Spook-tacular Halloween Events around Atlanta

Halloween may look a little different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed: you’ve got some goblins to please! Don’t worry. From ghost tours to costume parties, drive-throughs to outdoor events, there’s plenty of spooky silliness to go around. Keep reading for details on these—and more—fun Halloween events in Atlanta.

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Ghost Tours

Ghosts of Marietta

Haunted ghost tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays year-round in Marietta, Georgia.


Covington Ghost Tours

Covington Ghost Tours differ from most haunted tours because many of our locations have been investigated by paranormal experts that are associated with T.A.P.S. (The Atlantic Paranormal Society). You will also witness actual video accounts from people who have experienced paranormal activity first-hand at various tour stops.



In historic downtown Decatur and led by professional psychic medium and paranormal investigator, Boo Newell this tour begins in the Historic Town Square, travelling next down small streets where late at night you might just have an encounter with Decatur's spirit world.



Learn about the night that the dead walked down the main street of Lawrenceville, hear about bizarre paranormal events that have happened recently in the businesses that line the square, and step inside the Old Jail and perhaps experience paranormal activity for yourself!



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Costume Parties

The Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts

On Halloween, wear your costume for a kooky and spooky good time, where you and your little monsters will be treated to a not-too-spooky Tale Time with the Good Witch, enjoy an exciting digital scavenger hunt, take some cool photos in Big Bird’s Halloween Nest, create your very own pumpkin puppet, see the special Ghastly Dreadful pop-up exhibit, and grab a surprise-filled goodie bag to take home. The event is included with Museum admission and this is a timed ticketed event, so seats are limited.


Boo at the Zoo

Free for Zoo Members, children under 3, and with general admission timed tickets, guests will enjoy a fun family Halloween festival with treats throughout the Zoo and more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume!


Train or Treat at Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum will host its popular Train or Treat event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24, and will feature trick-or-treating at decorated stations, a costume contest for attendees 12 years and younger, live music and visiting vendors from local businesses.


Halloween Programming at Children's Museum of Atlanta

On Halloween, bring your costumed ghosts, goblins, and ghouls can celebrate Halloween at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta with a Halloween storytime, dance party, spidery science, paper pumpkin lantern crafts and puffy paint ghosts. They’ll also have a special bat-making station on the first floor. It’s sure to be a spook-tacular time!


Goblins in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Show off your child’s Halloween costume and enjoy a few socially- distanced fall family activities while exploring Scarecrows in the Garden, including a Goblin Runway where they can strut their stuff, live African drum rhythms, mini pumpkin decorating crafts, and a painted pumpkin hunt throughout the garden. 



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Drive-In & Drive-Throughs

Halloween Spooktacular at Brook Run Park

Hosted by Dunwoody Parks & Recreation, the Dunwoody Police Department, and community partners, the Halloween Spooktacular Drive-thru at Brook Run Park is open to all and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29. Residents and visitors are invited to drive through a haunted display of spooky decorations, timed special effects and music. The event will feature decorated Dunwoody Police vehicles to promote the department’s annual “See & Be Seen on Halloween” campaign. Officers will give out clip-on flashers to encourage children to make sure they’re visible if they go trick-or-treating in the dark.


Duluth Drive-In with The Addams Family & Beetlejuice 

Reserve your spot to see these classic spooky flicks at Duluth High School, which are being shown back-to-back on Oct. 24, but which require reservations in advance, each one. The Addams Family (PG) was rescheduled due to rain and will now be shown prior to Beetlejuice on October 24. Separate tickets must be reserved for both movies.



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Outdoor Fun

Take a Self-Guided Oakland Cemetery Tour

If you want to explore on Oakland Cemetery on your own, purchase a digital version of our Self-Guided Tour Map that you can print at home or order a paper copy from the online Museum Store. This guide, priced at $5, has over 55 marked stops, and enough Oakland Cemetery history to keep you engaged for hours! View the monuments at your own pace and enjoy a walk through the history of Oakland.


Supernatural Science Fest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Take your kiddos to experience Halloween-themed activities and treats (for kids in costume) at Creepy Crawlies, on Halloween from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Or, enjoy twilight tours of Woodland Spirits, Halloween-themed activities and more on Oct. 17 and 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. ($10 for members, $20 for non-members). 


Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center

A guide will lead groups of 10 or fewer on a timed hike to meet costumed characters during a 45-minute hike on a lighted trail. Take part in world music, crafts, campfire and other festival fun. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events on Oct. 23rd, 24th, and 30th from 6-10 p.m.


The Dark Rows Haunted Corn Maze at Uncle Shuck’s

The Dark Rows is an outdoor haunted attraction open on Friday and Saturday nights in October, presented by Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This new and improved Haunted Trail is a nighttime adventure through the corn, lit only by the clear blue glow of the moon.


Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park

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. Feast your eyes on the park's new Dino Glow Experience, enjoy some spooktacular entertainment including fireworks and watch an extra special nighttime party parade guaranteed to glow your socks off.



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See Some Scarecrows

On your own time, and without spending a dime (except at the Atlanta Botanical Garden), you can catch an eyeful of festive scarecrow fun in multiple places around town. Find your favorite among the following scarecrow spectaculars:

Scarecrows in the Square at McDonough Square

Scarecrows on Main in Kennesaw

Scarecrows in the Square at Glover Park, Marietta

Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Scarecrow Harvest at Brooke Street Park in Alpharetta


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