October 21st, 2010 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

So, What Are You Doing for Halloween?

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There's a ton of freaky parties, live shows and ghoulish bashes going down in honor of Halloween this year. Here's a giant list of events to help you plan a bit early this year. And a photo of an adult taco costume. It's just a suggestion.



Night of the Living Ales
If you're a discerning beer geek, dress up like yourself and join beer goddess Lisa Morrison for a guided pub crawl along Southeast 28th Avenue. At each stop there will be exclusive tastings of rare brews, beginning with a special blend from Upright Brewing at Migration Brewing and ending with a small batch of peanut butter chocolate oatmeal stout at Coalition Brewing. The tour will also stop at Spints Alehouse and Beulahland. Tour takes place along Southeast 28th Avenue, from Glisan to Ankeny streets. 8 pm Sunday, Oct. 31. $5 at participating bars or $5.50 at 28thstreetpubcrawl.blogspot.com. 21+.

Trick or Treat at Pix Pâtisserie
To snag some treats this Halloween you could either steal an innocent kid's pillowcase and end up with a bunch of Hershey's, or just head over to Pix Pâtisserie where they've got treats that involve ingredients like ganache, marzipan and cognac buttercream and words like “drizzled,” “draped” and “dipped.” They'll be handing out treats to anyone in costume. Pix Pâtisserie, 3901 N Williams Ave., 282-6539 and 3402 SE Division St., 232-440. 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 31.

Haunting at the Marina
A Halloween haunt with DJ Mark Stauffer, a dance floor, a heavy appetizer buffet and cash prizes for the costume party. Newport Seafood Grill, 0425 SW Montgomery, 227-3474. 7 pm-midnight, Saturday, Oct. 30. $32. Tickets at hauntingatthemarina.eventbrite.com.

Boorito 2010: The Horrors of Processed Food
Show up to a Chipotle dressed as a horrifying processed meat product (Spam, Oscar Mayer bologna, Vienna sausages…must we go on?) and they'll make you up a burrito made with “wholesome, naturally raised ingredients” for just two bucks. This event benefits Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Any Chipotle restaurant. 6 pm to close.

Salty's Halloween Brunch
Salty's has cooked up a nice morning for your little ones this Halloween. Not only will they eat free, but they're invited to enter the costume contest and enjoy the pumpkin patch out on the deck. Limit two free children's meals per table. Salty's, 3839 NE Marine Drive, 288-4444. 9:30 am-1 pm Sunday, Oct. 31. Call for reservations or visit saltys.com.

Beast Halloween Dinner
Enjoy a serious six-course meal dressed in your best—Batman costume or naughty nurse attire, that is. The staff at Beast—also in costume—will serve rabbit kidney pies, bacon wrapped venison and other fancy treats. They've been known to go all out—two years ago they dressed as undead cheerleaders and a quarterback, and the year before as Robert Palmer groupie zombies. Beast, 5425 NE 30th, 841-6986. 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. $100 per person, $35 wine pairing. Reservations at beastpdx.com.

Yelloween Celebration
Start with the bewitching bubbles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, add in Departure and a little bit of Halloween spirit and you've got yourself one very chic “Yelloween” celebration. DJ Lionsden will provide the entertainment as you sip the bubbly or one of Departure's custom creepy cocktails. Departure Restaurant at the Nines Hotel, 15th floor, 525 SW Morrison St., 802-5370. 10 pm-2 am Saturday, Oct. 30. Free. No reservations needed. Call for info. 21+.


Transylvanian Voodoo Ball
Bohemian Cabaret ensemble Vagabond Opera will play two Halloween parties: a kid-friendly show featuring a costume contest and special guest Joe the Balloon guy, and a late-night voodoo party featuring Portland country zombie songstress Amanda Richards and opening acts the Hardly Hars and Groovy Wallpaper. Both shows will feature belly dancing, tarot readings and an interactive altar to honor the dead. The Secret Society Lounge, 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600. 3 pm early show, 9:30 pm late show, Saturday, Oct. 30. Early show $12 adults, $7 kids, late show $15. Tickets at vagabondopera.com or brownpapertickets.com. Both shows all ages.

