Atlanta Area Halloween Events

Whether you are an adult or a kid, Halloween is one fun time. From haunted houses to trunk-or-treating, we have rounded up some of the best Halloween events around Atlanta and beyond.

Be sure to call ahead or check each event’s website or social media page for the latest information regarding times and COVID-related procedures.

 

Atlanta Area Halloween Events

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Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Scarecrows in the Garden

September 28 through October 31

Scarecrows in the Garden brings to the Garden dozens of creations by local artists, crafters, youth groups and more. Entrants and visitors will delight in discovering their own personal favorites.

Goblins in the Garden

October 24

Show off the kids’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin’s Runway, participate in socially-distanced fall family activities and enjoy pony and train rides all while exploring Scarecrows in the Garden during Goblins in the Garden!

Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

Ocotber 28 from 5 to 9pm

Inspired by nostalgic small-town, big-heart fall festivals, the 2021 Pumpkin-Carving Festival celebrates autumn while highlighting talented local artists and small businesses. Experience SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom as you stroll the Garden with beer, wine and spirits as you enjoy:

Carvers stationed around the Garden working throughout the evening to create the best-carved pumpkin
A professional pumpkin carver demonstration
Live performances by Nathalia (Kids music in English and Spanish), Atlanta School of Rock House Band, Smith & Calvert’s Bluegrass Brigade ft. Rev. Jeff Mosier and Smokey’s Farmland Band.
Pop-up Beer Garden serving Wild Heaven craft beer from a vintage tap truck
Whimsical roving entertainment for all ages, including stilt walkers and Bubbles Over Georgia giant bubble show.
Surprise break dance performances by Rockwell Dance Academy
Fall treats for purchase, including pumpkin spice lattes, kettle corn, candy apples and more
An autumn wreath demonstration by French Market Flowers
Kids scavenger hunt
Decorative photo opps

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” featuring a screening of Disney’s timeless holiday classic with Grammy®-winning composer Danny Elfman’s musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by conductor Lawrence Loh.

First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was directed by Henry Selick (“James and the Giant Peach”) and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. The film is rated “PG.”

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Live in Concert is presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Loh and will be performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 29 & 30, 2021.

*Costumes are welcomed and encouraged

Callaway Gardens

Pumpkins at Callaway

Explore gardens by day and watch them glow by night with a brand-new family-friendly festival: Pumpkins at Callaway! As the weather cools, our 2,500-acre gardens transform into a harvest haven with pumpkin sculptures, topiaries, and magnificent mums in brilliant autumn hues. Stay after dark to watch the grounds come to life with illuminating experiences like an Enchanted Forest, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, and a towering Pumpkin Tree! Don’t miss out on family-friendly Fall fun at Callaway!

September 10, 2021 – October 31, 2021

Get tickets here.

Center for Puppetry Arts

The Ghastly Dreadfuls

October 13-30

Join The Ghastly Dreadfuls for a clever combination of ghost stories, catchy music, gothic aesthetic and grim humor. The show features seven talented performers, who each play instruments in a band, sing, dance, act and operate all the puppets with the utmost of ease. Though most of the songs and stories are humorous, they represent a broad range of storytelling and styles of puppetry, from the serious and moving “The 11:59” (based on a short story by Patricia C. McKissack about a former Pullman porter who hears the ominous whistle of an infamous ghost train), to a fantastically silly graveyard dance set to Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre.”

Buy your tickets now as our team serves up a deliciously old-school cocktail of vaudeville-esque humor, horror and hijinx, a reminder of what has always made Halloween so creepy and fun. This is for ages 18 and up.

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow

October 29-November 7

Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and an even spookier image in this comedic version of the famous Washington Irving short story. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel. In the end, the Horseman saves the day and everyone is “happy ever after!”

This UNIMA Citation award-winning show features 20 hand-crafted hand-and-rod puppets along with shadow puppetry to create a hilarious adaptation of an American literary classic.

Monster Mash

On October 30, put on your silliest, scariest costumes and celebrate Monster Mash! It’s a puppetry smash! The Center’s atrium will be completely transformed with owls, friendly goblins and skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and more in a special exhibition Chantelle Rytter’s Parade Puppets running October 1-30.

