Tricks and treats abound

Emma Green, 9, of Veneta, searches for pumpkins during a school field trip to E.Z. Orchards in Salem.

Spooks and scares are just around the corner when Halloween arrives. In the meantime, local merchants and organizations are cooking up some fun for everyone. 

Friday, Oct. 25

Boo Fest Family Halloween Carnival, at Salem Gymnastics Center, 2775 19th Street S.E., Salem, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per child. General entry receives five game tickets with prizes (all games are one ticket each) costume and coloring contest, and one bag of candy. Doors open at 5:30. For more information visit

Halloween Bingo at the Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road N.E., Salem, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, for more information visit

Saturday, Oct. 26

Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Collectibles Horrorween Comicfest, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Collectibles, 3856 River Road N. Disney Artist William Langley will be signing artwork and telling tales of his days working at Disney studios. The Cherry City Bombers invite all cars to come out and decorate their trunks. The event is free but non-perishable food donations are requested.

Children’s Halloween Party at Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. The registration fee includes one souvenir photo per family, crafts, activities and treats. Costumes are encouraged. Children (12 and under) are $5 and adults are $2 each. For more information visit

Spooktacular Family-Fun at Natrual Grocers, 4250 Commercial St. SE, Salem. Fun family trick or treat celebration. For more information visit

Sunday, Oct. 27

Anniversary & Halloween Psychic Fair from 3 – 6 p.m. at Journeys A Center for Your Soul, 805 Liberty St NE, Suite 2. A yearly Halloween/anniversary event where readers, intuitives, psychics, healers and others offer the opportunity to re-align essences. Entry is free but prices vary per practitioner.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Annual Halloween Kids Concert and Family Fundraiser Carnival, 3 – 6 p.m. in the Chemeketa Community College Auditorium, 6 E Campus Loop, Salem. The event will start with a music program and 13 activity booths will follow the concert.

Trunk or Treat at Keizer Christian Church, 6945 Wheatland Rd. N., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat for the neighborhood, in the event of rain the festivities will be taken indoors.