Marietta’s best ghosts, witches, ghouls come out for Halloween
by Sally Litchfield
November 09, 2013 10:31 PM | 2223 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Witches, ghosts and vampires made merry in Marietta on Halloween! A young 91-year-old Mable Johnson, donned “the hostess with the mostess” by her friends, gathered friends and neighbors at her Marietta condominium complex for a Halloween party. Costumes were required, and the “mostly” senior citizens from The Circle of Wisdom came through with quite a variety.

The Circle of Wisdom meets in a shady place near their parking area on pretty days around 5 p.m. They set up a table for snacks and chairs in a circle for socializing. Someone called it “God’s Waiting Room” but since no one was quite ready to be called up, they renamed it “The Circle of Wisdom.”

Attendees supplied refreshments ranging from shrimp, wings, orange eyeballs (cantaloupe balls with cloves) and even spiders.

Diana Caldwell, Anne and Bill Cox, Barbara Walker-Fox, Charlotte and Gene Irvine, Jane and Skip Turner, and Jane Wansky were among the crew.


The Maple Avenue Halloween Parade, hosted by Marietta residents Sarah and John Bullington, drew almost 500 people this year. After starting four years ago with 60 in attendance, the event has grown so popular that the starting point was moved from the small triangular park near Maple and Holland Streets (off Kennesaw Avenue near the Marietta Square) to the Marietta Middle School gym parking lot.

Grand prize costume winners from last year Lisa Novak and John Pierson and their daughters, Elizabeth, Olivia and Caroline, led the parade this year dressed as ancient Egypt with Novak entertaining everyone as the sphinx.

Kids and adults alike were decked out in their finest holiday garb for the neighborhood event. Erika Graus was costumed as The Strand Theatre. Her husband dressed as Mayor Thunder Tumlin, her daughter, Ashton, dressed as Scarlett from the Gone with the Wind and daughter Avery dressed as the Big Chicken. The family won the First United Methodist Church of Marietta Trunk or Treat costume contest as well as the Maple Avenue contest. Mayor Tumlin, Jennifer Brett, Theresa Jenkins and Andy Morris judged the latter contest.

Parading among the crowd was Amanda and Ben Persons and family dressed as Willy Wonka, Kathy and Scott Patterson festooned as cats, Tracy and Scott Kinney and daughters Lily and Madeline dressed as characters from Peter Pan, Stephanie Swanson’s new little baby, Annie, as a Cabbage Patch doll, Melissa and Blake Surber as Lisa Marie and Elvis, and Nancy Steele was so scary as a witch she could have stolen a part in “The Wizard of Oz.”


Amy Barnes, Sarah Bullington, Meredith Dixon, Erika Graus, Danielle Musolf and Amanda Persons all participated in the Marietta Loud Halloween Sweater Challenge created on Facebook by Lindsey O’Shields. Challengers wore a holiday-themed sweater in public and had a photo taken and posted to the Facebook group.


Fashion spotlight of the week: For her loudest, most outrageous Halloween sweater — Meredith Dixon of Marietta — putting the spice into pumpkin.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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