Halloween. It’s not so much that I’m madly in love with the holiday, although I do think it’s crazy fun, but rather I am in fact madly in love with autumn and all things related to the cool crisp change of the season and of course, Halloween falls into the mix.
In 2013 we were living in Ashland, Oregon where we owned a B&B. (Open the link to find a yummy cookie recipe) Ashland is home of the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival which lends itself to an artistic flair that settles over the entire community in some fashion. Ashland celebrates pretty much every holiday with a parade, but there is something incredibly unique about how the town comes out in full to celebrate Halloween. I can’t think of a better way to share the holiday with all of you than to republish this post from Halloween of 2013.
Dia de Los Muertos
When our son was young, we lived in a family-oriented neighborhood where we probably gave out Halloween treats to 200+ kids each year. It was always fun to carve pumpkins, help out at the school parties and of course ooohhh and aaahhh at the trick-or-treater’s costumes. But never, ever, have we lived in a town where Halloween – Dia de Los Muertos – is celebrated to the extent it is here in Ashland, southern Oregon. Seriously.
There are about 20,000 permanent residents in Ashland and I’m fairly certain 75% of them come out onto the streets on this day of costuming and celebration. Perhaps it’s the influence of having the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in residence; but I have never seen costumes – adult and child alike – such as what I see each year in Ashland. We are simply in awe of the creativity, time and effort put in to the costumes, and the make-up!
A Parade Like No Other
Sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce the holiday festivities include a Monster Dash race and “thee” parade of the year, as well as face painting, costume prizes, street entertainment and all of the local stores open their doors to trick-or-treaters. And by parade I mean a massive sea of people who dance the length of Main Street to the rhythmic beat of drums that catches hold of you and won’t let go.
Abi and I are boring – we do not dress in costume but we never miss the parade. We go with camera(s) in hand ready to capture as many fabulous moments as we can, which I gladly share with you!
~ Happy Halloween ~