St. Helens, OR – It’s that time of year when you drive down St Helens Columbia Blvd and scarecrows adorn the outside of many local businesses. You can even join in the fun by voting online for the Spirit of Halloweentown Scarecrow Contest which starts on October 6th. 2018 marks twenty years since the movie Halloweentown was filmed in St. Helens. The whole county has jumped in to help celebrate. The month-long celebration put on by the City of St.Helens is called the Spirit of Halloweentown complete with ticketed events and some free activities centered down at the Riverfront. Other nonprofits are putting on Halloween or Fall events to provide fun for locals and tourists alike.
Parades bring the community together kicking off the festivities. Two local businesses, American Family Insurance, Heather Epperly & Pat Olson, Guild Mortage have banded together to put on the 3rd Annual Spirit of Halloweentown Parade on October 6th at 6:00 PM starting at Hwy 30 & Columbia Blvd down parade path to Dockside. The Little Spooks Parade sponsored by The Chronicle happens every year downtown St Helens right after the Children’s Fair at 4:00 PM.
Both the Caples House located in Columbia City and St Frederics in St. Helens are holding Fall Festivals the weekend of Oct 6th. Caples House starts at noon with Free Admission until 5:00 PM. Historic flair complete with food, activities, vendor booths, cider press, silent auction, raffles, and music. St Frederic Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch is over a two day weekend Oct 6th & Oct 7th with great food, horse rides (weather permitting), hayrides, indoor games, picture spots, locally grown pumpkins for sale and more open Saturday 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM and Sunday 10;30am -4:00 PM at 175 South 13th Street, St. Helens, OR.
Local nonprofits like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) are hosting events like the Halloween Inverted Experience on the weekends during the month for $10.00 Admission. They have also launched a free mobile app to explore St Helens called The Great Halloween Hunt to help you locate the various haunted spots, movie filming locations, family-friendly activities, and more. To Participate; download the Actionbound application from your mobile app store. Search for The Great Halloween Hunt and download the bound. From there you will be able to select which area/attractions you want to start exploring first. SHEDCO is giving away prizes see their facebook event page for more details.
Every weekend you’ll find our local Shoestring Players at their new location giving tours and performances with a different show on every weekend in October. Tickets will be on sale online and at the ticket booth in the Rose Garden Park in front of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse. The Columbia County Museum Association is also giving tours of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse on October 13th & October 20th from 1:30-4:15 PM first come first served line up on steps donation $3.00 suggested. The Courthouse was featured as City Hall in Halloweentown and the courtroom was home to Mayor Kalabar’s office. There will also be several photo opportunities.
At the end of the month, the St Helens Kiwanis Club Children’s Fair provides free entertainment for kids, Trick or Trunks is put on by the local Moose Club from 2-5 on 20th and in Rainier Oregon on Oct 28th sponsored by Hometown Pizza will keep your family busy this month!
Looking for a spooky run a 3 k or 6 k? The Graveyard Run starts at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery on Oct 27th at 9:00 AM. This event is spookily good.
Some fun just for adults 21 and older includes the Boos Cruise an event sponsored by South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct 27th from 7:30- 9:30 PM purchase tickets online. If you in the mood for a Masquerade Charity Ball, Windermere Foundation, hosts a party with great food, music, costumes and chance to raise funds for a local nonprofit.
You’ll find more ticketed events such as Gothic Party, Celebrity Photo Ops, and more. To get a full view of Halloweentown events sponsored by the City of St. Helens and to purchase tickets go to the Offical Spirit of Halloween Agenda on www.discovercolumbiacounty.com.