If you love Halloween as much as I do, you’ll surely appreciate this long festival known as Halloweentown. The best part is it’s right here in Oregon, and just 30 miles outside of Portland in a small, charming town known as St. Helens, the event goes on for the entire month of October. And according to their website, Halloweentown is going on as scheduled despite the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The event will run until November 1, 2020.
How did Halloweentown get started?
How much do you love Halloween? Personally, it’s my favorite time of the year. On Halloween there’s no need to stress about last minute gift buying, just dress up no matter how ridiculous your costume, and enjoy the one time of the year where everyone can be a kid again.
Rewind 17 years ago, and some of you may remember the 1998 Disney Channel cult film “Halloweentown”.
Where Halloweentown was filmed
Every year in St. Helens, beginning October 1st (Sept. 26 for 2020), the spirit of Halloweentown comes alive again. This is the town where Halloween never sleeps. The family-friendly celebration is complete with costume contests, trick-or-treating through St. Helens’ Old Town District, a haunted town tour and more. This awesome celebration happens every weekend in October, beginning with the lighting of the Great Pumpkin in the city plaza.
Checking out their Facebook, you’ll see the festival is the absolute perfect place to visit for Halloween lovers. You can’t find a better place to bring the kids and see the giant scarecrows, fall colors, and merchants turned to immortal forms as fairies, witches ghosts, and ghouls.
Not only that, but there’s an awesome pumpkin-carving contest.
Go to a haunted hot-rod cruise in.
See a scarecrow contest.
And don’t forget the pumpkin lighting event.
If you want to see Halloweentown for yourself, check out the event on Facebook. Also, we’ve thrown in a spooky video showing more about St. Helens Haunted Tours.
Movie Pilot shares that the city even builds “an entire replication of the set used in the film, complete with photo-ops, tours, and costume contests that your inner child can be a part of every weekend in October.”
In Halloweentown, you’ll find local merchants with costume shops stocking everything from frisky vampire getups to Ghostbusters costumes.
Ticket Prices & Options (2020)
You must have a ticket to enter Halloweentown on weekends. Saturday 10 – 5pm and Sunday 10-4pm.
There are several types of tickets for Halloweentown. All tickets are very limited each day. Simply click on the tab to be directed to the ticket options.
Tickets are offered online only in order to control crowd numbers. They will be adhering to any and all governor’s orders regarding recommendations during Covid-19.
2020 Update from their website:
Attractions Weekdays & Weekends
Tickets Are Not Required To Visit Weekdays, Saturdays After 5pm, And Sundays After 4pm. You Can Get Photo Ops In The Plaza Where The Movie Halloweentown Was Filmed And Home Of The Big Pumpkin. The Photo Ops Are Pretty Fantastic.
*Self -Guided Walking Tours Highlight Twilight Movie Locations And Other Areas That Make Up Our Haunted History. Maps Of The Tour Are Available In The Message Board At The Plaza.
*Vendors At Vendor Village May Also Open During To Visit; However, Vendors May Or May Not Be Open For Business Depending On Their Own Schedules.
On Weekends You Will Need A Parking Pass Ticket To Get To Vendors Village So Jump Over To Our Ticketpage For Details.
*The Haunted Hotel Is Also Open Weekday Evenings And You Can Find Details On Differenct Ticket Options At Http://Www.Discovercolumbiacounty.Com
*Our Official Spirit Of Halloweentown Gift Shop Is Open Tuesday Through Sunday And Is Located Directly Across From The Plaza And The Big Pumpkin On First Street.
On Weekends Spirit Of Halloweentown Ticket Holders Need To Be Aware That Inside Spirit Of Halloweentown Areas Any And All Restrictions And Guidelines Will Be Followed As Outlined By The State Of Oregon. We Are Limited To State Regulations On Audience Numbers So Get Your Tickets Now! Please Be Aware That Masks May Be Required. You Can Purchase A Mask At The Gate For $1 If You Do Not Have One.
Head over here to read more on the official 2020 spirit of Halloweentown Agenda.
Tickets: Online at http://www.spiritofhalloweentown.com
Where you will find Halloweentown
Courthouse Plaza at The Historic Riverfront District
275 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR (map)