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16 can’t-miss Halloween happenings around Atlanta

Regardless of age, there’s a lot to choose from for thrills and chills this Halloween

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Despite lingering summer-like temperatures, fall is technically here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. As such, ghosts, goblins, witches, and zombies are ready to take to the streets of ATL, scaring up fun for all.

Halloween celebrations are popping up all around Atlanta, providing thrills and chills gore-lore for kids of all ages. From festive parades—like the venerable Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade, which is a given—and cemetery tours to haunted houses and costume parties, there’s something for everyone.

So, Atlanta, put on your favorite costume and get ready to scream celebrate.

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Fall Festival on Ponce

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Get ready for a full two days of autumnal fun at the eighth annual Fall Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park. Taking place October 12 and 13, the festival will feature live music, a children’s area, and 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, plus folk and outsider art.

In addition, local food trucks and beverages will be available to satisfy your appetite. The event is free to attend, and dogs are welcome.

People sitting on a large lawn with vendor tents set up in the background. Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces

Haunted Halloween

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On October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center, join a witch and ghouls at Smith Family Farm or watch wizards create magic potions outside Swan House. Stop in the vampire saloon in Swan Woods, or visit the tortured souls haunting a long-shuttered hospital. Younger visitors can take part in kid-friendly activities at the main building.

Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for all children.

Someone dressed as a dinosaur scares a woman as another adult looks on. Atlanta History Center

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival

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Pack up the family, and head to Stone Mountain Park for a full day of autumn fun. During the day, visitors can enjoy such activities as The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Games, The “Wizard of Oz” 4-D Experience, and the Princess & the Pie Eating Contest.

In the evening, the event will “Glow by Night,” with such activities as Down the Rabbit Hole Dance Party, The Mad Hatter’s Costume Contest, and the Enchanted Glow-a-Long Parade. This event occurs every weekend through November 3.

In addition to paid parking, all Pumpkin Festival activities require an All-Attraction Pass. 

Spooky Springs

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On October 26, Spooky Springs returns to Abernathy Greenway Park for its third year, bringing with it trick-or-treat stations, face painting, food trucks, and roaming costumed characters. Taking place from 5 to 7 p.m., the event is free to the public. Parking will be available at Sandy Springs Christian Church.

Kids in Halloween costumers receiving candy from a woman dressed as a which. City of Sandy Springs

Six Flags Fright Fest

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Claiming to be “Atlanta’s biggest and most terrifying haunt,” Fright Fest features several new attractions for 2019. This year, the event is divided into “Thrills by Day and Fright by Night,” which includes 16 haunted attractions, 12 rollercoasters, and more than 200 zombies.

Plus, four new attractions: Piggy’s Blood Shed (a haunted maze), Dismantled (a scare zone), Seeds of Samhain (also a scare zone), and Alien Abduction (a haunted maze). The second annual 30-hour Coffin Challenge returns for those who want a chance to win $600 in cash and prizes.

This year’s Fright Fest runs select nights through November 2. Haunt the website for a full operating calendar. 

Fox Theatre Ghost Tours

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For the seventh year, the Fox Theatre invites visitors to take a guided walk through the iconic theater, where they’ll learn about the Fox’s 90 years of ghostly sightings and unexplained events. During the 60-minute tours, notable characters from the Fox’s past will make appearances and share their tales as the tour weaves its way through the hospital room, power room, and sub-basement areas.

Tours are available on October 9, October 15 and October 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

Harvest at the Station

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On October 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., Atlantic Station will host Harvest at the Station, a family-friendly event overflowing with autumn- and Halloween-themed activities. Think pumpkin decorating, face painting, chalk art, and more. At sundown, bring your blankets and chairs, and settle down for a showing of “Hocus Pocus.”

All activities are free. Park near Stairwells 11 (green) and 12 (orange) for closest access to the event. The first two hours of parking are free.

A woman working with craft supplies as a woman holding a young girl looks on. Atlantic Station

Owl-O-Ween

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For a different twist on Halloween celebrations, trek to Kennesaw State University’s Sports + Entertainment Park in Kennesaw for Owl-O-Ween. Held on the evenings of October 18 and 19, this hot air balloon festival will feature live music, costume contests, and tethered balloon rides. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. 

Halloween Hikes

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On October 25 and 26 from 7 to 10 p.m., visitors to the Chattahoochee Nature Center can set out on an evening guided Halloween Hike throughout the center’s grounds. During the 45-minute hike, guests will meet costumed characters like the Box Turtle and Dragonfly.

Tickets are $12; children age 2 and younger are free. Don’t forget your costume.

Netherworld Haunted House

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Returning for its 23rd season, this mega-popular haunted house in Stone Mountain welcomes horror fans to experience two pulse-pounding attractions. “Night of the Gorgon” oozes classical horror, while “Cold Blooded” throws you into an out-of-control facility overflowing with savage reptilian monstrosities.

