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Haunted Happenings: Here’s a line-up of spooky events in Clark County through November

By , Columbian staff writer

Daily through Oct. 31: The entire block at Northwest 46th Street and Northwest Franklin Street in Vancouver — six homes in total — are decorated for Halloween in their creepy best. Lights, music and chilling special effects are on nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. Weekends feature live costumed characters spooking visitors after dark. On Halloween night, trick-or-treating takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. with live characters including the Ghostbusters, Barbie and Michael Myers. Learn more at holidaysonfranklin.com.

Through Oct. 29: Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Join a local historian for a guided walking tour of the Vancouver Barracks featuring spooky, odd and unexplained occurrences, hauntings and ghost sightings. Tour-takers should meet across from the Grant House at 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver. Times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over, $15 for veterans and kids age 15 and younger. Get tickets at ghostsandcritters.com.

Oct. 12-31: Treadway Events and Entertainment presents “Cinema of Horrors: Drive-In Experience” at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. This contactless Halloween experience is set to send shivers down the spines of horror fans and thrill-seekers alike. Dates are Oct. 12-15, 18-22 and 25-31. Gates open at 7 p.m. nightly. Films begin at 7 p.m. or later, depending on the time of sunset. Watch a hair-raising line-up of horror movies with spine-tingling classics and modern nightmares on the big screen. Live monsters will lurk among the audience, ready to scare guests before and during the films. Tickets start at $59 per vehicle. Most movies are R-rated and not suitable for children; check the schedule for designated family nights. Purchase tickets and see the film schedule at www.ridgefield.cinemaofhorrors.com.

Oct. 13: The Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas, is hosting a Spooky Shoes Workshop for adults from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants should bring a pair of plain canvas slip-on shoes (no laces). The class will use a Cricut machine to cut out skeleton bones and iron the vinyl onto shoes.

Oct. 14: Paint your own Halloween haunted house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Vancouver Art Space, located inside Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 206, Vancouver. Students will get step-by-step instructions to paint a haunted house with watercolors. Instruction, materials and spooky tales included. Class is suited for ages 15 and older. The cost is $75 per person. Register at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 14: The Camas Public Library is hosting a Scary Story Contest for kids in third through 12th grades. Stories must be 500 words or less and be inspired by one of these prompts: You are walking alone in a graveyard at midnight. Or, you make the mistake of stealing from the town witches. Stories must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Turn in stories to the library’s front desk or submit it online through a form at cityofcamas.us/library. Three winners will get a prize and be asked to read their story at the library’s Saturday Spooktacular Halloween Party on Oct. 21.

Oct. 15: Make your own, one-of-a-kind Halloween witch hat from 2 to 4 p.m. at Vancouver Art Space, located inside Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 206, Vancouver. This workshop will provide everything needed to make your own, custom witch hat. Pick from paints, stains, inks and glues then decorate your hat with ephemera, feathers, ribbons and leaves. The class is best suited for ages 15 and older. The cost is $75 per person and includes all materials. Register at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 16: Re-Imagined Radio presents a Halloween story called “Asezhia” that blends science fiction and horror. The episode premiers at 1 p.m. on KXRW-FM (99.9), Vancouver, and KXRY-FM (91.1 and 107.1), Portland. “Asezhia” is the story of an ancient jewel, stolen from a planet with a dark history, that transforms into a predatory terror with an insatiable hunger for sensation and blood. A telepathic special detective from Quaymet, the capitol of a galactic civilization, goes up against this strange and baffling phenomenon. The story was created in 1989 for a commercial radio series called “ShreekShow.”

Oct. 18: Clark County Historical Museum wraps up its 2023 History on Tap season at the Kiggins Theatre with “Campfire Tales: Little Couve of Horrors.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Local historians Pat Jollota, Brad Richardson and Jeff Davis bring their spookiest and creepiest stories from Clark County’s past — including never-before-heard haunting accounts as well as tales of vice and crime. Before the main event, the audience will be invited to figure out which tidbits of history are true and which ones are fake in “One History and a Lie,” followed by a trivia battle between the husband-and-wife duo behind My Family Guide. Admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Buy tickets at kigginstheatre.com.

Oct. 20-31: The Liberty Theatre, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas, is offering a Halloween Film Fest, with nine classic Halloween movies showing over two weeks. These will play festival-style, with a discount for purchasing all nine shows for $39.96 ($4.44) per film. Individual tickets are $6.50. Films include “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “The Mummy,” “The Invisible Man,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolfman,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” The Liberty Theatre is also showing “Beetlejuice” and “The Thing,” priced from $7 to $9. See camasliberty.com for dates and times.

Oct. 21: Dia De Muertos is a Day of the Dead celebration to remember and honor those who have departed. Join the festivities in Esther Short Park from 2 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. This gathering, brought to life by Vancouver Ballet Folklórico and bolstered by local organizations, features live entertainment by Mariachi Mexico en La Piel, Huehca Omeyocan and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Band. Purchase traditional Mexican food and treats and browse vendors with original art. See authentic ofrendas (altars) honoring loved ones, Mexican dancing in colorful costumes and hundreds of luminarias, or lanterns. This free, family-friendly event will take place rain or shine. Learn more at vbfolklor.org/event-listing/luminarias-dia-de-muertos.

