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Little Five Points’ venerable Halloween Parade, scheduled this year for Oct. 21.
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Atlanta’s best bets for Halloween (and general October) revelry, mapped

The weather’s finally right for a rollicking October at events from downtown to Decatur and beyond.

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Little Five Points’ venerable Halloween Parade, scheduled this year for Oct. 21.
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When the coolers temps of late October roll around, Atlanta typically roars to life, and 2017 will be no exception.

From a rollicking parade that honors the grotesque to a beer bonanza and weekend-spanning downtown event that celebrates, well, horror-show celebrities, the ATL is a scream this month.

So, ye ghouls and ghoulettes, have a look at our top picks for October revelry across the city in the new map below:

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1. 2017 Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade

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600 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Like its slightly older (and more famous) September counterpart on the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade lights up the night for all ages. Creepy-fabulous lantern owners are asked to congregate at 6 p.m. Friday night (Oct. 20) near the park’s Milledge Fountain (expect food trucks and ghoulish beverages); the giant, glowing puppets and goblins begin their march at 8 p.m. sharp. Be aware the parade route is slightly different this year due to construction within the park.

2. Little Five Points Halloween Fest & Parade

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Little Five Points
Atlanta, GA 30307

The ghoulish grandaddy of Atlanta Halloween revelry roars back this Saturday (Oct. 21), again with a festival to join the time-honored parade (a 17-year tradition). Expect a wicked variety of music from noon until who-the-hell-knows, plus a bounty of food options and an artists market. Parents should be advised that the parade, which kicks off at 4 p.m., is an anything-goes event (and awesomely so) that tends to get a bit risqué and gory, so keep plenty of candy handy to distract the kiddos.

3. Decatur Craft Beer Festival

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406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

Few things pair better with boos than brews, and Decatur brings its classic celebration of suds this Saturday (from noon to 5 p.m.) with the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. Expect three bands and “unlimited sips” from more than 80 breweries. General admission: $50.

4. Taste of Atlanta 2017

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680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Billed as “Atlanta’s must-do food, wine, beer, and cocktail festival,” the always-impressive Taste of Atlanta makes its return in a new location this year—Historic Fourth Ward Park—from Oct. 20 to 22. Expect “taste points” from a bounty of restaurants that run the Atlanta gamut, from Hobnob to NaanStop and Nine Mile Station. General admission is $25 (in advance) per day.

5. Fernbank’s Fright Night

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767 Clifton Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 929-6300
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The Fernbank Museum of Natural History will showcase Hallow’s Eve histrionics Oct. 27 (from 8 p.m. to midnight) with an adults-only “Fright Night” that includes a “creepy carnival” theme this year. The $25 entry (for non-members) buys carnival-style grub but not the for-sale “bewitching beer and creepy cocktails” on hand. It’s a 21+ event.

6. Boo at the Zoo

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800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-5600
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What would Halloween be in Atlanta without the chance to party with 1,000 real animals from around the world? Boo at the Zoo happens four times this month—Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29—from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s all free for zoo members and kiddos under age 3; general admission applies otherwise.

This little creeper’s coming.
Boo at the Zoo

7. Walker Stalker Con

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285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4000
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The Walking Dead fanatics can get their freak on (please, not literally) from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Here’s a list of celebrity guests on tap for 2017, to include the legend Ron Perlman. Per-day tix range from $35 to $55.

8. Goblins in the Garden

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The Prado NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s pristine beauty is even better with fall colors—and adorable costumes. This Sunday (Oct. 22), catch the Goblins in the Garden event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with train rides ($3), pony rides ($4), and even a costume fashion runway for the little monsters. Regular daily admission applies.

9. EAV-o-ween

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572 Stokeswood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 919-3619
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An entire festival devoted to Trick-or-Treating, this annual gathering at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is sure to get attendees in the spirit. Expect roaring bonfires, gobs of candy, and a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Plus, a costume contest.

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1. 2017 Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade

600 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Like its slightly older (and more famous) September counterpart on the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade lights up the night for all ages. Creepy-fabulous lantern owners are asked to congregate at 6 p.m. Friday night (Oct. 20) near the park’s Milledge Fountain (expect food trucks and ghoulish beverages); the giant, glowing puppets and goblins begin their march at 8 p.m. sharp. Be aware the parade route is slightly different this year due to construction within the park.

600 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

2. Little Five Points Halloween Fest & Parade

Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA 30307

The ghoulish grandaddy of Atlanta Halloween revelry roars back this Saturday (Oct. 21), again with a festival to join the time-honored parade (a 17-year tradition). Expect a wicked variety of music from noon until who-the-hell-knows, plus a bounty of food options and an artists market. Parents should be advised that the parade, which kicks off at 4 p.m., is an anything-goes event (and awesomely so) that tends to get a bit risqué and gory, so keep plenty of candy handy to distract the kiddos.

Little Five Points
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Decatur Craft Beer Festival

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Few things pair better with boos than brews, and Decatur brings its classic celebration of suds this Saturday (from noon to 5 p.m.) with the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. Expect three bands and “unlimited sips” from more than 80 breweries. General admission: $50.

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

4. Taste of Atlanta 2017

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Billed as “Atlanta’s must-do food, wine, beer, and cocktail festival,” the always-impressive Taste of Atlanta makes its return in a new location this year—Historic Fourth Ward Park—from Oct. 20 to 22. Expect “taste points” from a bounty of restaurants that run the Atlanta gamut, from Hobnob to NaanStop and Nine Mile Station. General admission is $25 (in advance) per day.

680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. Fernbank’s Fright Night

767 Clifton Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History will showcase Hallow’s Eve histrionics Oct. 27 (from 8 p.m. to midnight) with an adults-only “Fright Night” that includes a “creepy carnival” theme this year. The $25 entry (for non-members) buys carnival-style grub but not the for-sale “bewitching beer and creepy cocktails” on hand. It’s a 21+ event.

767 Clifton Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Boo at the Zoo

800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
This little creeper’s coming.
Boo at the Zoo

What would Halloween be in Atlanta without the chance to party with 1,000 real animals from around the world? Boo at the Zoo happens four times this month—Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29—from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s all free for zoo members and kiddos under age 3; general admission applies otherwise.

800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

7. Walker Stalker Con

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The Walking Dead fanatics can get their freak on (please, not literally) from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Here’s a list of celebrity guests on tap for 2017, to include the legend Ron Perlman. Per-day tix range from $35 to $55.

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

8. Goblins in the Garden

The Prado NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s pristine beauty is even better with fall colors—and adorable costumes. This Sunday (Oct. 22), catch the Goblins in the Garden event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with train rides ($3), pony rides ($4), and even a costume fashion runway for the little monsters. Regular daily admission applies.

The Prado NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. EAV-o-ween

572 Stokeswood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

An entire festival devoted to Trick-or-Treating, this annual gathering at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is sure to get attendees in the spirit. Expect roaring bonfires, gobs of candy, and a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Plus, a costume contest.

572 Stokeswood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316