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Jessica Lemley of Dawson County and daughters, McKenna, 8, and Dara, 11, decorate their home for Halloween. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Wondering which night to take children trick-or-treating this weekend?

  

You’re not alone.

  

Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, making it tough for parents to decide whether to take their kids Friday, Saturday or on a school night.

  

Deana MacDonald of Dawson County is taking her two children on Saturday night, she said, because it “makes more sense.”

  

“I’m going to try to talk the rest of the subdivision into doing it Saturday night too,” she said. “But I can’t remember the last time it was this confusing.”

  

The last time Halloween fell on a Sunday was in 2004.

  

Sheriff Billy Carlisle said no one had decided on a certain night. “Some people will do it Saturday, while others might on Sunday. There’s been no official decisions,” he said.

  

Dawson County residents are getting excited about Halloween. Many are showing their spirit by decorating their lawns and homes.

  

Like Jessica Lemley, who weaved fake spider webs all over her front porch with gigantic fake spiders crawling on the roof.

  

Halloween decorations are “a dying art,” Lemley said. “It’s spooky and fun and a little creepy.”

  

Lemley and daughters, McKenna, 8, and Dara, 11, have made decorating the home’s exterior a yearly tradition.

  

“It’s a family thing,” Lemley said. “Our friends get a kick out of it too.”

  

Those looking for alternatives to typical Halloween activities this weekend can attend local church festivals, like the Bethel United Methodist Church Harvest Fest.

  

It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Lumpkin Campground. There will be inflatables, games, prizes and food.

  

The North Georgia Premium Outlets will host its annual trick-or-treating event from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday.