Spirit of Halloweentown: 2022 Announced! 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.
2022 Dates & Information
It’s almost time!
September 17 – October 31, 2022
Be ready for October 2022 here in St Helens, Oregon.
Everything is going as planned for Halloweentown this year!
Yes, that’s right. Everything indicates they are going on as scheduled with no written-in-stone Covid-19 restrictions.
They say they “may” limit capacity on weekends so “buy your tickets early” but we know from last year’s dismal turn out this is just a marketing ploy.
They also say “we want you to wear masks in our city” so it sounds like this is a freedom of choice thing. No one truly wants to wear a mask outside unless of course, it is a Halloween mask.
Courthouse Plaza at The Historic Riverfront District
275 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR (map)
General Admission Ticket Prices
But there is an important update!
You must buy tickets if you plan on attending on the weekend this year.
You can buy tickets online.
Weekend tickets: $30-$40
We warn you. there is an add-on ticket for everything and even buying a simple weekend ticket is very confusing. You have to figure it out with their wall of text and 14 different ticket options on the checkout page. Good luck!
A new update, while they were selling General Admission Tickets for weekends only, and a separate package that had attractions, they now claim that “General Admission” includes some attractions.
The good news is it is cheaper than last year. Seems like they learned the hard way that ripping people off won’t bring crowds.
Another positive note, General Admission tickets do include Haunted House/Hotel and Whispers in the Woods however, you can buy those separately as well.
Prices are listed below.
Haunted House/Hotel Ticket Prices
Open 5 days a week, all ages. 4 and under are free.
Wednesday-Sunday: $10 – $25
Weekdays: Parking is free Monday through Friday.
Weekend Parking: $15 if bought online and $20 if you pay when you get there.
Weekend Lot Hour: 9:45am – 9pm
Parking is NO LONGER included with your General Admission ticket and you must park at the following address on the weekends.
451 Plymouth Street, St. Helens, OR 97051
Parking in residential areas may result in being towed.
Can I Bring a Pet?
You may bring a “well behaved dog on a leach” 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.
Don’t forget to wear your Halloween Costume
Yes, everyone dresses 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
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!
Check out these Halloween Address Labels! And tons of other custom printed labels.
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. For one, nothing is free, and you know that. Due to “safety concerns”, they will charge you top dollar.
Watch the video! It’s a great place for the kids and family!
ABSOLUTELY NOT worth $45. The people at the “gate” were a polite sort of curt attitude. Not sure if it is because they were having to support the cost or the masks, but I would NOT go back even if free, again. There were maybe 10 vendors. I expected more than that. Of course, if they are charging us so much, how much are they charging the vendors to be there? Bless the actors from the cast who attended, though I did not see them.
I was saddened to see the high prices this year!! We drove through town 2 yrs ago, but it was over. Just the Town Square decorations were still displayed.
We had really been looking forward to a visit This week before Halloween! Now, after reading the comments, “NO WAY”! Too bad the planners of this fun event ruined it for so many people that just wanted a bit of FUN during this horrible pandemic! 😢🥵. Extreme pricing is NOT the way to draw visitors. It has been FREE in the past!!
Alaina Ruszkowski says
Can you at least go see the big jack o lantern for free?
Yes. The cost people are complaining about is the cost of the haunted houses and tours…there seems to be a bit of confusion. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY TO COME INTO TOWN. (last year they had a gate at entry because it was 2020)
Note: they do close the streets to cars Saturday and Sunday (this also allows for adults to carry grown up beverages legally)
This weekend all shops have Trick or Treating 4-6 Saturday(kids parade) and Sunday.
Crystal Collins says
I agree! I’m literally crying! Halloweentown is a tradition in our family and now we can’t go due to the cost!😭 The economy is so bad and I feel saddened that people made this go away as well for my babies!😢
Come visit. There is no cost to come to town and enjoy displays or street performances. The cost is for Haunted Houses, Tours, and Parking (you can find parking on street North of Columbia Street)
This weekend we have Trick or Treating Saturday and Sunday 4-6 (i believe a kids parade Saturday)
Last year 2020 was the only year there was a price to enter the old town area…this was actually designed to reduce the crowd and have a limited number of people around the area at one time due to COVID.
This year 2021 there is no cost to come down. The price is for haunted attractions and tours., some parking areas. The displays, Pumpkin, Vendors, and Both Stages with Performers are FREE!
Have a Happy Halloween!
Was excited to go for the first time with my family then saw the prices. Knew this used to be free. Cannot believe they would even try to charge this much in Oregon. Completely greedy, Disgusting.
Don’t waste your money there.
Chuck osckle says
We were on our way tonight, found out how much it costs to walk through town, guess we’re just going to Sauvies Island for the corn maze instead!
Michael B says
This is a joke. I put on my Halloween Town shirt and hat and was looking forward to driving an hour up to support the vendors, hang out with the kids and have a nice evening in a place with a wicked aesthetic during my favorite time of year. Most importantly, I wanted to grab a new hat, since my Halloween Town hat is my daily hat and has become faded. Looks like I’m going to have to dye my old one or keep wearing my faded old hat, because with admission like this, we’re off to a local pumpkin patch instead. Severely disappointed. I’m sure the locals are equally, if not more disappointed. Greedy people ruin everything. And I spent nearly as much anyways last year at vendors as the admission for the 2 adults and 3 kids. Boo (and not the good, spooky kind).
Brenda Foster says
So sad, this was a cute home town event. Like going to a school production. No way is worth paying an extravagant price. You are not Disneyland, not even the county fair. They shouldn’t be charging because a lot of people have been out of work this whole year. I thought it was a cute little Halloween thing to do. Kind of like a little hometown event for little kids. This was not the year to charge Ridiculous huge prices. They’re going to be a lot of disappointed people when they pay this much money. It’s Not worth it. I am sure that they will find that they have outpriced themselves. And they would’ve made more money off the vendors by not charging. Or a small fee and make up the money in food, drinks, and some charges for events. This is so ridiculous. It’s like charging for your school carnival. Cute but it’s not worth the price of admission. You guys ruined this whole event. Saddens me that some money-grubbing person or persons in charge decided to take the love out of this small-town event. Shame on you greedy people. St. John’s area should be ashamed of taking small town Community events and trying to exploit it. Disgusting.
Was so looking forward to this trip with my kids and have watched the movie for years and years over and over. The kids were so excited! Traveled hours, miles! Honestly, we were so bummed! What a waste of MONEY!!! I hope people read these reviews before they buy tickets, and waste their time and day and more money for a bust of an event!!!! Also got charged for parking, then they say it’s FREE when you get there!!! They don’t even check your tickets!!
Mister E says
You’re a fool paying that much to look at store fronts.
Jess G says
My family and friends have attended this event year after year until 2018 (last year attended). It has notably gone downhill and gotten more spendy… sad. last year was the first time we did NOT attend.
Bring back the family fun, free (with pockets of fair priced things), event it used to be. We all miss it.
Totally disgusted says
Don’t bother! Do not waste your time or money on Halloweentown! You are much better served supporting your local venues with your money! This ” event’ is NOT worth it, trust me! Much too expensive and nothing to see for your trouble, sadly!
John G says
This is totally ridiculous in a time where we’re in a global pandemic!!! And of all things, they’re charging to even see things when most people don’t have the money and most kids are staying at home!!!! Totally a rip off I have been going for years with my granddaughter! I am going to have to pass on this rip off you can fly somewhere cheaper than you can go see Halloween town! No thanks that’s how COVID is going to spread in Saint Helens Oregon just wait & see!!! I wouldn’t advise anyone to come here from out of town as we already have had several COVID outbreaks, concerned citizen!!!
Greer Kern says
How are they going to ensure groups do not over gather? Will they require PPE for everyone attending? How are they observing COVID guidelines?
Actual Resident says
I have been a resident of this town for 42 years and have watched this disaster grow into a grubby group of greedy grabbers year by year! I wouldn’t set foot in Halloween town if you PAID ME! It’s just damn pitiful how greedy these people have become especially when this “event” was formerly free and it would be absolutely NOWHERE without Debbie Reynold (deceased, sadly! ) :( So be prepared to fork over the major bucks and perhaps catch Covid whilst you are down there in Old Town! I would recommend that people stay away in droves!
I would NOT go to this fake COMPLETELY COMMERCIAL RIPOFF event if I were paid to go! Go only if you want your wallet to look starved. I say BAN HALLOWEEN TOWN FOREVER! And, YES, I am a long time resident of this burg!
You hit the nail on the head. What a waste of money and time. I’ve spoken to some of the residents and they feel the city is ripping everyone off. The city must really need money or they have someone that is really profiting from running this event. They should rethink who they have in charge. By the way, where does the money go that they make from this horrible event? Hope it’s for cleaning up the neighborhoods. Driving into town isn’t very clean.
