Get your Halloween fix without begging for candy

Learn about the undead that haunt the streets of Vancouver and Portland with a selection of haunted history tours over Halloween weekend.

If you are looking for a Halloween activity that doesn’t include begging for candy, Vancouver’s Haunted History Tour might satisfy that holiday urge. The Clark County History Museum is hosting haunted history tours now through Oct. 30. Tours are currently sold out; however, a cancellation might provide an opening.

Many are unaware of the ghosts that allegedly haunt the buildings of downtown Vancouver but this tour will fill you in on all the gruesome details on location.. For example, The Clark Country History Museum claims a mischievous selection of ghosts who haunt the basement of their museum. If you are able to get reservations for this tour remember to bundle up and bring a flashlight.

The tours begin at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. in Vancouver. Keep in mind these are walking tours and are not recommended for those under the age of 13. According to the Clark County History Museum’s website, the tours will begin at the museum at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on every Friday and Saturday in October. Tours require a reservation and prepay beforehand.

Information and reservations are both available by calling  (360) 993-5679 or email info@cchmuseum.org. You can prepay the $10 admission fee in person at the museum during regular open hours or online via the Paypal ‘Donate’ button at the top left of the page.  If reservations are unavailable for the downtown haunted history tour, there are other options.

Way Beyond Bizarre is a tour located in Portland’s Chinatown. The tour dates and times are Oct. 24 – 26, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available for reservations at.portlandwalkingtours.com. The tour begins at the Big Red Arrow Concierge Commons in the Merchant Hotel Building at 202 NW Davis St. Cameras are welcome for those trying to catch a ghost in action. The Merchants Hotel is one of “America’s top ten most haunted places” according to the Travel Channel, and has been the subject of many a tale involving  dark secrets and strange rituals.

Another local tour is the Shanghai Tunnel tours, which exposes Portland’s underground criminal industry. This tour goes through what remains of the physical underground of Portland’s Chinatown. The tours were revamped based on new discoveries and investigations into Portland’s past. The Shanghai tunnel Tours take place daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The tours begin at the Merchant Hotel Building at 202 NW Davis St. The tour is less than two hours, and about a mile walk. This tour is not recommended for those under 13 years old.

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