance starts at 7:00 pm. If you want to dance, be there to register between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Watch last year’s dance here.

Sunday, October 30
Dia de los Muertos Events and Parade: From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, take part in sugar skull decorating and an altar build at Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th Ave). The parade will start at 3:00 pm at Pioneer Place Mall and travel to Someday Lounge where the day will end with live entertainment.

Portland Zombie Walk: Participate or observe. This is a family-friendly event. The walk begins at 12:00 pm atHollywood Vintage (2757 Northeast Pacific St) and ends at the same location at 4:00 pm. The Voodoo Doughnut Van will be there too.

Decorate Mexican Sugar Skulls (kids): Sugar skulls are a traditional Mexican folk art used in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Spielwerk Toys (3808 N. Williams Ave), 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Portland Opera Preview: Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information, and musical selections from The Marriage of Figaro. Central Library, 2:00 pm. Ok this isn't a Halloween activity, but fun nonetheless.

Spooky Story Slam: Share your scariest tale. Sign up 30 minutes before the event. Stories should be no longer than five minutes. Recommended for teens and adults. Central Library, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

The Haunts of Portland, Ghost Stories for a Rainy Night: Join professional storyteller Alton Chung as he takes you on a trip through the ghostly side of the city. Not suitable for children. Woodstock Library (6008 SE 49th Ave), 2:00 pm.

Bridgeport Village Street of Treats: Kids activities, music, games, and more. Donate your canned goods for special treats. 7455 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tigard2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Flash Fright Treat Night 5: Black Wagon is hosting a Halloween open house for families with little ones. Dress up and stop by for treats. Photos will be taken and available for purchase. 3964 N. Mississippi Ave, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Mississippi Studios 8th Anniversary: Free burgers until midnight and 10 musical performances. 3939 N. Mississippi Ave, 7:00 pm to 1:00 am; music starts at 8:20 pm. Ages 21+.  This isn't a Halloween activity, but there are free burgers so I included it!

Monday, October 31
Lake Oswego Harvest Fest: Bring your youngsters for games, crafts, a puppet show, and trick-or-treating. Millennium Plaza Park, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Halloween in Multnomah Village: Visit the Multnomah Arts Center and dozens of other local businesses as you trick-or-treat in downtown Multnomah Village. Don't for get to stop by Birdie's (my old stomping grounds) Free coffee at Starbucks. 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Halloween at Kennedy School: Trick-or-treating, music from Freak Mountain Ramblers, and Willamette Radio Workshop performing works by Edgar Allen Poe. Kennedy School, 4:00 pm. All ages welcome.

Not So Spooky Stories: Pumpkins, black cats, and not so scary stories. Wear a costume if you like and join our parade. Woodstock Library (6008 SE 49th Ave), 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm.

Harvest Hoopla: Face painting, games, art & crafts, haunted house, costume contest, and much more. Ages 4–12. Community Education Center, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm; Regence Boys & Girls Club, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; University Park Community Center, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Halloween Bike Ride & Mobile Dance Party: Costumes and decorated bikes are highly encouraged. Meet at Dawson Park (Vancouver/Williams & NE Stanton/Morris, by Legacy Hospital) at 6:00 pm. Meeting point to first stop is an all-ages/family-friendly ride. Riders who continue on the ride at/after the first stop must be ages 21+.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Now that it's October, and the rain is back, my tendency is to hunker down and stay inside.  Let's not let the rain keep us stuck at home!  Here are some free activities around the Portland area to keep us busy this weekend.

Every day through Halloween
Davis Graveyard: Each October, the Davis’s transform their property into a scary haunted graveyard. Get the full experience (sound, fog, ghost effects, and animations) every weekend through Halloween from dusk to 11:00 pm (10:00 pm on Sunday). Get the lite version (lights only) every Monday through Thursday from dusk to 10:00 pm.8703 SE 43rd Ave in Milwaukie.

All weekend 
Oregon Days of Culture: 30+ free events in the Portland area, including art shows, readings, family events, and an opportunity to watch a rehearsal at Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Friday, October 7
PCC 50th Anniversary Celebration: Speeches by Senator Jeff Merkley and others, food, music, giveaways, and more. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
Milwaukie Art a la Carte: Milwaukie’s monthly First Friday event. Businesses in historic downtown Milwaukie host art shows and music. 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Montavilla First Friday: Montavilla businesses host art shows, music, discounts, and more. SE Stark between 76th and 82nd. Starts at 6:00 pm.
First Friday Art Walk in SE Portland: The galleries open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, October 8
Great Onion Festival in Sherwood: Good smelly fun!  Live entertainment, kids activities, onion eating and rolling contests, arts and crafts, and more. Archer Glen Elementary School9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Food Cart Ride by Portland By Cycle: This guided bike ride includes a visit to one of Portland’s food cart pods, views of the Willamette, and maybe a tricycle racetrack. Unthank Park, N. Failing & Haight, 10:00 am.
Washington County Museum Family Day: Admission is free from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Architectural Heritage Center: Admission is free from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Leach Botanical Garden Weekend Guided Walk: Meet in front of the Manor House every Saturday through the end of October for a fun and informative tour of the garden. 11:00 am to noon.
Fresh Hop Tastival: Admission to this beer festival is free, but you will need to purchase a glass and drink tickets to taste the beers. Free root beer for kids. Oaks Amusement Park, noon to 8:00 pm.
Oktoberfest at Kennedy School: Live music, polka, belly dancers, beer, and more. Music starts at 1:00 pm; final performance at 7:00 pm. All ages welcome.  This is where Wes, Lucy and I will be!  : )
African Storytelling: Families are invited to join Habiba, a native of Ghana, for an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, singing, and movement. Capitol Hill Library2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.
Oktoberfest at St. Johns Pub: Music by The Chancers and Mexican Gunfight starting at 3:00 pm. All ages welcome.

Sunday, October 9
Kids’ Nature Walk at Cooper Mountain (RSVP required): Kids and accompanying adults will learn about the plants and animals that live in our region. Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Advance registration required; call 503-626-0949.
The Crafty Underdog: This monthly event features local bands, art, film, and more. All are welcome. Mission Theater,11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Back on track

Because we finally got some sunshine in August and September here in Oregon, I've been out enjoying the weather and haven't written a blog for awhile.  But now it's raining again and I am back on track!

My big project for this fall is changing the living room.  It is the room we spend the most time in (TV/food nearby) and the room that I like the least (saggy/ripped couch, boring fireplace).  I'm also ready for a color change, we have a lot of green going on.  

As always, I will be doing this remodel for as little money as possible.  My tip for this blog is to look around your house...what do you not like or use?  Sell those things on craigslist and use that money for what you want.  We just sold some furniture we didn't use and now we have enough money for a new sofa.

There will be some awesome before and after pictures posted long as I can stay on track.