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College Football Hall of Fame

 Experience the spooky sights and sounds of Halloween during Haunted Hall of Fame at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame on October 30 and 31. Kids 12 and under receive free admission when they arrive in costume and a custom Hall of Fame trick or treat bag.

Fans will experience immersive and interactive exhibits alongside the Halloween spirit and children will be able to trick-or-treat throughout the Hall all day.

Get tickets here

Escape Woods

Escape Woods offers escape game adventures unlike any others in the world. Their games are fully immersive and allow you to feel like you are living out the plot of a movie. They offer fun adventure games (non-scary) perfect for adults and older kids as well as scarier escape games for adults.

Hopper’s Cabin: The Cabin from Stranger Things

The Pig Farmer: Cult of the 7 Sins

The Maze: Curse of the Dragon

The Bunker: Aftermath

The Cabin: Hunted

 

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Woodland Spirits

Oh My Ghost
Take a walk on the supernatural side of science as ghostlike figures creep out of the shadows and otherworldly creatures seemingly grow out of the ground—this is not your average museum! Fernbank’s annual outdoor Halloween experience, Woodland Spirits, returns Saturday, September 18. New this year, Nocturnal Activity, a special mini-exhibit examining the unique characteristics and survival strategies of real “creatures of the night.”

Get tickets here.

Creepy Crawlies
Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Bugs, Bats & Bones
Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Ghostly Gatherings
Sunday, October 24, 2021 6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Fright Night
Friday, October 29, 2021 7:00 PM — 11:00 PM

Lowe’s Hal-LOWE-en” Trick-or-Treat Tryouts

For many families, this Halloween will be the first in two years that kids have been able to show off their costumes on neighborhood streets, and Lowe’s is eager to make up for lost time. As such, Lowe’s stores nationwide will host “Hal-LOWE-en” Trick-or-Treat Tryouts, giving Halloween lovers everywhere an extra chance to show off their costumes and collect candy in the Garden Center from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Beginning today, families can visit Lowes.com/TrickorTreat to reserve a spot for Lowe’s Hal-LOWE-en event at their local store. For the safety of all participants, events will be limited to 100 registrants per store, and cloth face coverings and social distancing will be required to attend. In addition to collecting candy, trick-or-treaters will have the opportunity to pose for photos in front of a scary-cute spiderweb backdrop.

“We know that families are looking for safe and creative ways to celebrate Halloween again this year, and we saw an opportunity for Lowe’s to provide that experience in our local communities,” said Joe McFarland, Lowe’s executive vice president of stores. “After such great response to our curbside Halloween event last year, we’re looking forward to providing kids with the chance to brush up on their trick-or-treating skills and safely show off their costume an extra time this season.”

Oakland Cemetery

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours

October 14-31

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours are a favorite autumn tradition in Atlanta.

Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian Gardens where you’ll meet some of Oakland’s most notable residents. The evening also includes musical performances, and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood.

Six Flags Fright Fest

After a one-year absence in 2020, Six Flags Over Georgia —the Thrill Capital of the South — is thrilled to announce the return of Fright Fest® for the 2021 Halloween season. The park’s premier Halloween event returns for 20 select nights September 18 through October 31, featuring five, brand-new haunted mazes and a variety of new and reimagined scare zones, live shows and family-friendly daytime offerings.

During the day, little monsters can enjoy family-friendly fun with a Trick-or-Treat trail, pumpkin decorating, spooktacular storytelling, Halloween-themed games, and the park’s kid-friendly rides. Children 12 and younger are permitted to dress up in their favorite costumes and compete for the 1st place prize in a wickedly fun costume contest.

When night falls, the park transforms into a sinister showcase of ghosts and ghouls. As guests traverse the park, they are forced to confront their fears in six frighteningly, immersive scare zones where hordes of scare actors creep around every corner ready to terrify their unsuspecting victims. When guests need a break from the fear, they can enjoy three live Halloween-themed shows and the park’s monster collection of thrill rides and roller coasters.

The wicked minds behind Fright Fest® have also created five brand-new, elaborately themed haunted mazes that will be making their debut this year, including:

Home Haunt, the Jordan Family’s homemade haunted house is open for Halloween and guests are just dying to get in;
Zombie Zoo, these zombies are on display and safe to watch from a distance…as long as they stay in their cages;
Clown Hell, guests are about to discover the answer to an age-old question, where do clowns go after they die?
Haunted Holiday, Christmas is coming early this year, but this is one gift that should have stayed under the tree; and
The Haunted House, wander the heinous hallways of this house of spirits. View the ghosts of the tormented souls that died here and the hell they brought back from the grave.

