Cobb officials letting Sunday Halloween stand as is
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
October 16, 2010 12:00 AM | 9317 views | 13 13 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Though Halloween falls on a Sunday this year - which has led to some confusion as to when kids should go out trick-or-treating - Cobb officials are letting the holiday stand as is.

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.
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Sam1612
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October 31, 2011
Just to let everyone know...this article looks like it's dated last year.
chia2z
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October 29, 2011
I don't know what calender your looking at but mine shows sunday is oct. 30th 2011 the 31st is a monday people
anonymous
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October 25, 2010
Everyone should just RELAX! The government is just trying to help & clear up confusion. People turn to the cities & counties for information like this. I don't think they're trying to dictate another facet of our lives.
Umm
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October 19, 2010
Seems like a few folks are getting up in arms about the government dictating this or that in our lives... I thought the article indicated that the government wasn't getting involved, wasn't making a suggestion as to when to take the kids out, and wasn't switching things around. So what are ya getting upset about?
Samuel Adams
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October 16, 2010
Ditto on the headline. Halloween is on October 31st, period. Government has no say. As stated, if you don't like it, turn off your lights and sit it out.

And when it gets dark just after 5pm, there is no reason kids can't be out and home with a ton of loot by 7. My house is dark by 7:30 or 8...after that is just teens and last year we even had what looked to be college age...way too old.
SouthernGal
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October 16, 2010
Good grief...we trick or treated on school nights and Sundays. How late are your children out for sports practice on school nights?
Ilovehalloween
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October 16, 2010
@change halloween

next yr Halloween won't be on a school night. It will be the last monday in Oct & the 1st Tues in Nov is election day so no school!

Can we use your points to change Easter & Valentines?
Ilovehalloween
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October 16, 2010
I am so tired of government dictating when a "holiday" should take place! What ever happened to going by the calendar? If you don't like Halloweend, don't answer your door & don't let your kids go out.

I also blame churches for the halloween decline. When did they play such a huge part in it?
daveyy
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October 16, 2010
I agree with many of the postings here...since when should government trump the common sense of society in general? Especially concerning such a non-issue? With everything local government is facing I'd hope they would put more of an effort into issues that they should actually be affecting and leave the parenting to the parents.
Watcher...
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October 16, 2010
How arrogant of governments to get involved in Halloween.

Governments want to control every facet of our lives.
melindaemmett
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October 16, 2010
A LOT OF CHURCHS ARE HAVEING THERE TRUNK OR TREAT ON SUNDAY NIGHT SO I SAY LEAVE IT AS IT IS.JUST BE SAFE.
Carrie Popodopolous
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October 16, 2010
I take offense to the headline. When has it ever been up to the almighty government to tell us parents when we can let our children celebrate anything? We are not lemmings - yet!
Change Halloween
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October 16, 2010
I'd like to see Halloween celebrated on the last Saturday in October. Not on a school night. Let kids have fun, eat their sugar, get up (not as early) go to church and decompress from the night of fun. That way, they will be ready to learn on Monday instead of coming off their sugar high and being tired.
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