Multitude of Halloweenevents on tap
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 18, 2011 | 2459 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While young pirates and princesses prepare to collect candy from their neighbors on Oct. 31, numerous activities across the county are getting under way to indulge any sweet tooth or ghostly appetites. Ranging from a haunted house to hayrides, there are a bounty of opportunities for children and adults to celebrate this month.

On Oct. 29 and 30, the Historic Euharlee Ghost Walk will highlight about 10 of the city's most notable former residents, such as Horace King, a well-known African-American covered bridge builder whose son constructed Euharlee Covered Bridge. Presented by the Euharlee Historical Society and Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse, the event from 6 to 9 p.m. will serve as a fundraiser for the EHS, with proceeds funding a college scholarship for a Woodland High School student.

Describing Euharlee as "one of Bartow County's best kept secrets," EHS member Wanda Cagle Gray hopes the ghost walk will provide attendees a better understanding of the city's contributions to the county's rich history. Joining in the festivities, Gray will portray Lorena Lowry, a 1920s business woman.

"It is going to be probably an hour or so tour and we're going to be walking to the different venues of the historic [downtown, such as] the commissary, the museum, the covered bridge, the granary, the store. And the Lowry sisters are going to be at the commissary," Gray said, adding Euharlee Mayor Kathy Foulk will portray Lorena Lowry's sister, Annie Lou. "... The Lowry family owned downtown Euharlee, including Euharlee Elementary School -- where it is [now] -- Woodland Middle School and on close to Rockmart, like 2,000 acres.

"They sharecropped and there was seven children -- three boys and four girls. ... Annie Lou and Lorena were [considered] old maids. We were a little cantankerous but we were business women and we protected our land."

Prior to each guided walk, $3 tickets will be sold at 5:30 p.m. at the old library on Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Euharlee Museum at 770-607-2017. The event is free for children 12 and younger.

Following the Historic Euharlee Ghost Walk, Cartersville's Downtown Trick or Treat will welcome about 5,000 participants to the business district Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and downtown merchants, the event is designed for youth 10 and younger.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and obtain goodies at candy stations situated throughout the downtown area, including Main Street, under the Church Street bridge, Public Square, Wall Street and Friendship Plaza.

"We get calls starting in July because people plan their Halloween around when we have the Downtown Trick or Treat," said Liz Hood, executive director of the Cartersville DDA. "... It's really designed to be a safe trick or treat for the children and it's an outreach for downtown. It's just a way to say 'thank you' to the community for their support throughout the year of all the businesses, restaurants and services.

"It's a generational thing too. Now that I have grandchildren I get to see it through their eyes as they enjoy trick or treating. You'll see grandparents with their children and their grandchildren going around downtown. ... It's just something that we look forward to each year because Halloween is for children. It's just a day that they get to be kids and they get to enjoy the festivities."

For more information about Downtown Trick or Treat, call 770-607-3480.