Disney’s ‘Halloweentown’ has become a seasonal classic since it’s release in 1998. It spawned several sequels; Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001), Halloweentown High (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006). The films were based on the premise that creatures of legend – including witches, zombies, ghosts and demons – exist in ‘Halloweentown’, a parallel universe of their creation.
This alternate dimension is only accessible to humans on Halloween, similar to the origins of the holiday which declared All Hallows Eve as the day when the barrier between the worlds of spirits and mortals is weakest. The idea of a universe where Halloween never ends is perhaps what made the film so appealing. But did you know that there is a real life Halloween town that mortals can visit?
Much of the Disney movie was filmed in St. Helens, Oregon; and now the town celebrate their claim to fame with a month long Halloween festival every October. Spirit of Halloweentown sees Halloween fans flock to the town, which is transformed with extensive decorations. This even includes the giant pumpkin featured in the film, with a ceremonial lighting ceremony that always draws a big crowd.
The festival’s Facebook page explains “The Spirit of Halloweentown descends on Saint Helens each October. Join us for this long celebration of the season. See the giant scarecrows, fall colors and merchants turned to immortal forms as fairies, witches ghosts and ghouls. We love Halloween and we let it show.”
You can find more information on the festival at their Facebook Page.