Fright Fest® at Six Flags Over Georgia is open select nights September 18 through October 31. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia. Select attractions require a Fright Pass.

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival – Play by Day, Glow by Night, an outdoor extravaganza returns bigger, better, and brighter this year. Visitors are welcome to celebrate the splendor of autumn during the park’s Pumpkin Festival, a family tradition featuring an all-new glow-in-the-dark parade, thousands of jack-o-lanterns, a giant glowing pumpkin tree, costumed characters, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, new storytelling adventures, glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, and more nighttime family-friendly experiences. Discover a patch of fall fun on acres of natural beauty beginning Sept. 18 – Oct. 31 (select dates).

Guests can play by day and experience all of their favorite park attractions and special fall entertainment, then glow by night in a whole new light. Glow by night is an immersive experience with more glow and nighttime outdoor fun. New this year, celebrate all things Pumpkin with a special viewing of the Pumpkin Lasershow and fireworks. Guests can explore the all-new glow-in-the-dark experiences throughout the festival. And finally, end the night with an all-new glowing nighttime parade featuring new floats and favorite storybook characters, dancing their way throughout the festival.

Take an outdoor journey through classic storybook tales that come to life in 10 new themed areas with over 40 newly imagined scenes, thousands of glowing lights, massive carved pumpkins, bubbles, fog, and plenty of not-so-spooky, glow-in-the-dark adventures after sunset.

From fairytales to nursery rhymes, be part of the adventure as you encounter your favorite storybook characters! Discover an underwater marvel 20,000 leagues under the sea, catch a fairytale remix with Mother Goose, and join the 3 little pigs for an adventure on the scenic railroad. Come immerse yourself in outdoor picture-book settings with fun fall decor and much, much more!

For tickets and activity schedule, visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

Tellus Science Museum

TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN SCIENCE
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10 AM – 4 PM

Tellus Science Museum’s creepy, crawly activities will include making your own spider rings, spider webs, and river rock spiders. We’ll also investigate light using diffraction glasses and learn about how spiders see.

NASA Ambassador Nick Johnson will be at the Museum with NASA giveaways and to talk about a different “web” – the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Webb will be the largest telescope in space and is set to be launched at the end of the month! Learn how telescopes are prepared to be launched into space, then use that knowledge to build a spacecraft and see if it passes the shake test to survive a launch.

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Walmart’s Spooky Street

Calling all superheroes, witches, werewolves, mummies, vampires, & everything in between. This Halloween season, you’re invited to take a stroll through a truly spooktacular neighborhood where no door goes unanswered. Grab your costume, practice your best rawr, howl, or boo, & discover the treats that await on Spooky Street. October 22 through 24, Spooky Street will be coming to Calhoun, Georgia. Get your tickets now.

Wren’s Nest

October 23 and 30

The Wren’s Nest summons you to join us in a night of mystical magic, unknown entities, and spirited storytelling—a séance experience!

The Wren’s Nest Séance is a family-friendly fall season event that brings to life the séance craze popular around the turn of the 20th century. In an actual séance, a spiritual medium attempts to speak with the dead who are in the spirit world. At The Wren’s Nest, we put on a very spirited show that tries to speak to the nonexistent as we try to solve the mystery of Hugh Deeni, a magician’s supply salesman who disappeared long ago attempting to capture a rabbit that would be pulled out of a magician’s magical top hat.

World of Coca-Cola

This October, World of Coca-Cola is inviting families and friends to take part in the attraction’s first-ever Halloween takeover. Offered all month long with special activations on Saturdays and Sundays, the eerie experience includes a scavenger hunt to find a mystery Fanta flavor, an after-hours event for adults, ghostly performances and so much more. Guests are encouraged to get in the spooky spirit by wearing their best family-friendly costumes and looking out for festive frights and fall features among World of Coke’s regular exhibits and experiences. FANTAstic Halloween is included as part of every general admission ticket in October.

Haunted Hunt for a FANTAstic New Flavor

The FANTAstic Flavor Hunt challenges guests to search for hidden QR codes throughout World of Coca-Cola, each one a clue to a mysterious new Fanta flavor hitting shelves soon. The journey concludes in Taste It! where guests can unearth the secret and sample the latest Fanta flavor before it launches in 2022.

