Spirit of Halloweentown: 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 , the Disney movie was actually filmed.
2020 Information (not canceled)
Everything is going as planned for Halloweentown this year!
Be ready for October 2020 here in St Helens, Oregon.
Yes, that’s right. They have not backed down during the Covid-19 Pandemic and their websites claim they are going on as scheduled.
September 26 – November 1, 2020
Not a single mention of lockdowns, SARS, safety precautions, anything. Because it is Halloween, everyone will be wearing masks already.
Courthouse Plaza at The Historical Riverfront District
275 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR (map)
$10, lot closes at 9pm.
451 Plymouth Street, St. Helens, OR 97051
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.
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Many events are free and many cost money. More details below.
However, you can buy the “One Big Ticket” for $45 + $3.25 transaction fee and it is good for 2 days on the weekend of your choice.
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.
- Best Western Oak Meadows Inn (503) 397-3000
- Motel 6 at Village Inn Restaurant (503) 397-1490
- Deer Island Manor Site
- Nobb Hill B&B Site
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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.
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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.
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Spirit of 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.
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- 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?
Yes and no. For one, nothing is free, and you know that. Parking is so limited that it 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 are on the official website above.
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