Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2020]

Halloween isn’t just a day — it’s an entire month of fun! Are you wondering, ‘Where are the best Halloween events near me?’

We have more than 40 suggestions. Everything from special Halloween events for kids, to Halloween events for adults, and everything in between!

So keep reading for things like pumpkin patches, 5K races, mummy mixers, and trick-or-treating hot spots.

Note: We’ve updated this article with the very latest on what’s happening and what’s not due to COVID-19.

Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2020]

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Halloween Events for All Ages

Looking for Halloween events in Atlanta that transcend age and life stage? These Halloween events are fun for everyone. Many of the ideas on this list link to longer lists too, so you can answer the question, ‘Where is the best Halloween event near me?’ Did we forget your favorite? Let us know.

Pumpkin Patches. Don’t just stop at the grocery store! Make getting your pumpkin a real outing. We have more than 20 places where you can pick up your pumpkin with a little more fanfare – including face painting, hay rides and more.

Haunted Houses. Get spooked at one of the many haunted houses around Atlanta. We have a great list of 20+ to choose from. If you are looking for events on Halloween, the haunted houses are usually open. They range from gruesome to wholesome, so check it out.

Haunted Corn Maze. For me, a haunted corn maze is even scarier than a haunted house! Maybe it was that creepy Children of the Corn movie I watched as a kid. Click through our list to find the right one near you.

Corn Mazes. If you can’t stomach the haunted version, here is a list of corn mazes that are guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!

Ghost Tours. If you prefer to hear ghostly stories vs. have a zombie run you down, click through to our list of Ghost Tours. There is just enough truth to make you wonder.

Halloween Events in Atlanta - Little Five Points Halloween Parade

The Little Five Points Halloween Parade is one of my favorites!

Creepy Escape the Room. Forget trick-or-treating or ghoulish haunted houses this Halloween. Instead, try one of the 10 escape rooms in Atlanta. Each one has a creepy room perfect for Halloween fun. Choose from kidnapping, virus outbreaks, clowns and more!

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge – Georgia | 150 Tom Hall Pkwy | LaGrange

Howl-O-Ween. Visit the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, GA, about 60 miles from Atlanta, for their Howl-O-Ween event. This indoor waterpark resort is an extra fun destination during the month of October. They offer lots of special events that are included with your stay.

Decatur Glass Blowing

Note: Classes are not being offered in October 2020 due to COVID-19.

250 Freeman St | Decatur | 404-849-0301

Pumpkins Glass Blowing. I am dying to take a glass blowing classes at Decatur Glass. In October, learn how to blow hot glass into a festival Halloween pumpkin. Participants must be at least 10 years old and an adult must accompany anyone under 18.

Oakland Cemetery

Note: The Run Like Hell 5K will be held virtually in 2020 due to COVID-19.

248 Oakland Ave SE | Atlanta

Run Like Hell. The best 5K in Atlanta returns to Oakland Cemetery. This year’s Run Like Hell will be held virtually, and will run from September 27 to October 11, 2020.  Runners can complete the 5K in the cemetery, or along any route that equals 5K between the dates.

Dress up for even more fun!  My favorite the year I ran in-person, was the six pack of Bud Light. I think it took them a while. It wasn’t easy to have six people running at the same pace. Although this is a Peachtree qualifier race, strollers, walkers and leashed dogs are welcome.

Piedmont Park

400 Park Dr NE | Atlanta | 404-875-7275

Halloween Half Marathon. After you’ve mastered the Run Like Hell, plan to push it to the limit with the Halloween Half Marathon. Costumes are encouraged and add to the fun. Runners must be at least 13 years old to participate. Date: Oct. 25, 2020.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd | Roswell

Halloween Hikes. Looking for something a little different? Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts non-scary guided hikes along a lighted trail. Along the way, meet costumed characters. When you are done, enjoy s’mores by the fire. Wear your costume! Dates: Oct. 23, 24 and 30, 2020.