Toxic Zombie's Halloween Monster Party
Horror-themed Portland band Toxic Zombie headlines this horrific headbangers' ball sponsored by KUFO 101.1-FM's Metalopolis. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 29. $10. All ages.

Hummerween Costume Ball
The synth-poppers of VonHummer have released a Halloween album, Black & Orange, and are hosting a Halloween costume ball. Have some lobster with your jack-o-lanterns! Eagles Lodge Southeast, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 323-7505. 8:30 pm Friday, Oct. 22. $2. All ages until 10 pm.

Drag Costume Party
A Halloween costume drag party with music by Static Parallel, Glitch Armada, Wayne Gacy Trio, Manhole and Redheaded Stepchild. Twilight Cafe, 1420 SE Powell, 232-3576. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 29. $3 with costume, $5 without.

Epic Death Party
The Beauty Bar hosts this bash with DJs Joe Gross and Nate Terrors. Beauty Bar, 111 SW Ash St., 224-0773. 10 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. Free.

Blood Shack Haunted House Show
Check out a new all-ages warehouse venue (which doesn't officially open until December) and music from Welcome Home Walker, Clorox Girls, Salted City and more. The Blood Shack, 55 SE 11th Ave. 8 pm haunted house, 9 pm show, Saturday, Oct. 30. $10.

Trannysnatchers Fundraiser
Portland's own SissyBoy cadre is makin' a film about reclusive psycho trannies on a hunt for the proper victims to sacrifice to their goddess. The film is set to be released next spring and, according to one cast member, it's sure to become “a classic in every B-movie, cult-loving video collector's collection.” At this fundraiser cast members will perform, followed by a viewing of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. All proceeds go toward production and post-production for the film. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3231. 9 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. $3.

Big Homo Halloween Party
Two dance floors. Six DJs. Live queer bands covering Fleetwood Mac, the Misfits and Celine Dion. Yes. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. $6 before 10 pm, $8 after 10 pm.

Halloween seems to be the appropriate holiday for community-funded radio station KBOO to throw a fundraiser. Join them for music by Dusu Mali Band, SweetJuice and DJs DR J, DJ ManRich, DJ Sesqui, and DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid and a costume contest. Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 9 pm Thursday, Oct. 28. $8 in advance at KBOO, 20 SE 8th Ave., $10 at ticketswest.rdln.com/Artist.aspx?evt=77073 and day of.


Incognito Masquerade Ball
No Portland holiday or celebration is complete without the proverbial eco-conscious event. SCRAP invites you to create your own masks and costumes out of reusable material and enjoy a night of festivities including dinner and a performance by the Transcendental Brass Band. Junk to Funk will also present a live trash fashion show. Proceeds will benefit SCRAP. Cascade Ballroom at the Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road. 5:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 28. $120 per person, $1,200 for table of 10. Tickets and info at scrapaction.org.

Portland Erotic Ball
Portland's biggest Halloween party is also its naughtiest. This year's erotic ball boasts 11 stages of entertainment, including musical act Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, aerial acts, go-go dancers, contortionists, snake girls, sword swallowers, burlesque acts and several fetish demonstrations (take your pick between bondage, flogging/paddling, electric shock or tickling and sign up to participate!). They've also got $5,000 in cash and prizes to give away in the costume contest. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm-2 am Saturday, Oct. 30. $35 in advance, $40 at door. VIP $69 in advance, $79 at door. Ticket info at portlanderoticball.com.

Bent Costume Gala
If you always wanted the mayor to judge your sexy UPS man costume, this is the Halloween event for you. Mayor Sam Adams has signed on as a costume contest judge for Bent, the Hallow's Eve ball for those a little “bent,” brought to you by the Equity Foundation, complete with Poison Waters, dueling DJs and a Brazilian samba ensemble. Left Bank Annex, 101 N Weidler St., 928-6437. 8:36 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. $36.66. Tickets at benthalloween.org.

City Repair's HOWL 2010
The eighth annual HOWL Halloween party features four rooms filled with music by nearly 20 acts, including Solovox and PlumbLyne Live—all to benefit PDX's City Repair Project. Roturre, 320 SE 2nd Ave. 9 pm-5 am Friday, Oct. 29. $26 presale, $30 at door. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/131057. Info at howlpdx.com. 21+.


