For many people, the beginning of October signifies the start of trips to the pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn mazes and hot apple cider. For others, however, the first day of October means it’s time to seek out the thrills that come from visiting a great haunted house or other frightful area events.
The Clark County area offers some scary solutions for those looking to scare themselves silly during the month of frights, as does the surrounding Portland area with a couple of different haunted attractions to choose from just across the bridge.
Here is a brief listing of some of the larger haunted attractions in the area, as well as some other spooky events coming up this October:
Clark County ScareGrounds Haunted House Scream Park
17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield
Hours: The Clark County ScareGrounds are open every Thu.-Sun. In October, 7-10 p.m. (7-11 p.m. on Fri.-Sat., Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29), and also Mon., Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m.
According to the Clark County ScareGrounds website, the ScareGrounds event was created in 2012 by Jason Greeley-Roberts and Kyle Paradis. The event originally was held in Portland in 2012, and is now held at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
ScareGrounds features four all new haunted houses: Return to the Asylum, There is No Escape This Time; Night Terrors, Dreams Really do Come True (in 3D); The Lost Colony, Beware of the Witch; and Area 51.
In addition to the four haunted houses, the midway at ScareGrounds is home to a variety of different attractions and activities, including The Scream Parlor (their interactive photo booth), the Last Ride coffin ride, face painting, caricatures, vendors and much more.
New for 2016, the ScareGrounds will also offer “Behind-the-Screams” Tours, a 25-minute guided tour through the grounds and restricted areas. Groups of 8-12 are encouraged.
Tickets for the Clark County ScareGrounds are available onsite at the Ticket Booth or online through the website. All ticket holders, including online tickets, must check in at the ticket booth and exchange their voucher for a physical ticket for entry into the grounds.
Adult admission, which includes all four haunted houses, is $20 on Sundays and Thursdays, $22 on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission for children 10 and younger is $15 on Sundays and Thursdays, $18 on Fridays and Saturdays. A VIP FastPass is an extra $10 Sunday and Thursday, or an extra $13 Friday and Saturday. An “Experience it all Again” add on (to go twice in one day) is $5 or $8.
Save $5 on a general admission tickets by bringing three cans of nonperishable canned food.
The Fear PDX Haunted House Scream Park
5413 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland
Hours: Open every Friday and Saturday through the end of October (7-11 p.m. until Oct. 15, 7-midnight from Oct. 21-29); Open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from Oct. 9-Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m.; Open Halloween night from 7-11 p.m.
The Fear PDX, “Portland’s largest Halloween event,” includes five attractions at one location. Attractions include Factory of the Undead, The Condemned, The Harvest, The Cursed and Carnage.
General admission to The Fear PDX is $25 and admits one person to all five attractions. Tickets can be purchased online or at the onsite box office. A VIP FastPass can be purchased for $40 and admits one person to all five attractions, skips the general admission line and can be purchased online or at the onsite box office.
300 N. Winning Way, Portland (FrightTown fills the 40,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall beneath the Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter).
Hours: FrightTown will be open every Wednesday through Sunday in October, and on Halloween. Open Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. FrightTown will be open from 7-10 p.m. on Halloween.
“A whole city block of screams and shock,” FrightTown contains three haunted houses in one location. The three attractions include Grimthorne Manor (new this year), The Witch House and Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors.
Some special events and discounted nights are listed on the FrightTown website.
Regular admission to FrightTown is $23 for all ages and includes entry to all three haunted houses. Check out the Coupons page on the website to find out how to save $5 off regular admission for you and a friend. Speed Demon passes are available for $44 each, getting you to the front of the line. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
Ghost Stories of Vancouver at Tap Union Freehouse
1300 Washington St., Vancouver
During the spooky month of October from Oct. 15-31, Tap Union Freehouse will be hosting Ghost Stories of Vancouver. This collection is written by Chelsea Gaya and Claire Shomphe from XO Chels Photography.
The show will illustrate reimagined true ghost stories of real people in Vancouver who are said to still haunt the streets, buildings and businesses. Crooked politicians, abducted girls, singing children … come find out who haunts your halls, and have a beer with one of the apparitions.
Check with Tap Union Freehouse for times.
Clark County Historical Museum Haunted Walking Tours
Start at the Slocum House, 605 Esther St., Vancouver
Experience a spooky slant on history on a walking tour on a dark and maybe stormy night. Reserve your spot now, as these popular tours fill up quickly.
New this year, tours start at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, and also on Halloween. All tours start at the Slocum House.
Reservations and prepayment are required for the haunted walking tours. Space is limited to 25 people per tour, so participants must call (360) 993-5679 or use Paypal to reserve your spot and prepay the $10 admission fee ($8 for current Clark County Historical Museum members).