Atlanta History Center

Note: The events at AHC have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW | Atlanta

Haunted Halloween. The historic homes and gardens of the Atlanta History Center become a ghostly encounter. Experience the fun after dark with kid-friendly activities. Date: Canceled.

Day of the Dead. In partnership with the Consul General of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture, the Atlanta History Center hosts the Day of the Dead. As a bonus, this is one of several free admission days at the History Center. Date: Canceled.

Little Five Points Neighborhood

Note: The Little Five Points Halloween Parade has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Donations for the 2021 parade, and a Virtual Parade can be found HERE.

Moreland Ave. NE | Atlanta

Little Five Points Halloween Parade. One of my favorite parades all year. Although there are a few gory floats, most of this parade is family friendly and there are lots of kids along the parade route.

The L5P is more than just a costume parade, it’s a day long festival too. Come early and plan to stay late. This is one of a few free Halloween events.

Kennesaw State University

Note: Owl-O-Ween is canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19.

1000 Chastain Rd NW | Kennesaw | 470-578-6000

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival. This sounds like an amazing event at KSU, home of the Owls. It’s a two-day hot air balloon festival and costume party. Trick or treat from balloon to balloon, plus live entertainment, a kids zone for the little ones and craft beers for the older ones, food trucks and more. Date: Canceled.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859

Scarecrows in the Garden. Throughout the month of October, the scarecrows come out at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. More than 100 kooky, creative scarecrows handcrafted by both professionals and nonprofessionals delight visitors. The family favorite is happening at the Midtown and Gainesville gardens. Dates: October 1-November 1, 2020.

The Rock Ranch

5020 Barnesville Hwy | The Rock | 706-647-6374

Pumpkin Destruction Day at the Rock Ranch. What can be more fun than pumpkin carving? Destroying it, that’s what!  At the Rock Ranch, you can destroy your pumpkin in pretty much any way possible. Smash. Bash. Chuck it, Drop it. Shoot it out of a cannon. Did we mention the food vendors feature our favorite chicken sandwich? Date: Nov. 7, 2020 — Details TBD and subject to change due to COVID-19.

Treetop Quest

2020 Clean Water Drive | Buford | (404) 277-6113

Go to Treetop Quest for their special Scary Nights Climb during this year’s spooky season!  Join Treetop Quest after hours for a nighttime excursion full of thrills.  You’ll be guided by your headlamp (and the moonlight) as you explore the spooky forest canopy for 2 hours.  Sounds like the chance to get spooked is high!  A minimum age of 15 is required for their night climbs.  Dates: October 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2020.  Start times: 6:30, 7:15, or 8:00 p.m.

Museum of Design Atlanta

1315 Peachtree Street Northeast | Atlanta

Although the Museum of Design Atlanta in Downtown Atlanta is currently closed due to COVID-19, they are still celebrating spooky season all month with festive online workshops for kids ages 8-16!

Compete with some of the best at their virtual pumpkin carving contest!  Or take part in some of their awesome kid-friendly classes like, Minecraft: Spooky Villages, Design and Build a Virtual Haunted House, or Lego Challenges: Spooky Scenes, and more.  Such a great way to have a socially distant October.

It’s the place to be…virtually…this Halloween season!

Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade

At Home | Athens

The Wild Rumpus is a costume parade, that usually takes place in downtown Athens, but this year — will be at home! 

This year, they will have a socially-distanced Rumpus — a “Rumpus-In-Place”!  People can parade in their homes and yards, in their neighborhoods, in nature, or wherever — as long as it’s safe with respect to coronavirus.  

The collective experience of Wild Rumpus will happen online — before, during and after the event. They will provide a platform for participants to share their photos and videos, and then The Rumpus show will air online on Halloween evening, Oct. 31, 2020.

Buckhead Village

Celebrate the spookiest day of the year at Buckhead Village!

The community hub will offer family-friendly activities and happenings, including pumpkin painting, pre-packaged candy stations, complimentary Halloween cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake and more.

