Okay, so it may still be winter in right now in Canada but the spirit of Halloween lives on all year long! If you can't get enough of dressing up and pretending to be someone you're not, scaring your friends and family every chance you get and watching classic Halloween movies then you're definitely a die-hard Halloween fan.
If you grew up watching Disney channel in the early 2000s, you've definitely watched all the Halloweentown movies probably a thousand times. Each year Disney would put on a 'Halloweentown Marathon' to get us all riled up for Halloween and it worked every time. If you looked forward to this time of the year now's the time to bring out your inner 2000s child at a real-life Halloweentown that actually exists and it's not too far from Vancouver!
The Spirit of Halloweentown is an annual month-long festival that starts on October 1st. The small town of St. Helen's, Oregon where the movies were filmed transforms into the magical world of Halloweentown each year and it's all about the childhood nostalgia. The best part is seeing the iconic Halloweentown pumpkin, just as massive as it was in the movies, set up right outside the city hall! St. Helen's is just a 5.5-hour drive from Vancouver which is the perfect amount for a road trip in the fall.
The festival has tons of events all throughout the month of October but the one you definitely shouldn't miss if you decide to visit this year is their Giant Pumpkin Lighting that takes place on October 8th!
But the giant pumpkin isn't the only thing you'll recognize from the Halloweentown movies here. You'll also find the classic yellow cab with Benny the Skeleton driver's seat, the school bus that delivers the ghouls and goblins to Halloweentown, and much more!
There are tons of things to enjoy while you're there including vendors selling all kinds of delicious food, Halloween cake decorating, a giant BBQ, a masquerade ball, haunted tractor rides, a scarecrow contest, and more. Even the actor who played Marnie herself has attended the festival in past years so you know it's going to be good!
Check out their Facebook page for more information and for updates on the 2020 schedule!