Open nightly through November 3 and on November 8-9. Tiered ticket pricing is available; see website for full details.

Boo at the Zoo

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A returning family favorite, Boo at the Zoo welcomes kids of all ages to celebrate Halloween with their favorite animals. Activities at this Halloween festival include a visit to Zoo Boo Town, costume contests, an inflatable corn maze, appearances by special characters, live music, kids’ crafts, and Halloween surprises for the animals.

This four-day event at Zoo Atlanta takes place October 19-20 and October 26-27. 

The Roof’s Halloween “Neon Nightmare” Party

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The Roof at Ponce City Market is undergoing a wicked transformation for Halloween. From 7 to midnight on Saturday, October 26, Skyline Park will become a sinister setting taking its inspiration from the neon trends and slasher movies of the ’80s.

Attendees also can compete in a costume contest, as well as win some spooky prizes at the boardwalk games. Early-bird tickets go on sale October 13.

Halloween display with skeleton and spiderwebs on hay bale with Ponce City Market sign in the background. Ponce City Market

Haunted Hall of Fame 

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During the weekend of October 26-27, the College Football Hall of Fame becomes haunted with zombies, candy cauldrons, and a Field of Screams. Fans ages 3 to 12 arriving in costumes will receive free admission.

They also can trick or treat throughout the building and enjoy face-painting. Fans spooked by the thought of missing their favorite team’s game can watch it on the 36-foot video board. 

Halloween Parade

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On October 26 at 11 a.m., the Peachtree Road Farmers Market will host its annual Halloween parade at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Additional activities include face painting, balloon animals, storytelling (starting at 9:15 a.m.), and more.

Graphic that reads “Peachtree Road Farmers Market Halloween Parade.” Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Inman Park Trick-or-Treat Kick-off Parade

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Starting at 5 p.m. on October 31, residents and visitors are invited to the Inman Park Trick or Treat Kick-off Parade starting in Poplar Circle at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street. Other festivities will include music, face-painting, and trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood. This free event is open to both little and big kids as well as those young-at-heart. 

Trick-or-Treat at Ponce City Market

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On Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 8 p.m., bring the family and make the rounds at Ponce City Market for trick-or-treat. During this free event, PCM restaurants and shops will be handing out more than 1,000 pounds of candy.

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Fall Festival on Ponce

People sitting on a large lawn with vendor tents set up in the background. Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces

Get ready for a full two days of autumnal fun at the eighth annual Fall Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park. Taking place October 12 and 13, the festival will feature live music, a children’s area, and 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, plus folk and outsider art.

In addition, local food trucks and beverages will be available to satisfy your appetite. The event is free to attend, and dogs are welcome.

People sitting on a large lawn with vendor tents set up in the background. Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces

Haunted Halloween

Someone dressed as a dinosaur scares a woman as another adult looks on. Atlanta History Center

On October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center, join a witch and ghouls at Smith Family Farm or watch wizards create magic potions outside Swan House. Stop in the vampire saloon in Swan Woods, or visit the tortured souls haunting a long-shuttered hospital. Younger visitors can take part in kid-friendly activities at the main building.

Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for all children.

Someone dressed as a dinosaur scares a woman as another adult looks on. Atlanta History Center

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival

Pack up the family, and head to Stone Mountain Park for a full day of autumn fun. During the day, visitors can enjoy such activities as The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Games, The “Wizard of Oz” 4-D Experience, and the Princess & the Pie Eating Contest.

In the evening, the event will “Glow by Night,” with such activities as Down the Rabbit Hole Dance Party, The Mad Hatter’s Costume Contest, and the Enchanted Glow-a-Long Parade. This event occurs every weekend through November 3.

In addition to paid parking, all Pumpkin Festival activities require an All-Attraction Pass. 

Spooky Springs

Kids in Halloween costumers receiving candy from a woman dressed as a which. City of Sandy Springs

On October 26, Spooky Springs returns to Abernathy Greenway Park for its third year, bringing with it trick-or-treat stations, face painting, food trucks, and roaming costumed characters. Taking place from 5 to 7 p.m., the event is free to the public. Parking will be available at Sandy Springs Christian Church.

Kids in Halloween costumers receiving candy from a woman dressed as a which. City of Sandy Springs

Six Flags Fright Fest

Claiming to be “Atlanta’s biggest and most terrifying haunt,” Fright Fest features several new attractions for 2019. This year, the event is divided into “Thrills by Day and Fright by Night,” which includes 16 haunted attractions, 12 rollercoasters, and more than 200 zombies.

