Statham’s Broad Street becomes ‘Halloweentown’ once a year

Batman, Spiderman, Princess Belle and even Kim Kardashian were several of the costumes children and teens wore in Statham on Thursday evening as Broad Street became “Halloweentown.”

“Last year we had 1,313 children,” Laura Boatright said as she sat giving out candy. “We have a thing that we check off and try to be as accurate as possible, but we sometimes miss some because they will come in groups of 20 or 30 at a time. We tend to break the record every year.”

From about 5:30 p.m. on, children, along with their parents, began crowding the sidewalks of Broad Street in the small town outside of Athens.

“We love it,” Boatright said. “We look forward to it.”

Superheroes seemed to be the most popular costume, but zombies seemed to be just as popular and fit in well with one of the main attractions on the street — the home and haunted house of Susan and Jason Martin.

“We’ve been here since 2001 and that was our first haunted house,” Susan Martin, dressed as a zombie librarian, said. “One of my friends said Halloween is a really big deal in Statham and you better buy a lot of candy, so the first year she helped me decorate my porch and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger. It’s an event.

And the Martins take the haunted house very seriously.

“I make things starting in the summer and start buying candy. I start decorating the inside of the house and the outside with the lights at the beginning of October,” Martin said. “On this street we have the church that does the Trunk-Or-Treat and the school who does the Trunk-or-Treat.”

The Martins also have local teens and friends who help out on Halloween, dressing in costumes or helping with passing out candy.

Aletha Sando of Winder brought her son to Statham to check out what was happening after hearing about it.

“I moved here a few years ago and this is really interesting,” Sando said. “I’m from Michigan and we had our little neighborhood thing, but this is crazy.”

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