39+ Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2021]

Halloween isn’t just a day — it’s an entire month of fun!

Are you wondering, ‘Where are the best Halloween events near me?’  You’re in luck!  We have more than 39 suggestions. Everything from special Halloween events for kids, to Halloween events for adults, and everything in between!

39+ Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2021]

Courtesy of Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

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

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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. 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.

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!

Halloween Events in Atlanta - Little Five Points Halloween Parade

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

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge – Georgia | 150 Tom Hall Pkwy | LaGrange
Dates: October 1-31, 2021

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 experiences that are included with your stay — like a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo Bingo, Grab n’ Go Crafts, a Monster Bash Dance Party, and more!

Decatur Glass Blowing

250 Freeman St | Decatur | 404-849-0301
Dates: Select dates in September 2021

Pumpkins Glass Blowing. I am dying to take a glass blowing classes at Decatur Glass!  Get in the spirit of the fall season with a pumpkin paperweight class here in September.  

Usually, they offer a blown glass pumpkin to celebrate the season, but this year, the awesome alternative is an amazing pumpkin sculpture (or paperweight) — so no one has to put their mouth on the blowpipe.  It’s a COVID-friendly holiday plan!

Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave SE | Atlanta
Dates: In person: October 9, 2021 | Virtual: September 24-October 8, 2021

Run Like Hell. The best 5K in Atlanta returns to Oakland Cemetery in 2021. This year’s Run Like Hell will be held both in-person or virtually!

The in-person portion of the 5K will take place at Oakland Cemetery on October 9 at 9:00 a.m.  The race winds through the roadways of the historic cemetery, and also highlights the Memorial Drive Greenway down to the state capitol.

The virtual 5K will run from September 24 to October 8th – runners can complete the 5K inside the Cemetery or along any route that equals 5K any time between those dates, recording and submitting their times.  A suggested 5K route map inside the Cemetery will be provided for virtual runners wanting to have the real Run Like Hell experience.

Dress up for even more fun!  They will also have a virtual costume contest, and prizes will be awarded to the most creative costumes in the following categories: Best Adult Male, Best Adult Female, Best Group, Best Dog.  (There will not be an in-person contest!)

Although this is a Peachtree qualifier race, strollers, walkers and leashed dogs are welcome.

Piedmont Park

400 Park Dr NE | Atlanta | 404-875-7275
Date: Oct. 31, 2021

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.

It is not mandatory to run in costume; but they recommend that you do!  Awards will be presented to the Top 3 in each Age Group category.  There will also be prizes for participants with costumes that stand out!

Runners must be at least 13 years old to participate. 

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd | Roswell
Dates: Oct. 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2021

Halloween Hikes. Looking for something a little different? The Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts non-scary guided hikes along a lighted trail. A guide will lead each group to meet costumed characters, including everyone’s favorites such as the Barred Owl, Kingfisher, and more during your 45-minute hike on a lighted trail!

When you’re done, enjoy s’mores by the fire.  

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW | Atlanta
Dates: Day of the Dead: October 31, 2021

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. Note: No information has yet been released about this event in 2021.

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. (Capacity is limited and advanced registration is required in 2021.)  

Little Five Points Neighborhood

Moreland Ave. NE | Atlanta
Dates: October 16-17, 2021

Little Five Points Halloween Parade. The Little Five Points Halloween Parade has been reimagined for 2021, but there is still plenty of fun to be had! 

This year, this fun festival includes musical entertainment, a haunted market, the Monster Ball (on Oct. 15), a monster hunt, a photo contest, a Kiddie Parade, and pop-up performances!  Although they will not have the typical L5P parade from years past, this is still guaranteed to be an awesomely spooky weekend of fun.

Kennesaw State University

Note: There is no word on if Owl-o-Ween will be taking place in 2021.

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

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Owl-o-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival at Kennesaw State University is a two-day hot air balloon festival and costume party.

