Halloween

Bootacular Trick-or-Treating at Vancouver Mall

What’s one of the best places to be on Halloween night in Vancouver? The Vancouver Mall, of course! Every year, the mall hosts a “Bootacular” Halloween party with safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids (and fun for grown-ups, too!). Bring your little Frankensteins and baby boos to the Vancouver Mall between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for more candy than you can shake a pitchfork at.

Trick-or-treating is encouraged for kids up to age 12. Not every store is participating in the trick-or-treating event, but you’ll know which ones are getting in the “spirit” of the season by looking for the Bootacular Trick-or-Treat sign at the door, or on the kiosk. After everyone has filled his or her (or its?) bags with goodies, there will be Halloween-themed games and crafts on lower level of the Mall’s H&M Court.

The Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. Candy is available while supplies last. For more information, visit www.shopvancouvermall.com.

Bootacular Halloween at Van Mall

What’s one of the best places to be on Halloween night in Vancouver? The Vancouver Mall, of course! Every year, the mall hosts a “Bootacular” Halloween party with safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids (and fun for grown-ups, too!). Bring your little Frankensteins and baby boos to the Vancouver Mall between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for more candy than you can shake a pitchfork at.

Trick-or-treating is encouraged for kids up to age 12. Not every store is participating in the trick-or-treating event, but you’ll know which ones are getting in the “spirit” of the season by looking for the Bootacular Trick-or-Treat sign at the door, or on the kiosk. After everyone has filled his or her (or its?) bags with goodies, there will be Halloween-themed games and crafts on lower level of the Mall’s H&M Court.

The Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. Candy is available while supplies last. For more information, visit www.shopvancouvermall.com.

Halloween Block Party at The Mill

The Mill—the trendy shopping and dining destination in central Vancouver, formerly known as Garrison Square—will host a Halloween Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. This will be a free event open to the public to enjoy! Family-friendly activities include giveaways, a bounce house for kids, face painting, delicious bites from Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions, and a photo opp with Rojo the Llama. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy treats (no tricks!) from the many fine businesses located in The Mill. Try some of Rally’s frozen custard, boozy shakes, and wood-fired pizzas, or some of Smokehouse’s bacon molasses cornbread, beef brisket, pulled pork, and spareribs.

NW Wine Distributors will also be hosting a wine tasting with local Washington wines and Ben’s Bottle Shop will be selling beer and offering free tastings for imbibers. You’ll also want to visit the locally legendary Pines Coffee and sample one (or more) of their many housemade spiced coffee and tea drinks, like the Fort Vancouver (coconut caramel and dark chocolate), Mount St. Helens (smokey Ancho chiles, cayenne pepper, and dark chocolate), or Lodgepole Pine (juniper berry, pine, and orange).

The Mill is located at 7950 E. Mill Plain Boulevard where it intersects with Garrison Road. Ample free parking is available in the large lot.

Scary Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

The Scary Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Oct. 29, is going to be a frighteningly good time! It’s a fundraiser (a RUNdraiser?) for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and $5 from every registration fee will help restore the habitat that was destroyed by the summer’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. Participants—runners and walkers—should plan to come in costume for a little Halloween-themed fun.

The course is spooktacularlarly beautiful course beginning in Washougal and following along the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. The course is extremely flat and perfect for a Personal Best. Registered runners and walkers get a finisher’s shirt and participant’s medal—and kids are welcome to join, especially for the 5K and 10K courses, which are along a trail, far away from traffic.

After the race, there will be complimentary Halloween-themed food and free beer. Participants also get free race photos e-mailed to them, which can be posted on social media with the hashtag #ScaryRun, which enters you in a drawing to win prizes. The race is hosted by WHY Racing Events with local sponsors. Same-day registration is available. For more details, visit http://whyracingevents.com/event/935/#loaded or send an email to info@whyracingevents.com.

Dead Beats at the Magenta Theater

Magenta Theater‘s Oct. 27 and 28 7:30 p.m. performances of “Dead Beats” have both sold out—but hold onto your wigs and mummy bandages, because there is now an additional performance of this quirky Halloween production scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.