Oct. 21: The Camas Public Library is hosting Saturday Spooktacular, a Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Enjoy bingo, crafts, a haunted library and scary stories. All ghosts, ghouls and ages are welcome. Costumes are encouraged.

Oct. 26: Paint your own Halloween kitty from 2 to 4 p.m. at Vancouver Art Space, located inside Vancouver Mall at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 206, Vancouver. Students will learn basic techniques to paint their own spooky kitties. The cost is $75 per person and includes all materials. Class is best suited for ages 15 and older. Register at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 26: The Battle Ground Community Center will go to the dogs at 6 p.m. during the Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade and Pet Costume Contest. Pups will be on parade in Battle Ground’s “Barks” and Recreation contest with prizes. Registration is open until Oct. 25 or until the roster is full. The entry fee is $5 per canine contestant. Admission is free for spectators. Find complete details at cityofbg.org/933/Howl-o-ween-Pooch-Parade.

Oct. 26: Women Build Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Halloween Bingo Night fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 S.E. Second St., Vancouver. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 to play 10 rounds of bingo with prizes. The family-friendly evening includes a costume contest, complimentary snacks and drinks available to buy. Registration isn’t required but it’s appreciated at fundraiser.bid/bingo.

Oct. 27: Washougal High School Drama presents “The Exhibition” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal. This student-created haunted house features nods to famous horror entertainments and takes guests through a twisting path around the high school stage. Tickets are $5, available at the door.

Oct. 28: The Parks Foundation of Clark County and iQ Credit Union bring Booville to Vancouver Mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to peruse interactive booths and pumpkin decorating stations.

Oct. 28: The Camas Parks and Recreation Pumpkin Party is 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., Camas, featuring carnival games, prizes, candy, fall crafts, a photo booth and a costume contest at 8:15 p.m. Trick-or-treat bags will be given to the first 35 kids and mini pumpkins will be given to the first 300 kids. Activities are designed for ages 12 and under and children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to bring two cans of food or other non-perishable items for the Interfaith Treasure House food bank. Those who donate food will be entered in a drawing for a Halloween gift basket. For details, call 360-834-5307 or visit www.cityofcamas.us/parksrec.

Oct. 29: Join Orchard’s Cars and Coffee at Vancouver Mall from 4 to 6 p.m. for Trunk or Treat in the southeast parking lot by J.C. Penney. Come dressed in costume, take a stroll down rows and rows of classic and custom cars, and enjoy a spooky time with lots of photo opportunities. To show your car at the event or donate candy, message Orchards Cars and Coffee on Facebook at facebook.com/Orchardscarsandcoffee/ or Instagram at instagram.com/orchardscarsandcoffee/.

Oct. 30: Enjoy a live performance of “The War of the Worlds” by Willamette Radio Workshop, presented by Re-Imagined Radio. Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the original radio broadcast (Oct. 30, 1938), see and hear this classic radio play recreated with voice actors and Foley artists at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at kigginstheatre.com. Tickets are $22 online or $22 at the door. Willamette Radio Workshop will follow the 1938 script by Howard E. Koch as used by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air for their famous 1938 radio broadcast.

Oct. 31: The Hough Neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat event will be held on Daniels Street in downtown Vancouver, at the Real Life Foursquare Church across from Hough Elementary School, from 5 to 7 p.m. Families should come in costume and to trick-or-treating from car trunk to trunk. Enjoy free games, free candy and a free dinner (while supplies last).

Oct. 31: Warehouse Christian Church, 850 Sixth St., Washougal, will host its annual Harvest Carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Both floors of the building will be filled with carnival games and activities. The free event includes carnival games, candy, toys, prizes, treats and snacks. Costumes are encouraged but nothing disturbing or gory will be allowed. To learn more, call 360-834-0660 or visit whcchurch.net.

Oct. 31: Battle Ground’s Halloween Fright Night is 4 to 6 p.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. This free, family-friendly event will feature Halloween-themed games, prizes and candy. In the Community Center’s parking lots, boys and ghouls can enjoy trunk-or-treating and brave C-Tran’s kid-friendly haunted bus. Get complete details at cityofbg.org/785/Halloween-Fright-Night.

Oct. 31: Cascade Inn Assisted Living, 11613 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver, is hosting a spooky Halloween drive-through event from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Arrive on foot or by car to get sweet treats and seasonal fun. Enjoy apple cider, hot cocoa and candy. Costumes are encouraged.

Nov. 3-19: Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland, presents “Seeking Mister Hyde,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Matinee shows are 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19. 3 Robert Louis Stevenson writes about a criminal who led a double life, but becomes obsessed by the notion of evil that can live under a veneer of respectability. Tickets are $23, on sale at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling 800-966-8865.

Nov. 16: Vancouver Symphony Chamber Series goes “Back to the Movies” with a 7 p.m. showing of the 1922 horror masterpiece, “Nosferatu,” the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The silent movie will be offered with live organ accompaniment. Tickets are $25 at kigginstheatre.com. Learn more at vancouversymphony.org.

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