Best Halloween Events in Atlanta 2018
Our guide includes the best spooky, silly, candy-filled Halloween events in Atlanta for every boo and ghoul! Check out the list of corn mazes and pumpkin patches close to Atlanta.
Scarecrows created by area schools, artists, designers, families and businesses will be perched throughout the garden. Oct. 2-31.
Wear a Halloween costume and enjoy treats, costume contests, characters and music at the whimsical Zoo Boo Town. Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.
This historic estate has a Halloween concert, trick-or-treating, art activities and a LEGO building station. All-ages dance party and costume contest. Oct 26.
Dress in costume for scavenger hunts through the galleries, activities, free cookies and milk, a Scooby Doo movie and more. Oct. 27.
All aboard the Hogwarts Express. Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan for a magical afternoon. Costumes encouraged, costume contest before show. Oct. 28.
Fun with Pumpkins:
Storytelling, shows, dance-a-long parade and meet-and-greet with Spookley the pumpkin. New for 2018, thousands of carved jack-o-lanterns lighting up each night. Fri.-Sun. Through Oct. 28.
Hay maze, hayride, petting zoo, science center, dinosaur exhibit and pick-your- own pumpkin patch. New for 2018, the Cobb House and SuperDuper Slide. Through Oct. 31.
Halloween for Tots:
Wear costumes for the Halloween parade, costume contests and trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Halloween-themed art projects and spooky tales. Oct. 8.
Trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, science experiments, prizes, games and more. Come dressed in a costume. Oct. 27.
Have fun in costume and trick-or-treat alongside beluga whales and manta rays. Halloween-themed live show in the Atrium, Sat. and Sun. Weekends, Oct. 6-28. Trick-or-treating, Oct. 31.
Halloween-themed fun including treats for kids in costumes, games, music and more. Oct. 27.
Wagon rides, trick or treat around historic trains, costume contest (ages 12 and younger) and more. Oct. 27.
Kids can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground after the sugar rush kicks in. Contests for best costume and best trunk decoration. Oct. 27.
Downtown merchants pass out Halloween treats to costumed kids. Oct. 31.
We Love a Parade:
Live music, street entertainment, vendors and street parade. Oct. 20.
Floats, bands and classic cars as well as community groups and families in costume celebrating Halloween. Oct. 27.
Hike with Forest Creatures:
Guided hike along well-lit trails where children meet friendly, costumed woodland creatures. Face painting, live music, games and campfire. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Field of Screams:
The Field of Screams will include a spooky scavenger hunt with candy cauldrons. Ages 3-12 in costume receive free admission. Face painting and treat bags. Oct. 27-28.
Visit with Mummies:
Explore cat and dog mummies in the exhibit “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt,” and then move outside to the Emory Quad with blankets or lawn chairs. Watch “We Want Our Mummy” and “Meet the Mummy.” pre-registration required. Milkshakes from Jake’s Ice Cream sold separately. Oct. 27.
Come dressed in your best Halloween digs and see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Trick-or-treating, carnival games and a monster mash dance party. Oct. 13.
Kids’ crafts, trick-or-treating,costume contest and live entertainment. Fire dancers, aerialists and other performers come on stage at 9 p.m. Oct. 26.
Meet the Headless Horseman:
Meet the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow and enjoy this classic tale through theatrics. Rated PG for spooks. Sat. and Sun. 2 p.m. less-spooks family show. Through Nov. 4.
Superstitious schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and more from the classic story. Oct. 20.
Splish, Splash Bash:
Crafts, candy, costume contest and swimming. Children 6 and younger must have an adult in the water with them. Must pre-register by Oct. 24. Oct. 26.
Fun Family Festival:
Costume 5K, 500-yard spooky sprint and family festival with trick-or-treating, face painting, games and more hosted by Easterseals North Georgia. Oct. 20.
Each night offers a cast of storytellers and ghostly fun for the family. Performed by Art Station. Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27.
Hop aboard the haunted trolley for a 90-minute, fully-narrated ride to learn about the history of resident ghosts. Includes a brief period of walking. Pre-registration and purchase required. See website for schedule.
Walk through foggy gardens and haunted historic houses and enjoy some fun ghostly encounters. Oct. 19.
Tour the house by candlelight and meet members of the Bulloch and Roosevelt families. Pumpkin race, ghostly ring toss, goofy golf and other spooky games and haunted graveyard. Reservations required. Oct. 20.
Smith Family Spirits wander the house lit by candlelight and hand out candy. Ghost tales, spooky activities, s’mores and apple cider. Tours every 20 min. Oct. 27.
