Anna Gragert
September 02, 2015 4:45 pm

October is fast-approaching and you know what that means? Halloweentown.

Thankfully, this film magically appears on Disney Channel each and every year, showering us all with a feeling of precious nostalgia. It’s also a great reminder of this classic Agatha Cromwell quote: “Being normal is vastly overrated,” which is basically the best response for everything. Really, Halloweentown is just an all-around GREAT film filled to the brim of a cauldron with GIF-worthy captions.

But – did you know that you can actually visit Halloweentown IN REAL LIFE? Yep. You can.

For years, St. Helen’s, Oregon has been keeping their Spirit of Halloweentown event under wraps (like the mummy in Under Wraps, another esteemed Disney original). They’ve been hosting this celebration annually and definitely don’t disappoint. Why? Because they recreate the ENTIRE Halloweentown set using the ACTUAL setup from the movie.

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Halloweentown was filmed in Oregon and the beloved film set (complete with the legendary Great Pumpkin, of course) was saved —which is amazing. Rather than letting this beautiful piece of our childhood histories gather dust, St. Helen’s decided to express their Halloween spirit by allowing people to visit it in-person. Now, that’s dedication!

For every weekend in October, they have tours for enchanted visitors and costume contests for children. There’s even a Hot-Rod and Hearse contest that allows the neighbor with the spookiest hearse (or coolest hot-rod, since hearses aren’t your everyday vehicle) to win a prize. As for the town’s stores, they’ve also gotten in on the action by participating in a scarecrow building contest. Where can we sign up for ALL of this?

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Last (but certainly not least), the city kicks off these fall festivities with a lighting of the infamous Great Pumpkin. Our hearts are bursting with happiness at the thought of this and we hope that this tradition never ends.

To keep up with these Halloweentown happenings, you can delight in the updates that are shared on the event’s Facebook page.

[Images via Disney, Facebook]

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