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Kimberly Brown to return for 'Spirit of Halloweentown' festivities in fall

Actress from movie filmed in St. Helens says she will return for a two-day visit


SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Actress Kimberly Brown was greeted by a crowd of thousands during the pumpkin lighting ceremony in downtown St. Helens last October during Spirit of Halloweentown. Brown announced earlier this week that she will return for the ceremony again this year.For the second year in a row, St. Helens is expected to host a celebrity guest as master of ceremonies for the Spirit of Halloweentown pumpkin lighting in October.

Kimberly Brown, the actress who played a teenage witch named “Marnie” in the Disney Channel film “Halloweentown,” which was filmed in St. Helens, made an announcement Wednesday, July 27, that she will return to help kick off the month-long festivities on Oct. 8.

Brown’s celebrity guest appearance at the pumpkin lighting ceremony last fall, and massive social media attention leading up to the lighting, drew an unprecedented crowd of thousands. Event planners are eager to build on last year’s success and have released preliminary details about the festival in October.

Brown officially announced her return to St. Helens to participate in the pumpkin lighting ceremony in a video on her YouTube channel, which she shared through various social media accounts.

This year, Brown will also host meet-and-greet opportunities, autograph signings and a ticketed story-time event, where she will read from a children’s book she authored, a press release stated. Brown will also be hosting photo opportunities and judging a costume contest, she announced.

Brown’s announcement comes just on the heels of a $7,500 purchase made by the city of St. Helens to buy a taxicab that resembles a prop from the “Halloweentown” film. In the film, the cab was driven by a skeleton-man named “Benny.”

In June the St. Helens City Council gave City Administrator John Walsh and event planner Tina Curry the go-ahead to purchase the vehicle. Curry confirmed by email this week that the car had been secured.

Dozens of events are scheduled this year throughout the month, including an interactive haunted house being organized by CNCScare Factory, severed-head tractor rides, cake decorating and costume contests, haunted city tours and more.

An official schedule of events for the 2016 Spirit of Halloweentown can be found online at http://discovercolumbiacounty.com/20160401/ or on the Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook page.