More Halloween Events:
Howl-O-Ween. Great Wolf Lodge LaGrange. Trick-or-treat trail, life-size not-so-haunted house in the lobby, costume parades, monster bash dance party and spooky storytimes. Oct. 1-31.
Owl-O-Ween. KSU Sports and Entertainment Park. Glowing hot air balloons, performers, kids’ play area and costume contest. Oct. 19-20.
Halloween Happenings. Marietta Square. Carnival games, kid-friendly activities, costume contest and more. Ages 12 and younger. Happens with Scarecrows on the Square and HarvestFest. Oct. 20.
Walker Stalker Con. Georgia World Congress Center. Zombie, horror and sci-fi fan convention. Oct. 26-28.
The Ultimate Family Tailgate. Mall of Georgia Village Amphitheatre. Bulldogs versus the Gators game streamed live, live entertainment, “The Rink” synthetic ice skating, pumpkin painting and local vendors. Costume contest for ages 12 and younger. Oct. 27.
Goblins in the Garden. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Show off Halloween costumes on the runway, participate in fall crafts, hear stories and enjoy pony and train rides. Oct. 28.
Spooky Mill. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Bounce house, craft stations, haunted house, haunted trail and mad scientist. Oct. 26-27. Junior Spooky, Oct. 28.
Harvest Festival. McDaniel Farm Park. Corn maze, hayride, crafts and other activities to learn about the harvest season. Oct. 27.
Happy HippoWeen Party. HippoHopp Indoor Playground. Costume parade and contests, Halloween face painting, games, crafts, raffle and more. Ages 10 and younger. Oct. 30.
FEARopolis. Funopolis Family Fun Center. A haunted house, zombie paintball hayride, axe throwing challenge, mini golf and more. Fri. and Sat. through Oct. 31.
Brick-or-Treat. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. LEGO build-and-take activity, haunted scavenger hunt, meet-and-greet with LEGO characters (noon and 3 p.m.), costume contest (Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), candy and more. Each weekend in October.
Trick or Treat on the Square. McDonough Square. Trick or treat around downtown. Oct. 26.
Spooktacular on the Square. Downtown Lawrenceville, Historic Courthouse. Trick-or-treating at the businesses around the Downtown Square, family-friendly zombie walk and more. Oct. 26.
Trick-or-Treating. Avalon. Visit Concierge to pick up your trick or treat map and visit participating retailers. Each location will have a window decal. Once you’ve collected all of your candy, drop your completed map off at Concierge to be entered to win a family fun prize package. Oct. 27.
Trick or Treat on the Trail. Midtown Greenway. Trick-or-treating, petting zoo, games, face painting and tons of candy. Oct. 27.
Boo Bash. North Georgia Premium Outlets. Center-wide trick or treat with music, games and candy. Vampirina Disney Junior event the same day, noon-2 p.m. Oct. 27.
Trick or Treat on Main Street. Downtown Fayetteville. See the jack-o-lanterns that decorate the Fayetteville Square during the Great Pumpkin Festival, and trick or treat at local businesses. Oct. 27.
Boo Bash and Mall Trick-or-Treating. Town Center at Cobb. Enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, games and more. Oct. 27.
Trek or Treat. Sims Lake Park. Wear a costume and trick or treat. Games, music, contests and inflatables. Oct. 28.
Boo Bash. Sugarloaf Mills. Fall-themed crafts, giveaways and trick-or-treating. Stores participating will display a pumpkin sign in the store window; those with a teal pumpkin will offer allergy-friendly options. Oct. 28.
Trek or Treat. Suwanee Creek Park. Fall festival-themed games, contests, music, inflatables and more. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume. Ages 10 and younger. Oct. 29.
Mall-Wide Trick or Treat. Northlake Mall. Visit from store to store in the mall and collect Halloween treats. Oct. 31.
Scarecrow Harvest. Historic Downtown Alpharetta. More than 100 scarecrows line the streets. Hayrides, face painting, storytelling and inflatables. Sept 29.
Scarecrow Trail and Pumpkin Fest. North Georgia Zoo. The Zoo is transformed with decorations and rows of scarecrows. Pumpkin patch, hayrides and wool jump. Each weekend in October.
Scarecrows on the McDonough Square. Downtown McDonough. Check out scarecrow designs and vote for your favorites. Daily through Oct. 31.
Scarecrows on the Square. Marietta Square. Schools and school organizations make scarecrows each fall. Oct. 5-Nov. 2.
Scarecrow Daze. Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Scarecrows on display in the garden from individuals, community groups and families. Oct. 16-31.
Fun with Ghosts:
Ghosts of Marietta. Downtown Marietta. A 90-minute lantern led walk through historic Marietta. Every Fri., Sat. and Sun.
