Halloween is creeping up around the corner, which means it’s time for costumes, creepy creatures, and lots and lots of candy. Thankfully, the communities in Southwest Washington sure know how to celebrate the holiday, with trick-or-treating events, fall festivals, and even a scary 5K!
Halloween Hall | Ridgefield
October 18 + 19 | 6–9 p.m. (Friday) + 5–9 p.m. (Saturday)
Photo Courtesy of Chris Bidleman via Ridgefield Art Association
Halloween Hall is back for its fourth year — and this year, it will be better than ever! This semi-spooky event is designed for kids ages 5 and up, but is not too scary for little ones. Wear your costume, venture through the straw bale maze, see “Thriller” performances at the bottom of each hour, visit with pirates, enjoy food and beverages, and so much more. Hosted by the Ridgefield Art Association, Halloween Hall is an annual event designed to raise funds for supporting art in our community and schools. Admission is just $5 at the door!
Boo Bash | Camas
October 23 | 3–5 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association
Bring the whole family to downtown Camas for trick-or-treating at Boo Bash, where local businesses hand out prizes to all kids dressed in costume. This popular community event takes place along 4th Avenue between Northeast Adams and Northeast Franklin Streets, which will be closed to traffic for everyone’s safety.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill Apple Pressing Day | Woodland
October 26 | 9 a.m.
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is hosting their annual Apple Pressing Day, which takes place on the last Saturday of the month each year. Lend a helping hand as dozens of volunteers help press 8,000 pounds of apples into cider. Everyone is encouraged to get involved with this fun, hands-on celebration of apples — including kids!
Booville | Vancouver
October 26 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of the Parks Foundation of Clark County
Head to the Luepke Senior Center in Vancouver for a free, family-focused community event welcoming over 500 kids and their families for Halloween-inspired fun. Activities include indoor trick-or-treating, games, crafts, face painting, a costume parade, storytimes, a scarecrow walk and more!
Family Halloween Night | Camas
October 26 | 6:30–9 p.m.
Liberty Middle School Gym in Camas comes to life with Halloween fun at the Family Halloween Night, featuring carnival games, a costume contest, inflatable games, crafts and more. The event is designed for children ages 2–12.
Scary Run | Washougal
October 27 | 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Why Racing Events
If running a half marathon, 10K or 5K won’t increase your heart rate, being chased by monsters, zombies and other creatures will! The Scary Run is a unique Halloween run winding throughout the streets of Washougal along the Columbia River, featuring views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. Plus, the 5K and 10K races are completely kid-friendly, so the whole family can get involved. Dress up in your costume and participate in this exciting and active event that supports local schools, clubs and non-profits.
Fall Harvest Party | La Center
October 29 | 3–5 p.m.
The La Center Community Library is hosting their annual Fall Harvest Party for kids, featuring cool crafts, games and tons of fun for all ages. Costumes are encouraged but not required!
Downtown Woodland Halloween | Woodland
October 31 | 3–5 p.m.
Wear your costume and travel from door to door in downtown Woodland, visiting the many participating businesses handing out treats! Look for a poster in the window designating businesses participating in downtown Woodland Halloween this year.
Halloween Fright Night | Battle Ground
October 31 | 4–6 p.m.
Head to the Battle Ground Community Center for Fright Night on Halloween. This free family-friendly event offers a frightfully good time with games, activities, prizes, and of course, lots of candy.
What local events are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!