Try This: Take a thrill ride on the rails

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Take a spooky ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, where the Headless Horseman makes an appearance on this Halloween-inspired tour. Enjoy the added treat of a 10-mile round-trip train ride through north Clark County in all its autumn glory. Reservations are recommended.

When: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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.

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The train ride is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a pumpkin derby and apple pressing.

2. Haunted house for grown-up frights

Brave the unknown in Scream at the Beach’s Apocalypse, a haunted house exploring the end of the world. Tour an ancient temple where scientists have uncovered clues as well as a variety of ancient monsters. The haunted house will include carnival rides, as well as spooky specters ready to scare those waiting in line.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday and 7-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

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

Admission: $20, $5 for “Go Again” admission.

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3. Faster than a speeding pumpkin

Come and support a racing team or build a racer as kids and adults compete in the Screaming Pumpkin Derby. Create a pumpkin racer by adding wheels, paint and creativity to a pumpkin then send it down the track. There will also be a costume contest, pictures, crafts, food and trophies. Registration forms and rules are on the website.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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

Admission: Free; $15 registration race fee.

Telephone: 360-737-2672.

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4. Enjoy the sights and smells of cider

Bring home a bottle of freshly made cider from the Cedar Creek Grist Mill with their annual Apple Pressing event. Visitors are encouraged to get involved and learn about the pressing process, as about 8,000 pounds of apples will be pressed into cider. Visitors are invited to enjoy the cider, but a donation of $2.50 per bottle is appreciated.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.

Admission: Donations accepted.

Telephone: 360-225-5832.

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5. Join ‘Puss in Boots’ for adventure

Puss in Boots from the “Shrek” movies returns with his own film. The outlaw cat (Antonio Banderas) sets out to save his town by joining forces with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and tough Kitty Softpaws to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs. “Puss in Boots” is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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