The Magenta Theater band (Dead Beats) plays a variety of Halloween-themed songs and there is family-friendly banter to accompany the numerous dance numbers. The only real thing missing is a lead singer for the band. And that’s what Frau Bloomer, the hostess for the event, plots throughout the show…only to be foiled by an unexpected visitor! This production is in addition to the regular mainstage season and promises to be the first of many escapades involving Professor Frankenvalley, Frau Bloomer, Algore, and Alveena.

Tickets are available online now for $12, or $15 at the door (while supplies last). The Magenta will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. so that you can find a seat and get some refreshments in the lobby: craft beer, wine, and fun snacks. The Magenta Theater
 is located 1108 Main St
. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are available by clicking here http://www.MagentaTickets.com/tickets, visiting Magenta Theater’s website at www.magentatheater.com, or calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Booville Family Halloween Party

Enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, a kids’ costume contest, spooky story time, and arts and crafts at Booville, a spooktacular (and free!) Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall/Luepke Community Center. Booville will feature lots of safe, supervised children’s activities that will be enjoyable for the whole family. There will be games an prizes provided by iQ Credit Union, Waste Connections, Soccer Shots, Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Yoder Chiropractic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and many more community partners. Young and old will be treated to story time from some of Vancouver’s best storytellers, such as Vancouver’s First Citizen and community historian Pat Jollota and and Jim Mains of High Five Media.

This event is completely free and no registration is necessary. Come in costume—grown-ups, too! Mashall/Luepke Community Center is located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver and ample free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.

Scary Run

The Scary Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Oct. 29, is going to be a frighteningly good time! It’s a fundraiser (a RUNdraiser?) for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and $5 from every registration fee will help restore the habitat that was destroyed by the summer’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. Participants—runners and walkers—should plan to come in costume for a little Halloween-themed fun.

The course is spooktacularlarly beautiful course beginning in Washougal and following along the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. The course is extremely flat and perfect for a Personal Best. Registered runners and walkers get a finisher’s shirt and participant’s medal—and kids are welcome to join, especially for the 5K and 10K courses, which are along a trail, far away from traffic.

After the race, there will be complimentary Halloween-themed food and free beer. Participants also get free race photos e-mailed to them, which can be posted on social media with the hashtag #ScaryRun, which enters you in a drawing to win prizes. The race is hosted by WHY Racing Events with local sponsors. Same-day registration is available. For more details, visit http://whyracingevents.com/event/935/#loaded or send an email to info@whyracingevents.com.

Dance a Thon & Halloween Party

Put on your dancing shoes—in fact, put on a whole costume!—and come to the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s third annual Dance-a-Thon & Halloween Party, happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the MPAA’s studio at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver.

The playlist includes 50s sock hop, rock, 80s tunes (OF COURSE “Thriller” is on the list!), old school hip hop, pop, and musical theater. Pick a theme from the playlist and dress up to get into the spirit—then dance your heart out! There will be drawings and prizes for the most funds raised, best dancing, best costumes—not to mention the Dance Battle Finale! The goal is for each participating couple, group, or family to raise at least $100 in community support; this earns a ticket for the prize drawing to be held during the Dance-a-Thon. Every $50 above that earns another ticket!

For more information about the Dance-a-Thon and how to register, call MPAA at 360-975-1585 or visit www.metropaa.org.

 

Booville Family Halloween Party

Enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, a kids’ costume contest, spooky story time, and arts and crafts at Booville, a spooktacular (and free!) Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall/Luepke Community Center. Booville will feature lots of safe, supervised children’s activities that will be enjoyable for the whole family. There will be games an prizes provided by iQ Credit Union, Waste Connections, Soccer Shots, Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Yoder Chiropractic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and many more community partners. Young and old will be treated to story time from some of Vancouver’s best storytellers, such as Vancouver’s First Citizen and community historian Pat Jollota and and Jim Mains of High Five Media.

