There is an old proverb which states all good things must come to an end, and a huge Halloween tradition in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood of Buckhead is doing just that after 35 years.
Sarah Hagood, who is single and has been a Brookwood Hills resident for more than four decades, said this is the final year she will be giving out a free Halloween pumpkin to each family in her neighborhood.
“I have a number of adults who lived in this neighborhood as children. Now, as adults with families of their own, they have moved back to Brookwood Hills, and I have been giving free pumpkins to their children now just as I did when they were children,” she said.
Hagood, a real estate agent with Specialty Homes Inc. in Buckhead, said she is giving up this tradition because of a number of reasons, including the rising cost of the pumpkins she purchases from the State Farmers Market in Forest Park as well as the expense to rent a trailer to haul them to her home, not to mention the physical demands for her, and a lone helper, to unload and store the pumpkins.
In addition, Hagood is doing this while still physically recovering from a recent automobile accident.
“People in our neighborhood are disappointed this is the final year of my doing this, but I thought, with this being our 35th consecutive year, it was time,” she said, adding that the cost of the pumpkins as well as renting the van to transport them has, at times, surpassed about $2,000.
One of her neighbors, Molly Jackson, who moved back to the neighborhood with her family after living there as a child, said she has many fond memories of receiving the free pumpkins.
“I am sorry to see this Halloween tradition come to an end, but more so because I really enjoyed getting the pumpkins with my children and something we looked forward to each year,” she said.
To save on the cost of the pumpkins as well as not to have so many leftover that were not given away, Hagood bought about 285 pumpkins this year rather than the 300-plus she traditionally purchased, which had included some smaller ones as, she said, the children enjoyed the larger ones.
“I have always wanted families in our neighborhood to know this was my gift to them, and it really brought our neighborhood community closer together,” Hagood said.
She said anyone interested in continuing the tradition in her place can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.