Decatur Ghost Tours. Decatur Square. Meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Reservations required. Every Fri. and Sat.
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Start and end at Aurora Theatre. Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure around the square. Sun.-Thurs. Fri. and Sat.
Roswell Ghost Tours. Roswell Town Square. Take a walking ghost tour led by paranormal investigators. Nightly in Oct., see website for schedule.
Fox Theatre Ghost Tours. Fox Theatre. Guests will walk the haunted halls of the Fox to learn about ghastly sightings or unexplained bumps in the night. Oct. 25, 26 and 30.
Woodland Spirits. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Guests will encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows and lurk in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. Through Nov. 11.
Haunted Fun for Older Kids:
Fear The Woods at Yule Forest. Stockbridge. Haunted house, terror transport, haunted trail and pandemic frontline haunted combat. Through Oct. 28 and Halloween.
Nightmare’s Gate Haunted House. Douglasville. Chilling actors and special effects inside a haunted hospital. Not recommended for small children and pregnant women. Through Oct. 31.
Fright Fest. Six Flags. The amusement park transforms into a ghoulish place with ghosts and goblins and haunted attractions. Weekends through Oct. 31.
13 Stories Haunted House. Newnan. Take a tour through the different areas of this scary haunted house with themed rooms. Not recommended for small children and pregnant women. Through Nov. 11.
Netherworld Haunted House. Stone Mountain. Walk-through this dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and monsters. Not recommended for small children and pregnant women. Oct. 5-31 and Nov. 1-4.
Stranger Things Tours and Night Time Corn Maze. Sleepy Hollow Farm. Take a partially-guided tour of some of the filming locations from “Stranger Things.” See Hopper’s cabin in the woods and Merrill’s pumpkin patch. Includes night time corn maze. Advance purchase required. Oct. 19 and Nov. 3.
Monster Mashes & Bashes:
Mother-Son Halloween Dance. Gainesville Civic Center Ballroom. Dance all night in your Halloween costume, enjoy a catered dinner and raffle prizes. Oct. 23. Pre-register by Oct. 22.
Mother/Son Halloween Dance. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building. Moms and sons dress in costumes and dance the night away. Games, prizes and refreshments. Pre-register by Oct. 12. Oct. 19.
Spooktacular Skate Party. Pinckneyville Park. Bring your skates and have a spooky fun time with a DJ, costume contests, and more. Pre-register. Oct. 27.
Halloween Theater, Movies and Music:
Spooky Film Festival Series. Atlantic Station. A series of spooky films in Central Park including Hocus Pocus and Goosebumps. Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and 13.
Halloween Magic Show. Aurora Children’s Playhouse. Magician Arthur Atsma will amaze and amuse with a show filled with sleight-of-hand magic, audience interaction and comedy. Oct. 13.
Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Kids can pick their own pumpkin, meet Charlie, Lucy and Snoopy and enjoy hayrides and trick-or-treating. Kids can wear costumes. Weekends in October.
Ghost Train. Tweetsie Railroad. Visit the 3-D maze, the Warp Tunnel and ride the Ghost Train. Older kids and adults, visit the Haunted House. Weekends through Oct. 27.
Lane Southern Fall Festival. Lane Southern Orchards. Corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, live music and more. Oct. 20.
Halloween Eerie Express. Tennessee Valley Railroad. Board a vintage train then find storytelling, blacklight mini golf and a fun house. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes will be given for the best costume. Reservations required. Most weekends in October.
Enchanted Maize. Blowing Springs Farm. Corn maze, critter corral with miniature animals, pedal carts and cow train. Stop by the pumpkin market for a pumpkin. Through Oct. 28.
Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail. Museum of Aviation. Stop by the free aviation museum and see planes of all types then visit the haunted trail and attic next door – if you dare. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, 31.
AquaScarium Halloween Party. Tennessee Aquarium. Come in costume with your treat bag and see the tricks of costumed divers, mermaids and pirates. Dance with more costumed characters at the Monster Mash Dance Party. Oct. 26.
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival. The Rock Ranch. Trick-or-treating, costume contests and more. Frisbee dog shows, magic shows and Pete the Cat in costume. Oct. 27. Also check out the other Fall Family Fun weekends in Oct.
Fall Festival. Vogel State Park. Celebrate fall with a cakewalk, hayrides, storytelling and more. Oct. 27.
NOCtoberfest. Nantahala Outdoor Center. Celebrate fall in the Smoky Mountains with pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, costume contests and live music. Oct. 27.
Fall Harvest Festival. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Games, live music, costumed characters, pumpkin decorating and more. Oct. 28.