All the Treats, None of the Tricks

No ghoul goes thirsty, as Coca-Cola Freestyle serves three limited-edition mixes: Fanta Grape Goblin, Fanta Orange Jack-O-Lantern and Fanta Strawberry Scary Skull. Even more Fanta flavors are available on the Taste It! fountains, and seasonal concoctions can be sipped at the beverage bar.

Bottling Up Frightful Concoctions

The Bottle Works exhibit has been abandoned – or has it? Fans who dare to enter may encounter playful skeletons. On weekends, the mad scientist Dr. FANTAstic transforms the bottling plant into his personal lab. The doctor is mixing up something frighteningly delicious – peek inside to get a firsthand look at the creation of Coca-Cola’s most mystical drink yet.

Surprises and Disguises to Spare

Around every corner, fans will discover spooky surprises – from beastly backdrops for freaky photos, to ghoulish tales and live dance performances by costumed characters. Inside the Scent Discovery exhibit, guests can sniff and guess seasonal aromas that recall memories from Halloweens past and set the stage for unique flavors inside Taste It!

FANTAstic Halloween After Dark

On Thursday, October 14, World of Coca-Cola will open its doors for its first-ever, adults-only event from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature a DJ spinning spook-tacular tunes, dramatic Halloween-themed entertainment and a full bar with a “FANTAstic Halloween” specialty cocktail. Food will also be available for purchase. Tickets cost $35 and include two drink tickets for wine or beer. Costumes are welcome, and face coverings are required except in spaces designated for eating and drinking. Masks that fully cover the face and weapon-like props are not permitted. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Safety First

The health and safety of World of Coca-Cola’s guests and employees are top priorities, and the attraction has adjusted operations in compliance with guidelines from health and government authorities. Precautions include reduced capacity, timed ticket entry, signage to promote social distancing, mandatory face coverings for all ambassadors and guests over the age of two, and enhanced cleaning routines throughout the attraction. More information is here.

Zoo Atlanta Boo at the Zoo

October 23, 24, 30 and 31

9am to 3pm

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns to Zoo Atlanta! Sample treats throughout the Zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters, and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume!

Halloween Events Beyond Atlanta

Dollywood Harvest Festival

Dollywood, one of America’s favorite fall family destinations, celebrates the splendor of autumn in the majestic rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains during the Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24- Oct. 30). The annual guest-favorite event includes the family-friendly Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health, which has quickly become a cherished experience for parkgoers.

A longstanding family tradition for so many, the Harvest Festival greets guests with the surrounding mountainsides draped in vibrant colors. Dollywood’s landscaping and fresh décor accent the autumn atmosphere and bring the beauty right into the park, making it ripe for families to create their picture-perfect pumpkin photo ops to share with friends!

Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the nation’s premier family-friendly harvesttime events, provides bushels of memories for guests, thanks to thousands of glowing and carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood. For those with small children—or anyone looking for a fun, not scary experience—this event is certainly the cream of the crop. Families can bask in the glow as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together.

“Fall is a special time of year in the Smoky Mountains, because God’s handiwork is on full display for everyone to enjoy when they come to visit,” Dolly Parton, Dollywood’s Dreamer-in-Chief said. “It’s also the time when the heat of the summer fades and the crisp, cool evenings make it just right to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Some of my most treasured family memories took place during the fall, and I want our guests to make their own wonderful memories while they are here.

“Our team works so hard to bring the mountains right into the middle of the park with all those great decorations and experiences. You really are surrounded by the colors of fall the whole time you are here. It’s no wonder we won this year’s Golden Ticket award for Most Beautiful Theme Park in the whole world; no other park in the world is built right in the middle of the Smokies!”

Last season, reinvigorated decorations and visually-impactful landscaping techniques were implemented throughout the park to immerse visitors in a fresh, new look. One of the “biggest” additions to last season’s festival returns this year, as guests can peruse more than a dozen colossal pumpkins. Last year’s prize pumpkins ranged from 800 to 1500 lbs. each. The massive displays come from growers across the East Coast who look forward to sharing these gargantuan gourds with guests.

