DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - You already know the traditions of Halloween: pumpkin carving, costumes, decorating, and collecting candy. But do you know where those customs come from – or how they’ve changed over the years?
You will, after a trip to the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. Right now, the museum is featuring a special Halloween exhibit, which traces the history of the holiday in this country and takes a look at the progression of jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating through the years.
The exhibit will run through Halloween, and is open during regular museum hours on Tuesdays through Saturdays.The Douglas County Museum of History and Art is located in the Old Douglas County Courthouse, built in the mid-1950s and replaced by a new courthouse in 1998.
Instead of selling off the old courthouse, the Douglas County Tourism and History Commission opted to save it and turn it into a community gathering place, filled with exhibits showcasing the area's history and the unique collections of its citizens.
Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken spent the morning learning more about his favorite holiday at this fascinating – and free – exhibit.