Celebrate the haunting holiday all month long during Spirit of Halloweentown in St. Helens.
Visiting St. Helens during the fall may feel like a trip back to your childhood. In 1998, Disney Channel’s Halloween classic “Halloweentown” was filmed in the small city of St. Helens, Oregon. Since then the community has transformed the Riverfront District into the Spirit of Halloweentown celebrating all things spooky for a month out of the year. The city was also a filming site for Twilight and has embraced vampire and werewolf lovers alike.
In 2021, the Spirit of Halloweentown is taking place September 18 through October 31. Plan your trip to this family-friendly fall celebration located a short drive from Portland.
2021 Spirit of Halloweentown
Courthouse Plaza and Walking Tours
The Courthouse Plaza is where the haunting begins with the event’s big pumpkin taking center stage. Pick up a map from the plaza’s message board and start your self-guided tour. The tour takes you to the highlights of Halloweentown and Twilight movie locations along with other areas marking the town’s haunted history.
Across from the plaza you’ll find the Spirit Of Halloweentown Gift Shop and Dark Market, which is open 7 days a week.
You can also take a short walk to the Vendor Village on the riverfront to buy goods and goodies. There are photo ops throughout the village, including the new giant pumpkin totem and magical fairy tree.
These free attractions are available every day of the festival. Other activities include music and performances, stories by the scarecrow, witches dance and more.
This family-friendly haunted house invites you, if you dare, into the depths of a hotel that has become home to the demented, diabolic undead freshly risen from their crypts. Walk through highly detailed, realistic rooms, including scary spider tunnel, evil fairy courtyard, gruesome graveyard and zombie boiler room, morbid kitchen, musty old luggage-storage room, spirit-saturated hotel bar, and bloodcurdling bathroom. Try not to lose your head in the chainsaw bridal suite.
The Haunted Hotel is open Monday through Wednesday from 1-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 1-8 p.m.; Saturday from 4-9 p.m.; and Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Kids 2 and under get in for free. General admission tickets include this attraction.
Walk With Pumpkins and Sasquatch Seekers Club on Sand Island
Take a water shuttle from the city docks to Sand Island and explore a map of curated carved pumpkins by wood artist Wade Lapp. Some carvings are spooky silly and others are lifelike in nature. Along the trail you’ll find sasquatches hiding. If you find them all and mark them on your Spirit of Halloweentown Passport Card you’ll receive a commemorative sticker.
This attraction includes safety gear, boat passage to Sand Island and a commemorative sticker. The shuttle leaves from the city docks in front of the courthouse.
The attraction is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. till dark.
Tickets are $10. General admission ticket holders pay only $3 when they purchase the pumpkin walking tour tickets onsite. Advance reservations are not available for this discount. Availability is first come, first served.
Whispers In The Woods
Hop aboard the Halloween shuttle and join a scavenger hunt to find tree whisperers. The trees have faces hidden among them that make themselves seen only during Halloween time. Find all the faces along the trail and you’ll receive an achievement sticker.
Whispers in the Woods in open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. General admission tickets include this attraction.
If you want to partake in all the attractions, buy a general admission ticket for $35. You can also purchase tickets to individual attractions that range from $10-$15. Or stop by the Spirit of Halloweentown to take in the atmosphere and explore all the free activities.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit the Spirit of Halloweentown website.
During the weekdays, parking is free throughout town.
On weekends, parking is available at the main parking lot, 451 Plymouth Street in St. Helens. Parking is included with general admission tickets. Show your activity card when you are leaving the parking area. Non ticket holders can get free parking when they spend $15 per car at the Vendor Village. Show your receipt at the exit. If neither of those apply to you, you’ll pay $15 to park on the weekends.
On top of all these activities the Halloween festival has a whole list of special events taking place on specific nights. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Spirit of Halloweentown’s website.
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