No festival at Dollywood is complete without award-winning entertainment, and the Harvest Festival certainly delivers. With artists representing genres from Southern gospel and bluegrass to classic country and Americana, there is something to satisfy every musical taste. Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the park, allowing the engaging sounds to echo through the surrounding hillsides and create a highly-engaging entertainment offering. Even more artists can be found roaming the park, literally taking the music to the streets!

Among the festival headliners are CeCe Winans (Oct. 9), Pam Tillis (Sept. 29), Jimmy Fortune (Oct. 2), Shenandoah (Oct. 20-21), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 3), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Oct. 4), Taylor Red (Sept. 24), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Oct. 14-15), Janelle Arthur (Sept. 26) and the Lee University Singers (Oct. 17). A complete schedule can be found on Dollywood.com. Additionally, the new Night Time at the Back Porch offers some of the best up-and-coming performers from the Southeast an opportunity to share their talents during the park’s evening hours.

“Dollywood is one of our all-time favorite places to play and has been for years,” Gospel Hall of Fame member Karen Peck said. “We love how nice everyone is at the theaters and the awesome family-friendly feeling we get when we perform at Dollywood. Sometimes, it’s like church breaks out at our concerts!”

Dollywood’s culinary team has created a smorgasbord of creations to take advantage of the bountiful supply of crops provided by the Smoky Mountain harvest. The smells of smoked bratwursts, turkey legs, or chicken and andouille sausage gumbo pair nicely with the fresh tastes of sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque and BUSH’S three bean pumpkin chili. For sweet treats, the ever-popular pumpkin spice is in full supply with items ranging from pumpkin spice churros with pumpkin fluff to pumpkin spice salted caramel mocha iced coffee. Items like the maple pecan and bacon funnel cake, hot apple cider and the apple pie milkshake are perfect to carry and enjoy while admiring the beauty of Dollywood in the fall.

Visiting artisans and makers display their handmade wares at locations throughout Dollywood. Many even demonstrate the talented skills and techniques they use as they create their one-of-a-kind treasures.

With so many opportunities for creating vibrant new family traditions, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must-see experience this season.

Dollywood is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day of operation (Sept. 24- Oct. 30) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

 

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland is celebrating Halloween and you don’t want to miss all the fun! The annual Goblins and Giggles celebration is happening September 10 through October 31, 2021 with spooky fun for all ages.

Hide and Seek Scavenger Hunt
Everyone’s favorite square pumpkin, Spookley, takes center stage in a game of Halloween hide and seek — inviting super sleuths to solve puzzles that reveal his eight secret hiding spots around the resort. Solve all the puzzles to find Spookley.

Jack O’lantern Walk
Transport yourself to a world of Halloween fun and stroll through a display of dozens of creatively decorated and carved Jack-o’-lanterns. Snap a few photos for inspiration for when you carve you own pumpkin at home.

Trick or Treat Expedition
It’s all treats and no tricks along the Trick or Treat Expedition trail. Youngsters will enjoy spooky decorations as they venture through the resort’s gardens for sweet treats to add to their confection collection.

The Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape Room
A treasure chest belonging to the villainous pirate, Barnabus Blackbeard, has been discovered in the haunted hollows of the resort, but he cursed the loot so only the smartest and luckiest of land lovers can crack the code.

Ghouls Night Out Riverboat Ride
Ride at your own risk or reward, you never know what trick or treat will be around the bend traveling down a scenic river winding through the Delta Atrium. Participate in a candy corn challenge and keep an eye out for what may be lurking in shadows.

Wicked Brews Speakeasy
Find creepy cocktails at the Spookeasy, a 21+ haunted hideaway that conjures up the spirit of a prohibition-era pub. Living, ghostly artwork procured by past owners provides the perfect atmosphere for the seasonal selection of exclusive craft drinks.

Monster Mash Bash
Brooms, bats, black cats – oh my! Guests can jack o’lantern jive, skeleton shuffle, or just enjoy a bashing good time.

Frightfully Fun Zone
Join us for ghoulish games and amusements at the Frightfully Fun Zone. Visit the Frightfully Fun Zone starting point to receive a Trick or Treat bag and expedition pass.

Bedtime Stories with Morgana
Put on your PJs and get tucked in for bed before a bedtime story with Morgana and Grimm the Goblin. Listen as they share Spookley the Square Pumpkin’s story about how being different can save the day.

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