Spooky bedtime stories, haunted tours, a pumpkin festival and more featured Saturday in St. Helens and Scappoose

A girl and her mother craft designs on a pumpkin during the first session of the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission’s kids’ pumpkin painting activity on Oct. 13.
The commission will offer the activity again tomorrow, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Masonic Building in Old Town St. Helens. Photo courtesy of Michelle Tullock.

South Columbia County is bursting at the seams with events for people of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 20. The list of local offerings include:

Kids’ pumpkin painting: Noon to 4 p.m.; Masonic Building, ground floor, 231 S. First St., Old Town St. Helens; costumed volunteers help children can paint Halloween masterpieces on pumpkins; free, although donations of $2 a child is appreciated; proceeds benefit various public art projects in St. Helens; sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission.

Witches Brew and a Story, Too: 7 to 9 p.m.; Oak Meadows Inn Best Western or Americas Best Value Inn, both in St. Helens; a Halloween “tuck-in” story-time activity for children offered by staff from St. Helens Public Library; $20 a child, or $30 for two children; proceeds benefit the library; registration required; details: 503-397-4544; also offered Oct. 26-27.

Pumpkin Fest: 9 a.m. to dusk; Bernet Farms, 51372 Dike Road, Scappoose; pumpkin picking (more than 20 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds) kids’ hay maze, hay rides, farm animal “looking” zoo, pumpkin run, pumpkin games, bouncy castle, live music, food and beverage vendors, farmers’ market, “Find the Golden Pumpkin” contest ($100 prize), and a haunted corn maze from 7 to 10 p.m.; details: 971-506-8605, or www.bernetfarms.com.

St. Helens Haunted Tours: Offered every half hour beginning at 7 p.m.; meet at the gazebo in Columbia View Park, off Strand Street, Old Town; visit old haunts and re-live the secret, spooky and creepy history of St. Helens; presented by Shoestring Community Players; $10; details: 503-366-4406, or www.sscpmusicals.com; also offered Oct. 25-27.

Halloween Cruise/Haunted Boats: All day; city docks, located behind the county courthouse, Old Town St. Helens; presented by Columbia River Yachting Association; details: 253-312-1101; also offered Oct. 21.

Great Pumpkin Lighting: 6 p.m., Plaza Park, Old Town St. Helens.

Dogtoberfest: 3 to 7 p.m.; Columbia Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens; dog Halloween costume contest, games and prizes; bratwurst meal by Dockside Steak & Pasta with cookies by Houlton Bakery ($8), microbrews by Captured by Porches ($3); admission $5; proceeds benefit the shelter; donations of dry dog food, bleach and paper towels for the shelter will be accepted; details: 503-397-4353, or www.columbiahumane.org.

Mystery shopping: Noon-6 p.m.; shop at random businesses in Old Town St. Helens to win one of 10 $50 Target gift cards.

Haunted Hot Rod Cruise-in and Hearse Rally: Noon to 5 p.m., Plaza Square and Strand Street, Old Town St. Helens; dozens of haunted hot rods on display; free.

Fabulous Finds bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., home of Johneta Johnson, 58972 Ward Drive, St. Helens; Silpada jewelry, PartyLite candles, Watkins, River City Candy Company, holiday centerpieces by j.ann designs, cards by Johneta and Kathy, purses, scarfs and jewelry by Rochelle; details: 503-397-2292.

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Watershed council offers native plant sale

SCAPPOOSE – A large selection of native plants will be available for purchase during the annual Scappoose Bay Watershed Council fall plant sale Saturday, Oct. 6, at Scappoose High School.

The sale, which is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held behind the shop building, next to the baseball fields. Watershed council staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions about inventory, and help customers pick suitable plants for their property.

For a list of plants for sale, click here. The high school is located at 33700 S.E. High School Way.

For more information, contact Chas McCoy at 503-397-7904, or chas@scappoosebay-wc.org.

Car wash benefits Scappoose High band program

SCAPPOOSE — Band members from Scappoose High School will scrub down cars today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scappoose Middle School, 52265 S. Columbia River Hwy. Donations will be accepted for services.

Proceeds benefit the Scappoose High School band program.

Here is a special song to encourage a car-washing benefit state of mind:

Thank you, Columbia County law enforcement!

Today is National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day.

There are many excellent men and women in this country who put their lives in jeopardy every day to ensure that the public is protected from danger. We are fortunate to have a very respectable group of them right here in Columbia County who deserve our gratitude for their bravery and kindness.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. Officers get more thugs than hugs. So, if you encounter one today, consider giving them thanks for the difficult work they do.

Police agencies that service our community (click on names to visit agency Web sites):

Columbia City Police

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Scappoose Police

St. Helens Police

Rainier Police

Vernonia Police

For more information about National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day, click here.