Halloweentown lovers rejoice. There’s still time to pack your favorite costume, tune up your broom, and head out to St. Helens, Oregon. In case you’re unaware, this is the quaint little town where much of Disney’s Halloweentown was filmed in 1998. According to Cosmopolitan, the residents of St. Helens have been recreating the experience almost every October ever since.
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Kimberly J. Brown, who starred as Marnie Piper in the movie, was more than a little excited to return to St. Helens this weekend for the main event. In July, she discussed the appearance on her website Kimberly J. Brown. In part, this is what she had to say:
“Every year, St. Helens (the city where the first “Halloweentown” movie was filmed) recreates the look of the Town Square from the movie complete with the big Jack O’Lantern in the center. This year, I’ll be attending the festival for TWO DAYS of activities, October 8th and 9th. We’ll probably do a Costume Contest, have photo ops in different spots around the Town Square, and of course say the spell from “Halloweentown” with the crowd and light the pumpkin!”
Don’t think that just because you missed this weekend’s festivities, it’s not worth the journey to St. Helen’s Halloweentown. Quite honestly, nothing could be further from the truth. These are just a few of the many highlights to consider. This information is courtesy of Discover Columbia County. Visit the site for the full schedule of events. Please note, there are both free and paid events.
These Halloweentown happenings started out strictly as a local event. But over the years, more and more people make the decision to attend. Not surprisingly, some of the ever-growing interest can be attributed to the power of social media.
Thursday through Sunday nights, you won’t want to miss the haunted house tour. There’s also a “ghostly” walk around town that takes place daily. If you happen to be in the mood for a séance, don’t hesitate to contact Kathleen Dering at The Klondike.
On October 14 and 15, The Shadow by Shoestring Community Players will present the Mystery Hour Radio Theater. This 90-minute show will be held at the St. Helens High School Auditorium. Before each performance, there will be fun activities like Halloween face painting, balloon animal creation, a spooky tractor ride, and a hot rod and hearse rally. After the show, there will be a huge bonfire on the waterfront.
— Kimberly J. Brown (@OfficialKJB) October 8, 2016
If you’re a pumpkin carving genius, don’t forget to drop off your masterpiece at St. Helens City Hall between the dates of October 17 and 21. Public judging will take place on October 22. You may even win a cash prize. Please note, LED candles will be provided to light your pumpkin.
Do you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If you answered yes, mark your calendar for October 30. Nicholas Brendon will be making a stop in St. Helen’s Halloweentown for photo opportunities. There will also be haunted pony rides, face painting, and more.
There will be more photo ops at the Court House Plaza on Halloween day. The self-guided haunted tour is also something to consider. You can print out tour card locations on this Facebook page.
Are you familiar with Disney’s Halloweentown franchise? If so, which of these holiday movie classics is your favorite? Yes, 17 years have passed since the original film premiered, but that doesn’t mean that fans have lost interest along the way. In fact, scores of new Halloweentown lovers are cashing in on the spooky fun every day.
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