Halloweentown: Oregon’s month long Halloween festival celebration! Located in the small Pacific Northwest town of St. Helens where Haloweentown was actually filmed.
Nestled away on the beautiful Columbia River in the Northwest quadrant of Oregon, just 30 miles outside of Portland, you will find Halloweentown for the entire month of October. The actual name of the town is St. Helens just off Highway 30 in Columbia County.
The events take place every weekend in the month of October at the Courthouse Plaza in the Historical Riverfront District. It’s quite epic for a small Oregon town.
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Halloweentown Events and Attractions
These events are listed in no particular order. You must check the official Columbia County schedule for actual times and dates. Also note that these are not all free events. This information is also provided for you on the official documentation.
- Lighting of the Great Pumpkin
- Costume contests for humans and pets
- Live music
- Street performances
- Haunted tours
- Pumpkin patch
- Treasure hunts
- Pumpkin carving contest
- Pony rides
- Happy hours for adults
- Paranormal convention
- Hot Rod Hearse Rally
- Ghost talks
- Tarot card readings
- Face painting
- Celebrity meet and photo ops
- Giant scarecrows
- Lots of local food vendors
- And much more!
How did Halloweentown Start?
It all goes back to 1997, when a Disney film crew showed up to St. Helens to film a cult classic by the name of Halloweentown. The locals really got into the spirit of the set and decided to do a Hallowen themed month every year from then on out. Now the town transforms into a month long festival annually for kids and families from all around. They expect up to 10,000 people on a peak night in the month of October.
Is Halloweentown Free?
Yes and no. For one, nothing is free and you know that. There is such limited parking that is is highly likely you will be paying $10 to park in the designated lot then another $1 per person to ride the shuttle to Courthouse Plaza where the decorations are all set up. After that, one could call it free if you are just there to snap a few photos, people watch, the likes. But if you want to do any of the cool stuff, you will pay. Prices and dates can be found on the official website here.
Watch the video! It’s a great place for the kids and family!