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Two ceremonies to be held for "Spirit of Halloweentown" festivities

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Crowds of thousands gathered in the St. Helens courthouse plaza last year during the pumkin lighting ceremony with celebrity guest, Kimberly Brown. This year, two ceremonies will be held on two different weekends to accomodate crowds.Event planners for the Spirit of Halloweentown festivities in St. Helens have announced two different pumpkin lighting ceremonies will be held in October, the event that has been viewed as the kickoff for the month-long series of Halloween-themed activities.

The first ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. as a family-oriented, low-key event in the St. Helens courthouse plaza. The following weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 8, a second pumpkin-lighting ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. with celebrity guest Kimberly Brown acting as emcee for the event. Brown starred as a teenage witch in the 1998 Disney Channel original film “Halloweentown,” which was filmed in St. Helens.

A full schedule of events for Spirit of Halloweentown activities can be found online at www.discovercolumbiacounty.com or on the Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook page.