What makes it unique: Portland’s pretty much Halloween year-round (vampire-themed vegan strip clubs, anyone?), so when one of America’s best drinking cities does Halloween, it does it right.
Portland’s a weird place, especially when it gets macabre. This is, after all, a city that has a haunted underground network called the Shanghai Tunnels where all manner of creepy kidnapping took place (take the haunted tour). There are also cemeteries that do tours of untimely departures and movie theaters showing old-school horror movies with live organ scores.
But back to that drinking. Venues here absolutely explode for All Hallows, and not just because there’s a zombie-themed take on SantaCon. The Crystal Ballroom -- Downtown’s biggest venue -- that hosts the PDX Erotic Ball, a combination adult costume party/burlesque extravaganza, plus fetish demonstrations, and more. Concert halls play host to full-costume cover bands, haunted houses like the enormous FrightTown -- the scariest thing to happen to the Rose Garden since Rasheed Wallace! -- offer up labyrinthine scares, theme bars like the horror-themed Lovecraft draw standing-room-only crowds of ghoulish dancers. Oh, and about those strip clubs (Portland’s the nation’s capital). They get spooky too, none more than Downtown’s Spyce, which hosts a fully nude take on the haunted house where ghouls pop out and say boo... bs. - Andy Kryza, Thrillist senior eat/drink editor