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Where to Find the Best Family Halloween Activities in Bend
Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. The leaves have turned, the air feels crisp, and we can’t wait to stock up on our favorite treats and find this years’ Halloween costume. As we await All Hallows Eve, here are a few of our favorite Halloween activities in Bend, Oregon this year. We promise they’ll be fun for the whole family!
Halloween Activities in Bend This Year:
Head to the Pumpkin Patch | Opens September 30th
It’s time to get our pumpkins! Take a drive out to DD Ranch for a nostalgic day picking pumpkins with your children. If you haven’t been, DD Ranch is only forty minutes away and features pumpkins, squash, corn, potatoes, and rhubarb you can pick yourself and bring home. Homemade wreaths are also available for sale. DD Ranch is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Not too far away, Smith Rock Ranch opens up each October with pumpkin picking, corn mazes, pumpkin cannons, pony rides, live music, and food for the whole family. There will be archery contests, a petting zoo, a train ride, a hay maze, and a farmers market complete with every fall fruit and vegetable you could desire. Check the website for updated hours of operation.
Attend the Fall Festival | October 6th-8th, 2017
This year, First Interstate Bank is putting on a free Fall Festival in downtown Bend. Festivities include performances by local bands, gallery events featuring local artists, and arts and crafts projects including pumpkin painting and face painting. Local street vendors will provide fall food and Deschutes Brewery and Atlas Cider will be pouring drinks. Fall Festival runs October 6th from 5 PM to 11 PM, October 7th from 11 AM to 11 PM, and October 8th from 11 AM to 5 PM. We hope to see you there!
Join the Great Pumpkin Race | October 8th, 2017
The seventh annual Great Pumpkin Race will take place October 8th at C.E. Lovejoy’s Market in Brookswood Meadow Plaza. Enjoy food, music, pumpkin painting, and a costume contest for a fun run and 5k the whole family will enjoy. The fun run is $5 to enter and is suitable for children of all ages. It starts at 10:30 AM. The 5k is $15 for kids under 12, and $20 for adults. Register to join the fun and don’t forget to get your raffle tickets—there will be prizes! Best of all, all proceeds benefit Elk Meadow Elementary.
Listen to Ghost Stories | October 28th
One of our favorite events of the season, the High Desert Museum will be putting on Tales of Hallows’ Eve, interactive ghost stories for kids of all ages. Wear your costumes to hear dramatic readings featuring live animals and surprises you’ll never forget.
Attend a Halloween Party | October 28th
For one of the best Halloween activities in Bend, leave it to McMenamins. Known for their quirky venue and eccentric events, McMenamins will be hosting a costume party at the Old St. Francis School. Held in the theater that’s rumored to be haunted, this party features Latin group ¡Chiringa! followed by DJ Spinzella. This one’s just for the adults, so stop by if you’re aged 21 or older.
No matter which Halloween activities you plan to attend this year, don’t forget to stop by Cascade Village. Our shops have costumes, candy, and everything you need to get into the spirit.