Looking for local ways to enjoy autumn? Following is a round-up of all the places where Camas-Washougal families can find pumpkins, trick-or-treat events, caramel apples and maybe even some “spooktacular” Halloween fun.
Waltons Farms in Camas features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, barrel train and weekend hay wagon rides through Oct. 30.
Food is available for purchase, with proceeds going to Shriners Children’s Hospital, and people who solve every riddle in the corn maze are eligible to enter a weekly drawing for a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card.
Admission to the farm, located at 1617 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas, is free for ages 2 and younger, $10 for ages 55 and older and $12 for ages 3 to 54, and includes one free pumpkin for children ages 3 and older.
The farm is open from 3 to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Dogs are welcome, but must stay on a leash, according to Waltons Farms’ website.
For more information, visit waltonsfarms.com or “WaltonsFarms” on Facebook, call 360-834-2810 or email email@example.com.
Skamania County Fairgrounds
Skamania County’s pumpkin patch event will be held Oct 23-25 at the county fairgrounds stock barn, 650 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson.
The event, put on by the Skamania County Community Events and Recreation department, is suitable for children of all ages, but best for those between 2 and 9 years old, according to Skamania County’s website.
Admission costs $5 per person and includes access to crafts, games, a hay maze and a small pumpkin for children.
For more information, call 509-427-3980.
Bi-Zi Farms’ harvest festival and pumpkin patch “is meant to celebrate the annual harvest and our farm’s rural heritage,” according to Bi-Zi Farms’ website.
The pumpkin patch is open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October.
Admission costs $12 for ages 64 and younger, $10 for ages 65 and older and is free for ages 2 and younger. Paid entry to the pumpkin patch includes one pumpkin; admission to the farm’s corn maze and animal area; and a variety of children’s activities, including pedal tractor driving, calf roping, hippity-hop races and pumpkin launching.
Face painting and a variety of food, drinks and treats are also available for an additional fee.
Bi-Zi Farms is located at 9504 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. For more information, visit bi-zifarms.com/pumpin-patch or “Bi-Zi Farms” on Facebook, or call 360-574-9119.
Joe’s Place Farm
Joe’s Place Farm, located at 701 N.E. 112th St., Vancouver, features a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and hayrides.
The pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31.
Snacks and treats such as Frito pies, caramel apples, hot chocolate and cider are available for purchase. For more information, visit joesplacefarm.com or “Joe’s Place Farm” on Facebook, or call 360-892-3974.
Washougal library hosts literary pumpkin decorating contest
The Washougal Community Library is holding a literary pumpkin decorating contest through the month of October.
Participants are asked to decorate an uncarved pumpkin as their favorite literary character and bring it to the library by Oct. 30 to enter the contest.
Pumpkins will be displayed in the library, and winners will be determined by vote.
The Washougal library, located at 1661 “C” St., is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit fvrl.org or call 360-906-4860.
Apple Festival set for Oct. 13
The Riverside Christian School Apple Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the school, 463 N. Shepherd Road, Washougal.
The event will feature local artisanal food and gifts from more than 30 vendors, food booths, face painting, a Camas-Washougal Fire Department fire truck, children’s games and a bounce house.
Apples, as well as the school’s “famous” apple pies and dumplings, will be available for purchase.
“Our homemade apple pies and dumplings, with the best caramel sauce you’ve ever tasted, have people coming back year after year,” according to Riverside Christian School’s website.
For more information, visit riversidesch.com or call 360-835-5600.
Camas Public Library hosts ‘spooktacular’ events through October
The Camas Public Library will play host to three Halloween-themed events in October.
From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Ellen Wilson of Columbia Springs will present “Bat Facts” for all ages wanting to know more about the critter most associated with vampires. Wilson will discuss myths and facts about bats and talk about how bats help humans, how to stay safe around bats and what the Washington state bat is all about. Participants will have the chance to examine a real bat skeleton.
The library’s “Saturday Spooktacular!” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and will feature snacks, “boo bingo,” kids crafts, sensory boxes, moon photos and a haunted library.
A mini-pumpkin decorating party will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Pumpkins will be provided. All ages are welcome, and registration is required.
The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., in downtown Camas. For more information, visit camaslib rary.org or call 360-834-4692.
Downtown Camas businesses prep for popular Boo Bash
Boo Bash, the annual, early trick-or-treating event that takes place throughout downtown Camas, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Local businesses will give out candy or Halloween prizes to trick-or-treaters.
“Seeing all the kids, and many parents, too, dressed in costume is exceptionally fun. (There’s) always a few surprises as well,” according to the Downtown Camas Association’s website.
The city closes Northeast Fourth Avenue from Northeast Adams to Northeast Franklin streets, and side streets from Northeast Third to Fifth avenues during the event. The city requests that families do not bring bicycles, skateboards or scooters, and that parents supervise children when crossing the road.
For more information, visit downtowncamas.com/event/boo-bash-trick-treat.
Washougal High to transform into haunted house
The Washougal High School (WHS) drama department is holding a “Haunted House” from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
“This year’s haunt centers around urban legends,” said WHS drama instructor Kelly Gregersen.
Admission is $5 per person and $3 for re-entry the same night.
Washougal harvest festival set for Oct. 26
The annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main Street.
The free event, put on by the city of Washougal and Downtown Washougal Association (DWA), will feature carnival games, balloon animal makers, a selfie station and food vendors.
The city and DWA will give out 1,000 free pumpkins to children at the event.
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Family Fall Fest to be held Oct. 26 in Camas
Family Fall Fest will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Camas Church of the Nazarene, 2204 N.E. Birch St., Camas.
The event will feature games, food and a drawing to win prizes such as an Amazon Echo, an Amazon Fire tablet, tickets to Portland Trail Blazers games and more.
For more information, email office@camasnazar ene.org, call 360-834-3433 or visit “Camas Church of the Nazarene” on Facebook.
Liberty Middle School to host annual family Halloween event Oct. 26
Family Halloween Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., Camas.
The event, put on by the Camas Parks and Recreation Department, will feature carnival games, prizes, candy, fall crafts, a photo booth and costume contest. People who bring two cans of food or non-perishable items will be eligible for a prize raffle.
For more information, call 360-834-5307 or visit cityofcamas.us/parks.
Aviation Association to host ‘Trunk or Treat’ Oct. 31
The Camas-Washougal Aviation Association will host “Trunk or Treat,” a trick-or-treat event, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the airport parking at Grove Field, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.