Nothing brings people together like goblins, ghouls, and candy, so put on a costume—really, do it!—and take to the town to celebrate the one night a year when you can wear a cape or a corset out in public and all is gravy. We've got your destinations right here.
Before you get all hussied up, grab a bowl of candy, spike some cider, and hit the porch. Perhaps the cuteness of kids is negotiable, but the cuteness of kids in costume isn't. Reward them for it, and make it the good stuff: Twix, Snickers, Starburst—none of this Tootsie Roll crap. You remember how it was.
Your front door, dusk
Kick it old school for the Fourth Annual Halloween Tour of Untimely Departures. Ramble along jack-o'-lantern-lit paths while volunteers in period garb recount creepy tales of the bodies buried underfoot.
Lone Fir Cemetery, SE 26th & Stark, 6-9 pm, $5
Don your scariest duds and hit the streets to encourage voters to get their ballots in the mail with the Bus Project's Trick or Vote. The awesome after-party will feature Blind Pilot, Blue Giant, and DJ Beyonda, as well as food carts and two bars—but we know it's really democracy you'll be drunk on.
AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison, canvassing at 3:30 & 5:30 pm, after-party at 8 pm, $10 (FREE for volunteers), all ages
Berbati's has two headliners with time for a costume change. The Famous Mysterious Actor Show provides laughs at an early show, while later on Black Elk, Stovokor, and Science of Yabra offer screams of the metallic sort.
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 7 & 11 pm, each show $8-10
Holocene has another double-header: First catch Zibahkhana, the first modern horror film to be shot in Pakistan. Then pull out your parachute pants and slap bracelets as a hot mess of local DJs spin old-school hits!
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, film at 7:30 pm, $5, dance party at 9 pm, $3
Catch the 1922 German silent vampire classic Nosferatu while Mood Area 52 provides a live original score!
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 8:30 pm, $6, 21+
If you want a little culture to go with your screams, check out Opera Theater Oregon's presentation of The Medium. Later on, South American jams by Bat Makumba and Lions of Batucada set the stage for your best moves at the Halloween Dance Carnaval.
Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, opera at 7 pm, $17, carnaval at 10 pm, $10-12
If your Chuck Bass costume has you feeling flush, hit up HOWL. The dance party offers four stages, inside and out, and plenty of opportunities to get your scary swerve on.
Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm-6 am, $20-25