As the weather turns brisk, our thoughts turn to cider, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and corn mazes. Clark County is full of fall fun for everyone, from the youngest tots to teens and adults craving a scare. Check out this great list highlighting some of the fall activities in Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, Woodland, and throughout Clark County.
1617 NE 267th Avenue, Camas
Walton Farms has a pumpkin patch as well as a corn maze, barrel train, wagon rides and more for your family to enjoy. Don’t forget to check out the farm animals, they are just too cute! They are open seven-days a week and have free parking and admission. For more information, visit the Waltons Farms website.
Camas Pumpkin Pageant and Disney Costume Contest
304 NE 4th Ave, Camas
October’s First Friday in Camas (October 5) is going to be all about pumpkins and costumes! The 13th annual Pumpkin Pageant is fun for anyone who loves fall – stroll through downtown Camas and vote for your favorite pumpkin carved by local businesses! Voting can take place between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and enters you to a win a fall-themed basket. At 7:00 p.m., head to Journey at 4th and Birch for a Disney Costume Contest. There will be both Adult and Kid categories with prizes for the winner and runner-up. There will also be live music, Disney-inspired crafts and activities, and festive shopping and dining all evening long! For more information visit the Downtown Camas website.
Clark County Scareground2
17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield
Each year, the Clark County fairgrounds in Ridgefield becomes the spookiest place in the county. This event is more than just three killer haunted houses! They have carnival rides, special events, midway vendors, food, characters walking around to thrill and chill you, and more. While it sounds super spooking, the Scaregrounds has attractions and special events for all ages.
Open October 5 -7, October 12-14, October 18-21, October 25-31, and November 1-2. Ticket booth is open 7:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m. Parking is free. Admission is $25 for all three haunted houses. There will be various discounts on different nights, so check the Scaregrounds website at they update it closer to the first weekend.
Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch
9504 NE 119th Street, Vancouver
There is plenty to do at the Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch. Hay mazes and wagon rides, farm animals and pumpkin launchers, and of course picking the perfect pumpkin! You can even try your hand at swinging a rope. The patch is open on the weekends only. Have a group? You can arrange a group visit during the week. Visit the Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch Facebook page to check out all they offer. For up-to-date information on patch hours and pricing, they ask that you call 360-574-9119 during business hours.
Joe’s Place Farms
701 NE 112th Avenue, Vancouver
Come romp at Joe’s Place Farms for all your pumpkin needs. Open every day, you can navigate the fort maze for $2 or take a hay ride (weekends only) also just $2. Searching for your soon-to-be jack-o-lantern in the pumpkin patch is free, and so is the three-acre corn maze and teepees. They have both decorative and cooking pumpkins. For more information, visit Joe’s Place Farms website or call 360-892-3974
Vancouver Pumpkin Patch at Velvet Acres Gardens
18905 NE 83rd Street, Vancouver
This pumpkin patch is open seven days a week, so you can go whenever it fits your schedule! Hayrides operate Friday through Sunday. Fall fun includes a petting zoo, hay pyramid and loads of other activities, including picking out a pumpkin! Admission is $6 and includes all this fun, as well as your pumpkin. For more information, visit the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch website.
Haunted Walking Tours
Clark County Historical Museum
Every Friday and Saturday through the month of October you can take a ghostly walk with a guide from the Clark County Historical Museum. Travel through downtown Vancouver and learn about the spooky stories from our city’s past. Tours are at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Cost is $8 for Clark County Historical Museum members, or $10 general. Tickets must be purchased in advanced. For more information visit the Clark County Historical Museum website or call 360-993-5679.
