Try This: It’s pumpkin huntin’ time

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Warnke family, from left, Janaya, 13, Ryan, 10, Darin, Shane, 10, Amy, and Darien Smith, 20, make their way to the car at the 18th annual Pumpkin Festival at Pomeroy Living History Farm on Oct. 12.

Creepy characters urge haunted house fans to "Confront Your Fears" at Vancouver Plaza.

The Strange Tones will perform tonight at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

Gabriella Wilde, left, and Chloe Moretz in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems' film, "Carrie."

Among the pumpkins at the Pomeroy Living History Farm this weekend will be a Civil War encampment with re-enactors on the grounds. Visitors can take a hayride through the decorated Pumpkin Lane, full of 90 “pumpkin people” on the way to the farm’s pumpkin patch. There will also be a hay bale maze, farm animals, the pumpkin flume, tours of the historic log house and music by Wayne Hoffman and friends.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: $6, $4 for children, free for age 2 and younger.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.


The pumpkins are among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Musical retelling

Pacific Stageworks presents the rock musical “Godspell,” that draws on biblical parables, and the Gospel according to St. Matthew, mixing modern music with traditional hymns. The musical features hit songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord).”

When: 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church, 10300 N.E. 199th St., Battle Ground.

Admission: $15 to $17.

Telephone: 360-213-5174.


3. Frights and bumps in the night

Four large haunted attractions in two buildings make up Confront Your Fears this year. Visitors will traverse different mazes: “Relic” is a hidden temple filled with monsters, giant spiders and snakes; “Biohazard” pays homage to horror video games with zombies and killers; “Morbid Nightmares” is a labyrinth of dreams gone wrong; and “Circus Insane 3D” is a fun house full of 3-D effects and killer clowns. Recommend for ages 14 and older. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.When: 7 to 11 tonight and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $25 includes all haunts; $35 for VIP access.


4. Northwest favorite returns

Blending blues, rockabilly and classic R&B music styles, the Strange Tones are best known for their energetic live performances with the Volcano Vixens. They’ve received numerous awards from the Cascade Blues Association. The concert will celebrate the release of their new CD, “At Home with the Strange Tones.”

When: 7:30 tonight.

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main, Ridgefield.

Telephone: 360-887-7260.


5. Iconic fury of ‘Carrie’

In this remake of Stephen King’s classic horror tale, Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Carrie White, a shy outcast bullied by her high school peers and tormented by her zealot mother (Julianne Moore). When Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers, she exacts furious revenge on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. “Carrie” is rated R.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinema locations.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200;Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.


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