Halloween Top Picks

Atlanta Parent’s not-to-miss events that will have your boos and ghouls howling with delight.

Boo at the Zoo

Zoo Atlanta
When: Oct. 19. 20, 26, 27; 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
What: Hands-on craft stations, costumed creatures, trick-or-treating, and of course, the animals to see!
Where: 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-5600.
Cost: Adults $21.99; children ages 3-11, $16.99; younger than 3 free.
Costumes: Wear ‘em!

Halloween Night Hikes

Chattahoochee Nature Center
When: Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26. Hikes begin at 7 p.m. and run continuously until 10 p.m.
What: An easy guided hike along well-lit trails to meet friendly (costumed) forest creatures, animal encounters, face painting, creepy crafts, and a world music bonfire with marshmallow roasting.
Where: 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055.
Cost: $9/person; 2 and younger, free.
Costumes: Wear ‘em! Most young guests do.


Pumpkin Festival

Stone Mountain Park
When: Weekends through Oct. 27. Fri. and Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
What: Crafts, trick-or-treat scavenger hunts, a new adventure maze, pie-eating contests, and the Pumpkinpalooza game show with zany and messy challenges.
Where: U.S. Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690.
Cost: Adults, $28; children ages 3-11, $22; 3 and younger, free; parking, $10.
Costumes: Wear ‘em! There’s a costume dance party for kids and adults.

KSU Owl-O-Ween

Kennesaw State University Stadium Complex
When: Oct. 26, 4 p.m.-midnight.
What: Dozens of lit hot air balloons glowing in the autumn night, balloon to balloon trick-or-treating, roving performers, live music, soccer and rugby matches.
Where: 3200 George Busbee Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw. owl-o-ween.com.
Cost: Adults, $15; ages 4-12; $8, 3 and younger, free.
Costumes: Wear ‘em! There’s a costume contest with prizes for all ages!

Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival

Little 5 Points Neighborhood Streets
When: Oct. 19, noon-11 p.m.; parade, 4-6 p.m.
What: A colorful parade, artist market, kids’ activities, live music and local food.
Where: Corner of Euclid and Moreland Avenues, Atlanta. l5phalloween.com.
Cost: Free
Costumes: Wear ‘em! Everyone does.

Fright Fest

Six Flags
When: Weekends through Oct. 27, Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.;  Sun. noon - 10 p.m. Day activities for families; after 6 p.m. recommended for 12 and older only.
What: Trick-or-treating, Looney Tunes character meet-and-greets, magic shows, animal presentations, dance parties, and a new monster maze and time machine show.
Where: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. 770-948-9290.
Cost: General admission, $59.99; kids under 48”, $39.99; 2 and younger, free; parking, $15. Additional fee required for some haunted attractions.
Costumes: Welcome, but not necessary.

Day of the Dead Festival

Atlanta History Center
When: Oct. 27,  noon-5 p.m.
What: A celebration of the Mexican festival known as “El Dia de los Muertos” with storytelling, crafts, elaborate altars, authentic Mexican food, music and entertainment.
Where: 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000.
Cost: Free.
Costumes: No need, come as you are.

Phantoms of the Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
When: Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
What: A one-hour concert of spooky classics including Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, with Magic Circle Mime Company.
Where: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.
Cost: $20
Costumes: Wear ‘em! Audience members and musicians all do.

Goblins in the Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden
When: Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
What: Fall-themed crafts, friendly witch storytelling, pony rides, train rides and creative scarecrows everywhere!
Where: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859.
Cost: Adults, $18.95; children ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free. Train and pony rides cost extra.
Costumes: Wear ‘em! Kids get to strut their stuff on the goblin runway.