Plus, four new attractions: Piggy’s Blood Shed (a haunted maze), Dismantled (a scare zone), Seeds of Samhain (also a scare zone), and Alien Abduction (a haunted maze). The second annual 30-hour Coffin Challenge returns for those who want a chance to win $600 in cash and prizes.

This year’s Fright Fest runs select nights through November 2. Haunt the website for a full operating calendar. 

Fox Theatre Ghost Tours

For the seventh year, the Fox Theatre invites visitors to take a guided walk through the iconic theater, where they’ll learn about the Fox’s 90 years of ghostly sightings and unexplained events. During the 60-minute tours, notable characters from the Fox’s past will make appearances and share their tales as the tour weaves its way through the hospital room, power room, and sub-basement areas.

Tours are available on October 9, October 15 and October 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

Harvest at the Station

A woman working with craft supplies as a woman holding a young girl looks on. Atlantic Station

On October 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., Atlantic Station will host Harvest at the Station, a family-friendly event overflowing with autumn- and Halloween-themed activities. Think pumpkin decorating, face painting, chalk art, and more. At sundown, bring your blankets and chairs, and settle down for a showing of “Hocus Pocus.”

All activities are free. Park near Stairwells 11 (green) and 12 (orange) for closest access to the event. The first two hours of parking are free.

A woman working with craft supplies as a woman holding a young girl looks on. Atlantic Station

Owl-O-Ween

For a different twist on Halloween celebrations, trek to Kennesaw State University’s Sports + Entertainment Park in Kennesaw for Owl-O-Ween. Held on the evenings of October 18 and 19, this hot air balloon festival will feature live music, costume contests, and tethered balloon rides. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. 

Halloween Hikes

On October 25 and 26 from 7 to 10 p.m., visitors to the Chattahoochee Nature Center can set out on an evening guided Halloween Hike throughout the center’s grounds. During the 45-minute hike, guests will meet costumed characters like the Box Turtle and Dragonfly.

Tickets are $12; children age 2 and younger are free. Don’t forget your costume.

Netherworld Haunted House

Returning for its 23rd season, this mega-popular haunted house in Stone Mountain welcomes horror fans to experience two pulse-pounding attractions. “Night of the Gorgon” oozes classical horror, while “Cold Blooded” throws you into an out-of-control facility overflowing with savage reptilian monstrosities.

Open nightly through November 3 and on November 8-9. Tiered ticket pricing is available; see website for full details.

Boo at the Zoo

A returning family favorite, Boo at the Zoo welcomes kids of all ages to celebrate Halloween with their favorite animals. Activities at this Halloween festival include a visit to Zoo Boo Town, costume contests, an inflatable corn maze, appearances by special characters, live music, kids’ crafts, and Halloween surprises for the animals.

This four-day event at Zoo Atlanta takes place October 19-20 and October 26-27. 

The Roof’s Halloween “Neon Nightmare” Party

Halloween display with skeleton and spiderwebs on hay bale with Ponce City Market sign in the background. Ponce City Market

The Roof at Ponce City Market is undergoing a wicked transformation for Halloween. From 7 to midnight on Saturday, October 26, Skyline Park will become a sinister setting taking its inspiration from the neon trends and slasher movies of the ’80s.

Attendees also can compete in a costume contest, as well as win some spooky prizes at the boardwalk games. Early-bird tickets go on sale October 13.

Halloween display with skeleton and spiderwebs on hay bale with Ponce City Market sign in the background. Ponce City Market

Haunted Hall of Fame 

During the weekend of October 26-27, the College Football Hall of Fame becomes haunted with zombies, candy cauldrons, and a Field of Screams. Fans ages 3 to 12 arriving in costumes will receive free admission.

They also can trick or treat throughout the building and enjoy face-painting. Fans spooked by the thought of missing their favorite team’s game can watch it on the 36-foot video board. 

Halloween Parade

Graphic that reads “Peachtree Road Farmers Market Halloween Parade.” Peachtree Road Farmers Market

On October 26 at 11 a.m., the Peachtree Road Farmers Market will host its annual Halloween parade at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Additional activities include face painting, balloon animals, storytelling (starting at 9:15 a.m.), and more.

Graphic that reads “Peachtree Road Farmers Market Halloween Parade.” Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Inman Park Trick-or-Treat Kick-off Parade

Starting at 5 p.m. on October 31, residents and visitors are invited to the Inman Park Trick or Treat Kick-off Parade starting in Poplar Circle at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street. Other festivities will include music, face-painting, and trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood. This free event is open to both little and big kids as well as those young-at-heart. 

Trick-or-Treat at Ponce City Market

On Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 8 p.m., bring the family and make the rounds at Ponce City Market for trick-or-treat. During this free event, PCM restaurants and shops will be handing out more than 1,000 pounds of candy.