Trick or treat from balloon to balloon, plus enjoy live entertainment, a kids zone for the little ones, craft beers for the older ones, food trucks and more. 

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859
Dates: September 28-October 31, 2021

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. 

The Rock Ranch

Note: The Rock Ranch suspended operations due to COVID-19 in 2020 and has not reopened.

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? 

Treetop Quest

Note: Dates have not yet been released for 2021.

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

Scary Nights Climb. 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.  

Museum of Design Atlanta

Note: Dates and info has not yet been released for 2021.  The following info is from 2020.

1315 Peachtree Street Northeast | Atlanta

The Museum of Design. The Museum of Design Atlanta in Downtown Atlanta is 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.

Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade

Downtown Athens
Date: October 29-30, 2021

The Wild Rumpus. The 13th Annual Wild Rumpus Halloween Celebration takes place in downtown Athens and is a costume parade full of fun for everyone!

All are invited to participate in the Wild Rumpus by dressing in costume and marching!  

After having a virtual rumpus in 2020, they hope to have a live, in-person event again in 2021 — but will watch COVID and give updates as the date draws near.

Buckhead Village

Note: No information has yet been released for 2021.  The following is from 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.

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
Dates: October 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2021

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.  Don’t forget your costume!

In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s current timed ticketing system, advance timed reservations are required for all general admission Zoo guests. Members do not need a timed reservation. Masks are required for ages 2 and up in indoor areas and for some optional experiences (such as Wildlife Encounters). 

This event is included with general admission. 

Trick or Treat at Ponce City Market

Note: No information has yet been released about their 2021 plans.  The following is from 2020.

Skyline Park | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. | Atlanta

Trick or Treat at Ponce. 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!

Southeastern Railway Museum

Southeastern Railway Museum | 3595 Buford Hwy | Duluth
Date: October 23, 2021, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

The family-friendly event features trick or treating at decorated stations around the museum. Attendees 12 years and younger are eligible to participate in a costume contest.

The special event will also feature live music and visiting vendors from local businesses.

This event is included with regular admission.

Georgia Aquarium

Note: Family-friendly Halloween event plans at the Georgia Aquarium have not yet been released for 2021.  The following is from previous years.

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. 

Graveyard Smash: A Monstrous Spook-tacular  – 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! 

Legoland Discovery Center

Note: No information about Brick or Treat has yet been released for 2021.  The following is from previous years.

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. 

Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770-498-5690
Dates: Weekends September 18-October 31, 2021

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival. I took my tween niece and nephew to this and they had a blast participating in the shows and playing the carnival games. The pie-eating contest was definitely a highlight for my boys!

In addition to the special events — like glowing pumpkins, parades and storybook characters — you can also enjoy all your favorite Stone Mountain activities like the scenic train and adventure golf.  A visit here will definitely get you in the Halloween spirit.

World of Coke

121 Baker St NW | Atlanta | Website
Dates: Month of October 2021

This October, World of Coca-Cola is inviting families and friends to take part in the attraction’s first-ever Halloween takeover. Offered all month long with special activations on Saturdays and Sundays, the eerie experience includes a scavenger hunt to find a mystery Fanta flavor, an after-hours event for adults, ghostly performances and so much more.

Guests are encouraged to get in the spooky spirit by wearing their best family-friendly costumes and looking out for festive frights and fall features among World of Coke’s regular exhibits and experiences. FANTAstic Halloween is included as part of every general admission ticket in October. 

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859
Date: October 24, 2021

Goblins in the Garden. A fun filled day of Halloween themed activities, crafts and stories at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Show off the little ones’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin Runway!

The Goblins in the Garden Halloween party will be at both the Midtown (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Gainesville (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) locations. 

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Note: No information has yet been released for 2021.  The following is from previous years.

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.

Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest | Austell | 770-739-3400
Dates: Select Nights September 18-October 31, 2021

Six Flags Fright Fest. Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest is back in 2021! Get ready for the best Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly shows and attractions during the day and thrilling rides and scary haunted houses at night. 