Plus, coffee and live music will be available in The Veranda, and guests can also enjoy Halloween cocktails at Biltong Bar and Le Bilboquet.

There will also be a dog costume contest in collaboration with Fetch Park Buckhead, set to open at Buckhead Village winter 2021. The winner will receive a free year membership to Fetch Park Buckhead. To be eligible, participants should post a photo on Instagram from the costume contest, mention @FetchPark and tag @BuckheadVillageDistrict.

Six Flags Over Georgia's Fright Fest is family friendly during the daytime.

Little ones can enjoy Six Flags Over Georgia during the daytime. Photo by Six Flags Over Georgia

Halloween Events For Young Children

Wondering where to find Halloween Events for young children? Here is a list for you that includes places where your little one can safely trick-or-treat. We know how much folks love to celebrate the Halloween season, so if we missed your favorite event, let us know.

Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Avenue SE | Atlanta

Boo at the Zoo. It’s that time of year when Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns! Sample treats throughout Zoo Atlanta, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town Square on five magical days (including Halloween!) with more than 1,000 animals from around the world.  Boo at the Zoo will offer a one-way trick-or-treat station path this year.

In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s current timed ticketing system, advance timed reservations are required for all Zoo guests and Members.  Masks are required for guests ages 10 and up.

This event is included with general admission. Don’t forget your costume!

Dates: October 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31, 2020.

Trick or Treat at Ponce City Market

Skyline Park | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. | Atlanta

You won’t find tricks — just TREATS — on the rooftop at Ponce City Market!

Bring your kids to trick or treat at 100 feet on Halloween day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be complimentary popcorn and cotton candy, plus trick-or-treating at Skyline Park.  Don’t forget to wear your costumes!

Make sure to RSVP!  Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Train or Treat

Southeastern Railway Museum | 3595 Buford Hwy | Duluth

All aboard for some Trick or Treat fun at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth!

Search the museum’s train for treats, enjoy a mask and costume contest, and live music will be featured too.

Attendees age 5 and up are expected to comply with the museum’s mask requirement and everyone is reminded to maintain social distancing between family groups.  This event is included with regular admission.

Date: October 24, 2020, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium

Note: Halloween events at the Georgia Aquarium have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

225 Baker St NW | Atlanta | 404-581-4000

Georgia A-Scary-Um Trick or Treat. Georgia A-Scary-Um is an annual event that provides a safe and friendly environment for the whole family to have fun in costume and trick-or-treat alongside longfin “bat” fish and Japanese “spider” crabs! Enjoy Trick-or-Treat stations in each gallery, Halloween-themed crafts and photo stations. Kids 12 and under in Halloween costume will receive FREE general admission with each full price paid adult or Annual Membership holder. Dates: Canceled.

Graveyard Smash: A Monstrous Spook-tacular (Weekends in October) – Join Dracula, Igor, Frankenstein and his bride, and all their other chilling friends as they visit Georgia Aquarium for Halloween. But these monsters are here to party! The music brings the monsters alive as they sing and dance to hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This boogie-filled fright fest will be fun for families and ghouls alike! Dates: Canceled.

Legoland Discovery Center

Note: Legoland Discovery has not yet made a decision about whether to host Brick or Treat in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Phipps Plaza | 3500 Peachtree Rd NE G-1 |  Atlanta | 404-848-9252

Legoland Brick or Treat. Participate in a spook-tacular MINILAND scavenger hunt and a LEGO Halloween build-and-take home activity in the Master Builder Academy, while supplies last!

The attraction will also host a costume contest on one October weekend where guests have a chance to win an Annual Pass, a LEGO goody bag and a custom LEGO trophy! In addition, there will be daily meet and greets with favorite LEGO characters every hour. Dates: TBD for 2020.

Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770-498-5690

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival. I took my tween niece and nephew to this last year and they had a blast participating in the shows and playing the carnival games. The pie-eating contest was a little gross, but the boys loved it.

