Many people are familiar with the movie Halloweentown, which is a 1998 Disney Channel movie about a 13 year old girl named Marnie Cromwell, which is a must-see kid and family friendly watch. In the movie, the main character, Marni learns that she is a witch. After finding this out, she helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. It’s a great movie to watch with younger kids, teens and even adults can enjoy!
However, what you probably do not know, is that the official “Halloweentown” where the movie was filmed is St. Helens, Oregon. This quaint little town is located in Columbia County about 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon. I’m quite familiar with St. Helens (AKA Halloweentown) as this is where I live and work! We take Halloween very seriously here and devote all of October to loads of Halloween activities.
Every year in St. Helens, beginning around October 1st, the spirit of Halloween comes alive! St. Helens is a very family-friendly town and loves to throw costume contests, trick or treating celebrations and even has the yearly ceremonial “lighting of the great pumpkin”.
Usually a celebrity or two comes to visit St. Helens during Halloween season and this year I hear it is Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon). It is a great place to visit in the month of October to get you in a spooky mood! Also, if you’re a “Twilight” fan, Bella’s home is also located in St. Helens, OR.
If you’re ever in upstate Oregon, stop by Halloweentown and say hello – I’m sure you’ll have a frightfully wonderful good time!