This event is completely free and no registration is necessary. Come in costume—grown-ups, too! Mashall/Luepke Community Center is located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver and ample free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.

Headless Horseman Train Ride

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is operating its annual Headless Horseman train excursions on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29. There will be complimentary candy, hot cocoa, coffee, and a haystack full of goodies for the kids—who are welcome to come in costume! The run will be on a steam train, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls, where the Headless Horseman has recently been spotted.

Because of this event’s popularity, the folks at Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (all of whom have their own heads) have added one extra train ride on each day. The trains will depart at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. from the train station in Yacolt. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Advance reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for those aged 60 or better, $15 ages for ages five through 12, $13 for ages two to four, and little pumpkins under age two are free. The Yacolt station is located at 207 N. Railroad Ave, just south of Yacolt Road. Parking is available on the North side of Yacolt Road, west of the train tracks. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat in downtown Camas

Boo Bash! Trick or Treat is a Halloween tradition in downtown Camas, held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Halloween every year. This year, Boo Bash will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and you’re invited to add your “Boo!” to Camas’ bash. Come in costume but be prepared for the whatever the weather might do (rain is always a possibility) and bring jumbo-sized buckets, pillowcases, or maybe a wheelbarrow to hold all the candy you’ll get. Pretty much every single store in downtown Camas will be open and handing out candy and Halloween-themed goodies to the crowds who are expected to throng the streets, forming a candy-fueled conga line up and down N.E. Fourth Ave. About 3,000 people came last year, and this year is expected to be another record turn-out!

Fourth Ave. from Adams to Franklin and side streets from Third to Fifth will be closed for the event to ensure children’s safety. Please no bikes, skateboards, or scooters. Parents, please provide supervision when crossing streets! We want our little ghosts and goblins, superheroes and storybook characters, pirates and princesses to stay safe.

After you’re done with your boo-bashing, stick around and have a warming coffee or hot cocoa at Caffe Piccolo, grab a bite to eat at Mill City Brew Works, Nuestra Mesa, or The Sushi Joint 2. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Dead Beats at the Magenta

Magenta Theater‘s Oct. 27 and 28 7:30 p.m. performances of “Dead Beats” have both sold out—but hold onto your wigs and mummy bandages, because there is now an additional performance of this quirky Halloween production scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.

The Magenta Theater band (Dead Beats) plays a variety of Halloween-themed songs and there is family-friendly banter to accompany the numerous dance numbers. The only real thing missing is a lead singer for the band. And that’s what Frau Bloomer, the hostess for the event, plots throughout the show…only to be foiled by an unexpected visitor! This production is in addition to the regular mainstage season and promises to be the first of many escapades involving Professor Frankenvalley, Frau Bloomer, Algore, and Alveena.

Tickets are available online now for $12, or $15 at the door (while supplies last). The Magenta will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. so that you can find a seat and get some refreshments in the lobby: craft beer, wine, and fun snacks. The Magenta Theater
 is located 1108 Main St
. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are available by clicking here http://www.MagentaTickets.com/tickets, visiting Magenta Theater’s website at www.magentatheater.com, or calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat

Boo Bash! Trick or Treat is a Halloween tradition in downtown Camas, held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Halloween every year. This year, Boo Bash will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and you’re invited to add your “Boo!” to Camas’ bash. Come in costume but be prepared for the whatever the weather might do (rain is always a possibility) and bring jumbo-sized buckets, pillowcases, or maybe a wheelbarrow to hold all the candy you’ll get. Pretty much every single store in downtown Camas will be open and handing out candy and Halloween-themed goodies to the crowds who are expected to throng the streets, forming a candy-fueled conga line up and down N.E. Fourth Ave.. About 3,000 people came last year, and this year is expected to be another record turn-out!

Fourth Ave. from Adams to Franklin and side streets from Third to Fifth will be closed for the event to ensure children’s safety. Please no bikes, skateboards, or scooters. Parents, please provide supervision when crossing streets! We want our little ghosts and goblins, superheroes and storybook characters, pirates and princesses to stay safe.