Tales of Terror
Move from room to room in the beautifully restored and reputedly haunted John Palmer House and listen to spooky stories from local storytellers Lynne Duddy, Lawrence Howard, Sharon Knorr and Will Hornyak. This event is a fundraiser for Portland Story Theater and NestShare. John Palmer House, 4314 N Mississippi Ave. 7:30 pm doors open, 8 pm stories begin, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 29-30. $35-$50. Info and tickets at portlandstorytheater.com/halloween/JPH10.htm. 21+.

Halloween Neutrino Project
Curious Comedy's Neutrino Project, in which the audience watches improvised movies that were filmed outside the theater mere minutes before and projected straight to the big screen, tackles the scary-movie genre this time around. Wear a costume and you could star in a film. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 29-30. $10 advance, $12 at door. Tickets at hulahub.com/event?id=115945.

Vampire Quizzery
Twi-fans be forewarned—you'll need to know about more than just your beloved Edward to compete in this trivia night, which covers all vampires from all films, literature and television—from Buffy to Bella and every seductive bloodsucker in between. There will be blood. And Bloody Marys. EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St., 236-2876. 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 31. Teams of five or fewer. Free.

Haunted Opera House
Mixing Halloween, opera and electric guitars, Electric Opera Company and Opera Theater Oregon take you on a haunted tour through the bowels of the theater, “past the tormented orchestra musicians, dangerously close to shredding guitarists and through the composer graveyard.” Listen to performances during the tour and at the concert after. Ethos at IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave. Haunted house 6-8 pm, concert 8:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31. $5 haunted house $5, $7 concert, $10 both. All ages.

Scary Movie at the Brody Theater
The Brody Theater company takes to the stage this October as a creepy cast of characters, improvising a double “creature feature” of classic horror and sci-fi tales each night. Also on display in the theater is a large collection of vintage horror and sci-fi movie posters from the personal collection of the theater's artistic director, Tom Johnson. The Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway. 8 pm and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 29-31. $10, $7 students. Call for tickets or visit brodytheater.com. All ages.

The Witching Hour
Join Resonance Ensemble for a night of spooky choral arrangements—Berlioz's Le Ballet des Ombres; Brahm's Nächtens—with guest organist Jon Stuber. Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College, 615 SW Palatine Hill Road. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 29. $22 adults, $11 students/seniors. Info at resonancechoral.org or 427-8701.

A Little Fright Music

Organ music is creepy. Especially when played by musicians in spooky costumes. Hillsdale Community Church UCC, 6948 SW Capitol Highway, 246-5474. 7-8 pm Friday, Oct. 29. Free, donations accepted. All ages.

Everyone Orchestra Halloween Show
A special Halloween edition of Everyone Orchestra's fully improvised, audience-participation-based performances. Alberta Rose Theatre, 6948 SW Capitol Highway, 719-6055. 9:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 28. $12. Call for tickets or visit albertarosetheatre.com.


Gentle Halloween Show
Join interactive children's theater group Play after Play for preschooler-appropriate Halloween entertainment. They start with a play—The Blue-Eyed Hare, a gentle Halloween story from Scotland—and then invite kids to play with the actors following the show. For children ages 2 to 9. The Brooklyn Bay, 1825 SE Franklin St., Bay K, 772-4005. 10 am Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 7. $7, children under 2 free. Call for reservations or email brooklynbay@mac.com. Info at playafterplay.com.

You know the drill. Shit your pants out of sheer terror as the hillbilly cyborg zombie tries to drag you into the oily darkness of the abandoned auto shop. Rose Quarter Exhibit Hall, 300 N Winning Way. 7-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 pm Friday-Saturday. Oct. 20-24 and 27-31. $20 at door.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Pdxhunt hosts a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Set out into the night with a group of two to four friends, a car and a flashlight. Hit the checkpoints, solve the clues and win $250, or $50 for the best costume prize. Montavilla Community Center, 8219 NE Glisan St., 6-9 pm Saturday, Oct. 30. 5:30-5:40 pm sign in. $30 per team through Oct. 35, $45 per team after Oct. 25. Register at pdxhunt.com/PortlandHalloweenEvent.htm.
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