If you grew up watching Disney Channel movies, you probably hold Halloweentown dear to your heart. For those of you who may have missed out, the 1998 film follows the adventures of a 13-year-old witch named Marnie and her magical grandmother, who takes she and her siblings to an enchanted land called—you guessed it—Halloweentown. Accessed from the human world only by flying bus, Halloweentown is the glorious city of our childhood dreams, where witches, zombies, and vampires walk the streets. A majestic, larger-than-life jack-o-lantern sits in the town square. Basically, in Halloweentown, it feels like October 31st every day—that’s basically every kid’s greatest wish, right?
As it would happen, dreams do come true. The town of St. Helens, Oregon, where much of the movie was filmed, has taken it upon itself to bless us all with an annual “Spirit Of Halloweentown” celebration. Read: you can hop on a plane (ahem, in case you don’t have a flying bus) and be in real-life Halloweentown in just a few hours. St. Helens’ month-long festival began on October 1, and features a tractor ride, a masquerade ball, and other fall-friendly activities. Oh, and there’s even a giant pumpkin in front of St. Helens City Hall that will be ceremoniously lit on October 8th. As if that weren’t enough to impress your childhood self, Kimberly J. Brown, who brought the character of Marnie to life in the movie, will be paying a visit to help celebrate. If you need a little help getting into the Halloween spirit, you know where to book your next vacation to! Below, take a look at a few pictures of St. Helens at its spookiest.
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