After you’re done with your boo-bashing, stick around and have a warming coffee or hot cocoa at Caffe Piccolo, grab a bite to eat at Mill City Brew Works, Nuestra Mesa, or The Sushi Joint 2. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Wine & Paint Halloween Evening at Vancouver Art Space

The Vancouver Art Space is offering its guests a frighteningly good time on the night of Saturday, Oct. 31: a Wine & Paint evening from 6 to 9 p.m. (Girls’ Night Out, anyone? Ooooh, or how about a Date Night!) Enjoy a relaxing and social evening and take home something spooky to add to your Halloween décor. Paint one of the designs provided (like the image above) or bring a photo of your own to use. The Wine & Paint class is $40 per person and includes step-by-step instruction and all materials (canvas, paint, brushes) necessary to create your own masterpiece—plus wine and a snack! All experience levels are welcome, and everyone will leave with a completed painting. Sign up online with Eventbrite by clicking here.

The Vancouver Art Space offers open studio art classes for kids and adults as well as fully catered private or corporate painting and crafting classes. Birthday parties, too! Both day and evening classes are available. To learn more about the Vancouver Art Space and see what future classes and events are on the schedule—like the watercolor workshop on Oct. 26, the alcohol inks workshop on Oct. 27, jewelry making on Oct. 29, and chalk pastel drawing on Oct. 31—visit vancouverartspace.com or see all their upcoming events when you follow them on Facebook @VancouverArtSpace. Vancouver Art Space is located at Suite 206 inside Vancouver Mall, upstairs near Macy’s, at 807 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive.

Haunted Happenings at the Camas Library

October at the Camas Public Library is filled with frighteningly fun and fabulously free things to do for little ghouls and goblins—and grown-up witches and warlocks too! (Also girls, boys, moms and dads—the Camas Library is equally welcoming to both humans and monsters!) All month long, you can join the Great Jack 0′ Lantern Hunt (that is, you can guess from photographs where in the library the Great Jack ‘o Lantern has appeared). But there’s loads more spooky happenings, like:

  • Paper Sugar Skulls craft event for teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Boo Bash trick-or-treating at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (mostly little kids & parents)
  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) decorating event from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 (all ages)
  • Spooky Stories for young kids & parents at 6:30 p.m., followed by crafts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Haunted Library experience for older kids, teens, and adventurous adults at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28

All events at the Camas Library are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit www.camaslibrary.org, or call 360-834-4692.

Mask Making Contest at Vancouver Art Space

Calling all goblins, ghoulies, super-heroes, princesses, warriors and Other Beings, ages five to 12: the Vancouver Art Space, #206 at the Vancouver Mall, invites you to “The Most Amazingly Creative Halloween Mask Event,” where you will decorate a one-of-a-kind mask to wear on Halloween. Halloween music and surprises are in store for event participants. 

Your mask will be displayed (if you’d like) at the Vancouver Mall during the week before Halloween. There will be valuable prizes from the Vancouver Art Space for first, second, and third place winners…and visitors to the Vancouver Mall will have a chance to vote for a prize-winning People’s Choice Award.

Open spots are limited, so your parent should register you for one of the event times offered between Saturday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 21. You’ll have up to one and a half hours to decorate your mask, and your parent will be your Earthly Helper. You must bring your parent to attend. The cost to decorate a mask is $8.

For selection of special prize winners, a panel of judges will take into account your child’s age-appropriate level of skill. Other criteria include creativity, most effective choice of materials (all materials are supplied by Vancouver Art Space), and quality of production.

Visit www.vancouverartspace.com for details and to register for the event, or call 360787-8772. The Vancouver Art Space offers classes and workshops in a variety of media, and is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Above image: a sample mask from Vancouver Art Space

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Things are getting spoooooooky at the Camas Public Library as Halloween draws closer. Next week, in fact, is officially Spooky Week at the Camas Library, with a pumpkin carving contest and ghost stories for grown-ups and kids.

