It has to be Halloween

Not-so-scary events honor tradition

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Hundreds of costumed kids and their parents traipsed up and down Glenn Avenue in a Halloween tradition Sunday that had been around as long as any there could remember.

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Trick-or-treaters flocked to Glenn Avenue's traditional Halloween party on Sunday. The event attracts up to 1,000 people yearly.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Trick-or-treaters flocked to Glenn Avenue's traditional Halloween party on Sunday. The event attracts up to 1,000 people yearly.

"It just turned out," said 6-year-old Wyatt Hampton, dressed as a vampire and admiring his bucket of candy as the sun went down.

Wyatt said he was unlikely to consume all the candy immediately.

Households along Glenn from Walton Way to Central Avenue typically prepare for 800 to 1,000 trick-or-treaters to drop in on Halloween, said resident Philip Kelly, who helps organize the annual gathering.

"It's very creative," he said. "I love when the parents get into it."

Elsewhere in Augusta, many churches held "trunk or treat" events, including St. Mark United Methodist Church on Washington Road, which conducts the event both for members and as a neighborhood outreach, said St. Mark family life chairwoman Tina Slendak.

"We just do it in fun," Slendak said.

Older juveniles and adults who got an earlier start on the Halloween weekend were not as well behaved. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office jailed nine people for driving under the influence Sunday morning, according to reports. Also early Sunday, deputies made several downtown arrests, including one of a 72-year-old Parks Avenue woman who was charged with Sunday alcohol sales and two people charged with possession of cocaine at the intersection of Fifth and Broad streets.

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