In Portland, the month of October has a unique meaning every year. Yearnings for pumpkin pie and hot apple cider become stronger as the leaves change color and fall from the trees. That is why we crave when our hair stands on the ends and our blood freezes when faced with the kind of chills that send goosebumps down our spine. So it’s good that the city has so many Halloween-themed activities to choose from. Looking for a good scare? Here are some of Portland’s top Halloween attractions and haunted houses are listed below…
1. The Fear PDX – is one of the more established haunts in the area
The Fear DX in Portland claims to be the largest Halloween event in the city, and they’re not lying. How many haunted attractions can be found in this location? Five. The Kill Floor, Factory 13, and Blood House provide plenty of grist for the visitor’s mill.
But, on your journey to this year’s most terrifying new attraction, the truly dreadful Layers of Darkness, don’t miss the creepy Midway of Fear. Arrive prepared because Fear PDX is the scariest haunted house in town.
Address: 12301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230
2. Underhill Haunted House – Portland’s newest haunted attraction
At this gigantic spookatorium with more than 40,000 square feet of “scareas,” you’ll experience a full-blown fright fest. Fear’s Gate creates an atmosphere conducive to a nocturnal release of endorphins. And then there’s Underhill Manor, a Victorian-style manor packed with cursed objects and roaming spirits. Avoid becoming a part of the collection, however.
Are there any children or teenagers with you? Tag them along, Underhill Haunted House is home to one of the state’s most kid-friendly attractions.
Underhill and Fearlandia have paired up to produce three key attractions for this year’s festival. First, there will be a spooky Victorian maze where “Madam Underhill” collects lost spirits, a terrifying staff orientation in a chemical facility where an employee has gone missing, and a collection of your darkest nightmares spread among multiple rooms.
Address: 300 N Ramsay Wy, Portland, OR 97227
3. ScareGrounds PDX – Northwest’s Largest Haunted House and Halloween Event held annually at the Historic Oaks Amusement Park
The Oaks Park Scaregrounds, formerly the Clark County Scaregrounds, hosts three frightening walk-through experiences during the Halloween season as part of its annual scare festival.
They’re open on the weekends. Located in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood, Oaks Park is a great location for parties because of its variety of food vendors and rides. At the all-year amusement park, it began in 2020 with drive-thru gaming. However, this is the first walk-through Halloween show in Oaks Park in 14 years.
Oaks Park Scaregrounds will have a redneck killer attraction this year, a cursed and haunted house called Grimthorpe Manor, and a sci-fi horror-themed environment known as Evilution. There is also a House of Horrors Scare Zone, a Graveyard Pumpkin Patch, and a Scream Parlor Photo Op.
If it’s your first time visiting the new Scaregrounds location, there’s a wide range of activities to choose from, and you’ll find the location to be peaceful and relaxing. You could take your significant other here or bring little children who aren’t ready for the scarier haunted attractions.
Address: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
4. Fearlandia – one of the scariest haunted houses in Portland with great effects
Scary!!! Isn’t that what you were after in a spooky house.
The tiniest of details are given a great lot of consideration. Best actors remain true to themselves throughout their performance. Give the house a visit when you get the chance, and it’ll be worth it to curdle blood in your veins.
Do not expect much from this house if you are a sucker for scares. However, Fearlandia deserves its price. You can choose from different color schemes to your liking. The old system had a separate queue for each house, but the new one is more organized and swiftly moving because it has fewer lines. The end of one house signals the beginning of the next. That part makes you feel you are trapped in an unending maze.
Address: 300 N Ramsay Wy, Portland, OR 97227
5. The Pumpkin Display at West Linn – a display hundreds of pumpkins providing an unforgettable experience
The walls of this little haunted house are filled with thrills and chills. Please don’t underestimate the pumpkin-themed haunted house, as it will blow your expectations away. But, of course, if you consider yourself Dracula, the darkness will not be an issue, right?
Visiting the haunted house will be a fantastic experience! Be sure you’re in for a terrific time with your buddies and company. The adventure is exciting and terrifying at the same time.
For the first five minutes, participants in each group must spread out widely. The laser-themed pumpkins and green foliage attract a lot of attention from onlookers. Want to make the experience better? Visit the place after watching The Conjuring.
Address: 2885 White Salmon Ct, West Linn, OR 97068
6. Creatures of the Night – a collective of performers where you can volunteer to become involved
Amazing! This haunted experience is tremendous from start to finish. The reactions, noises, appearance, and locations of the performers were meticulously planned. You’ll revive that dream of constructing your own haunted houses at home in honor of Halloween.
It will take you a while to get used to the stench of performers and props filling this space simultaneously, and admire how fluid and unstoppable it is. All of the actors perform admirably. They know exactly what to do, and I’m sure it will be fun scaring you silly.
As a result of their time spent in Sandy, they’ve developed a particular aesthetic. Of course, you’ll lose count on how often you will get ‘caught,’ but isn’t that the fun part?
Address: 694 NE 4th Avenue, Canby, OR 97013.
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