Judging for the library’s pumpkin carving contest will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to the library to compete with other pumpkin-carvers for prizes. Awards will be presented after the judging. You can bring your pumpkin at any time before 4 p.m. on the day of the contest. Awards will be presented after judging. Award categories include Most Creative, Scariest and Funniest.

Come back to the library on Friday, Oct. 28, for “Listening in the Dark,” an annual event which celebrates the art of the spooky story. Not-Too-Scary Stories for children starts at 7 p.m., and Hair-Raising Tales for adults begins at 8 p.m. Both storytelling events will be held in the Totem Pole Room with stories read by Dan Sisco and Camas Library staff.

Pumpkin Patch at Joe’s Place Farm

Joe’s Place Farm Pumpkin Patch is free, and it’s open every single day in October, including Halloween. Their farm store features not only seasonal fruits, nuts, berries, gourds, and vegetables, but also Mrs. Joe’s superlative jam, Joe’s Place honey made from resident bees, salsas, sauces, salad dressings, canning supplies, and kitchenware. If you come to the farm store, you should stay for The Farm Kitchen & Taproom, serving seasonally changing brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes and hosting a glorious happy hour and live music on Fridays.

Here’s what’s free to see at Joe’s Place this October: The Pumpkin Patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin from a huge variety of sugar pie pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, blue moon pumpkins, and mini-pumpkins (priced by the pound), the Corn Maze, and the giant Straw Tee-Pee made from dried cornstalks. There are also hayrides ($2 per person) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, and the popular Fort Maze ($2) is a large wooden Fort Vancouver-esque maze that’s surprisingly challenging to find your way out of. Seasonal decorations available for sale include mini haybales, colorful Indian corn, a huge variety of gourds, and cornstalks.

Joe’s Place Farm, located at 701 N.E. 112th Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.joesplacefarms.com.

Pumpkin Patch at Joe’s Place Farm

Joe’s Place Farm Pumpkin Patch is free, and it’s open every single day in October, including Halloween. Their farm store features not only seasonal fruits, nuts, berries, gourds, and vegetables, but also Mrs. Joe’s superlative jam, Joe’s Place honey made from resident bees, salsas, sauces, salad dressings, canning supplies, and kitchenware. If you come to the farm store, you should stay for The Farm Kitchen & Taproom, serving seasonally changing brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes and hosting a glorious happy hour and live music on Fridays.

Here’s what’s free to see at Joe’s Place this October: The Pumpkin Patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin from a huge variety of sugar pie pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, blue moon pumpkins, and mini-pumpkins (priced by the pound), the Corn Maze, and the giant Straw Tee-Pee made from dried cornstalks. There are also hayrides ($2 per person) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, and the popular Fort Maze ($2) is a large wooden Fort Vancouver-esque maze that’s surprisingly challenging to find your way out of. Seasonal decorations available for sale include mini haybales, colorful Indian corn, a huge variety of gourds, and cornstalks.

Joe’s Place Farm, located at 701 N.E. 112th Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.joesplacefarms.com.

Walking Dead Woodstock Halloween Party

Nothing says Halloween like zombie hippies, am I right? If this sounds like a marvelously creepy combination of everything you love most, get on your fringed leather vest, tie-dye shirt and peasant skirt and make plans to be at Skamania Lodge after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The lodge is hosting a Walking Dead Woodstock party that’s open to the public as well as overnight guests—in fact, if you decide to stay the night, the party’s admission fee will be waived. If you’re just coming for the party, the cost is $15 per person for advance tickets or $20 at the door.

The party, which will be held in the Stevenson Ballroom, features the “ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band,” Valhalla. There will be a cash bar and light snacks, groovy décor, and an award for the best costume. The party (as you may have already surmised) is for zombie hippies who are 21 and older. If you’d like to book a room for Halloween night, call the lodge at 844-432-4748 to make reservations. If you need a little extra TLC the next day, Skamania lodge has a full-service spa and a beautiful tiled swimming pool.