Halloween 2021 in Central Oregon
Halloween is almost here, and we’re ready to get in the spirit of things and have a frightfully good time. If you’re ready to eat, drink, and be scary, we’ve got 5 ways to have a spooktacular Halloween in Central Oregon this year:
1. Downtown Events & Activities
Head downtown Redmond to trick-or-treat on 6th, enter the annual costume contest, participate in the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and watch the Northern Lights Halloween Light Show! More information about Halloween in Downtown Redmond here.
2. High Desert Halloween
- Date: October 23
- Time: 10 am – 1 pm
- Cost: Free with museum admission
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Celebrate Halloween at the Museum. Hear tales that make you tremble. Uncover myths about not-so wicked wildlife. Visit the Miller family and explore their favorite spooky traditions from the early 20th century. Costumes encouraged. More information about the High Desert Halloween event here.
3. Halloween in the Old Mill District
- Dates: October 23-31
- Times: 11 am – 6 pm each day
- Cost: Free
A week of outdoor events for families and Halloween fans throughout Central Oregon. Wear your costume! Pets, too. all week long! Ever seen a luggage cart pushed through the wall at the 9 ¾ platform from Harry Potter? Or posed with life-size Star Wars Storm Troopers? “Chilled” with snowman Olaf from Frozen? You’ll get to this Halloween season at the Old Mill District! Bust out your costumes at the Old Mill District and visit the 6 unique photo stations throughout the area. Photo stations will be three-dimensional.
Photo Station Themes:
- Indiana Jones
- Black Panther
- Harry Potter’s 9 ¾ platform
- Star Wars
- Lollipop Land
Take photos and selfies at the various photo stations anytime during district hours during those six days. Enjoy the district at your leisure, on your schedule. More information about Halloween in the Old Mill District here.
4. Historical Haunt Walks
- Dates: October 15 & 16
- Times: First tour leaves at 4 pm, with additional tours following every 20-minutes – New this year is an added 8 pm tour
- Tickets: Cost is $15 per person, Deschutes Historical Museum Members only $5. Tickets go on sale day-of-event only, October 15 at 10:00 am for Friday tours and October 16 at 10:00 am for Saturday tours
The Deschutes Historical Museum’s Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend walking tours return to in-person for 2 nights only. Bring your flashlights, comfortable shoes, and plenty of nerve! Each night the museum’s docents lead thirteen one-hour tours through historic downtown Bend. Over an eerie hour of family fun, Bend’s past is brought back to life through stories of local history and paranormal mystery. Be aware this event does sell out! Tour space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information about the Historical Haunts Walking Tours here.
5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Dates: October 22-31
- Time: 7:30 pm
- Tickets: Adults $25 and Seniors/Students $23
Rarely does a film come along that stays in theaters longer than the first few months of release. Of course, most films aren’t The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical/comedy/science fiction/horror phenomenon that has continuously screened in select theaters for 45 years. The cult classic follows the adventures of a young couple, Brad and Janet, who become trapped in a mysterious castle filled with eccentric characters as they travel through a town called Denton. At the heart of the castle is Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist of extraterrestrial origins who leads the mysterious Annual Transylvanian Convention. The film will screen complete with a “shadow cast,” in which actors perform in front of the screen as the film plays. The shadow cast tradition is popular among cult movie enthusiasts and will be performed by local actors. *For mature audiences. Learn more about the Rocky Horror Picture Show event at the Cascades Theatrical Company here.
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However you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, be safe, be kind, be spooktacular!