Atlanta’s Best 2021 Halloween in Quarantine Events (Virtual/In-Person)
Like many other events this year, Halloween will look different, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be a terrifyingly fantastic time! Check out our ideas for how to celebrate in quarantine. Our guide also includes the best spooky, silly, candy-filled Halloween events in Atlanta for every boo and ghoul! Plus, have more fall fun with our list of corn mazes and pumpkin patches close to Atlanta and fall festivals.
Activities at Home
Don’t let old costumes go to waste! Dress up as your favorite characters, decorate your bikes or car with spooky decorations, and schedule a parade with your neighbors for a festive walk down the street. Designate someone as a DJ to play classics like “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” as you make your way through the neighborhood. Throw candy from your “float” to the kids who gather and watch.
Virtual Haunted Houses
Get your fright on with virtual haunted house experiences. Check out Frightbytes, an interactive horror experience where your decisions determine your fate. Enjoy a tour of the Winchester Mystery House, designed by the late owner to confuse the ghosts haunting her. Explore Second Life’s haunted attractions with ghosts, goblins and scary surprises. Travel through The Chancery House and take on the scavenger hunt for a hauntingly good time.
If your child’s too young for haunted houses, try a virtual ride on Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
Enjoy a night of family-friendly frights with a movie. Some of our favorites include: “Scoob!,” “The Addams Family,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Goosebumps” or “Hotel Transylvania.” If your kids have aged out of loving the cute creepers, try a blast from the past with the horror films of the 70s and 80s, like “Friday the 13th” or “Halloween.”
Inspired by the Movie
Continue the movie night fun with these activities.
If you’re a fan of the “Goosebumps” movies and book series, check out these STEM activities and cards from Scholastic. Don’t lose your place in your favorite scary story with these Corner Bookmarks with instructions from Easy Peasy and Fun.
Having too much fun with the crew of “Hotel Transylvania” and their sequels? Try these books from Scholastic. For preschoolers, help them work on their numbers with this themed dice game from The Activity Mom.
Distressingly Good Decorations
Don’t skimp on spooky and celebratory décor this year; spread the festive spirit to those in your house and in your neighborhood with decorations. Turn your house into its own haunted house with tombstones and a cemetery in the yard, ghosts on the porch, bloody hand prints in the window, spider webs in the entry way and halls and skulls on tabletops.
If your style is more cute than creepy, try these ideas. Decorate your porch with these emoji pumpkins with instructions from HGTV. Make this Black Cat Halloween Decoration from Brooklyn Farm Girl to string along doorways and on your mantle. These Mason Jar Ghost Luminaries from This Fairy Tale Life will help light the way.
In the Kitchen
Create sweet treats and ghoulish gobbles for a distressingly delightful time in the kitchen:
- Boo Bark from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- No Bake Halloween Cheesecake Parfaits from Inside Bru Crew Life
- Bloody Truffles from Sugar Hero
- Frightful Halloween Fruit Kebabs from SheKnows
- Crescent Mummy Dogs from Pillsbury
- Cheesy Spiders from Woman’s Day
You might not feel comfortable sending your kids door to door for Halloween candy, so why not take a page out of your Easter playbook? Reuse your Easter eggs and hide them around the house for a new way to trick-or-treat. For a more complicated hunt, have each child search for their own colored eggs, which contain their favorite candy.
Haunted Gingerbread Houses
Take what you love about decorating gingerbread houses for Christmas, but make them Halloween-themed. Get inspired by these images and instructions from Food Network. Or try your hand at a Towering Haunted House Cake from Country Living.
Looking for new ways to decorate traditional pumpkins? Leave the carving tools in storage with these ideas. If you’re looking to fill your space with cute critters, you can make Black Cat Pumpkins from HGTV, a Witch Pumpkin from The Craft Patch or Happy Ghost Pumpkins from The Crafted Life. Make bright pumpkins that light up the dark with these Glow in the Dark Pumpkins from iLoveToCreate. For a celestial-inspired vibe, create these Moon and Stars Pumpkins from Oh So Beautiful Paper. Show off your dazzling wit with the Pun-kins from Studio DIY.
Superstitious Scavenger Hunts
Have a hauntingly good time with these scavenger hunts. Scavenger Hunt Fun lists 10 clues you can use to create your own hunt with a prize at the end. Walk through your neighborhood to see who can spot the most decorative items with this printable from Moritz Fine Designs. For $1, download this scavenger hunt from Etsy, created by PamsPartyPrintables, for a spooky scavenger hunt to see who can score the most points. Try the indoor Spider Web Scavenger Hunt from Hands On As We Grow to help your kids learn their numbers as they try to find all the bugs. Head to a local pumpkin patch to hunt for pumpkins and leaves with this idea from Life Over C’s.
