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ShoeString Community Players, Columbia County, Oregon—

ShoeString Community Players present “October Events”.  A collection of activities, shows, and tours to help celebrate October.  We kick the month off with the “Witch’s Ride” float in the first of many “Community Spirit of Halloweentown” parade at 4:30 on Columbia Blvd. October 1st.   We will have notable and famous witches from the silver screen with a court of witches & warlocks escorting the float down main street.  The South County Chamber of Commerce is hosting this Get-together with a ton of support and help from with in the community.  They have stepped up and inviting the cool, stranger things, and bizarre from all over the northwest.  Thank you to the Columbia River PUD for their generous help.

“Zombie Apocalypse” is an event is in conjunction with the St. Helens Rotary “Monster Dash.  Run for your life!” and is a no contact event.   Plan on staying a few hours while we transform you from a normal human into a flesh eating zombie. You will be scheduled a morning time slot to come to the Cross Fit St. Helens. The largest number of zombie character actors on the largest stage of the streets of St. Helens.  Wear your make all day and attend as a zombie for the Spirit of Halloweentown  pumpkin lighting.  You all are going to have a lot of fun being zombies.  Mark October 8th on your calendar.  Makeup call starts at 7:30am and will have a staggered schedule until the race begins.

“Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow”,  one of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”   Complete with the old time commercials. An evening to enjoy!  The venue will be at the St. Helens High School, Loo Wit Room, in building B.  October 14 and 15, with curtain at 7pm.

“St. Helens Haunted Tours”, the fourth year running a live haunted tour thru River District St. Helens. Tour length 45 Minutes.  Adding real scares while seeing the local haunts.  Add in special effects the story comes alive. May be scary for young children.  Come see the local haunts, and re-live the secret, spooky, and creepy history of St. Helens.  Please dress for Oregon weather and keep warm. Shoes with high heels are not recommended.  This is an outdoor event.  October 21st and 22nd with Tours starting on the hour from 7pm to 10pm.

“Scarecrow: Tales in the Dark”, BEWARE OF THE SCARECROWS. Your tour guide the Dread Pirate Robert Stiltskin starts your adventure and takes you on a walkabout and tells the original tales of the region. Tour length 45 minutes. See the dark forest by firelight and get a little spooky, and creepy with just a bit of moon light.  May be scary for young children, parental discretion is advised. Please dress for Oregon weather and keep warm.  This is an out door event.   October 28th and 29th with Tours starting on the half hour from 7pm to 10pm.

If you want to do it all, we have a VIP Passport that will let you see each of the shows, provide you with a VIP lanyard, VIP T-shirt, and a special bonus tour that will not be open to the general public and not wheel chair accessible.  It makes your stay in St. Helens extra special.  Act soon because VIP Passports are only available until October 7th, 2016.  It is a $105 dollar value.  Check out our show dates, times, and ticket prices.

Buy your tickets now for performances starting October 23, 2016  ONLINE  or at the ticket booth at the venue 30 minutes prior.   Performance tend to sell out quickly so please do not delay.  If you have questions please contact us at or 503-366-4406.

We also have a variety of T-Shirts to help you celebrate Halloween in the most haunted town in the United States.  Check them out because they are pretty special, and proceeds go the Cheri Adams Scholarship Fund for graduating Columbia County seniors.


We are all so grateful to the support from our community business, they are the true heroes.   Please help us thank; Ace Hardware, Comcast, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Don’s Rental, Emmert Motors, Richardson’s Furniture, SunShine Pizza, CRPUD, D.R. Garrison, CPA, PC, Dyno Nobel, SCI – Semling Construction Inc, Sunset Auto Parts, The Burrito House, Advantage Printing, Barlow Bikes & Boards, Bertucci’s Chocolates, Burgerville, Columbia County Brewing CCB, El Tapatio, Fibers & Stitches, Heller Enterprises, Les Schwab Tire, Oregon Trail Lanes, St Helens Liquor Store, St. Helens Physical Therapy, State Farm – Kevin Iverson, Alliance Automotive & Exhaust, Bobbie’s Cuts+, Columbia Funeral Home Inc, Dianna’s Formal Affair, Eaton’s Tire & Auto Repair, GW Curnutt & Associates Optometry, Lower Columbia Engineering, Outlaw Automotive, St. Helens Auto Body, St. Helens Credit Union, St. Helens Market Fresh, Stans Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc., Village Inn, Vonnie’s Dog House, Wauna Credit Union, Pacific Industrial Service, Chase Bank, Froggy’s Fog, Hudson Garbage, South County Chamber of Commerce, St. Helens Rotary, and to all the residents that have allowed us to share our town with the rest of the community.  Interested in being a sponsor?

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for over 30 years. Formed from a dedicated group of “Reader’s Theater” performers, SSCP was officially founded in 1982.  The first production was Brigadoon, performed at the St.  Helens High School Olmscheid Auditorium.  SSCP has consistently produced productions and performances since that time, tapping into the rich and “undiscovered” talent Columbia County and its surrounding areas have to offer.  We perform Revues, Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Theater, and any other type of production that captures the attention of the community.  In fact SSCP is recognized in the Cultural Inventory of St. Helens in the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Summary.  ShoeString was also recently recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for it participation in the “Big Read” with its performance of “The Persian” a Sam Spade radio play.  We have been a long-standing, well-respected community group.  SSCP is a fully non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, relying on volunteers for every aspect of our operation.  Our mission is to support theater and arts through successful productions and participation of the community.




Community Spirit of Halloweentown Parade
October 1 – 4:30PM – Columbia Boulevard
The Witch’s Ride – FREE

Zombie Apocalypse
October 8
Makeup Call Starting at 7:30AM to 11:30AM
St. Helens Monster Dash at  AT NOON

Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow
October 14 & 15

St. Helens Haunted Tours
October 21 & 22
7PM, 8PM, 9PM, 10PM

Scarecrows: Tales in The Dark
October 28 & 29
7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, 8:30PM, 9PM, 9:30PM, 10PM

See All the Shows, VIP Lanyard, VIP T-SHIRT, and Bonus Tour that will not be available to the public.
Get your Voucher Today. VIP Only Available until Friday, October 7th, 2016