Scares and stares: Halloween draws costume seekers, ghost hunters to Square
by Nikki Wiley
October 31, 2013 01:26 AM | 2729 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. David Gadsden and his chiropractic assistant Janet Medina, both of Marietta, were turning heads on Atlanta Street on Wednesday as they walked back to their office after having lunch on the Marietta Square. Gadsden said the office staff usually dresses up every year for Halloween to keep in the spirit of the holiday. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Dr. David Gadsden and his chiropractic assistant Janet Medina, both of Marietta, were turning heads on Atlanta Street on Wednesday as they walked back to their office after having lunch on the Marietta Square. Gadsden said the office staff usually dresses up every year for Halloween to keep in the spirit of the holiday.
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Wesley Moore of Marietta and his friend, Sarah Hart of Chattanooga, look for a costume to Moore to wear for Halloween as the duo take in the scary offerings of Eddie’s Trick Shop on the Marietta Square on Wednesday afternoon. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Wesley Moore of Marietta and his friend, Sarah Hart of Chattanooga, look for a costume to Moore to wear for Halloween as the duo take in the scary offerings of Eddie’s Trick Shop on the Marietta Square on Wednesday afternoon.
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MARIETTA — As gaggles of Halloween lovers young and old make their way around Cobb County seeking treats and avoiding tricks, others will celebrate the spooky holiday by delving into ghostly local legends.

Though some die-hard Halloween fans started their costume shopping in late September, Jason Munger, assistant manager of Eddie’s Trick Shop on the Square, said the store was busy with last-minute customers.

“We’ve got plenty of folks this year,” Munger said.

Traditional costumes, such as witches and princesses, are still making their way off the shelves, but Munger said pop culture is driving what’s popular this year.

“‘Duck Dynasty’ is blowing everything out of the water,” Munger said, referring to the A&E reality series that follows a Louisiana beard-clad family who became wealthy from selling duck calls.

The costume is easy, Munger said. A long messy beard and a bandana complete the look of the Southern millionaires.

Another television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” has prompted an increase in the popularity of zombies.

“We sell so much zombie stuff,” Munger said.

Flapper costumes reminiscent of the 1920s are also flying off the rack, which Munger attributes to the release of the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

“They’re really pretty costumes,” Munger said. “When girls want to get dressed up and look elegant, they can do that and add pearls or something to the outfit.”

Munger has also seen more unique costumes like the first chimp in space.

Halloween is the busiest time of the year for Ghosts of Marietta, said Eric Smoak, ghost manager.

“Halloween is a great day for us, my favorite day personally,” Smoak said.

The Marietta Museum of History, once called the Kennesaw House, Smoak said, is a favorite for ghost watching. It was originally used as a hotel and converted into a Civil War hospital.

Civil War soldiers who died in the hospital are rumored to haunt the building on the Square. Smoak said it’s the “cornerstone haunted house.”

“The Kennesaw house is rumored to have around 700 ghosts inside, a lot of people passed away in there,” Smoak said.

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