Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2018]

Halloween isn’t just a day, it’s an entire month of fun. Wondering where are the best Halloween events near me? We have more than 40 suggestions. Everything from Halloween events for kids, to Halloween events for adults and everything in between. So keep reading for things like pumpkin glass blowing classes, 5K races, spooky theatre, mummy mixers, and trick-or-treating.

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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 these link to longer lists too, so you can answer that 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, 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.

Haunted Houses. Get spooked at one of the many haunted houses around Atlanta. We have a great list of 20+ to chose 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 will get your adrenaline pumping just trying to get out without zombies chasing you.

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 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!

Walker Stalker Con

Georgia World Congress Center | 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW | Atlanta

Walker Stalker Con. A convention celebrating all things zombie and a gathering for fans of shows like the Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries and legendary horror shows. It all happens Halloween weekend. (Get Discount Tickets Here)

Decatur Glass Blowing

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

248 Oakland Ave SE | Atlanta

Run Like Hell. The best 5K in Atlanta returns to Oakland Cemetery. This year’s Run Like Hell is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2018. Dress up for even more fun, my favorite the year I ran 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. 28, 2018

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd | Roswell

Halloween Hikes. Looking for something a little different? Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts guided hikes along a lighted trail. Along the way, meet costumed characters. When you are done, enjoy s’mores by the fire. Dates: Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2018.

Atlanta History Center

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: Oct. 19, 2018

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: Sunday Oct. 28, 2018.

Serenbe Playhouse

9110 Selborne Ln | Palmetto | 770-463-1110

The Sleepy Hollow Experience. This is a brand new adaption of the wildly successful experience put on by Serenbe Playhouse. Not just a play, follow a roving minstrel of storytellers will lead you through the haunted grounds of Horseman’s Meadow, telling the tale of bumbling schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, his love for beautiful Katrina and his rivalry with the brutish Brom Bones. (You may find Discount Tickets Here)

Little Five Points Neighborhood

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.

Hanover West Neighborhood

1385 Hanover W Dr NW | Atlanta

Ginaween. This family friendly fall festival is in honor of Gina Ross Boos and benefits brain tumor research. The event is held at a neighborhood clubhouse in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, so parking is limited. The 2018 event will be on Nov. 3 and feature the Bradley Cole Smith Band.

Kennesaw State University

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. Date: Oct. 19 – 20, 2018.

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 Gardens. 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

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

Pumpkin Destruction Day at the Rock Ranch. What can be more fun than carving a Jack-o-lantern? Destroying it that’s what, and at the Rock Ranch, you can do it in pretty much any way possible. Smash. Bash. Chuck it, Drop it. Shoot it out of a cannon. Date: Nov. 3, 2018

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 near me 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 the Zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume! October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2018

Georgia Aquarium

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 on Wednesday, October 31 from 4 pm- 8 pm! 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 (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!

Legoland Discovery Center

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

Legoland Brick or Treat. Halloween will bring scary amounts of fun to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta with its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration! On select dates in October, children can enjoy a “find the pumpkins” MINILAND scavenger hunt and pumpkin build classes in the Master Builder Academy to place in the LEGO® pumpkin patch!

Stone Mountain Park

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

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival. I took my tween and tween niece and nephew to this last year and they had a blast participating in the shows and playing the carnival games. The pi- 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.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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 location on Oct. 28, 2018

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.

Six Flags Over Georgia

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

Six Flags Spookytown Harvest Festival.Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest with Young Kids means tamer daytime thrills, and more fall themed activities than terror or haunted attraction, although I did scare myself silly walking through an empty box. 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

Fernbank Boo-seum Trick-or-treat. A frighteningly fun Halloween themed event at Fernbank Museum on Oct. 27, 2018 that includes music, games, crafts and of course, trick-or-treating for costumed kids.

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. 27, 2018

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. Date: Oct. 26, 2018

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. 26, 2018

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. 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

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

Haunted Histories and Puppet Past Tour. I would say just walking through the old puppet museum (before the bright new Jim Henson section) is scary enough, but this guided tour takes you on a 45 minute Halloween tour through a dark and spooky version of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Hear tales of scary skeletons, legendary Punch devils, famous Muppet monsters, and puppetry secrets from beyond the grave.

Dark Crystal Exhibit. Probably a little more mythical and magical than scary, this new exhibit is all about Jim Henson’s movie The Dark Crystal.

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.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

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

Mummies and Mixers. Spend the evening of Oct. 24, 2018 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 Movie Tours

327 Nelson St SW |  Atlanta | 855-255-3456

Big Zombie Tours. Halloween is the perfect time to step aboard the Atlanta Movie Tours bus for a behind the scenes look at filming locations for The Walking Dead. There are three different Zombie tours to choose.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Rd | Atlanta | 404-929-6300

Fright Night. On Oct. 26, 2018 Fernbank Museum will host their adults only Halloween event. Come dressed to impress for the costume contest and dance the night away.

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.

Georgia Aquarium

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.

Neighbor’s Pub Virginia Highlands

752 N Highland Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-872-5440

Crawl-o-ween. Dress up and get ready to visit the hot spots in Virginia Highlands. This pub crawl on Oct. 26, 2018. There’s even a $1000 costume photo contest.

Halloween Events near Atlanta courtesy of the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Halloween Events Around Georgia

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

Hills & Dales Estate

1916 Hills and Dales Dr | LaGrange | 706-882-3242

Halloween at the Callaway Home. Trick or Treat at one of the most beautiful homes in Georgia, the Hills & Dales Estates in LaGrange. On Halloween beginning at 5:30, little ghosts and goblins can get candy at this historic home.

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.

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: Oct. 27, 2018.

We also have a great list of October Events that aren’t necessarily Halloween related.

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1 Comment on "Frighteningly Awesome Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults [2018]"

  1. I am really glad that people are sending their child in different physical activities classes. Which is really good for their health.

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