How To Have A Spooktacular Halloween In Central Oregon – 2020

Halloween 2020 in Central Oregon

Halloween is almost here, and while this year may look and feel different in light of COVID-19 measurements and larger annual events canceled until 2021, we can still 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 7 Ways To Have A Spooktacular Halloween:


1. Halloween in Downtown Bend, Oregon

Each year in Downtown Bend, kids of all ages have enjoyed the annual Halloween event with trick-or-treating, costume contest, scavenger hunt, and more. This year, several seasonal events are still happening, with more online participation being encouraged.


More information about Halloween in Downtown Bend here.


Downtown Online Costume Contest

The contest is open for kids ages 0-12. Take a photo of your child in their costume and upload via the submission form here. You will be notified via email if your child has won their age group.

Downtown Halloween Scavenger Hunt & Downtown Dares

Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Find a scavenger hunt item from the list, take a photo of it and/or a selfie next to it, and post the photo on your Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #downtownbend and #bendhalloweenhunt2020. Do this for each item you find. You can have up to 12 entries, one for each item. The first week in November, all entries will be gathered with two randomly pulled, and two lucky winners receiving $50 in Downtown Dollars.


Halloween Dares
Perform the dares listed and post them on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #downtownbend and #downtowndares2020. Do this for each dare.  You can have a total of 7 entries, one for each dare. The first week of November, the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) will check social media for these hashtags, gather all entries, randomly pull two, and award two lucky winners with $50 in Downtown Dollars.





2. High Desert Halloween

October 24th | 10:00 – 1:00 (free with museum admission)

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Celebrate Halloween at the High Desert 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, but please wear face coverings instead of costume masks. Event is free with museum admission – admission tickets will be available to reserve for this event beginning Saturday, October 10, click here for tickets.

More information about the High Desert Halloween event here.


3. Halloween in the Old Mill District

October 24 – October 30 | 11:00 – 6:00 each day (free)

A week of outdoor events for families and Halloween fans throughout Central Oregon. Wear your costume! Pets, too. all week long! Please note that there will be no festivities on Oct 31. Candy will not be handed out in the district this year.

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, but people are asked not to touch them. Please wear a mask and follow COVID-19 safety and distancing measures.

Photo Station Themes

  • Harry Potter’s 9 ¾ platform
  • Frozen
  • Star Wars
  • Lollipop Land
  • Fall Harvest
  • Pets in costume

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. Share the photos with us by tagging them @oldmilldistrict or through email: Be entered to win prizes of Old Mill District gift cards worth $100-$200.  19 prizes will be awarded.

Can’t visit the Old Mill District this year? For those who are unable to visit during this time, there’s a coloring contest option with prizes awarded in the categories: ages 6 and under; 7-11; 12-18.

More information about Halloween in the Old Mill District here.


4. Spooky Spectacular Circus

October 29 – November 1 | Live & live stream shows, check daily showtimes on site

TICKETS: Click here for information and to purchase

The Famous Venardos Circus is a unique Broadway-style Circus coming to the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show. Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that has been reinvented for the next generation.

The circus is working with local health and safety regulations to welcome small, socially distanced groups to watch the live stream shows in person under the big top. This will be an all-new show designed to delight all ages with the spooky fun of Halloween!


5. Trick-Or-Treat – 2020 Style

In Bend, experience a drive-through trick-or-treating event hosted by Bend-Redmond Habitat For Humanity:

October 31 | 10:00 – 12:00

Drive through the ReStore parking lot (enter from Thurston and exit right on Underwood), stay in your car and pick up your goodie bag (one per child). Costumes encouraged!  Masks required.

More information about the ReStore drive-through trick-or-treat event, here.


In Redmond, kids of all ages can participate in a Candy Crawl hosted by the Redmond Downtown Business Association:

October 31 | 10:00 – 6:00

Enjoy the 2020 version of Redmond’s beloved Trick-Or-Treat On 6th Street Halloween event, giving adults a way to participate in the tradition of trick-or-treating and a chance to win some amazing prizes. It’s also an opportunity for the business community to get locals into their shops and stores. Above all else, the Candy Crawl creates a safe way to trick-or-treat for kids. Adults get stamps in a passport book they can turn in for a prize drawing while the kids get candy!

Of note:

  • The streets will NOT be closed for the Candy Crawl, so please exercise caution and use crosswalks and the sidewalk
  • Many of the downtown businesses will be open for business as usual and some will be closed. Look for a poster in the windows to know who is handing out candy/stamping passports
  • Passports can be picked up at participating businesses the day of the event
  • Take your time to avoid crowding, social distance when possible
  • Masks are absolutely required and businesses reserve the right to not permit entry without one

Learn more about the Redmond Candy Crawl – 2020 and check out participating businesses, here.


The Lodge in Sisters is hosting a drive-through Halloween trick-or-treat event:

October 31 | 1:00 – 3:00

Drive through the front entrance of the lodge where treat bags will be handed out to children while providing a safe experience following COVID-19 guidelines.

More information about the Sisters drive-through Halloween, here.


6. The Tower Theater: Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 31 | 8:00 (Rated R)

TICKETS:  $22 plus historic preservation fee – Tickets now on sale to members the public. (Limited capacity)

Celebrate Halloween with the 45th-anniversary screening of this fabulously freaky classic starring Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Curry as the famous Dr. Frank-N-Furter! Exclusively at the Tower, the movie will be introduced by a special message from Bostwick and accompanied by a shadow cast led by Erik McGinnis. Plus, attendees can purchase commemorative Rocky Horror logo face masks for $15!

The Tower’s relaunch plan adheres to the guidance from Governor Brown, The Oregon Health Authority, and the Deschutes County Health Services. Patrons will receive an event-specific email prior to the event. Masks are required. Seats will be assigned at the door.

Learn more about the Rocky Horror Picture Show event at the Tower Theater here.


7. Safe and spooky Halloween ideas

Since traditional trick or treating is not recommended by the Oregon Health Authority this Halloween, parents will be looking for safe, but still spooky, ways to create a fun and memorable holiday.

Per the OHA, here are some ideas for celebrating safely:

  • Host an online costume contest with friends and family both near and far away (Governor Kate Brown is hosting one on her Facebook page using #SpookySafeOregon. Make sure you include a face covering)
  • Watch a scary Halloween movie online
  • Carve pumpkins with members of your household
  • Have a neighborhood jack-o’-lantern contest
  • Tour a neighborhood yard and home displays with household members
  • Decorate your house, apartment, or living space
  • Make your own Halloween candy or caramel apples
  • Have a Halloween scavenger hunt in or around your home

Halloween pin-spo

A spooky collection of Halloween-inspired pins for seasonal decor, activities, food, drinks, costumes, and more – click image to view:

However you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, be safe, be kind, be spooktacular!




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