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Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend: In-Person Halloween Events, Movie Madness’ Reopening, and More

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by Mercury EverOut Staff

The Oregon Zoos Howloween scavenger hunt will teach kids about wildlife habitats and provide them with treat bags. If youre not a kid, go for the cute animal sightings and autumnal atmosphere.

The Oregon Zoo’s Howloween scavenger hunt will teach kids about wildlife habitats and provide them with treat bags. If you’re not a kid, go for the cute animal sightings and autumnal atmosphere. Oregon Zoo via Facebook

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If you want to stay home this Halloween, there’s no shortage of options for online events and indoor activities (many of which you’ll find in our guide to the best things to do at home this week, like the Rocky Horror-inspired dance film BloodyVox and The Blair Witch Parody). But if your costume is just too good not to be seen in public, we’ve curated some recommendations for socially distanced things to do in-person this Halloween weekend, as long as you’re wearing a mask (of the cloth variety, not a costume one, as the CDC advises!). See our picks below, from where to go on a trick-or-treating doughnut crawl to the best places to see the rare blue moon on Halloween, and from the timely return of Movie Madness to a Halloween skate pop-up at Lloyd Center. Plus, you can always check out our complete in-person and streaming calendars for even more options, or our guide to the best movies to stream this weekend.

HALLOWEEN
Catch a killer view of the rare blue moon on Halloween—it deserves to be fawned and howled over without obstruction. If you can get yourself to a national park, by all means do so, but there are also some great spots for optimal moon-gazing and supernatural transformations within the city. The secret ingredient here is hills—if you happen to know someone in Council Crest (you’re fancy), weave up its narrow lanes and gaze over the skyline. If not, a spot near the reservoir at Mount Tabor Park, a plot of concrete at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, or a picnic blanket-sized space at Portland’s oldest park, Washington Park will do great. For some dramatic gothic-style architecture as a backdrop, wander beneath the St. John’s Bridge at Cathedral Park (and maybe get a seasonal pumpkin shake from Burgerville while you’re in the neighborhood). Fun fact: This moon is particularly special because it will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II. (FYI, the moon won’t actually be blue in color, the name just refers to the occurrence of a second full moon within the span of a month.)

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