Anyone who's seen it can attest to the fact that Halloweentown is great. (And if you haven’t seen it, we strongly recommend you check it out on Disney+.) Since the Disney Channel Original Movie first aired in 1998, the seasonal favorite has become nothing short of a classic, mainly because the movie takes a novel approach to the usual creepy-crawlies and blood-and-guts of most All Hallow's Eve-themed films. It's actually a feel-good story about a place where it's October 31 24/7, 365 days a year. Like other Halloween movies for kids, it mixes a tiny bit of creepiness with a whole lot of heart.
What you may not know is that you can visit Halloweentown for real. The movie was filmed in the small town of St. Helens, OR, and the community has embraced their place in film history and popular culture. Every year for Halloween, the people of St. Helens recreate the atmosphere of the film and hold a festival celebrating both the holiday and the movie that made the town famous.
In 2018, they decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Halloweentown with even more festivities, including a Festival of the Fairies. Let's take a tour of St. Helens, OR, and its Halloweentown revelry.