Thus, Halloween was born.
Today, the funny costumes remain, but the rituals are generally limited to knocking on doors and asking for candy.
And as children all across Calhoun and Gordon County venture out in search of the best treats, there are a few things worth knowing.
What to do
If you don’t want to wait until it gets dark to start the candy hunting, the City of Calhoun is offering an alternative.
From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the city will host its annual Halloween trick-or-treat event.
“Find a parking place and trick-or-treat with the merchants,” said Suzanne Roland, director of the Calhoun Downtown Development Authority. “You start on one end and make your way around the block.”
Following the city event, participating merchants at the Calhoun Premium Outlets will also host trick-or-treaters from 5 to 7.
Many area churches are offering alternatives to traditional Halloween activities. See the church calendar in today’s paper for details.
What to know
Expect a heightened police and sheriff’s office presence throughout the area tonight.
Law enforcement officials also advise parents to make sure their children are supervised at all times. They also encourage children to wear bright clothing and pay close attention while crossing streets.
Law enforcement will also visit every registered sex offender in Gordon County to make sure they are following the law.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta offer the following tips on keeping your kids safe was they trick-or-treat:
For more tips on Halloween safety, visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.
Further Halloween history can be found here: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween.