Halloween is the most spine-chilling, sugar-packed night of the year, and this year it falls on a Wednesday, ensuring lots of Halloweekend parties running up to it. Portland bars and restaurants are doing it up again, and the map below features everything from spooky multi-course meals to DJ-fueled masquerade balls. Find the best costume parties, themed drinks, and frighteningly good food below. As usual, this map is organized geographically.Read More
Where to Eat and Party on Halloween 2018 in Portland
Here are the best spots to get your Monster Mash on
1. McMenamins Kennedy School
On Saturday, October 27, McMenamins’ hotel, venue, and bar housed in vintage elementary school starts the day off with a 5k Halloween run at the mercifully late time of 11 a.m. Registration for the run is $30, which includes an ale and a “keepsake item.” At 7 p.m. My Siamese Twin is playing a free concert, and the venue is throwing a costume party in The Gymnasium, with plenty of food and drink options from the bar.
The dark and intimate cocktail bar Expatriate is the perfect setting for a spooky Halloween pop-up collaboration, which is exactly what it’s getting on October 31. Gado Gado will be bringing some Indonesian and Southeast Asian flavors mixed with American carnival classics, like a blood sausage corndog. Eric Nelson of the tropical cocktail series Shipwreck and Michelle Ruocco of Han Oak will be slinging cocktails, and Expatriate co-owner Kyle Webster will spinning records. The party goes from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. with no cover and a costume contest from 7 to 9 p.m.
It’s not exactly spooky, but the delicious lobster rolls at Aviary are only available on Wednesdays. Since Halloween falls on that day this year, chef and owner Sarah Pliner is giving away these buttery treats to any customer wearing a full size lobster costume; that should be reason enough to pick that as your Halloween costume.
4. Edgefield Winery & Tasting Room
Edgefield, home to McMenamins’ vineyard, outdoor music venue, hotel, and restaurants, is bringing in Blondie tribute band Glass of Hearts for a costume dance party on Saturday, October 27. The music kicks off at 8 p.m. in the spacious Blackberry Hall, but guests can wander around the whole venue enjoying McMenamins drinks and food throughout. Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Designated drivers are strongly encouraged.
5. McMenamins 23rd Ave Bottle Shop
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, with more than 800 bottles available as well as draught beers, is holding the best kind of costume contest there is—on Friday, October 26, guests are encouraged to bring dogs in their Halloween costumes while enjoying candy paired with local beers. Just be sure not to give the pups any of the chocolate.
6. The Hairy Lobster
Cozy dining room Hairy Lobster goes all out for Halloween each year, and 2018 is going to be its biggest yet. The restaurant is going to be decked out in Halloween decorations, serving a special menu on October 30 and 31 that is anything but scary — butternut squash, mushroom, and cabbage fritters; steelhead with smoked salmon roe and gnocchi; and black angus beef tenderloin make up the menu, with toffee pumpkin cake for dessert. For those who find eating meat too spooky, a vegetarian menu will also be available. Reservations are $65 per person, available by calling (971) 229-1166.
7. The Hoxton, Portland
It’s not fully open yet, but the Hoxton Hotel in Old Town, future home of Latin American restaurant La Neta, is hosting a series of preview parties including three on Halloween. The first, at noon, features the team from the iconoclastic Voodoo Doughnut leading a doughnut decorating class. Then, from 3 to 7 p.m., it’s a doggy costume contest and parade, followed by a Hox-O-Ween Monster Mash dance party at 8 p.m. There is no cover for any event.
8. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
The dance hall and music venue from the ubiquitous hospitality group McMenamins is hosting its annual ‘90s Halloween Dance Flashback, which is always one of the most raucous dance parties of the year. The 21+ party is on Halloween night from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $8, available at the door only.
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9. EastBurn Public House
Neighborhood pub and restaurant Eastburn Public House is hosting its annual costume party on Saturday, October 27. The pub will feature live bands upstairs and a DJ-dance party in its basement bar, and will be giving $500 to the best dressed guest. The party starts at 5 p.m. and goes late, with a $10 cover.
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Modernist Asian restaurant and swanky cocktail lounge Saucebox is hosting a dance party to kick off Halloween Week on Friday, October 26, with multiple DJs, savory cocktails, food specials, professional dancers, and more. Tickets are $10 pre-order and $20 at the door, but it’s likely it’ll be filled up for those who don’t order ahead of time.
11. Punch Bowl Social Portland
The sprawling, multi-roomed, arcade, bowling alley, and karaoke bar Punch Bowl Social is hosting what will be the most twee Halloween event around with its Wes Anderson-themed party on Saturday, October 27. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress as their favorite Anderson characters, with prizes for the best dressed. The bar will also serve a specialty punch, Orange is the New Black Sabbath, with tequila, orange, and a red wine float. The party goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
12. Xport Bar & Lounge
Portland, OR 97201
Veuve Cliquot is sponsoring the party at the rooftop bar and lounge Xport, so expect a lot of bubbly. The wildly lit space with two balcony patios will be throwing parties on both Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, with costume contests both nights, photo booths, DJs, and a raffle. Anyone looking to make it a staycation night at the Porter Hotel can find a special Halloween rate of $149.
13. Hip Chicks do Wine
From Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28, the industrial urban winery Hip Chicks Do Wine is fulfilling its annual tradition of pairing wines with Halloween candies. $12 gets you five tastes of wines each selected to pair with a piece of classic candy; guests can pay an additional $4 for a taste of port as well. It’s like the adult version of trick-or-treating, without all the door to door wanderings.
14. Bible Club PDX
On Monday, October 29, the fancy cocktail pop up Aperitif PDX is taking over speakeasy Bible Club’s weatherized backyard patio for a hauntingly good low-proof happy hour. Guests are encouraged to dress up and enjoy spritzy, autumnal cocktails, pumpkin carving, s’mores, and sandwiches from PDX Sliders. Dogs are welcome, especially those in costume.
15. Ways & Means Oyster House
On Halloween day, Ways & Means Oyster House, the busy, family-friendly seafood restaurant, is offering options for those looking to party and those looking for a nice dinner with the family. At the bar, find $5 food and drink specials including cocktails made with local spirits and small plates. And in the restaurant, “boy and ghouls” under 12 years old eat for free, provided they’re with a paying adult.