Enjoy a themed game night. Turn up the music to play freeze dance or musical chairs to “Monster Mash” or “Superstitious.” Play a game of bingo with the Monster Match Halloween Bingo Cards from Play Party Plan. Paint miniature pumpkins different colors for a twist on tic tac toe; instructions from Iron & Twine. Reuse and decorate tin cans for a game of bowling with instructions from Party Delights. Compete in a themed game of Scattergories with this printable from DIY Adulation. Divide into teams to see who can wrap their teammate the fastest in toilet paper to become a mummy. Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, pin the stem on the pumpkin or the hat on a witch. Face your fears by guessing what creepy or gross item is in the box by touch alone.
Create a neighborhood contest with pumpkin carving. Have each household pick a Halloween character: vampire, bat, zombie, witch or monster. Each family carves and displays their pumpkins prior to Halloween so that the street can vote on the best one. You could also hold a contest for best decorated house.
Ding Dong Ditch the Ghost
Make goodie bags with Halloween-themed fun and treats for neighbors, but don’t label them. Drop the bags at the door with instructions to hang a ghost in their window once they discover their gift, so others know they have already been ghosted. Then, instruct them to pass it on by sharing the fun with another family to continue the chain of Halloween excitement.
Set up a costume contest on a Facebook page with your friends and family for a fun way to make sure your kids can show off their cute looks. The picture with the most likes gets a fun prize.
Mad Scientist in the Lab
Use screw top jars and fill with water dyed with green or red food coloring. Deposit plastic spiders, snakes, rats and eyeballs for a creepy feel. Make slime with glue, saline solution, water and baking soda. Add Halloween glitter, plastic spiders or bats, eyeballs, confetti and other small, decorative items for a festive feel.
Build the Best Scarecrow on the Block
A silly or scary scarecrow would be a great addition to your yard. Use old materials to create the scarecrow’s body, and decorate with permanent markers, acrylic paint or cut out felt shapes and glue on using a hot glue gun. Visit your local thrift store or look in the back of your closet for plaid shirts, jeans, overalls, gloves, boots, hats and bandanas. Or use an old Halloween costume for a festive spin.
Create a family portrait using scarecrows. Have each person in your family decorate a scarecrow to represent themselves with their old clothes, Halloween costumes or decorative items. Stage them like you would a family photo, or have each scarecrow posing with their favorite hobby.
Halloween Face Masks
Get into the spirit with a new themed face mask. Find characters from DC, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Peanuts, Hello Kitty and Harry Potter at MaskClub. Redbubble has sharks, whales, dogs, pandas, ghosts and more patterned masks for kids. Disney has character masks including Mulan, Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, Marvel and more. Zazzle has ghosts, witches, skulls, monsters and more, and they have decorative face shields if your child wants a themed one to match her costume.
Sensory-Friendly Halloween Fun
Create a sensory bin for your toddler with purple, green, black and orange items. Try pom-poms, candy corn, snakes, eyeballs, spiders, bats, dyed rice, candy pumpkins, skeletons and beads.
Events Around Town
Covington Ghost Tours in Covington. Experience haunting history and visit filming locations. Fri.-Sat. in Oct. and Oct. 31.
Decatur Ghost Tours. Come meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, 21-24 and 27-31.
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours at Aurora Theatre. Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure around the square. Through Oct. 31.
Ghosts of Marietta in Marietta. Tour guides tell stories based on documented sightings, firsthand experiences and history. Fri.-Sun. in Oct.
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours at Oakland Cemetery. Be haunted by knowledge, as these Halloween tours enlighten rather than frighten with stories of the cemetery’s notable residents. Oct. 14-31.
HarvestFest at Glover Park. This festival includes arts and crafts, touch-a-truck, inflatables, a DJ, candy, scarecrows, a costume contest and more. Oct. 16.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Cherokee Veterans Park. Celebrate fall with a DJ, craft vendors, food, hayrides, axe throwing, a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more. Oct. 23.
The Great Pumpkin Festival at Old Fayette County Courthouse Lawn. Enjoy a DJ, retail and craft vendors, food, kid’s crafts, a costume contest and more. Oct. 23.
