Trick or Treat the Shops!
Artist's Palette Studio
Dancing Weasel Toy Store
17th Street between Oak & Willamette
All Hallows Eugene
Trick or treat in Downtown Eugene – locations will be marked with orange and black balloons
Scary Storytime at the Eugene Public Library
Masquerade of Munchkins starts at the Eugene Public Library
Route: Noisette, Red Wagon, Voodoo Doughnuts, and ending at Kesey Square at 6 pm
City Hall Trick or Treat
Springfield Public Library
225 5th Street, Springfield, OR 97477
A safe, dry and fun place to trick or treat! Returning this year, kids and parents can join magician and balloon animal expert Jay Frasier in the main City Hall lobby for a free performance starting at 3:30. Residents are encouraged to bring their kids in costume and have some fun walking from department to department collecting goodies.
TRUNK OR TREAT
Willamette Christian Center
2500 W. 18th, Eugene
Community Harvest Party
Fairfield Baptist Church
399 Elmira Road, Eugene
We have over 20 Game Booths, Prizes, Candy, Face Painting, Crafts, and Fun for the Whole Family!!
Living Grace Church of Haunts:
Haunted House For All Ages
6pm - 9pm
Living Grace Christian Fellowship
1090 Berntzen Rd, Eugene
A Haunted "Carnival" Theme House, a fun filled evening of treats, haunts, mazes and all sorts of carnival fun! Sponsored and held by Living Grace Christian Fellowship.
Harvest Time at Harlow
County Farm Road, Eugene
An alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating. Fun carnival games, cake walk, dunk tank, Zany Zoo Pets! Hot dogs and Chili available for $1 each. Cookies & chips are free!
Community Harvest Party
Crossfire Family Worship Center
942 28th Street, Springfield
Free games, prizes & candy!
Eugene Christian Fellowship
89780 N Game Farm Rd, Eugene (between Crescent and Coburg Rd)
Join us for games, prizes, concessions and CANDY! Don't miss our costume contest and cake walk! Fun for everyone. Invite all your friends and family
Cloudy with rain. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the low 40s. 100% chance of precipitation. 7MPH winds from the SW. Forecast for Eugene, Oregon on Friday, October 31, courtesy of Accuweather.
Are you surprised?
Let’s embrace it!
We love Oregon and there’s so much we can do and enjoy in light of the puddles.
Trick or Treat in a location where the candy is close together
Neighborhoods with driveways close together, a Trunk or Treat event (many large churches host an event like this, comment below if you know of one we haven’t included), Downtown Eugene, or Valley River Center. Check out our Fall Picks article from last week for descriptions of these events.
Rainproof your Trick-or-Treaters
Add layers for warmth: even if the top layer of the costume gets soggy, waterproof layers underneath (UnderArmor, ski gear, etc.) can keep kids from getting chilled.
Warm hands and feet equal happy kids: unless the costume requires a specific shoe, rain boots or waterproof shoes will keep feet happy (don’t forget wool socks!). If your kids insist on a certain shoe, get them to wear plastic bags over their feet. Add a pair of waterproof gloves and you're good for the evening.
Add an umbrella: choose a bubble shaped one with a hook so your kids can hang their candy bag from the handle (and the bubble shape keeps them from poking out eyeballs).
Stay home and have an impromptu party
Many kids age 3 and under really could care less what day it is and are too young to embrace all that this holiday is about. Rather than drag them around on a wet walk with their older sibling(s), enjoy time at home with them while the other parent ventures out with the older kids. Invite other families to do the same, pick up some of those cheap take-n-bake pumpkin-shaped pizzas at Papa Murphy’s, and enjoy these easy, last-minute activities together:
Games and Crafts: Follow our GoMomGo Pinterest and find: paper plate Spiders, decorating a giant felt pumpkin with face pieces, and lots more!
Decorate pumpkins: often kids this age are too young to carve a pumpkin, so here’s an opportunity for them to decorate in an age-appropriate way. Ideas: Go to the Dollar store and get stick-on mustaches and fake glasses, pull out the paint and go for it, or (our favorite) pull out the Mr. Potato Head pieces and go nuts!
Music and dancing: take the time to teach your kids some finger-plays and classic songs. Also try searching for the “Children’s Halloween” playlist on Pandora or “Children’s Halloween Party” on Spotify to liven up the mood!
Finally, if you’re concerned about the thousands of grams of sugar your household just inherited in one night, we have a great alternative for you! GoMomGo has teamed up with some local military families to send unopened candy to our soldiers overseas! Email us to get info on a drop-off location.
How awesome are those ideas? & the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin? Adorable! Thanks, Christy!
Tomorrow on our Facebook page you can share pictures of your little creatures (& animals & Elsas :) We would love to see how you celebrate!
