Family Friendly

2021 Pirate Halloween

Join the Oregon Electric Railway Museum for its new Halloween event, “Pirates of the Portal Stone.”  

Final Weekend! Oct 30/31. Come in costume if you’d like! 

This event is mostly indoors (station, trolley, trolley car barn), so rain is not an issue.

Please note that photographs and video footage may be taken throughout the Powerland Halloween: Pirates of the Portal Stone event. These will be used by Powerland Halloween, Powerland Heritage Park, and/or Oregon Electric Railway Museum and/or media for marketing, publicity, social media, Website, and/or future event promotions, including third-party publications. This is for runs on October 30 and October 31. By going on any runs on these days you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction.

Powerland Halloween Adventure
Pirate Portal

Your Adventure Includes...

Price: $15 Per Person

Ride a Trolley

Ride a Real Trolley

Ride a real trolley to "Yellowbone National Park" in search of the Portal Stone which will bring the Pirate Community back!

Spooky Trolley

Explore the "Spooky" Trolley Barn

Strange paranormal things have come through portals in the trolley barn. See what's there then use the portal stone to return them to their "home."

Pirate Pumkin Patch

Pirate Pumpkin Patch

Succeed in bringing the pirates back and you will be granted access to the Pirate Pumpkin Patch where you can take a pumpkin home (included in price).

Powerland Halloween Poster

The Backstory...

Pirates of the Portal Stone is a story adventure where you help a pirate find a stone that will bring back the pirate community that was swallowed by a portal during a total eclipse in the 1778…

During the solar eclipse in Oregon on August 21, 2017, new portals opened bringing strange paranormal things onto the trolleys at Powerland Heritage Park. A powerful wizard came up with a plan and turned herself into a portal stone. Now you, along with a pirate, must bring that portal stone to its proper location where everything will be restored to normal!

Minutes the Adventure Lasts
Decorated Trolleys
# of Feet Trolley Travels

Gallery: Building The Adventure for You

A ghost with a warning... Beware
Strange Spiders Take Over a Trolley (work in progress)
Jumping Spider
Gene tests the jumping spider. Note: The Jumping Spider has been removed to make it more kid friendly.
Electric Bill
Electric "Bill" Prepares the Electricity Car (early work in progress)
The First Parrot Lands on the Tiki Car
Pirate Caboose
The pirate caboose (early work in progress)
Fortune Teller
The Fortune Teller tells you about your quest.
Polly Want Some Gold!
Polly Wants Some Gold!
You will ride in a historic trolley, like this one that was built in 1928 and operated in Blackpool, England!

Pirates of the Portal Stone FAQ

The experience involves a preshow at the trolley station, a trolley ride to Yellowbone National Haunt, a walking tour of the “spooky” trolley barn, and access to the Pirate Pumpkin Patch where kids (and adults) can select a small pumpkin to take home.

The whole experience is approximately 30 minutes.

We encourage you to come in costume (pirate or anything else) and really get into the story. We’ve seen that groups who really get into the story are the ones that have the greatest amount of fun.

Our event is labeled as a PG family-friendly event. While we recommended ages four and up we have had younger go through the event with no problem.

All minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Yes! In fact, we encourage it. Whether a pirate or anything else, dressing up will make it more fun.

And before you ask, yes, adults can dress up too! In our first weekend of runs, many kids did wear costumes and some adults did too.

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before your start time. You will be let into the preshow room 10 minutes before the experience begins.

We will follow whatever protocols are recommended/required by the Oregon Health Authority at the time of the event. That currently (as of October 8, 2021) includes the wearing of masks indoors and outdoors.

We try to minimize scares as we see this more of a family-friendly Halloween adventure story that you are part of.  There is a spider car, but they do not move or jump out at you or anything like that. There are ghosts, skeletons, etc. but all are identified by the pirate as “friends.”  

There are no clowns in this Pirates of the Portal Stone adventure story.

There are some fast moving colored lights in a celebratory scene near the end of the adventure. There are also some flickering LED lights. There are no hard strobe lights, however.

Proceeds help restore old trolleys that were a vital part of cities and communities around the world.

If you live Salem, Oregon or even Portland Metro area and would like to volunteer for this event as a Pirate actor or to help behind-the-scenes, please contact Joe Tracy via

For this year, all tickets must be purchased online. There will be no in-person ticket sales. You can buy tickets here.

Yes. They are also historical. Read more about them at The double-decker trolley scheduled to run during the Pirates of the Portal Stone Halloween event used to run in Blackpool, England. It was the last trolley/tram to operate out of the Morton Depot in 1960. It was originally built in 1928. So you will be riding on a trolley/tram that is nearing its 100-year anniversary! Note: The upper deck of the trolley will be closed for the event. Sometimes, due to a mechanical issue, another historic trolley will be used.

This is our 1st Annual Halloween event, so you are getting in on the ground floor! This is planned as an annual event with the story changing every year.

There are bathroom facilities on the property and we encourage guests to use them before their experience begins.

#powerlandhalloween  If you take any pictures at the event, we’d love it if you included that hashtag. Thank you!

This is our first annual event and we’re glad you can be a part of it!

We will be doing a family-friendly experience like this every October. 

We have had discussions about next year’s theme and when it is finalized we will be announcing it on our social media channels (see previous question for links to our social media channels).

More Backstory (media)...