Last year, Halloween fell on a Sunday, which gave Rodney Atkins’ son Elijah the chance to cash in on several trick-or-treating events held over the Halloween weekend. As part of their weekend-long celebration, the Atkins family decided to go on a haunted tour of downtown Franklin, Tennessee — and one costume caught Rodney’s eye.
“I showed up at the courthouse downtown and these people were kinda dressed up — and this one girl was just over the top,” Rodney said. “I didn’t know what she was, she was all white with an umbrella and I’m thinking, ‘Who in the world is this freak?’ I start walking and I get tapped on the shoulder and she says, ‘Hey Rodney, Rodney it’s me, Jennifer Nettles…’ I think she was a jellyfish.”
Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black still enjoy Halloween. Their daughter, Lily, is 10 years old and still trick-or-treating, though Clint knows her days of wanting mom and dad to go with her are numbered. While Clint isn’t looking forward to his little girl growing up, he does have hopes of returning to a former Halloween favorite – scaring people.
“I’ve always enjoyed even as an adult, getting to dress up and mostly scaring people that come around our house,” Clint says. “I had to knock it off for a little while when Lily was a certain age ’cause it scared her too. I’ll hopefully be able to get back to the scaring real soon.”
As a child, Colt Ford’s father would take him and a few of his friends trick-or-treating in nearby neighborhoods. While Colt ate his fair share of candy, he used his Halloween bounty to make a little extra money in the schoolyard.
“We’d get in the car and he’d take us all around to these other neighborhoods and we’d fill up three or four pillowcases full of candy,” he said. “I’d turn around and sell it at school ’cause I was trying to hustle, you know. I was tryin’ to make money. I think I got in trouble for that. Halloween turned into trouble for me ’cause I’m tryin’ to sell Blow Pops for a quarter at school. But, you know, you’ve got to make a living somehow baby.”
Josh Gracin has four kids to get ready for Halloween activities. While trying to get the family out the door for trick-or-treating isn’t easy, Josh is used to it.
“It’s just as crazy as it was when I was a kid and I had four sisters in the house getting ready for Halloween and fighting over pillowcases because some are bigger than others,” he said. “You know it’s just a crazy time of year. It’s no different with my kids now. They’re always excited whenever we start buying the Halloween costumes. What’s funny is, I try to stay out later than they do because I benefit from what they get in their pillowcase.”
James Otto’s Halloween plans include overalls and a little lamb. “We’ve got a couple parties to go to and we’re definitely planning on dressing up this year,” James said. “My wife and my baby girl (1-year-old Ava) are gonna go as Mary and her little lamb so my wife’s gonna be Mary, Ava’s gonna be a little lamb and apparently they’re gonna dress me up as a farmer in overalls and the whole bit. So, farmer Otto is coming your way.”
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