Spirits & Spice Festival in Newnan. This event features live music, a craft market, kid’s activities and a Chili Cook-Off, and adults can walk to Downtown Spirits Trail for specialty cocktails. Oct. 23.
Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy park attractions, games, live shows, displays, a Glow by Night experience, pie eating contests and more. Through Oct. 31.
Fright Fest at Six Flags. Enjoy family-friendly fall activities during the day, and at night, the amusement park transforms into a ghoulish place with ghosts and goblins and haunted attractions. Through Oct. 31.
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Go on a monster scavenger hunt, listen to live music, watch special appearances and more. Oct. 16-17.
Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle in Downtown Athens. Enjoy Halloween festivities with the Wild Rumpus Art Show, parade and more. Oct. 29-30.
FANTAstic Halloween at World of Coca-Cola. Wear your costume to enjoy Halloween décor, spooky interactive activities, photos, fall aromas, a Flavor Hunt and more. Oct. 1-31.
Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center. Go on a hike to meet costumed nature characters and learn about their lives in the wild. Oct. 22-23, 29-30.
Boo at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta. Wear your costume to sample treats throughout the Zoo, enjoy the whimsical Zoo Boo Town, and see more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Oct. 23-24, 30-31.
Goblins in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Show off little ones’ costumes on the Goblin Runway, and enjoy fall-themed games and activities. Oct. 24.
Truck-or-Treat at Swift-Cantrell Park. Get close to dozens of vehicles, walk a candy trail, participate in costume contests, go on a scavenger hunt, and more. Oct. 16.
Train or Treat at Southeastern Railway Museum. Explore trick-or-treating stations around the museum, participate in costume contests and more. Oct. 23.
Trick or Treat on the Square at Historic Gainesville Square. Join in a costume contest for three different age groups, and go trick-or-treating. Oct. 26.
Trunk or Treat at Brook Run Park. Celebrate Halloween with a live performance from an Elton John tribute band, food trucks, candy and costumes. Oct. 28.
Munchkin Masquerade in Downtown Newnan. A trick-or-treat event for the little ones. Oct. 29.
Trick or Treat at Avalon. Get a trick-or-treat map to stop by the participating retailers and be entered to win a family fun prize package. Oct. 30.
Spooky Mill at Autrey Mill. Walk your way through a series of stations, including a bounce house, craft stations, carnival games and more, and travel a haunted hike. Oct. 30.
Sprayberry Trunk or Treat at Sprayberry High School. This community festival includes food, a huge kid’s zone, spooky exhibits, local entertainment, costume contests and candy. Oct. 30.
Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. View scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations on display throughout the garden. Sept. 28-Oct. 31.
Conyers Scarecrow Showcase and Competition at Olde Town Conyers. View scarecrows created by individuals, families, groups, organizations, schools, churches and more. Oct. 1-16.
SquareCrow Village at McDonough Square. See tons of different scarecrow creations, and vote for your favorite. Oct. 1-31.
Scarecrows on Main in Kennesaw. See the creative scarecrow display from families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and more. Oct. 1-31.
Scarecrows In The Square at Glover Park. Stroll through the park to view the amazing scarecrow displays from local organizations, businesses and schools in this annual contest. Oct. 1-31.
Scarecrow Harvest at Downtown Alpharetta. Walk downtown Alpharetta to view colorful and creative life-size scarecrows. Oct. 5-Nov. 1.
Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs. This haunted house experience includes interactive scenes, intense scares, amazing actors and more. Sept. 24-Oct. 31.
Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain. Take on “Rise of the Netherspawn” or “Return to Planet X.” Sept. 24-Nov. 13.
Folklore Haunted House in Acworth. Three different scary experiences include “The Manor,” “Asylum ‘67” and “Overload.” Sept. 25-Nov. 6.
The Village in Fairburn. Walk through this outdoor haunted attraction with intense effects. Oct. 1-31.
Paranoia Haunted House in Canton. Brave your way through two indoor haunted attractions. Oct. 1-31.
Spooky Halloween in Atlanta. This fun and scary haunted house was created for ages 6 and older. Oct. 30-31.
13 Stories Haunted House in Newnan. Brave your way through the Haunted House and Zombie Kill Event. Through Oct. 31.
Dances and Shows
Mother/Son Halloween Dance at Bill Johnson Community Activity Building. Wear costumes to this party with music, dancing, prizes, refreshments and more. Oct. 15.
Murder On The Orient Express by Ken Ludwig at Ed Cabell Theatre. This classic whodunit features a mystery where an American tycoon has been murdered on a train, and the killer is still on the train. Oct. 15-23.