In addition to the special events, you can also enjoy all your favorite Stone Mountain activities like the special effects GLOWING pumpkins. Dates: Weekends September 19-November 1, 2020.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Note: Goblins in the Garden has been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859

Goblins in the Garden. A fun filled day of Halloween themed activities, crafts and stories at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Kids will also love the pony and train rides. Adults will appreciate the cash bar.

The Goblins in the Garden Halloween party will be at both the Midtown and Gainesville locations. Date: Canceled for 2020.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-659-5437

Childrens Museums Halloween Program. Join Professor Punchline at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta Hilarity Academy for spooky science, a Halloween Soul Train Dance party, ghoulish storytime, and spidery crafts. Dates: TBD for 2020.

Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest | Austell | 770-739-3400

Six Flags HallowFest. Six Flags Over Georgia HallowFest during the day means tamer daytime thrills, and more fall-themed activities than terror or haunted attractions.  Although I did scare myself silly walking through an empty box there once!

Fall is a great time to visit Six Flags since it’s not so hot, or as crowded. Dates: Select Nights September 19-November 1, 2020.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Note: Dinosaur Trick or Treat has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19.

767 Clifton Rd | Atlanta | 404-929-6300

Dinosaur Trick or Treat. A frighteningly fun Halloween themed event at Fernbank Museum that includes music, games, crafts and of course, trick-or-treating for costumed kids. Date: Canceled for 2020.

Woodland Spirits. Wander through the outdoor areas of Fernbank Museum and see the ghostly sculptures by local Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis. Back for a third year, the sculptures are just — really cool!  Spiders, skeletons, bats, and more spirits have taken over the Adventure Outpost in the WildWoods too, so your kids will have no choice but to get in the spirit!  Dates: Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2020.

Discovery Days. This year, Fernbank is hosting two family Discovery Days,  including Bugs, Bats and Bones Day on October 10 and Creepy Crawlies Day on October 31, 2020.

Southern Railroad Museum

3595 Buford Hwy | Duluth | 770-476-2013

Train or Treat. Celebrate Halloween at the Southeastern Railroad Museum. There’s a costume contest and trick or treating, plus wagon and hand-car rides. Date: Oct. 24, 2020, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

980 Briarcliff Rd NE | Atlanta | 404-872-5338

Halloween Night at Callawolde Mountain. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is getting a spooky makeover for this family friendly festival that includes music, a costume contest and trick or treating on the estate. Dates: 2020 dates TBD

Duluth Town Green

Howl on the Green. Bring kids and pets for an evening of fall fun on the Duluth Town Green. I’m most intrigued by the fire dancers that precede mystical creatures. Date: Oct. 30, 2020, 6 p.m.

Simon Malls

Mall Trick or Treating. Several Atlanta area malls are hosting trick or treating events for young children. Kidgits Club is the kids club for Simon Malls (Mall of Georgia, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb). Sign up to get information on the events, plus future Kidgit’s Club programs.

Halloween Events The Ghastly Dreadfuls at the Center for Puppetry Arts The Ghastly Dreadfuls at the Center for Puppetry Arts is another one of my favorites. This is a fun adult puppet show w/ live actors, songs and fun. Photo courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts

Halloween Events For Adults

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore.  Adults are ready for a Halloween-y good time too! If you want to know ‘Where is there an adult Halloween event near me?’ take a look at this list. If you know others we should add, please tell us. Many of these events sell out, so don’t delay in getting your tickets.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Note: This show appears to be taking a break in 2020 due to COVID-19.

1404 Spring St NW | Atlanta | 404-873-3391

The Ghastly Dreadfuls. Some shows just can’t stay dead. This ghostly adult jamboree includes creepy stories, frightful songs, devilish dances and a whole lot of fun.

This is one of my favorite shows from the Center for Puppetry Arts, and it’s a great way to do something a little different to get into the Halloween spirit with your adult friends this season. Dates: TBD

Ghost Hunting at the Wren’s Nest

Online in 2020 | The Wren’s Nest | Atlanta

For six nights in 2020, the paranormal investigators with the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research will lead ghost-hunting sessions at Georgia’s oldest house museum — The Wren’s Nest.  The sessions will be held virtually this year.