Fall is a great time to visit Six Flags since it’s not so hot, or as crowded. 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Rd | Atlanta | 404-929-6300
Dates: Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat: October 30, 2021 | Woodland Spirits: Sept. 18-Nov. 7, 2021

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: October 30, 2021, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Woodland Spirits. Wander through the outdoor areas of Fernbank Museum and see the ghostly sculptures by local Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis. Back for a fourth 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. 18 – Nov. 7, 2021.

Duluth Town Green

3167 Main Street | Duluth
Date: October 29, 2021, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Howl on the Green. Bring kids and pets for an evening of fall fun on the Duluth Town Green. Howl On The Green is a family friendly event. Bring your kids, friends and furry pets for a night filled of fun, sweet treats, great food and out-of-this-world entertainment on Duluth Town Green!

The event turns into fright at dark. Fire dancers make their way through the crowds as mystical creatures emerge, while aerialists hang from the Festival Center Stage and dancing iconic fairytale characters light up the night!

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! Here are some of the best Halloween events for adults. 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

1404 Spring St NW | Atlanta | 404-873-3391
Dates: Select dates October 13-30, 2021

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.

Featuring classic Ghastly stories including The Girl in the New Dress, The 11:59 and The Horrific Experiment to tunes such as Mr. Ghost Goes to Town, and The Hoo-Doo Man, there’s something for everyone in this cavalcade of songs and stories from beyond the mortal plane.

Adults are encouraged to bring their most ghoulish friends, pull up a tombstone and enjoy The Ghastly Dreadfuls!

Ghost Hunting at the Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest | Atlanta
Dates: September 17 and 18, 2021 at 8 p.m.

For two nights in 2021, 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 150-year-old house holds a lot of history, stories, and secrets—both good and bad. If these walls could talk…well, maybe they can?  Find out as experts investigate the Queen Anne Victorian house where Joel Chandler Harris and his family used to live to uncover past and present paranormal presence.
 
It’s the spooktacular event you won’t want to miss.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road | Atlanta | 404-929-6300
Date: October 8, 2021

Fernbank After Dark.  Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Join Fernbank Museum for a spooky night filled with potions, poisons and murderous practitioners.

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

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Note: No information has yet been released about 2021 plans.  The following is from previous years.

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.

Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St NW | Atlanta | 404-581-4000
Date: October 29, 2021

Sips Under the Sea. Sharks lurk in the dark and piranhas prowl the waters. The Georgia Aquarium’s adults-only cocktail party takes a wicked turn in October at Sips Under the Sea: Halloween!

Experience exploring the galleries in a more intimate adult setting. Wear your favorite Halloween costume as you walk through our galleries, stop by the bar to grab a drink, and dance! The night is yours to enjoy!

Sips Under the Sea is a unique, themed cocktail party exclusively for adults 21 and older. This after-hours event features popular cocktails, dining options, a live DJ, and access to the Aquarium’s main galleries.

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

Full Moon Hike at Tallulah Gorge. Hike to the suspension bridge at Tallulah Gorge and watch the moon rise above the gorge. Date: October 20, 2021

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 and Red Top Mountain in the past, but so far in 2021, I see haunted hayrides at  Victoria Bryant State Park available this year!  Note, these are VERY popular, so get tickets early. Victoria Bryant Dates: October 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2021.

Tales By Lantern LightJoin the guides at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site in Dallas, GA for guided hikes on the eve of Halloween. Guides will lead you down paths of history to a secret destination where a Master Storyteller will spin tales of history and lore.  Date: October 30, 2021

Owl-O-Ween.  Join Blue Ridge Raptors for an afternoon of birds of prey at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithonia. You will be introduced to 7 native Georgia raptors and learn about the adaptations they use to survive and thrive (Live animals). This event is fun for all ages. $20 per person. Pre-registration required. Date: October 30, 2021

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.  Check their website for the latest.

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

Note: No information has yet been released about 2021 plans.

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.

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