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from the weekend Halloween parties on Oct. 28-29 in Ashland.

Photos by Orville Hector | Daily Tidings

Halloween in Ashland, from the parade of costumed drummers, to the kids trick or treating through downtown businesses, all the way through the wild energy at the city's night spots, is a night of widespread options for spooky fun.

The town is primed and ready for the festivities. Posters and event notices crowd city bulletin boards, stop signs and underpass posts. This year, entertainment will be available to everyone, though many parties cater to the 21 and over crowd. Everyone that fits this requirement should have no problem finding fun at one of the many parties and events going on within the clubs and private venues of Ashland.

Festivities begin tonight with many private parties and some very public one. The Historic Ashland Armory will house a Halloween Salsa Dance Costume Party, featuring the music of Mambo Rico, a 10-piece authentic salsa band, Saturday night. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. with an introductory salsa dance lesson and continue until midnight. The sounds of Mambo Rico are intended to reach everyone, not just those with dance partners or knowledge of the salsa, all that is needed is a desire to move with the music and have fun. The night will be complimented by a costume contest, prizes being awarded to the best male, female and group costumes. Advance tickets can be found at for $12 and the cost of admission will be $15 on the night of the show.

Halloween starts in Ashland with the annual parade, starting at — p.m. at the library and running through the downtown to the Plaza.

Also on Tuesday, the Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold its 15th annual Puss 'n Boots fundraiser, starting at 6 p.m. at the Windmill Inn. In addition to a gourmet buffet catered by Helena Darling and dancing with Broadway Phil and the Shouters, there will be a silent auction, giving participants a chance to bid on more than 200 items, including artwork, jewelry, professional services and much more. All proceeds of the event go towards programs to save homeless pets. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling 821-8291, visiting Paddington Station in downtown Ashland, or at the door of the Windmill Inn.

Downtown Ashland is filled with numerous nightclubs and bars that will also be a part of the Halloween revelry. To celebrate, most will be ready for a night of dancing and music, though some have other activities as well. The Vinyl Club has a lingerie contest tonight to properly kickoff the party weekend.

No costume is required, but those who want to dress up and participate are welcome to. A "Monster Mash" will be taking place over at Tab&

250;, featuring four DJ's including Shaggy and Calculus. The downstairs and the upstairs will be open for the night and the cover price will be $10.

The Kat Wok will be taking part in as well. Sporting a $3 cover charge, partygoers will have access to three bars and a DJ. There's going to be basic costume activities going on, but everyone is urged to just show up and have fun.

"It is the Kat Wok," says employee Trevor Rogers. "It's a fantastic club."

Ghosts and Ghouls will be taking over The Black Sheep on Halloween night, as a Costume Party is being held 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

"It's really hopping," says bartender Ted Raymond, "usually a line out the door kind of thing." At midnight, prizes will be awarded to the top 7 most outrageous costumes.

The Frankie Hernandez Band and the Organic Time Machine are providing a double-header of live music at the Jefferson State Pub, in Bluebird Park, downtown. Festivities start early with local comedians and a contest contest. Cover is $10.

Liquid Fire Mantra will be presenting "Rituality," a Halloween celebration and dance party starting at 8 p.m. The celebration will kick off at 1287 Oak St. with three live bands: Tiny Chickens, African Drum Ensemble and Luminous Fog. DJs Ion, Omqar and Exjordinary, among others, will be providing the beats. The party doesn't stop until dawn. Costumes are required as well as a $10 to $20 donation with a portion being donated to Lomakatsi Restoration Project.

Beginning at 7 p.m. a "Come As You Are" Halloween party is happening at the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, located at 258 A. Street. Everyone is welcome and the cost of admission is free. Those that attend can enjoy music, free refreshments and door prizes in a no-alcohol atmosphere following the Downtown Halloween Parade.