No matter what you decide to do for Halloween, we hope that you have a super safe & super fun time!
Christy Rice is a mom to two great boys. They love to explore all that Lane County has to offer & share their adventures with GoMomGo.
We're super excited to introduce our newest GoMomGo blogger, Megan! Here she is in her own words:
Hey there! I'm Megan, and I am so excited to be joining Emily here on GoMomGo! I have used the resources she's gathered here to take my kiddos on adventures for several years, and am thrilled to be able to contribute!
Here's a bit about me: My background is in early childhood education, and I spent the seven years between college (Go Beavers!) and kiddos teaching in Springfield, mostly fourth grade.
I've been married for eight years, and have two sons - Henry is three and a half, and Oliver is ten weeks old.
My heart beats strongly for baking (NOT cooking), coffee, moms learning from moms, community based living, second hand shopping, reading, education, superlatives, and covering my boys faces with Chapstick coated kisses. I'm so excited to be here!
We are so excited too, Megan!
Keep an eye out on Wednesdays for Megan's Happy Adventuring posts about great stuff to do in & around Lane County!
Today we're super excited to announce an awesome giveaway! Universal Home Entertainment is offering 10 families a free DVD of their new movie Beethoven's Treasure Tail!
Comment below with your favorite family movie. You'll be entered to win a DVD (plus we'll all have a bunch of fun movies to add to our lists!).
Beethoven's Treasure Tail...
Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America's favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven's Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bretton Manley (Ted), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it's a heartwarming "tail" about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.
Comment on our Facebook post, too, for more chances to win!
We'll announce the winners Tuesday October 28 on our Facebook page!
Hi friends! I'm super excited to share a fun museum today for a few reasons: 1. our family really enjoys it. 2. I totally think it's a hidden Eugene gem. 3. it's rarely ever crowded, which is so very nice with littles.
Maybe you've already been there? It's the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the University of Oregon campus. If you've never visited, or if it's been a long time, here are some reasons that I think you should check it out soon.
The MNCH is a nice smallish size, which makes it feel very do-able. There are plenty of hands-on things for littles to manipulate, as well as lots of interesting reading material for grownups. With exhibits on topics like archeology, ecology, and paleontology, there is something interesting for everyone to check out. High powered microscopes, stuffed animals (the kind that used to be alive, not the kind you can snuggle), high interest artifacts, and the world's oldest shoes (true story!) are all part of the fun. Littles can put on lab coats to collect rocks and dig for fossils, and there are backpacks at the front counter that you can check out for free. They have some fun extension activities in them, although my 3.5 year old was mostly interested in wearing the vest and carting around the puppet.
Even though we've visited the MNCH four times in the past six months, my kiddo was very happy to spend a solid hour exploring the exhibits. I can hear you thinking, "who wants to drag their littles down to fight the campus traffic for an hour long activity?" I know. Not me. So here's how we like to extend our visit and make the trek down to campus (sort of a lot of work) more worth the while: we pack a picnic lunch and spend the morning wandering around the UO. There is so much excitement to be found: plenty of green spaces to run, lots of people for people watching, steps and ledges to climb and balance on, and there's always some construction if your kiddos are into that (and whose aren't, really?) The museum plus a meal plus a ton of wandering could make for a very long nap - wahoo! Or at least some happy and cultured kiddos. :)
One special highlight for preschoolers is the MNCH's 'Little Wonders' program. It's on the second Friday of each month at 10:30, and it costs $5 per family (2 kids) or free for Science Factory members. Each month is a different theme, such as butterflies, volcanoes, or teeth. They read a story (caution: it's usually pretty wordy, but they project the pictures up on a wall), then do some really fun and very age appropriate crafts. It's a very well organized event, and I've never seen more than a dozen kids there. We love it!
Parking: The MNCH has it's own little lot on 15th Ave, which is free. However, you have to go into the museum, get a pass, and go back out to put it on your dash, which is sort of a pain when you're corralling littles.
Food: no food to buy, and they don't let you eat inside anyway.
Resting/nursing spots: lots of benches throughout the building
Cost: general admission $5, kids 3-18 $3, kids 2 and under are free
***There are tons of opportunities to visit the MNCH for free:
*The first Friday of every month is free
*Every weekend with a home Duck football game is free
*Science Factory members get in free anytime
Time Frame: 60 minutes, 90 if you have littles who are old enough to read
There is a gift shop, but I don't really know what's in it since I avoid it like the plague - no need to ruin a perfectly lovely museum trip with my toddler breaking some expensive artifact replica. I DO know that they don't sell food. :)
With all of the material gathered in this little museum, this is an educational yet fun outing, even if you (like me) don't know anything about the giant sabertooth salmon (it's for reals!) Grab some friends and go! Happy Adventuring!
