It’s almost time to dig out your favorite costume and get ready for a candy binge – Halloween is near! From pumpkin patches and haunted houses, to corn mazes and fun runs, there’s plenty going on all month long. Check out some fun events you won’t want to miss around Lane County:
Lone Pine Farms (Junction City): It’s pretty much impossible to not feel the Halloween spirit at Lone Pine Farms, with so many fun things happening! Ride the tractor to pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch, take a stroll through their famous corn maze or straw bale maze, ride the Cow Trail Trail Roller Coaster, or visit the petting barn. As always, you can stock up on plenty of seasonal fruits and veggies. Don’t forget your camera, as photo ops are plentiful around the farm.
Hentze Family Farm (Junction City): This certified Century Farm is featuring not only daytime hay rides to the pumpkin patch, but once the sun sets, there will be “Night Walks”, a maze, and a giant jack-o-lantern patch. Be sure to stop by on October 14 and 15 for Octoberfest, with tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), pony rides, crafts, live music, and the BBQ Cookhouse, serving up plenty of delicious treats including deep fried corn on the cob.
Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm (Pleasant Hill): Don’t be fooled by the name – Northern Lights is definitely more than just Christmas trees! Their Colonial Harvest Days celebration during the month of October features everything from a Harry Potter themed (mildly haunted) corn maze and pumpkin patch with more than 15 varieties of pumpkins, to pony rides, live music, pie eating contests, and the chance to learn about sailing on the Mayflower with their life-size version, the “Hayflower”.
Thistledown Farm (Junction City): As purveyors of Lane County’s largest pumpkin patch, Thistledown Farms is the place to go for Halloween pumpkins! During the weekends, you can take a draft horse wagon ride to the patch, or try the tractor drawn ride on weekdays. Say hello to the menagerie of farm animals, and don’t miss out on the free corn maze, kids hay maze, fresh apple cider, and fresh made slices of pie.
The Frightuary (Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene): This large-scale haunted attraction at the Lane County Fairgrounds tells two stories: the Carnival of Souls, a depraved circus complete with eerie clowns located at the Fairgrounds that was closed down due to its links to several unexplained disappearances along with Cryptwood Manor, the haunted mansion. Trek through this 12,000+ square foot haunted maze and take in terrifying special effects, illusions, and costumes. While all ages are welcome, it may be best to leave the little ones at home for this adventure.
Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon & 8K (Lebanon): What better way to burn off some Halloween candy you may already be snacking on than running a half marathon or 8K around the South Santiam River? The Runaway Pumpkin brings over 1,000 runners, walkers, and volunteers together at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon on Saturday, October 21 to raise awareness for ABC House, a child abuse intervention center serving Benton and Linn Counties (costumes are encouraged!).
Mad Scientists’ Halloween Extravaganza (The Science Factory, Eugene): The Science Factory invites you to step inside the mad scientists’ lab on Sunday, October 29 for eerie experiments, spooky science demos, haunted carnival games, and more. Don’t forget your costume, and be sure to check out the planetarium shows, food trucks, and pumpkin launches from the giant trebuchet on the front lawn.
Zombie Zoup 2 Mile Fun Run (Sweet Home): Zombies are out and about around Sweet Home on Saturday, October 28. Your objective: outrun them and get to your Zoup (Zombie soup) before they get you! The course includes 2 miles of Zombies, a haunted trail, and who knows what lurking inside the covered bridge. Outrace the Zombies then celebrate with 10 varieties of warm homemade Zombie Zoup at Jim Riggs Community Center.
Halloween Carnival (Willamalane’s Bob Keefer Center, Springfield): No matter what the weather does outside, it’s sure to be comfy inside the 97,000 square foot Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation on Halloween night! Stop by for sports with a Halloween twist, spooky carnival games, creepy crafts, and of course, sweet treats and candy, plus hot apple cider.
Haunted Market (5th St. Public Market, Eugene): Get the entire family dressed up and head to the 5th St. Public Market in Eugene October 30th and 31st for two nights of safe trick or treating! The Market will also feature giant professionally carved pumpkins, face painting, storytelling, and a photo booth, while collecting canned goods for FOOD for Lane County.