Night of frights

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer November 01, 2013 12:06 pm

At his visit to John Howard and Associates Real Estate, 2-year-old Jaxon Hill of La Grande is much too preoccupied assessing the contents of a bowl of candy to worry about the silly old skeleton holding it. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
At his visit to John Howard and Associates Real Estate, 2-year-old Jaxon Hill of La Grande is much too preoccupied assessing the contents of a bowl of candy to worry about the silly old skeleton holding it. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Downtown trick-or-treating draws crowd of costumed children 

Minions, superheroes and princesses took over Adams Avenue Halloween night.

Costume-clad children — and adults — lined downtown La Grande for Main Street’s annual trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat event Thursday night. 

Seven-year-old Ashlyn Jorgens was all smiles as she and her siblings and parents strolled down Adams trick-or-treating.

“So far I like when you go in the cabin and someone gives you a treat,” said Ashlyn, who was dressed as an owl, referring to the Re/Max trailer that drew a long line of children.

Her brother Isaac, a 10-year-old clone trooper, preferred the simpler method of just walking up to get candy while cowgirl Evie, their 11-year-old sister, was excited about the candy from Alpine Archery.

Other favorites from the night included Community Connection’s trolly-turned-haunted pirate ship and a coffin-bound skeleton holding candy at John Howard and Associates Real Estate.

At least one kid took to acting out his character. Jordan Miller, a 14-year-old Shaggy from Scooby Doo, mimicked the surfer dude’s accent as he asked for treats.

His mother, Diane Miller, said their family has been coming to the downtown Halloween event since Jordan was born.

“It’s a great place to go,” she said.

La Grande Middle School students Emily Deal and Alli Ambert collected candy during the event, and said they thought the event was better than it has been in the past.

“There’s so many good costumes this year. It’s not boring,” Deal, an eighth-grader, said.

“They were actually really good this year,” Ambert, also an eighth-grader, added.

Scooby Doo characters proved to be a popular costume, as did minions, from the animated movies “Despicable Me” and sequel “Despicable Me 2.” In more traditional fashion, there were plenty of witches, zombies and werewolves, too.

Parents, though, were more pleased with the safety of the event than the costumes. Brittney Kleiner, said her two young children were ready at 8 a.m. for trick-or-treating and that the downtown event is great for them.

“This is what we do every year. It’s very safe,” Kleiner said.

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