What to do in Portland (Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2022)
GO: The Nitemare B4 Christmas
The Saloon Ensemble is back for another live performance of Danny Elfman’s score for The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Tim Burton-crafted tale from director Henry Selick about the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. The event includes songs, a costume contest and a shouting contest (eee!). Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Thursday to Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, October 27 to 30. $15 to $30.
GO: RIP City
Oregon’s only strip club haunted house has made a comeback after a two-year pandemic hiatus, but this time the inspiration for its ever-evolving theme didn’t come from slasher films, time travel fantasies or deadly sins. In 2022, the scariest thing organizers could think of was their own hometown. RIP City is, yes, you guessed it: based on the disastrous reputation our downtown has earned. This means dancers from the Guilty Pleasures Gentlemen’s Club will pose amidst graffiti, needles, dumpster fires and discarded mattresses. It’s part sexy, part scary, and 100% Portland Weird. Guilty Pleasures Gentlemen’s Club, 13639 SE Powell Blvd., 503-760-8128, eventbrite.com. 10 p.m. Thursday to Monday, October 27 to 31. General admission $20, VIP $30. 21+.
DANCE: Freaky Deaky Portland
Calling all local freaks: The event billed as “Halloween’s most notorious electronic music festival” is back for its second year and promises to be weirder than ever. Freaky Deaky, the dance party/costume ball that started in Houston four years ago, takes over the Portland Expo Center for two nights, with a lineup that includes LA DJ Svdden Death, world bass queen CloZee and the hypnotic techno sensation LSDream. Don’t forget to come dressed to new, the theme is spooky and sexy. Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, freakydeakypdx.com. 6 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, October 28 and 29. $59.50 to $107. 18+.
GO: Cosmic Circus
The band that produced everything from the world’s biggest cover party to a rave on a plane in the middle of a forest, is helping you celebrate Halloween in the weirdest way possible this year. Murderboat is teaming up with Code Name to bring Cosmic Circus to Alberta Abbey, where you can explore an otherworldly market that includes everything from contortionists to space-age springs to clowns. There will be tech and bass house beats spun by local DJs, a cotton candy machine, a teahouse serving alien elixirs, alien karaoke and the infamous Ball Pit of Doom. Enter if you dare (a warning that applies to any ball pit, really). Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta Street, assassinboat.com. 9 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, October 28 and 29. $45 to $80.
WATCH: Provoking the Film Festival
Cinemagic loves a good retrospective, and this one promises to be a doozy. This is a series of horror films all directed by women, including Rawthe directorial debut of French provocateur Julia Ducournau (who would later win the top prize at Cannes for Titaniumaka The movie where a woman is impregnated by her car). Cinemagic, 2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., thecinemagictheater.com. Multiple sessions Friday-Thursday, Oct. 28.-Nov. 3 $7-$9.
LISTEN: Halloween Organ Spooktacular
Of The Exorcistfrom the dizzying tubular bells to the eerie piano score of Halloween franchise, scary movie soundtracks can be as iconic as their characters. But perhaps few instruments are more associated with horror movies than the organ. Trinity Music rightly demonstrates that during this event, where a team of four organists play a range of frightening music, like that of Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Böellmann’s macabre Gothic Suite. There will also be less terrifying Halloween carols. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded via a free raffle. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., trinity-episcopal.org/music-series. 7 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Free.
GO: Dia de Los Muertos
If Halloween is about fearing the tortured souls of the deceased, Día de los Muertos is the exact opposite: the holiday is a tribute to friends and family who have passed away. You can learn more about Mexican tradition at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, which will have a customary altar displaying ceramic implements, masks, seashells, and other cultural artifacts. You can also expect live music, dancing and an exhibition titled Indigenous voices, with works by Orquidia Violeta, Luis Jimenez Castro, Abdiel Flores Ubaldo and Hampton Rodriguez. After visiting Walters, head downtown to experience the Hillsboro Art Walk First Tuesday, as the two events luckily coincide. Walters Cultural Center for the Arts, 527 E Main St., Hillsboro, 503-615-3485, hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 Free.