What are the odds that Halloween would fall on a Saturday with a full moon? Those of us who love spooky season was on track for a great Halloween celebration. Then in March, the pandemic hit and everyone’s plans for Halloween parties and trick-or-treating in the traditional way went out the window. Have no fear (pun intended), spooky season isn’t totally canceled in Central Oregon. We’ve compiled a list of Halloween activities taking place throughout the area.
Halloween Activities in Central Oregon 2020
Sunriver Park-It Cinemas – Hocus Pocus
Unfortunately, Halloween in The Village is canceled, but the event producers aren’t leaving us empty-handed. Sunriver Park-It Cinemas will be showing Halloween favorite “Hocus Pocus” under the stars, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your own vehicle on Friday, October 23. The movie begins at dusk, with parking open from 5:30-6:45pm. Current government mandates allow 200 people with reservations required.
High Desert Halloween
Celebrate Halloween at the High Desert Museum! Visit the Museum to hear spooky stories that will make your knees tremble, uncover myths about not-so-wicked wildlife and visit the Miller family and explore their spooky traditions from the early 20th century. Costumes are encouraged and please remember to wear face coverings instead of a costume mask. This event takes place on Saturday, October 24 from 10am – 1pm and is free with admission. Museum tickets are available for reservation now!
Old Mill District Halloween Photo Stations
The Old Mill District won’t be handing out candy on October 31 this year, but you can still get in the holiday spirit Saturday, October 24 – Friday, October 30 from 11am to 6pm. Wear your costumes at the Old Mill District and visit six unique photo stations throughout the area. Photo stations will be three-dimensional, but people are asked not to touch them. Station themes include:
- Harry Potter’s 9 ¾ Platform
- Star Wars
- Lollipop Land
- Fall Harvest
- Pets in Costume
Take photos and selfies at the various photo stations at your leisure during these six days. Share your photos by tagging @oldmilldistrict on Facebook and Instagram or by emailing them to email@example.com. Shared photos will be entered to will prizes of Old Mill District gift cards worth $100-$200, 19 prizes will be awarded!
Rocky Horror Picture Show 45th Anniversary Screening
Fans of the cult classic will still be able to do the “Time Warp”, but with Covid precautions in place, of course. The movie will be introduced by a special taped message from actor Barry Bostwick, who plays Brad. Attendees will be able to buy commemorative Rocky Horror logo face masks for $15. The film is rated R, which means this one is just for the adults! Watch Rocky Horror at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Saturday, October 31 at 8pm.
Downtown Bend Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Downtown Dares
All month long, Scavenger Hunters can find items on the Halloween Scavenger Hunt list in Downtown Bend and be entered to win $50 in Downtown Dollars. Find an item from the list and take a photo of it or a selfie next to it. Post the photo to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #downtownbend and #bendhalloweenhunt2020. You can have up to 12 entries, one for each item. Winners will be selected the first week of November!
For the Halloween Dares, perform dares from the list and post them on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #downtownbend and #downtowndares2020. You can have up to 7 entries, one for each dare. Two winners will be selected during the first week of November for $50 in Downtown Dollars each!
Spooky Season is Still On in Sunriver
If you aren’t feeling up to heading out to celebrate this Halloween, renting a Sunriver vacation home and having a scary movie marathon is another great way to get in the holiday spirit this year. Imagine this – the wind blowing through the pine trees, the night sky filled with the light from a full moon – it’s the perfect recipe for a Halloween at “home”.
We look forward to more traditional Halloween celebrations next year, fingers crossed. In the meantime, we’re all doing our best to make the most out of the situation. Happy Halloween from Sunriver!