‘Snoop’-ing around for Halloween fun?

Charlie Brown’s dog at the center of a couple of local events

By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter


photoCrazed clowns terrorize visitors to the Scream Haunted House at Vancouver Plaza. The attraction, geared toward teens and adults, is one of Clark County's scariest Halloween entertainment options.

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13 spooky adventures for Halloween

Aviation Harvest Day

When: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29.

Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $7; $5 for seniors, active military members and ages 6-17; free for children 5 and younger. $22 for two adults and up to four children.

Telephone: 360-694-7026.

On the Web:


Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Headless Horseman Halloween

When: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30.

Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 S. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $15; $14 for seniors 60 and older; $10 for children 5-11; $8 for children 2-4; free for children 1 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.

On the Web: bycx.com.

Family Halloween Night

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 29.

Where: Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., Camas.

Admission: Two cans of food or one new, packaged toy. Designed for kids ages 2 through 12.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.

On the Web: www.ci.camas.wa.u...

Frightland at La Center Farms

When: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-29.

Where: La Center Farms, 31215 N.E. 40th Ave., La Center.

Admission: Free; $2 for Nightmare Theater and $3 for Haunted Woods; cash only. Not appropriate for young children.

Telephone: 360-573-8965.

The Great Pumpkin Rising and ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’

When: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 30.

Where: Coffee Villa, 13011 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free. All ages are welcome.

Telephone: 360-892-0233.

Halloween Hoe-Down

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $5, free ages 10 and younger.

Telephone: 360-696-0181.

On the Web: lisaandherkin.com.

Halloween Fun Fest

When: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31.

Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Telephone: 360-687-1510.

On the Web: battlegroundchamber.org.

Haunted Trail of Terror

When: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-31.

Where: 6600 N.E. 144th St.

Admission: $6. Children younger than 10 not admitted without an adult. Not appropriate for young children.

Telephone: 360-989-4766

‘Howl’oween Haunted House Fundraiser for the Animals

When: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29.

Where: Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh St., Camas.

Admission: $5 donation. All ages welcome.

Telephone: 360-335-0941.

On the Web: wcghumanesociety.org.

Scream Haunted House: Apocalypse

When: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30-31.

Where: Vancouver Plaza, 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, Vancouver.

Admission: $20, $5 “Go Again” admission. Not appropriate for young children.

On the Web: screampdx.com.

Screaming Pumpkin Derby

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29.

Where: Serendipity’s Event Center, 4700 St. Johns Road, Vancouver.

Admission: Free; $15 registration race fee. All ages welcome.

Telephone: 360-737-2672.

On the Web: screamingpumpkinderby.com.

Spook-tacular Dance Jam

When: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28.

Where: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $9; preregistration required. Designed for kids ages 7-11; must be checked in and out by an adult.

Telephone: 360-487-7025 or 360-487-7001, ext. 8.

On the Web: cityofvancouver.us/fcc.

Streets of Treats

When: 3-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Where: Battle Ground Village, 1207 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., Battle Ground.

Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Telephone: 360-397-0334.

On the Web: bgvillage.com.

Don’t be alarmed if you see a large white spectre waving its arms along Fourth Plain Boulevard this Halloween weekend.

It’s really just a guy in a Snoopy costume.

Clark County has many other spooky festivities for folks and families — and even the occasional phantasm — this holiday, but don’t underestimate the seasonal power of Charlie Brown’s famous dog.

He’s inspired two events for our area’s younger members this year.

Kicking off the Snoopy-o-Rama is Aviation Harvest Day at the Pearson Air Museum. The first-year-eventwill feature a creepy version of the World War I-era Fokker triplane as a tribute to the Snoopy vs. the Red Baron comic strips penned by Charles M. Schulz.

Laureano Mier, the museum manager, and Deborah Bessette, the assistant retail manager, decided to use a decaying replica of the plane as a centerpiece of a host of activities from 12-8 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s sort of a waiting for the Great Ace Pumpkin thing,” Mier said. “We had this old, tattered, torn original replica of the plane, with the red crosses on the wings, just like the Red Baron, and tears in the fuselage that you can see through. It looks so ghostly, we thought it would be great to do something with it.”

Museum staff have added creepy corn stalks, hay bales, cobwebs and other touches to the plane, and to the general surroundings of the museum, which will be open later than usual for the event.

“We’re going for something sort of Night at the Museum-esque,” Mier said. “We have pumpkin lanterns, candy stations, costume contests, but there’s no super scary skeletons or anything. This is for kids and parents. We wanted to make it so the little guys weren’t coming out and getting scared.”

Kids can also learn how to build gliders, play with a flight simulator and get their picture taken in a pumpkin patch set up by the museum.

“Bring your camera and fresh batteries; we’ll have some nice photo ops,” Mier said.

After the Red Baron experience, the kiddos can watch a free screening of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Coffee Villa at 13011 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

This is the second year the coffee shop has shown the film. Children are encouraged to drop by for some free candy, a visit by Snoopy and a chance to actually see the Great Pumpkin — well, an inflatable version anyway — rise, said Linda Selivanow, co-owner of the shop.

“It’s a big hit with the children,” Selivanow said. “Snoopy will come after the movie and hand out candy. We hope the kids will dress up in their cute little costumes. It’s a lot of fun.”

Not so into Snoopy? That’s OK.

There are lots of teen and adult scares for the older crowd.

Scream Haunted House: Apocalypse, at 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, is probably the flashiest attraction, with a Mayan-themed maze of disaster peppered with professional actors and nightmarish animatronic ghouls and monsters.

On a somewhat smaller scale, those looking for a scare can check out the Haunted Trail of Terror. It features creepy paths through a private farm built in the 1930s.

“This place is so scary anyway, you don’t need to do much to it,” said owner Heidi Hongel. “We have old barns, some scary woods trails with spider webs and zombies, and we have some live scary violin music playing in there.”

Hongel put together the attraction with her daughter and others as a way to raise money for the Columbia River High School orchestra, she said.

“The farm was an old sawmill a long time ago, and it was a chicken farm at one time,” Hongel said. “It’s also next to a cemetery.”

Is it actually haunted?

“Just by my dog,” Hongel said with a laugh.

For the younger teens and tweens, Frightland at La Center Farms, 31215 N.E. 40th Ave., offers an airing of Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” and a theater production with Igor and Wanda the Witch.

“At the end of the skit, the lights go off and you might feel there are things amongst you, hidden in there,” said owner Stephen Boynton.

The event also includes walks through the farm’s haunted woods.

Looking for more? Feel free to thumb through The Columbian’s listing of 13 creepy events for Halloween weekend fun.