In just a few days, people all over the globe will be celebrating a holiday that many call, “Halloween” or All Hallows Eve. It is normally held on October 31 each year. Some jurisdictions will be holding “Fall Festival” events which is what the holiday term is designated by Christian churches.
Throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area, many neighborhoods have been long decorated with ghosts, goblins, ghouls and even skeletons and spooky spiders of all sizes. One such neighborhood in the Atlanta area off of Highway 400 is certainly decorated to the haunted hilt. (Please see the pictures attached to the article and for the privacy of the owner of the house, no names will be mentioned here).
With the amount of homes decorated throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area, there is no doubt that the holiday is in full swing. Soon children of all ages will be “trick or treating” in a number of different ways. Children will be dressing up in their favorite costumes and either going door-to-door in their respective neighborhoods or to local malls to collect candies and other goodies from local and national retail stores. Parents will accompany their smaller children while other adults will go to restaurants or bars and grill to attend Halloween bashes or to friend’s homes to celebrate together bobbing for apples or even sitting around telling their favorite ghost stories.
Then, there are those who will celebrate by watching live broadcasts of favorite, Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel or marathons of horror movies. Of course, there are those who just do not like the holiday for its spookiness and relationship to pagan thinking. No matter what, there is a great deal of fun to have on Halloween and for one woman who lives in the Tucker area, just decorating and dressing up on Halloween is a big deal of fun for her.
For many years, Amy Phillips Brown (the wife to the author), loves to decorate not only her home but her office where she has worked at for over twenty years. Before you even enter the office of Paul J. Glass, M.D. (Ophthalmology) in Tucker, Georgia, you are welcomed by a hanging haunted house with accompanying ghosts and bats on the door. Then there are two tables in the welcome area that are adorned with Halloween themed coverings with small costumed bears (not real ones, mind you) and other decorations. There are also signs around the office that say “SPOOKY” and “TRICK or TREAT” on them. Along with the nice decorations are dishes of candies and an office manager dressed in her favorite costume of the season. This year, Amy is dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and is accompanied by her ruby red slippers and a basket with everyone’s favorite dog, Toto, in it. There is no doubt that this doctor’s office is not in Kansas.
Since the beginning of October, there have been many events going on around the Atlanta area celebrating the month as well as the upcoming Halloween holiday. Six Flags of Georgia continues its tradition of having Friday Night Fright Nights and much more. There are many area haunted houses as well, some being much scarier than others.
The most rewarding part of Halloween not only in Atlanta, but the world over is the bringing home of bags of candy from the children. They have a good time going door-to-door collecting the goodies and then spending time with brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers in separating them and seeing what is good and what is bad.
Safety on Halloween.
It is important to lay out the ground work when it comes to being safe on Halloween. Here is a small list:
Always carry a flashlight or have a well-lit costume.
Small children should always be accompanied by adults or older guardians.
Check all candies and other goodies to make sure that they are safe to eat.
Always know where the children will be hanging out.
Be suspicious of older children or adults that just seem out of place.
Know when it is necessary to call 9-1-1. Never be ashamed to contact your local law enforcement officials if something is just not right.
Never use real weapons to accessorize your child’s costumes.
Make sure that children do not go into a stranger’s house even if invited.
Do not allow the children to go away from their planned route.
Watch for traffic when crossing streets.
There is no doubt that there is much more when it comes to safety on Halloween night but these are the most common and they should be adhered to as closely as possible.
What is most important on Halloween night is to have fun and not to take it above and beyond its meaning. It is a fun night for all and there is no doubt that the way things are of late, having fun is a real stress relief.