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Ashland cancels Halloween parade, offers revamped event

 Posted: 4:05 PM September 08, 2011

There will be no official caravan of goblins, ghouls, and every other costume imaginable this Halloween in Ashland.

Aiming for a festive, child-friendly atmosphere on Halloween, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce is cancelling the popular parade and instead adding bands, storytelling and photo opportunities along East Main Street.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce this week announced the cancellation of its long running Children's Halloween Parade, in an attempt to bring the celebration's focus back to young kids, said Katherine Flanagan, sales and marketing director for the Chamber.

Even without the parade, the Chamber will still close downtown's East Main Street and Plaza to host a Children's Halloween Celebration, which will include trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, a larger list of musical performances than in the past, and child-focused activities such as storytelling and photo opportunities with costumed book characters, the Chamber's announcement said.

Streets will be closed from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Halloween for the celebration. Businesses that display an orange pumpkin in their window on Halloween will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

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