Weekend Plan

Five Things to Do Out of Town This Weekend

With a half-ton pumpkin, Count Dracula, and a murder mystery, it’s Halloween season.

By Stephanie Rubesh October 21, 2011

So what happened to the 1,000 pounds of pumpkin innards that were scooped from the S.S. Gourd?
Photo by John Lariviere

-Haunt the Graveyard of the Pacific at Cape Disappointment State Park near Long Beach. Saturday features an event all about the 2,000 vessels that have gone down off our coast. Look for talks, book signings, music performances, and tours of the North Head lighthouse and the 155-year-old Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

-In Dracula at Bellevue’s International Ballet Theatre, gory, Gothic folklore meets forbidden love. The show is on for two weekends and is normally priced at $50, but there are $30 adult tickets for tonight’s opening.

Saturday’s 11th annual /E0-001-041605981-9">West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta brings 1,000-pound pumpkin boats, pumpkin pie eating contests, and pumpkin golf to Tualatin Commons in Portland.

-Who did it aboard the Chehalis-Centralia Murder Mystery Train? Probably not Colonel Mustard, and it definitely wasn’t in a billiard room. Take a ride on Sunday for a four-course dinner and night of detective work.

-Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s annual Hoot ‘n’ Howl in Eatonville is two nights—Friday and Saturday—of after-dark safaris, eco-friendly trick-or-treating, and exotic animals that will be utterly confused by your costume.

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