Some have taken issue with Oct. 31 falling on a day of worship and a night before school, and have questioned if it would be more appropriate to send their children out seeking goodies on Saturday instead.
But county spokesman Robert Quigley and city of Marietta officials said they are letting the holiday fall on the day it comes, and not making any recommendations on when kids should go out.
In nearby Cherokee County, the cities of Ball Ground and Canton are recommending trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Saturday. The city of Canton will also present a free community event on Saturday. The Waleska City Council plans to take up the issue at its meeting on Monday.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 30, there will be a trick-or-treating event at the Cobb Safety Village at 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. It's sponsored by the Cobb Safe Kids, Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and 4-H. The rides, games and candy will be free.
The last time Halloween fell on a Sunday was in 2004.
Regardless of what day people go trick-or-treating, safety should be a priority, said Marietta Officer Jenny Murphy.
"From a law enforcement perspective, the night in which parents or communities choose to take their children out doesn't matter as much as the fact that they are aware of the safety recommendations anytime or anywhere there is a large volume of pedestrian movement," she said.
She said it is recommended, however, that trick-or-treating be completed before 9:30 p.m.
The following are more Halloween guidelines offered by the Marietta Police Department:
* Walk on sidewalks and not in roadways.
* Parents should accompany children while trick-or-treating.
* Never enter a stranger's house or approach a stranger's house without a parent or adult.
* Parents should inspect candy before their children eat it.