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 the season. The city was also a filming site for Twilight and has embraced vampire and werewolf lovers alike.
In 2022, the Spirit of Halloweentown is September 17 through October 31. The main plaza is open every day with special events taking place on select days.
Plan your trip to this family-friendly fall celebration located a short drive from Portland.
2022 Spirit of Halloweentown
Pumpkin Puzzle Plaza
The plaza is where the haunting begins with the event’s big pumpkin taking center stage. The Pumpkin Puzzle Plaza hosts games, activities and photo ops with props.
There will be strolling performers filling the plaza with entertainment, including witches dancing, circus acts, and pirates. It is home to resident Mermaid Una for select times during the weekend.
Across from the plaza you’ll find The Vendors Village with goods and food vendors.
The plaza is free to visit. You can stop by the big pumpkin any day of the week with activities and vendors open on the weekends.
In addition to the attractions are free special events hosted on the weekend. On October 1 at 6 p.m. is the big festival parade and pumpkin lighting. On October 22, see The Haunted Hot Rods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and the King and Queen of Halloween Children & Family Parade at 2 p.m.
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 house is open Thursday through Sunday. The attraction doors open on the hour from:
- Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Saturday 10-9 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 4-18. You can save with ticket bundles, including $20 for two people ages 4-18 and $25 for two adults.
Sand Island Adventure Water Taxi and Hunt
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. Along the trail you’ll find Sasquatch hiding. There’s a scavenger hunt, disc golf and ladder challenges, and bonfires and marshmallow roasting along with other treats.
The attraction is open on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. The last boat leaves at 4 p.m.
The water taxi ride is only available with purchase of the One Big Ticket, which includes the train ride and haunted house. The price is $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 5.
Decorated House Train Tour and Haunted House
Hop aboard the new Spirit of Halloweentown train. Enjoy a special treat while seeing some homes that are decorated around the city.
The attraction is open Thursday through Saturday with trains running at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. The price is $20 for ages 5+ and $4 for under 5. You will pay $100 and save with 8 people. Haunted house admission is included.
Spooky Shuttle Ride, Pizza, Ghost Stories, Scavenger Hunt and Candy Excursion
Take a ride uptown on the spooky shuttle and find the hidden Spirit of Halloweentown squares. You’ll get some candy and commemorative stickers on the shuttle. See decorated store windows and scarecrows up close. Then enjoy a Sunshine Pizza slice or personal pizza and ghost stories. When the shuttle drops you back at the plaza, take your completed scavenger card to Molly’s Market to get a prize.
You can also walk the 1.2-mile Scarecrow Trail rather than riding the shuttle back to the plaza.
This attraction is running Saturday and Sunday with shuttles departing every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The price is $15. It is free for kids under 2 seated on your lap.
The Alien Interview and Museum of Peculiarities & Oddities and Haunted House Evening Hours
The Spirit of Halloweentown organizers have connected with an alien who has agreed to answer your questions. Coming from a distant galaxy, the alien will appear in a holodeck. Audience members will ask questions in real time and get the answers that they’ve been looking for. You’ll start by viewing alien displays and listening to the various stories with your headset.
This attraction is running Saturday and Sunday every half hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The prices is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 3-19, and free for under 3 seated in your lap. Evening haunted house 5-7 p.m. admission is included.
Meet Actors from Halloween-Themed Movies and TV Shows
With the purchase a meet and greet ticket, you can take photos and get autographs from there actors:
- Harvey Guillen from What We Do in the Shadows (September 17)
- Greg Ellis from Pirates of the Caribbean (September 24-25)
- Actors from Halloweentown (October 2)
- Olivia Taylor Dudley from The Magicians (October 15)
- Ashley Green from Twilight (October 29)
- Peter Facinelli from Twilight (October 30)
Tickets range from $55 to $100 for 2 to 4 people, depending on the actor. Multiple times are available to meet each actor.
Aside from the ticket prices listed with each attraction, you can also buy ticket bundles:
On Saturdays and Sundays, this ticket option includes a train ride to Whispers in the Woods. Meet live characters along the trail, find forest characters hidden in the trees and get a special treat. You’ll also get admission to the haunted house.
Attractions are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last train to Whispers in the Woods leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for all ages over 2 years old.
One Big Ticket
On Saturdays and Sundays, this option includes Sand Island Adventure water taxi and hunt, Whispers in the Woods train ride, and haunted house.
Attractions are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last water taxi leaves at 4 p.m. The last train to Whispers in the Woods leaves at 4:30 p.m.
The price is $40 for ages 5 and older and $20 for under 5 years old.
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 $15 in advance online and $20 onsite.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Spirit of Halloweentown’s website.
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