Last year Halloween fell on the perfect day–Saturday. This year it’s on a Monday. Booooo. But never fear; there is still plenty to do that weekend. Here are a whopping 25 options around the metro area, divided by kid-friendly and not so much (some events are ongoing throughout the month and open prior to Halloween weekend):
1. Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain Atlanta, Oct. 28
Callanwolde is excited to bring you Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain. A night of family fun for both kids and adults. Join us with Legoland Discovery Center in celebrating this Halloween adventure with J&M Sound Design DJ. Callanwolde Concert Band with special guest Matthew Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves, for a musical program featuring selections of spooky music. There will be trick or treating throughout the estate and a family friendly costume contest with big prizes! There will be a special surprise guest too!
2. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Atlanta, Oct. 28-29
Watch Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the soundtrack live.
3. Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Atlanta, Oct. 4-30
The Garden is stuffed with fall fun! Enjoy more than 100 spooky, creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, or better yet, make your own!
4. Boo at the Zoo Atlanta, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30
5. Science Spooky Night at the Tellus Museum Cartersville, Oct. 29
6. Halloween Night Hike at Chattahoochee Nature Center Roswell, Oct. 21-22, 28-29
Experience the mystery of a guided night hike! Each group of 20 – 25 people will have a guide lead them on a lighted trail. Meet costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and Dragonfly during your ~45-minute hike.
7. Walker-Stalker Con Georgia World Congress Center, Oct. 28-30
Calling all Walking Dead fans! Okay, TWD is not the first thing I think of when I’m trying to think of family-friendly activities, but kids under 10 are free so you can put that toward therapy later.
8. Train or Treat at the Southeastern Railway Museum Duluth, Oct. 29
9. Georgia A-scary-um Georgia Aquarium, Oct. 30-31 (website not yet updated)
10. Capture the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta Oct. 21-23 and 27-29 Update: Tickets have sold out for this popular event. To get tickets next year, mark your calendar for July when they go on sale.
A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian gardens as you experience the stories of Atlanta’s sons and daughters come to life.
11. Buford Corn Maze and Haunted Forest Buford
12. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt Nights Dawsonville
13. Fernbank Boo-seum, Atlanta, Oct. 29
For one day every year, Fernbank Museum becomes Fernbank BOO-seum! Follow the screams (of delight) to a day of frightening-ly fun Halloween-themed activities including treats for kids in costume, games, music and more.
14. Halloween Spooktacular, Chamblee, Oct. 29
Chamblee’s Annual Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Saturday, October 24 at Keswick Park from 11am-2pm. Activities include a costume contest for all ages, a spooky haunted house, hay rides, games, a cupcake walk, and more!
15. Haints and Saints Halloween Parade, Decatur, Oct. 30
16. Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain, Sept. 30-Oct. 30
17. The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow, Center for Puppetry Arts, Oct. 25- Nov. 6
1. Netherworld (Norcross), Nightmare’s Gate (Douglasville), Camp Blood (Carrollton), Fear the Woods (Stockbridge), Gates of Misery (Rome) or 13 Stories (Newnan) haunted attractions (older children ok, not recommended for young children or pregnant women)
2. The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Raising Spirits Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Oct. 12-29
They’re back! Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. Featuring new stories and old favorites, this ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living AND the dead.
3. Nightmare on Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Oct. 29
It’s time to make your dreams a reality this Halloween at the official Nightmare on Peachtree Halloween Bash! Beware of the absolute awesome time you will have this historic Atlanta venue which feaures multiple rooms, dance floors, top Atlanta DJs, a 5 Hour VIP Open Bar, and much more…
4. A Social Mess Halloween Party #7 Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, Oct. 29
Announcing Halloween Party #7 on October 29th, 2016 at the Buckhead Theatre. This is the largest Halloween party in Atlanta with over 2000 people from all over the Southeast attending.
6. Horror Film Festival Plaza Theatre, Atlanta Oct. 13-15
7. Monster Bash Eclipse di Luna, Dunwoody Oct. 29
Halloween with a Latin and international flavor.
8. Boos and Brews The Masquerade, Atlanta Oct. 29