I understand how frustrated you must be, it does sound pretty bad to have to watch an amazing event turn so sour. However, as someone who has LOVED the movie Halloweentown but lived in the south and was not able to attend the festivities at all. Now that I live in WA I am happy to be able to go. Perhaps instead of banning the event, the town could take it back over and make it what it was, take the money and put it towards what the town needs.
Totally disgusted says
I do like that idea, very much: give it back to the town citizens and let them decide how it should be handled! Yes, indeed!
Yes I agree with you. I’m from the south too, huge fan and was so excited to maybe travel with my family to this event but reading all the comments has discouraged me now. I like your suggestion! Make it great again!!
ACTUAL BUSINESS OWNER ON PLAZA says
I’m a resident and my business is on the the plaza on old town.
IT NO LONGER COSTS MONEY ON THE WEEKENDS TO COME TO TOWN AND ENJOY OUR BUSINESSES, DISPLAYS, OR STREET PERFORMANCES. ZERO COST!
The attractions are what cost money. Things cost money. You are supporting multiple haunted attractions that people work hard on all year as part of their business.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ALL BUSINESSES HAVE TRICK OR TREATING 4-6 PLEASE COME!
Halloween is a commercial rip off. But it is also a lifeline to our old town, ask any of the businesses down there, check why the new klondike owners struggled to open for this month just so they could have a shot at making it through their first year in business. People are exhausted but servers pockets are full and businesses are booming.
*ps the money goes into city coffers to support development of old town in addition to other programs.
Keegan Evangelist says
I didn’t see specifically but who are the celebrities this year? This is gonna be our first time visiting and we can’t wait.
It’s not worth the money just to see a pumpkin in the town square.
Don’t waste your Money. It appears that they had someone decorate the area that had no idea what they were doing. How sad to think that someone would travel a distance and spend $$ just to see a disaster like this. Looks like their city is in need of some $$ for a cleanup project for their not very well kept little community. So sad the people of their town have to endure this for a whole month. We will not be coming back for another visit and I am sure others will not either.
We are locals and can’t afford to go with our kids. It’s so sad how much they charge.
I’ve come here every year with my daughter for the past 4 years, and sad to see the ticket price so high.
dawn J says
What is wrong with them? There is a pandemic still going on and those of us that live here would not like to catch Covid. If we can’t have our kids go to school or the fair, why have this? Best believe I will be checking the CDC and state guidelines.
Luanne Fugate says
We are coming and have everything registered, although, I was wondering if the fires are a concern that could cancel anything?
Laura Braucht says
Please share your experience, once your visit it over. I’d like to read your opinion. Thanks!!
Looks to be all bad. Was interested to come from NH/MA. BUT after seeing the prices we will be making other plans. 🤷♀️ We are the ultimate witch area where we are. And we don’t charge people like this for landmarks.
We went last year and the $45 ticket was well worth it!
Brenda Foster says
You obviously work for the city because no one and I mean no one would agree with the price going up from free to $45. It is not ok or worth it. A lot of people have been out of work and this was a cute home town outside event that they felt was a safe little event. Out pricing little kids is not ok. Supporting it is wrong.
There is 6 of us coming from Ohio to visit this year! Can’t wait.
Does anyone know when the pumpkin lighting usually is? My husband has to take leave for the trip and we have no idea when to plan for. It says it’s still going on for 2020 as of now.
Elizabeth Arroyo says
This place is definitely on my bucket list.
Bryan Kummer says
I can’t wait to come visit this October! I’m bring friend along too! Thanks for bring the spirit of Halloween back to life!
Lori and Rod says
I am hoping this will go on for 2020 as we enjoyed being Batman and Batwoman in our convertible 1958 Chevy 2 years in a row. Anyone know which date it will be if goes on. We want to be sure to plan to be in town as we leave for Arizona in October. Please post!
Esther Matzen says
As far as fall events in Oregon go, Halloweentown belongs on the bucket list. Among the many daily events taking place all month long, a nightly ghost walk travels through downtown. On weekdays it is open 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is also a creepy haunted house for adults.
Cassandra Smith says
A few of us are interested in visiting this in October of 2020 if it is still going to happen. I know the dates have not been posted yet, but I would like to get reservations as early as possible. Do you know when the dates will be posted?
arden beyer says
We were planning on visiting Halloween Town but after reading the reviews I think we will skip it. Thanks for the honest review.