The classic Disney channel film comes to life in an Oregon town.
This may be the ultimate Halloween celebration: St. Helens, Oregon, the real-life city where the movie Halloweentown was filmed, hosts a month-long festival every October, which anyone can visit. The residents of St. Helens go all out for the season, by decorating the city plaza, stores, and other town buildings to look just like they did in the film. The Spirit of Halloween Town used to be a one-day children’s fair and parade, but the month-long party now attracts over 10,000 people.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Disney channel film, it’s about a young girl, Marnie, who finds out she’s a witch. Marnie travels to Halloweentown, where supernatural beings (and her grandmother who’s also a witch) live. The town is in danger as people have been disappearing—and it’s up to Marnie and her family to save Halloweentown.
This year’s festival began on October 1st with a Halloween parade. Other events and exhibits this month include a pumpkin carving contest, a haunted house, a “Monster Dash” race, and a Mad Hatters costume cocktail party. Plus, big fans of the movie will get the chance to meet the actress who plays Marnie, Kimberly Brown, when she visits the town for meet-and-greets and a reading of her new children’s book.
Take a look at some Instagram photos from the town below and click here for a full list of events.