Just The Facts:
Museum or Natural and Cultural History
1680 E. 15th Ave. Eugene, 97403
Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
General Admission: $5
FREE admission to the public on the first Friday of the month
Seniors (62+): $3
Youth (3-18): $3
Families (2 adults and up to 4 youth): $10
Children (2 and under): FREE
Museum Store only: FREE
MNCH Members, UO Students, Faculty, and Staff, and ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) Members: FREE (with ID).
The cooler days bring crisp apples, pumpkin treats, and Instagram photos of vintage-y barns, colorful leaves and hayrides. Grab your little ones and go enjoy some of our favorite FREE autumn experiences throughout the Eugene area! For information about Lane County’s corn mazes and other seasonal events, visit here.
Apple Daze at Deterring Orchards
30946 Wyatt Drive in Harrisburg
Every Saturday and Sunday through October
Animal corral, hay rides, playground, apple blaster, treasure mining, music and antique farm equipment.
Free apple cobbler and fresh cider samples.
U-Pick fruit from the orchards and seasonal produce.
Vintage Market vendors to shop for fall décor!
*GoMomGo tip: The samples, the play area, the little goats, and the browsing all offer ample opportunities to enjoy family time without spending a dollar! But if you plan on doing your produce shopping at Deterring (do it…your dollars will go a long way) plan to buy $20 worth of produce so you get free tickets to the Apple Blaster (and your kids will adore you!). U-pick pumpkins are $.19/lb and u-pick/bulk apples seemed to be around $.60-.80/lb. Overall, Deterring’s produce prices are some of the best we’ve seen anywhere in Lane County.
Pumpkin Carving at Red Wagon Creamery
55 W. Broadway
October 27-30, from 3-5PM
Red Wagon Creamery hosts demos led by artists from The Watershed Arts Foundation. The first 100 youth get free pumpkins from local farms to carve, and everyone learns the history of pumpkin carving and gets 50 cents off a Red Wagon ice cream treat.
Haunted Market at 5th Street Public Market
296 E. 5th Avenue
October 30-31, from 6-8PM
Prepare for two nights of trick-or-treating, face painting, spooky story-tellers, a photo booth, and fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE if you bring 3 cans of food to support Food For Lane County ($3/person otherwise).
Friday, October 31
There are a number of organizations throughout Eugene who host a collective trick-or-treat experience for the family to enjoy:
Willamette Christian School
Friday, October 31 from 5:30-7PM
There will be up to 40 cars decorated for a fun and safe family trick or treat experience all set up in the WCS parking lot (2500 W. 18th Avenue in Eugene). It’s TRUNK or Treat!
Valley River Center
Friday, October 31 from 6-8PM
Bring your kids to VRC to trick-or-treat throughout the mall! A great indoor option in case the weather is soggy!
Friday, October 31 from 3-6PM
Locations will be marked with orange and black balloons. At 5:30, join the Masquerade of Munchkins at the Eugene Public Library and follow the route to Noisette, Red Wagon, Voodoo Doughnuts, and end at Kesey Square at 6PM.
We're super excited to have a new blogger joining us at GoMomGo! Megan Defferding's posts, called Happy Adventuring, will be a mix of fun things she & her kiddos do in & around Eugene & also some awesome things that they do when they stay at home. We'll tell you more about her soon but trust us, you're going to love her!
Here's Megan's first post about Jerry's Fire Safety Event...
Last weekend was Jerry's Fire Safety event. Jerry's is a local, employee-owned Lane County bastion of all things home improvement related. Since October is fire prevention month, every year Jerry's hosts a big, family friendly event, usually on the first Saturday of October.
Keep your eyes open for it next year - it's not advertised super well - I usually just see it on their reader board in front of their store. (and we'll keep you up to date on GoMomGo, too!)
They bring in all sorts of rescue vehicles - an ambulance, two fire trucks, a helicopter, a rural rescue truck, a rescue boat, and a vintage fire truck. They are all open and the kids can climb inside.
We spent a little over two hours checking everything out, and we could have stayed longer if a serious case of toddler hangriness hadn't taken over. There is a bounce house and a bounce slide, as well as some tunnels for smaller kids to climb through. You can try on a fire fighter's uniform, watch a puppet show, spray a fire hose, practice climbing out of windows, and watch a car being cut open with the jaws of life. It's all very impressive and fun.
Bathrooms: inside Jerry's
Food: available for purchase - Burrito Amigos, hot dogs, and coffee
Resting/nursing spots - none, except for parking lot curbs
Time frame: two-ish hours
Leave me a comment if there's anything you'd like to see featured here on GoMomGo! Happy Adventuring!
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