Oct 19, 2023 - Things to Do

St. Helens celebrates its "Halloweentown" legacy

A fake skeleton wearing a red robe and holding a scythe in front of a square white house with two pumpkins on the front steps.

The grim reaper stands guard outside a house on 4th Street in St. Helens. Photo: Hadley Malcolm/Axios

Halloween is thriving in St. Helens.

Driving the news: The city goes all out to celebrate its starring role in the 1998 Disney Channel movie "Halloweentown," which was filmed there.

  • Every weekend from mid-September through October, you can stroll the main plaza (site of the movie's city hall), grab a drink or some food from vendors, take photos and participate in a costume contest, among other activities.
  • There are additional paid experiences, including a haunted house. This weekend, St. Helens will mark the 25th anniversary of the movie with some of the original actors.

Of note: Some scenes of "Twilight" were also filmed in St. Helens.

If you go: Head to 4th Street, a short walk from the city center, to take in the spectacle of these spooky houses.

A Halloween display of skeletons at a wedding.
Some lively wedding guests, all things considered. Photo: Hadley Malcolm/Axios
The photo on the left shows a giant blow up clown with his legs making an arch over the pathway to a small yellow house. The photo on the right shows a skeleton riding a bike while wearing a clown mask, and a scary blow up clown behind.
A Pennywise-themed house. Photo: Hadley Malcolm/Axios
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