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Halloween in Ashland, Oregon

I know it’s the wrong time of year to be blogging about Halloween. But I’m stuck in a classroom with nothing to do at the moment as my students are all taking their final examinations for Intermediate Accounting, Part III. Don’t you wish you could join them? 😉

Anyway, my picture selection is rather limited here at work so I’m dipping back into a few pictures from Halloween 2003.

Treebeard halloween costume

The reason I have these old Halloween pictures at work is because I brought them in to show my class. I was expecting them to say things like, “Oh, isn’t that a great costume” or “Boy, that does look like Treebeard.” Instead, the first comment was, “Why is that kid drinking coffee?”

My son is actually drinking hot chocolate, purchased at Evo’s Coffee Lounge just behind him, as it was a very cold Halloween. We had just finished reading Lord of the Rings so he dressed up as Treebeard.

ashland oregon halloween costume

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter. There was a band playing so she was actually dancing–hence the hip off to one side.

Halloween in Ashland is a big deal (as is New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July). There is a huge parade featuring most of the kids and adults in town all in costume. People come from all over the Rogue Valley and Northern California. After the parade parties go on both downtown in the streets and around town pretty much all night long. I once made the mistake of holding my 8 a.m. class the following morning…

cat vampire treebeard halloween costumes

Not to be outdone by my kids, I walked the parade in costume too, looking for current and former students to scare whenever I got the chance.

2 Responses to “Halloween in Ashland, Oregon”

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    Melinda Pash:

    I am really enjoying reading your blog. My husband Sid has a Fulbright lectureship next year and Tokyo and we hope to put our kids at the Tokyo International School. I couldn’t help but notice your Ashland, Oregon photos. Are you a professor at SOU? My husband was offered a job in the history department there a couple of years ago–we even came out and stayed with Gary and Lavina Miller(the chair and his wife)–but it was just too expensive. Anyway, your photo looked familiar. Any advice for a new Fulbright family coming in?

    Melinda Pash

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    Hi Melinda,

    I have more advice than you could ever want to hear. 😉 I am on the faculty at SOU, currently on sabbatical for a year.

    Were is Sid teaching in Tokyo? Waseda?

    Feel free to ask any questions here or via email and I will try to help.