Come to Sand Island on October 13, 14, & 15, 2017!

Yup, it’s that time again ghouls and buoys. Time for the annual Columbia River Halloween Cruise on Sand Island at St. Helen’s, Oregon . This year the cruise will take place on October 14 & 15. There will be contests, and prizes, for best pumpkin carving, best costumes (kids, adults, and pets), best decorated boats, best presentation on the Haunted Halloween Walk, and best appetizers. And of course, there will be Trick or Treating on the docks. Add to all of this the camaraderie inherent in the boating community, and participants are sure to have a great weekend of mirth and merriment. And everyone gets a participant ribbon!

Guaranteed Fun!

The Halloween Cruise is a non-sponsored event. It doesn’t matter what club you belong to, or whether you belong to one at all. Come to St. Helen’s on October 13, 14, & 15, and you’re sure to find friends and fun all weekend long. Even when it rains, 80 or more boats could show up, clubs could sponsor booths on the Haunted Halloween Walk, great meals are prepared by the St. Helen’s Yacht Club and the Power Squadrons, and tons of people have boat loads of funs.

Help Us Help You!

Docking assistance will continue to be available on VHF channel 72 until 2 PM Saturday afternoon.This is done by those who arrive a little early so that they may be there to help you get your boat safely on the dock. For the last couple of years, the members of the St. Helens Yacht Club have been there for all of us. But they too are there for the festivities, so when the action starts on Saturday, they'll be up participating in and enjoying the various contests. So please plan your arrival before 2 PM on Saturday.

This year's Halloween Cruise is being brought to you by the gracious and generous efforts of the Saint Helens Yacht Club of St. Helens, Oregon, and the Dolphin Yacht Club of Washougal, Washington.

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Held on beautiful Sand Island, off from the wonderful city of St. Helens, Oregon, the annual Halloween Cruise has been a decades long staple of the lower Columbia River boating community. What began as a simple get together of some friends, the Halloween Cruise has morphed into a full scale destination cruise for the whole family. Activities include costume contests for all age groups (including pets), pumpkin carving contests(show your inner creativity), appetizer contests (find out how can gross and wonderful can work together), as well as trick-or-treating (for kids and adults) and the much anticipated "Spook Walk" of haunted houses assembled up on the island to scare the young and old before sending them off to bed. These are the staples. Other contests have been thought up and executed to the great delight of all. The only limit to the fun available is the limit of your imagination. Got an idea? The Halloween Cruise at St. Helens is the place to bring it to fruition.

Be part of the "Spook Walk"

Traditionally, yacht clubs have competed on Saturday night to see who could put together the best haunted house (as judged by the visitors). Unfortunately, this has fallen off in recent years with the decline in yacht club membership. But it's never been limited to just yacht club. Why not get a group of your friends together and build put together something on the island? This could be a fun and engaging project for boy and girl scout troops, schools, and other organizations (or even just a bunch of friends). It's fun for you and fun for those who go through your "haunted house". Don't just participate in the Halloween Cruise, "Make" the Halloween Cruise.

Contact us if you need more information, or more encouragement.