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Halloween 2019: local events for guys & ghouls of every age

Hear that distant, bone-chilling howl? See those pumpkins popping up on every corner? It can only mean one thing – the spookiest season is here! Here are some events all can enjoy that range from crafty to educational:

Cardboard Costume Creation

Friday Oct 4, 5:00-8:00pm

Vancouver Mall Library

8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive , Suite 285, Vancouver, WA 98662

Create amazing cardboard costumes! We provide the cardboard and other supplies, you provide the imagination. Ages 15 and up.

Second Saturday at the Water Center – Creatures of the Night

Saturday Oct 12, 1:00-3:00pm

Vancouver Water Resources Education Center

4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

Join us for a spooky Second Saturday where we explore the fun and fascinating world of nocturnal animals. Fun and free!

CCHM History on Tap: the Haunting History of Clark County

Thursday Oct 17, doors at 6:00pm, event begins at 7:00pm

The Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Clark County Historical Museum will conclude its 2019 History on Tap program with a talk by local historians Pat Jollota, Brad Richardson, and Jeff Davis; they’ll explore the modern folklore of Clark County through historical interpretations, personal stories, folktales, and various haunting accounts drawn from Jollota’s book, “Darkness Next Door.” The evening will begin with a game show-style segment in which three members of the audience will be invited on stage to answer a series of historical questions about Clark County and beyond. Another segment, “Ask Pat,” will feature Pat Jollota’s answer to one question about local history, as selected from social media (#AskPat), email, or submitted through the museum.

Tickets $15 in advance or $18 day-of.

Squishing of the Squash

Friday Oct 18, 11:00am

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-9704

Samudra the elephant enjoying a giant pumpkin!

The Oregon Zoo’s annual Squishing of the Squash, in which some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins, is a precursor to the zoo’s Howloween celebration taking place the following weekends (more on that here!). Throughout the weekend, visitors can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats.

Free with zoo admission.




Halloween Bath Bombs at Heathen Brewing Feral Public House (presented by lather + foam)

Tuesday Oct 22, 7:00pm

Heathen Brewing Feral Public House

1109 Washington Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Create witches cauldrons that will begin to bubble and brew once they are dropped into your tub! These are so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless. We will have all sorts of Halloween fragrances available as well as spiders, snakes, ants, eyeballs and more to hide inside your cauldrons!

$40 per person admission price guarantees each guest 6 cauldrons to take home.

Frightmare on Main Street presents “The Crow” – special viewing with screenwriter Q&A

Friday Oct 25, 9:30-11:30pm

The Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

We have a very special guest in attendance for our October 25th edition of Frightmare! Screenwriter John Shirley will be in attendance to introduce the cult film THE CROW and to do a post-screening Q&A! Tickets $11.50 each.