The sessions will be live-streamed as the investigators take you through the Queen Anne Victorian house where Joel Chandler Harris and his family used to live.  The team will explore The Wren’s Nest room by room — including the creepy basement.

The tour will be interactive — you can ask questions — and afterwards, the team will analyze the video and audio data and report back to the participants.  Dates: Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 10, 16, 23, and 30th.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road | Atlanta | 404-929-6300

Ghostly Gatherings. This special event at Fernbank Museum offers evening access to the museum, including the Woodland Spirits, special interactive activities, adult beverages, as well as special snacks for purchase. Dates: Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, 2020.

Fernbank After Dark.  For souls 21-and-up,  Fernbank After Dark: Science and Spirits will feature live music and access to special exhibits (including the Woodland Spirits), full museum and WildWoods explorations, and special Halloween-themed drinks. Date: Oct. 9, 2020

Fright Night. For ages 21+, Fright Night features a costume contest, twilight tours of outdoor experiences, access to indoor and outdoor exhibits (including Woodland Spirits), specialty drinks, as well as small bites available for purchase. Date: Oct. 30, 2020

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Note: The Michael C. Carlos Musuem is currently closed due to COVID-19.

571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta | 404-727-4282

Mummies and Mixers. Spend the evening sipping spirits with mummies at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Take a break from mingling to watch a Hollywood horror classic. Costumes are encouraged.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859

Fest-of-Ale. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to have a drink in Atlanta. During the Fest of Ale celebration in October, explore Scarecrows in the Garden by flashlight while enjoying a variety of specialty ales from cash bars. There is even live musical entertainment. Dates: October 2020 Tuesdays-Sundays, 5-9 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium

Note: Sips Under the Sea appears to be canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19.

225 Baker St NW | Atlanta | 404-581-4000

Sips Under the Sea. The Georgia Aquarium’s adult only cocktail party takes a wicked turn in October with a Nightmare on Baker Street theme. Dates: Canceled.

Hampton + Hudson

299 North Highland Avenue NE | Atlanta

Hampton + Hudson, the community bar and restaurant will be celebrating Halloween beginning at 8 p.m. on October 31. With masks required and social distancing in place, the celebration will feature drink specials, a potion bar, photo booth, tarot reader, a DJ spinning all night and an outdoor bar. Plus, there will be a costume contest, with “best costume” announced at 11:30 p.m.  Date: Sat., Oct. 31, 8pm ‘til close

Halloween Events near Atlanta courtesy of the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Halloween Events Around Georgia

If you are willing to travel a bit outside of the city, check out these awesome Halloween events a short drive from Atlanta.

Georgia State Parks

Haunted Hayrides at Georgia State Parks. We took the haunted hayride at Red Top Mountain when my sons were toddlers. My oldest is now in college and we are still telling the silly stories from that hayride. Georgia State Parks have several different hayrides at various parks, so check their website and the park near you.

We’ve found hayrides at Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Victoria Bryant State Park, and Red Top Mountain. Note, these are VERY popular, so get tickets early.

Full Moon Paddles at Georgia State Parks. Explore Georgia’s rivers and waters ways under the full moon with guided full moon paddles at various Georgia State Parks.

More Halloween Events at Georgia State Parks.  Pumpkin archery, pet costume contests, zombie survival quests, trick or treat trails, lantern tours, pumpkin carving contests and more can be found at state parks around Georgia!

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 W Hwy 19 | Bryson City, NC | 828-785-5082

NOCtoberfest. Paddle faster, I hear banjo music. The kids that come to the Nantahala Outdoor Center October Fest probably won’t get this reference to the horror flick Deliverance, but they will enjoy a free family event with pumpkin decorating, costume contest, live music and bonfire.

The highlight – the great pumpkin pursuit, where you race to grab as many pumpkins as possible. Date: TBD for 2020

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