Atlanta’s Best 2020 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.
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 more of an Addams Family family, check out this site for an accompanying activity book, coloring pages, stencils and more. Make your own Cousin It to hang out with; find instructions from Morena’s Corner.
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 Monster Bookmarks with instructions from Eat Move Make.
Having too much fun with the crew of “Hotel Transylvania” and their sequels? Try these English/Language Arts activities, recipes, reading challenge and more 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 decor 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
- Monster Mouths from Dandies
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 Fringe Pumpkin Face from Good Housekeeping 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 Teach Preschool.
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.
Tour guides tell stories based on documented sightings, firsthand experiences and history. Fri.-Sun.
Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure around the square. Sept. 25-Oct. 31.
Folklore Haunted House has two haunted experiences, and you can test your skills at the Midway of Mayhem. Sept. 26-Nov. 7.
Enjoy 31 days of virutal FestEvils and FUNdraising. Oct. 1-31.
Take a walk through the square to glimpse local businesses’ scarecrow displays. Oct. 1-31.
See the creative scarecrow display from families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and more. Oct. 1-31.
Stroll through the park to view the amazing scarecrow displays from local organizations, businesses and schools in this annual contest. Oct. 1-31.
View scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations on display throughout the garden. Oct. 1-Nov. 1.
Experience haunting history and visit filming locations. Fri. and Sat. in Oct.
More than 100 scarecrows line the streets. Oct. 5-Nov. 1.
See downtown Acworth decorated for the fall season with themed “Totally 80s” scarecrows. Oct. 5-Nov. 6.
Celebrate the fall season by visiting Logan Farm Park to see all the wooden pumpkins created by families and local businesses, and children can participate in a scavenger hunt. Oct. 6-Nov. 1.
The veil that protects the living from the dead is torn, so the dead are free to wreak havoc and try to drag the living to the other side in “Spirits.” Oct. 9-Nov. 7.
Celebrate Halloween ghostly figures, engaging activities exploring iconic scary characters, twilight tours, treats and more. Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Celebrate Halloween with the “Addams Family” and “Beetlejuice.” Oct. 10 and 24.
Enjoy the spooktacular Haunted Highway from the safety of your own vehicle, take photos, get a gift bag, trick-or-treat and more at this unique experience. Oct. 15-31.
Dress in your Halloween costumes for a dance party, scavenger hunt, costume contests, trick-or-treating, crafts and more. Oct. 17.
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. 17-18, 24-25 and 31.
Find your numbered pumpkin to decorate and take home. Oct. 20.
Go on a hike to meet costumed nature characters and learn about their lives in the wild. Oct. 23-24 and 30.
Trick-or-treat at decorated stations around the museum, enjoy wagon rides, and eat fall-themed refreshments. Oct. 24.
Show off Halloween costumes for a day of treats and activities. Oct. 25.
Dance all night in your Halloween costume, and enjoy a catered dinner and raffle prizes. Oct. 29.
Magician Arthur Atsma captivates with sleight of hand magic, comedy and audience interaction. Oct. 31.
Brave your way through the different areas of this scary haunted house with “Extreme” haunts. Through Nov. 1.
Enjoy park attractions, games, live shows, displays, a Glow by Night experience, pie eating contests and more. Through Nov. 1.
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 Nov. 1.
Explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest and encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows. Through Nov. 8.
Beyond Atlanta Halloween Events
Enjoy fall and Halloween-themed activities, including spooky animal encounters, scavenger hunts, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Jack o’lantern Walk and more. Sept. 11-Oct. 31.
When the sun goes down and the maze is lit by moonlight, families can enjoy a spooky night. Fri. and Sat. in Oct.
Wander through downtown to see these decorative scarecrows. Oct. 1-31.
Decorate a pumpkin to take home, play games, and take a hike on the not-so-haunted trail. Oct. 10.
Walk through spooky Camp Daniel Morgan for a frightening tour featuring your favorite Halloween scarers. Oct. 24.
Enjoy Halloween-themed fun, and come dressed in costume for a free feed cup. Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Celebrate autumn with hayrides, a cake walk, a campsite decorating contest and food and drinks. Oct. 31.
See what’s haunting the state park, and enjoy treats and hay rides. Oct. 31.
Enjoy Halloween festivities virtually with the Wild Rumpus Art Show, fundraiser, Halloween TV Special and more. Oct. 31.