Halloween Magic Show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Magician Arthur Atsma captivates with sleight of hand magic, comedy and audience interaction. Oct. 23.
Mother & Son Halloween Dance at Gainesville Civic Center Ballroom. Dance all night in your Halloween costume, and enjoy a catered dinner and raffle prizes. Oct. 26.
Howl on the Green in Duluth. This family-friendly event includes sweet treats, great food, mystical creatures, aerialists, fairytale characters and entertainment. Oct. 29.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Watch this story of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, set to live music. Oct. 29-30.
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow at Center for Puppetry Arts. Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image in this comedic puppet play. Oct. 29-Nov. 7.
Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts. Come out in costume for decorations, goblins, skeletons, pumpkins and more. Oct. 30.
North GA Chamber Symphony Spook-tacular at The Arts Council. Listen to live music of spooky songs, including Saint-Saens’Danse Macabre, themes from “Harry Potter” and other seasonal favorites. Oct. 31.
The Wren’s Nest Séance at The Wren’s Nest. Popular around the turn of the 20th century, this séance tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of a magician’s supply salesman. Sept. 24-Oct. 30.
The Dark Rows: Haunted Corn Maze at Uncle Shuck’s. When the sun goes down and the maze is lit by moonlight, families can enjoy a spooky night. Fri.-Sat. in Oct.
Halloween Fun House at East Roswell Recreation Center. This event features face painting, carnival games, inflatables, hayrides, concessions and more. Oct. 22.
Spooky Trail at Sprewell Bluff Park. See the haunted sights as you travel along this spooky trail. Oct. 22-23.
Haunted House and Spooky Trail by the Lake at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Walk through this haunted trail by Lake Rutledge to see scenes of your scary Halloween favorites. Oct. 23.
Halloween Trail of Tricks & Treats at Rubes Creek Trail. Celebrate Halloween with music, characters, fun displays, treats, games, activities, crafts and food vendors along this 1.4-mile trail. Oct. 30.
Tales by Lantern Light at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site. Go on a guided hike to a secret destination where a storyteller will spin tales of history and lore. Oct. 30.
Woodland Spirits at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest and encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows. Through Nov. 7.
Supernatural Science Fest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Celebrate Halloween ghostly figures, engaging activities exploring iconic scary characters, treats and more. Sept. 25 and Oct. 16, 23 and 30.
Parents’ Night Out: Spooky Science at Discover Science Center. At this Halloween-inspired event, kids will create potions, conduct science experiments and make slime. Oct. 16.
Totally Awesome Halloween Science at Tellus Science Museum. Activities include making your own spider rings and spider webs, investigating light, learning how spiders see, looking into space and more. Oct. 23.
Halloween Jambooree at Logan Farm Park. Children can participate in carnival games and activities to win candy and prizes. Oct. 23.
Spooky Springs at Abernathy Greenway Park North. Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treat stations, face painting and more. Oct. 23.
Strand Movie Night: Young Frankenstein at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. This spoof-tribute to the classic “Frankenstein” features a scientist who is able to revive a corpse. Oct. 8.
Dinner and a BOO-vie at Suwanee Town Center Park. Watch “Hotel Transylvania” and “Ghostbusters.” Oct. 23.
Hocus Pocus Interactive Movie at Roswell Adult Recreation Center. Watch the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus,” and enjoy a goodie bag of interactive fun. Oct. 30.
History, Mystery, & More: Lantern Light Tour at Jarrell Plantation Historic Site. Take a guided tour of the historic site by lantern light and listen to tales of death by poison, frightful monsters and long-lost gold. Oct. 16, 23 and 30.
Haunted Hills Hayride at Victoria Bryant State Park. Take a scary hayride through haunting scenes before enjoying a movie under the stars. Oct. 29-30.
Boo at the Zoo at North Georgia Wildlife Park. Enjoy Halloween-themed fun, and come dressed in costume. Oct. 29-31.
Pumpkins at Callaway at Callaway Gardens. Wander the gardens with pumpkin sculptures, topiaries and mums, and at night, see an illuminating experience with Enchanted Forest, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a Pumpkin Tree. Through Oct. 31.
Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Halloween-themed activities include a scavenger hunt, a Trick or Treat Expedition trail, Jack-o’-lantern Walk, an escape room featuring the villainous pirate Blackbeard, Spooky Animal Encounters and more. Through Oct. 31.