Portland haunted houses: 10 of the area’s best bets for top-notch scares

    Because Halloween isn’t complete without a few live-action scares — and there’s still time to get in one or two fright fests before All Hallows Eve — we’ve compiled 10 of the metro area’s most well-known haunts, just a few of the standouts on a list that seems to grow larger every year.

    The following roundup is meant to be a general guide, not a comprehensive inventory. Be sure to check your local civic organizations, youth groups and other resources to stay abreast of smaller haunted houses in your community. And check out the posts onoregonlive.com/events, where our reporters keep adding info about seasonal celebrations and sharing their reviews of some of the more ambitious haunted houses.

    Milburn’s Haunted Manor, in Hubbard, is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, offering a haunted manor, forest, and pumpkin patch. The haunted manor will stay open the entire week before Halloween. 7-10 p.m. weeknights and Sunday, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are $9 for the manor, plus an additional $9 for the forest or “the dark.” Or, buy access to all three haunts for $20. More details are atmilburnmanor.com.

    In Carlton, the town’s annual Haunted Granary, open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month (plus Halloween eve and night), raises money for the Carlton Community Foundation. This year, word is that the circus came through town, but the people never left. For information on hours and cost, visitfacebook.com/CarltonsHauntedHalloween. Before you go, read our review.

    In Gresham, the Scream haunted house features two themes. “The Awakening Dead” is billed as a zombie survival experience, while “Slasher,” puts visitors in the crosshairs of demented butchers. Tickets are $15, and an extra $5 gets you bumped to the front of the line. Scream is open Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 2. Hours are 7-11 p.m. on Sundays, and 7-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visitscreampdx.com.

    Perennial Portland favorite Fright Town, located in the exhibit hall beneath Memorial Coliseum, includes three haunts, including one based on the works of renowned horror author H.P. Lovecraft. A $20 all ages ticket buys entry to all three haunts. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more, and many local retailers, from Bi-Mart to Plaid Pantry, are offerings $5 off coupons. For more information, visit frighttown.com. Before you go, read our review.

    In Milwaukie, Fear Asylum brings the screams, transforming the Elks Lodge into a terrifying labyrinth. Tickets are $13 and admission includes midway games and a children’s haunted house. The haunt is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. and Sundays from 7-10 p.m., plus the entire week of Halloween from 7-10 p.m. More information is at fearasylumhauntedhouse.com.

    Also in Milwaukie but at the private home of Jeff and Chris Davis, Davis Graveyardhas humorous headstones, haunted buildings, a massive mechanical spider, ghostly apparitions and other high-tech attractions. It’s free and open daily through Nov. 2. A lights-only version of the display is also open dusk-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; lights, sounds, video, animation and fog effects (weather permitting) are open dusk-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, dusk-10 p.m. Sunday, plus dusk-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween). All the details are at davisgraveyard.com.

    Wenzel family farm’s Halloween Fantasy Trail offers more tame Halloween tricks, appropriate for all ages. The 1,000-foot wooded trail features lighted Halloween decorations and a spooky castle, tunnel, and maze. There’s also a pumpkin patch for those with even tamer appetites. Tickets to the trail, which is open through Oct. 30 noon-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., are $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit fantasytrail.com or call 503-631-2047.

    13th Door Haunted House in Beaverton promises visitors anamatronic demons and bloodthirsty zombies.  The haunt is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on weekends, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays through Nov. 3, plus all week long the week before Halloween and the week of the holiday. Tickets are $15, but groups get a $2 discount on weekdays. For $25, you can purchase a VIP ticket, which lets you bypass the line for entry. For more information, visit 13thdoor.com. Before you go, read our review.

    The Haunted Ghost Town at Northeast Portland’s Rossi Farms benefits Parkrose community organizations and school students. This year’s ghost town features a scary sheriff, a town undertaker and a sinister dentist. A tip: The frights get ghastlier as the night goes on, so scaredy cats should arrive early. The ghost town is open 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 24-27. Tickets are $10-$30. More information atfacebook.com/TheHauntedGhostTown.

    The Haunted Maize at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island returns this year, with unlit trails through the cornfield, and terrifying creatures lurking in the shadows. Flashlights, dogs, and masks are prohibited. The maze opens at 7, and the last ticket is sold at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Oct. 27, 30 and 31. Tickets are $10. A printable coupon saves you a dollar. For more information, go toportlandmaze.com/haunted_maze.php.

    Kelly House | khouse@oregonian.comBy Kelly House | khouse@oregonian.com 

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