Old Apple Tree Festival
Old Apple Tree Park
11 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver
This year’s Old Apple Tree Festival will take place on October 6, 2018. A free event, the festival celebrates the oldest apple tree still growing in the Northwest – it was planted at Fort Vancouver in 1826. The community celebration is family-friendly and includes food, live music and kids’ activities. The Urban Forester Commissioners will give away limited cuttings from the old tree during the festival. Walking tours of Fort Vancouver are available as well. And of course, you can’t have an apple festival without cider pressing! Bring your own apples (12 pounds makes about a quart) and a clean container for your cider. The event is free and goes from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
730 9th St, Washougal
For 25 years, Mark Allen has been scaring and entertaining neighbors and visitors with Coffinwood. The free, home-based yard display and haunted house is the brain-child of Allen’s, whose been into monsters and ghouls since he was little. Although it’s a home-display, it’s anything but amateurish and Allen gets the crowds to prove it – up to 1,000 people on Halloween alone.
Admission is free, but he requires a non-perishable food donation for the local food bank: The Inter-Faith Treasure House. Coffinwood is open the last three weekends in October and Halloween night. For more information, visit the Coffinwood Facebook page.
The annual Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival is happening again on October 27, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wear your costume and come have fun with treats, games, prizes and entertainment. Children get one free pumpkin. More details to come, watch the City of Washougal website.
1703 Main Street, Washougal
This costumed run is NOT your average fun run! As you take on the half marathon, 5k or 10k, you will be chased by monsters, zombies and psychos. Walk if you dare, run if you need to! After the event there will be festival food and drinks for all, including free beer. Located in Washougal, along the Columbia River with views of Mount Hood and the Gorge, It’s the perfect place to get your fit scare on. Finishers shirts and medals will be given out. Free photos and social media fun will be going on the day of the run as well. The Scary Run will take place October 28, 2018. Registration information can be found at the WhyRacingEvents website.
612 Whalen Rd, Woodland
The Patch offers over 60 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. During the weekends, refresh yourself with concessions while you pick out your pumpkin. Family-friendly activities include photo-op boards, corn hole toss, candy corn ring toss, hay maze, pumpkin bowling (kids under 12-years-old, weekends only) and hay rides (weather permitting on the weekends). Pets are welcome on leashes. The Patch will be Open October 2 through October 31. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit The Patch website or Facebook page.
Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm
20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt
Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm is a unique experience the entire family will love to return to each fall. Take a one-mile hay ride down a lane of over 100 pumpkin people! Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids 3- to 11-years-old. Don’t forget to pick out your pumpkin while there. They also have a hay maze, historical tours, pumpkin flume, farm animals, and treats to munch on.
Pomeroy Farm will open October 6 for every full weekend in October. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Gates close at 4:00 p.m., grounds stay open until 5:00 p.m.). For more information, visit the Pomeroy Farm website.
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad has a few fun fall train rides that the whole family will love.
The last weekend of September is the perfect time for a ride in their open-air car pulled by a diesel engine. The harvest run passes by the East Fork Lewis River, waterfalls and of course, the famous 330-foot solid rock tunnel the railroad is known for. Departures are 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on the following dates: September 29 and 30.
Then, take a ride on their steam train to enjoy the beautiful fall leaves. The ride goes to the Heisson area, with stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Departures are 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on the following dates: October 13 and 14. On the October 13 they also have a special Fall Leaves and Wine Train. Purchase tickets for this event and board at Moulton Falls Winery.
Also pulled by the steam train, the Headless Horseman Halloween Train is a fall favorite and tradition for many families. Join them for candy, cocoa, coffee, a hay stack full of goodies and plenty of spooks. Costumes are encouraged. Departures are 9:30 a.m, 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on the following dates: October 27 and 28.
Ticket prices start at $9 or $13 depending on the excursion. For more information, visit the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad website.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill
43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland
Once a year, people line up for the famous apple cider being pressed at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. This year, on October 27, they will begin distributing cider at 9:00 a.m. and will go until it’s gone, a total of 8,000 pounds! Children are invited inside the Mill to help the volunteers press the cider. More information can be found on the Cedar Creek Grist Mill website.
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