Spirit of Halloweentown: 2023 Information! An Oregon Halloween town on the Columbia River with a month-long Halloween themed festival celebration! Located in the Pacific Northwest city of St. Helens where Halloweentown (Amazon Double Feature), the Disney movie was actually filmed.
2023 Dates & Information
It’s almost time!
September 16th – October 31st, 2023
Be ready for October 2023 here in St Helens, Oregon. Zip code 97051.
Everything is going as planned for Halloweentown this year!
When is the Big Halloween Parade?
Saturday October 7th, 2023
When Do They Light The Big Pumpkin?
The big pumpkin at courthouse plaza will be lit up on the first Saturday in October. That will be on Saturday October 7th, 2023 after the Big Halloween Parade.
Courthouse Plaza at The Historic Riverfront District
275 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR (map)
General Admission Ticket Prices
Weekend tickets are not free. In fact, they are quite over priced and have fees on top of that. You may buy them online here. It’s a bit confusing but keep clicking around until you figure it out.
Weekend ticket prices: $45 + $4.82 in “fees”. Isn’t a ticket a fee?
You must buy tickets if you plan on attending on the weekend.
To make it sound like a good deal, they include some basic stuff that should be included anyways.
General Admission Includes:
Mermaids & Unicorns
Whispers on the Water
The Big Halloween Exhibit
Nightmare on 4th Street Decorated Home Tour
All the other stuff has huge add-on prices from $25-$250. Good luck figuring it out.
Parking is NO LONGER included with your General Admission ticket for weekends. You must buy it separately.
Parking Info and Cost:
Weekday Parking: Monday through Friday, parking is free. Use any city lot.
Nothing is really going on during the weekdays but they would love for you to come feel like you got a good deal and spend money in town.
Weekend Parking: $15 if bought online and $20 if you pay when you get there.
Weekend Lot Hour: 9:45am – 9pm
More Fees: They brag that you “save $5 when you buy online” but when you buy online there is a $2.85 fee on top of the $15.
Weekend Parking Lot
1810 Old Portland Road
St. Helens, OR 97051
From there you will take a shuttle to the main event area.
You are not to park in residential areas.
They are vigilant and may have you towed.
This is their town, not yours.
They do not want to be interrupted because you don’t have a free parking offer on weekends.
Can I Bring a Pet?
They say “we don’t want you to bring a pet if it is avoidable and if you do they need to be well behaved and not barking and in your control at all times”. So the answer is yes, You may bring a “well behaved dog on a leash” as far as walking around town but they may not be allowed in all attractions. If your dog is acting up they may ask you to leave it in the car.
Anyone with any common sense would not bring a dog to an event like this and anyone who does is likely self centered, unaware and dose not care about others around them. Leave your dogs at home. Even your pretend service animals.
Don’t forget to wear your Halloween Costume
Yes, many people dress up for Halloweentown and it’s always fun to show off your costume.
Every weekend day at 1:30pm there is a costume contest. Anyone may join the festivities.
Here are our top picks for this years Halloween Costumes available from Amazon!
You do not have many options for local lodging in this small town of St. Helens. Here are the few recommended options that will be sold out fast.
Be sure to call because operations may be different with the “current situation”.
- Best Western Oak Meadows Inn (503) 397-3000
- Motel 6 at Village Inn Restaurant (503) 397-1490
- Deer Island Manor
- Nobb Hill B&B
Whatever you do, don’t stay in Portland! You may end up wanting to move there but we can give you 47 reasons not to move to Portland.
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. Yes, that’s right, a town that celebrates Halloween all month long! The actual name of the city is St. Helens, Oregon. It is located on Highway 30 in Columbia County in the Columbia Gorge. This area is so beautiful, it is worth the drive alone. It is located between Portland and the coast, so if you wanted to make a beach day out of the trip, you could stay in a local hotel overnight.
The events take place every weekend in October at the Courthouse Plaza in the Historic Riverfront District. It’s quite epic for a small Oregon town.
Photo Credit Facebook
Spirit of Halloweentown Events and Attractions
Here are a few special events with limited dates.
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
- Tractor Rides
- Family Fun
- Pumpkin Patch
- 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!
Be prepared to see a lot of great Halloween costumes, pumpkin carvings, spooky decorations, creative local businesses, and more! Many great photo ops, street performances, treasure hunts, and more. An enjoyable weekend packed full of family fun in Halloween Town, St. Helens, Oregon.
How did Halloweentown Start?
It all goes back to 1997 when a Disney film crew showed up to the Oregon city of 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 Halloween themed month-long celebration 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?
No. Not anymore. They started charging due to “safety concerns” somewhere after Covid. It is now very overpriced. We covered ticket prices above.
Is Halloween Town ADA accessible?
Because the event takes place all over town and not at any specific location it is a mixed answer. Yes, many places are ADA accessible but no many places outside are not. For instance the plaza itself is grass and some other locations are gravel or have stairs without elevators.
ADA parking is also available but you must buy a parking ticket online before they direct you to the spot in town.
Watch the video! It’s a great place for the kids and family!
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