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.
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 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.
Events Around Town
Covington Ghost Tours in Covington. Experience haunting history and visit filming locations. Fri. and Sat. in Oct.
Decatur Ghost Tours. Come meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Oct. 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. through Dec. 27.
Halloween Spooktacular Drive-thru at Brook Run Park. Drive through a haunted display of spooky decoration, special effects and music for a fun Halloween experience. Oct. 29.
Fall Festival of Fun at Al Bishop Softball Complex. Wear your costumes and bring your goody bags for a fun drive-thru event as you see costumed characters. Oct. 31.
Halloween Drive-Thru CARnival at Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Explore fun games, arts and crafts, trunk-or-treating, costumes and more. Oct. 31.
Trick-or-Treat Drive-Thru Experience at Walmart. Drive through this fun and interactive trick-or-treat experience at metro Atlanta Walmart locations. Through Oct. 31.
Movies Under the Stars
Movies on The Lawn. Enjoy a spooky showing of movies, food trucks, family-friendly activities, seasonal crafts and character appearances. Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
Halloween Dinner & Drive-In Movie at Avenue East Cobb. Celebrate Halloween with a viewing of “Hotel Transylvania,” balloons, pictures with costumed characters, a costume parade, candy bags, a DJ and trivia. Oct. 30.
Halloween at the Hudgens. View “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” with treats from food trucks, Egg Roll Boyz and Gastro Dawg. Oct. 30.
Supernatural Science Fest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Celebrate Halloween ghostly figures, engaging activities exploring iconic scary characters, twilight tours, treats and more. Oct. 31.
Fall Festival at Vogel State Park. Celebrate autumn with hayrides, a cake walk, a campsite decorating contest and food and drinks. Oct. 31.
Halloween Festivities at Buckhead Village. Enjoy pumpkin painting, candy stations, Halloween cupcakes, live music, a dog costume contest and more. Oct. 31.
Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy park attractions, games, live shows, displays, a Glow by Night experience, pie eating contests and more. Through Nov. 1.
HALLOWFEST 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 Nov. 1.
iD Halloween Block Party. Enjoy a virtual tech-or-treat experience in a customized world featuring fun challenges, leaderboards and more. Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle in Downtown Athens. Enjoy Halloween festivities virtually with the Wild Rumpus Art Show, fundraiser, Halloween TV Special and more. Oct. 31.
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Enjoy 31 days of virtual FestEvils and FUNdraising. Through Oct. 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. 30.
Boo at the Zoo at North Georgia Wildlife Park. Enjoy Halloween-themed fun, and come dressed in costume for a free feed cup. Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Halloween Crafts and Treats at Alpharetta Community Center. Enjoy a spooky crafting time in your Halloween costumes as you decorate a sign, listen to stories and music, and get a treat bag. Oct. 31.
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. 31.
Logan Farm Pumpkin Patch Art Contest in Acworth. 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. Through Nov. 1.
Check out our list of pumpkin patches.
Scarecrows Return to the Square at McDonough Square. Take a walk through the square to glimpse local businesses’ scarecrow displays. Through Oct. 31.
Scarecrows on Main in Kennesaw. See the creative scarecrow display from families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and more. Through Oct. 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. Through Oct. 31.
Hartwell Scarecrow Bash. Wander through downtown to see these decorative scarecrows. Through Oct. 31.
Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. View scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations on display throughout the garden. Through Nov. 1.
Scarecrow Harvest at Brooke Street Park. More than 100 scarecrows line the streets. Through Nov. 1.
Acworth Scarecrow Parade. See downtown Acworth decorated for the fall season with themed “Totally 80s” scarecrows. Through Nov. 6.
Boos and Boogie at Atlantic Station. Dress in your Halloween costume for delicious food, festive performances, a trunk-or-treat and comedic acts. Oct. 30.
Halloween on The Roof at Ponce City Market. Enjoy family-friendly fun with trick-or-treating, temporary tattoos, crafts, popcorn, treats and more. Oct. 31.
Halloween at Eventide. Go trick-or-treating, paint pumpkins, and participate in costume contests for kids, adults and pets. Oct. 31.
Something’s Brewing at The Works. Pick up treats before exploring eight outdoor stations with photo opportunities, interactive art, storytimes, live music, food trucks and more. Oct. 31.
Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Wear your Halloween costume to enjoy Monster Dance Parties, find spooky scenes in MINILAND, snap fun photos and more. Through Nov. 1.
Halloween Haunted Trail at Richard B. Russell State Park. See what’s haunting the state park, and enjoy treats and hay rides. Oct. 31.
13 Stories Haunted House in Newnan. Brave your way through the different areas of this scary haunted house with “Extreme” haunts. Through Nov. 1.
Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain. Take on “Halloween Nightmares,” based on classic harvest and horror themes, and find out if you can survive the “Cyborg Shock.” Through Nov. 1, 6-7 and 13-14.
Folklore Haunted House in Acworth. Folklore Haunted House has two haunted experiences, and you can test your skills at the Midway of Mayhem. Through Nov. 7.
Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs. 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.” Through Nov. 7.
Dances and Shows
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. 29.
Monster Mash Bash Cabaret. This virtual performance presented by the Aurora Theatre features some of the most chilling songs from Broadway and beyond. Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Halloween Magic Show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Magician Arthur Atsma captivates with sleight of hand magic, comedy and audience interaction. Oct. 31.
The Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts. Come out in costume for a storytime with the Good Witch, a digital scavenger hunt, photos in Big Bird’s Halloween Nest, pumpkin puppets and more. Oct. 31.
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. and Sat. in Oct.
Haunted Hall of Fame at Chick-fil-A Fan College Football Hall of Fame. See the spooky sights and sounds of Haunted Hall of Fame. Oct. 31.
Halloween Programming at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Celebrate Halloween with a themed storytime, dance party, spider science in the Science Bar and paper pumpkin lanterns and puffy paint ghosts in the Creativity Cage. Through Oct. 31.
Science Spooky Week at Tellus Science Museum. Celebrate Halloween with spooky decorations and colored lights, and participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Through Oct. 31.
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. 8.
Spend the Night
Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Enjoy fall and Halloween-themed activities, including spooky animal encounters, scavenger hunts, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Jack o’lantern Walk and more. Through Oct. 31.
Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge. Stay the night at this water park to enjoy Halloween themed fun, like Trick-Or-Treat Trail, Costume Parade, Monster Bash Dance Party, UnBOOlievable Story Time, crafts and more. Through Oct. 31.