From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Oregon that are sure to be a scream.
— Laura Agadoni
Ashland Chamber of Commerce Children’s Halloween Celebration
The small city of Ashland, world-renown for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival, also hosts an annual Children's Halloween Celebration. The family-friendly attraction, staged by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, features kids and their families wearing their wackiest costumes and marching from Ashland's public library to the city plaza. Besides the parade, visitors can enjoy high school bands, music ensembles and dance groups (such as Samba Like It Hot) that will be stationed throughout the downtown area. Local merchants will be on hand to provide treats.
410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520 | Get Directions
Dr. Linderhall’s Nightmare Factory
The folks at Dr. Linderhall’s Nightmare Factory wish to welcome visitors in Salem to their nightmare. For $10 (general admission) or $15 (fast pass), guests can enter the updated and remodeled haunted house that boasts an 8,000-square-foot addition. This attraction is on the campus of the Oregon School for the Deaf. It is definitely not recommended for children under 10.
999 Locust St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 | Get Directions
Central Oregon Pumpkin Company
During October, central Oregon residents can spend a day outside picking pumpkins while enjoying the fall leaves at the Central Oregon Pumpkin Company. Other activities include a horse-drawn covered-wagon ride, pumpkin cannon, zoo train, hay fort, animal house, pony rides and a market. Visitors should be sure to visit the Maize, a Star Wars-themed corn maze that features such familiar characters as Darth Vader, C-3PO and R2-D2.
1250 NE Wilcox Ave., Terrebonne, OR 97760 | Get Directions
Participants at Ashland's Halloween parade get into the spirit of the day.
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