Harvest of Haunts: Light em up!
The lighting of the giant pumpkin in St. Helens is often the kickoff to Spirit of Halloweentown festivities. This year, event organizers have planned a pumpkin lighting ceremony every weekend in October with a variety of celebrity hosts to allow event attendees the chance to see the Columbia Courthouse Plaza it all of its festive glory.
A special event on Oct. 13 is sure to bring in massive crowds as many of the actors from the 1998 Disney TV film "Halloweentwon" return to St. Helens on the 20th anniversary of the movie's release.
Members from "Halloweentown" expected to be in attendance include: Kimberly Brown, who played teen-witch Marnie Piper; Emily Roeske, who play Sophie; Joey Zimmerman, who played Dylan Piper; Judith Hoag, who played Gwen Piper; Robin Thomas, who played Kalabar; Judith Ford, who played a character named Harriet; and Michele Mariana, who played the Pincushion secretary.
Other weekends will also feature various actors hosting the pumpkin lighting. Each lighting is free to attend.
• Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 p.m.
Emily Roeske, the actor who played Sophie Piper in the Halloweentown film, and Manny and Lori Souza, a couple featured in a tv documentary called American Scream, will host the event.
• Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Many of the major actors from the Halloweentown film including Brown, Roeske, Zimmerman, Hoag, Thomas and others will host the ceremony.
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Roeske along with Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee, actors from the TV show, "Grimm." This weekend will also feature a Grimm-themed costume contest being organized by the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
• Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.Roeske and her "little witches" will host this event.
• Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:15 p.m.Roeske and Thomas will host the final pumpkin lighting ceremony.