Spooky Season has arrived!
The wind is chilled, the leaves are changing, and through this period of transition, we find a reinvigorated sense of adventure.
Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to inspire and encourage your new found Fall feelings! Let’s dig into the spirit of the season together, as we take you on a journey of some of the best Halloween Town destinations on the West Coast! It’s time to pack up your costumes, consolidate your candy, and hit the open road on a Halloween destination vacation.
The fourth stop on our West Coast tour of Halloween Towns is the historically spooky city of Portland, Oregon!
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A Brief History of Buena Park
Established in 1851, Portland has a rich and spooky history, wrought with ghost stories, shanghais, and secret underground (literally) operations. During its first three decades, Portland depended on trade by water. Its first substantial growth came when the California Gold Rush created a huge market for Oregon wheat and lumber, much of it shipped from Portland by river and ocean to San Francisco.
Willamette River steamboats brought farm products from the state’s agricultural heartland, while steamer links connected by portage railroads on the Columbia River allowed Portland merchants to supply miners in Idaho and Montana. The Oregon Steam Navigation Company, which had consolidated and monopolized the Columbia River trade by 1860, was the basis for several sizable fortunes.
Top 3 Halloween Activities
- 1HowloweenPortland Zoo may not have actual werewolves, but they do throw an excellent Halloween party! The Oregon Zoo celebrates spooky season with Howloween, a fun and safe Halloween tradition that invites costumed trick-or-treaters to learn about healthy habitats for wildlife during a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo.
- 2Raven's ManorJust want to enjoy a good time with your friends amidst the ghosts of Dr. Raven's Manor? Come on in for a taste of our dangerously delicious drinks and light fare. Explore the many horrors of this haunted manor and maybe you'll be lucky enough to live to tell the tale....This haunted house themed bar sets the standard for immersive experiences. Don your Halloween garb and jump on the popular Raven's Manor Elixir Tour, an escape room meets cocktail hour!
- 3Portland Walking Ghost ToursIn the quiet Northwest, Portland has been doing its own thing for over 160 years. Much of the early history was lawless, with local villains letting nothing stand in the way of their quest for profit. Hear about the history of the Shanghai tunnels below the city sidewalks. Used to smuggle incapacitated innocents to a life of slavery on the high seas. You’ll see upstanding establishments that have inadvertently become the sites of bizarre bedevilments that have sent many running in terror from their gilded doors (please note, we do not enter inside any buildings). Hotels besieged by spirits and restaurants troubled by disturbing apparitions, all these and more feature on your Portland Ghosts walking tour.