42+ Spooktacular Halloween Events in Atlanta for Kids AND Adults

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 Atlantic Stations’ Spooky Film Fest, pumpkin glass blowing classes, 5K races, spooky theatre, mummy mixers, and trick-or-treating.

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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.

Spooky Film Festival at Atlantic Station. October is the month of ghouls, goblins, and nostalgic fun! Spook it up Friday nights in October with Atlantic Stations Spooky Film Festival – sponsored by West Elm. Each Friday in October enjoy a creepy and fun film classic in Central Park. Arrive early and grab a favorite to-go order from one of 16 restaurants and check out the Halloween costumes at Halloween HQ adjacent to Central Park – on East District St.  Brush up on your movie trivia and win some spooky fun gifts and gift cards to West Elm!  Movies begin at dusk.

  • Oct.  6 – Hotel Transylvania
  • Oct. 13 – Halloweentown
  • Oct. 20 – The Ring
  • Oct. 27 – Hocus Pocus

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 Near Me 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. 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 Pumpkins. 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.

Run Like Hell. The best 5K in Atlanta returns to Oakland Cemetery. This year’s Run Like Hell is scheduled for Oct. 14, 2017. 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.

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. 29, 2017

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. 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2017.

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. 20, 2017

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. (Get Discount Tickets Here)

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

Goosebumps at Aurora Theatre. If you are a fan of R.L. Stine’s book series Goosbumps, see it live at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. This not-too-spooky adventure follows two aspiring young thespians named Brooke and Zeke as they embark on a likely-haunted middle school play. Date: Oct. 12 – 22, 2017

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, so parking is limited. The 2017 event will be on Oct. 28 and feature the Bradley Cole Smith Band.

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival. This sounds like an amazing event. 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. 27 – 28, 2017.

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.

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.

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. 4, 2017

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 there are lots more events out there, so if we missed your favorite, let us know.

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 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2017

Georgia A-Scary-Um Trick or Treat. Georgia A-Scary-Um 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 Saturday, October 28 from 11:00am-3:00pm! 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! Weekends through October 31 at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays

Legoland Brick or Treat. Halloween will bring scary amounts of fun to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta with its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration! Every Saturday and Sunday of 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 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.

Goblins in the Garden. A fun filled day of Halloween themed activities, crafts and stories. Kids will also love the pony and train rides. Adults will appreciate the cash bar. Goblins in the Garden will be at both the Midtown and Gainesville location on Oct. 22, 2017

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 Spookytown Harvest Festival. Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest with Young Kids means tamer daytime thrills, and more fall themed activities than terror related attractions, 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.

Haunted Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience will be filled with Halloween fun for costumed fans (ages 3-12 in costume will receive FREE admission), including the Field of Screams, a spooky scavenger hunt, face painting on the Playing Field, and the opportunity to trick or treat throughout the building. Dates: October 21-22 and October 28-29.

Fernbank Boo-seum Trick-or-treat. A frighteningly fun Halloween themed event at Fernbank Museum on Oct. 28, 2017 that includes music, games, crafts and of course, trick-or-treating for costumed kids.

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. 28, 2017

Halloween Night at Callowolde 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. 27, 2017

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. 27, 2017

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.

Trick or Treat at Ponce City Market. On Tuesday, October 31st, bring the kids for an evening of trick-or-treating at Ponce City Market, where restaurants and shops are stocking up on over one thousand pounds of candy!

College Park Truck or Treat. The College Park Police Department presents a family costume event. Fun, games, treats and prizes for the best costumes and best decorated cars! October 26 from 6:00-9:00pm in the College Park Public Safety lot.

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.

Screening of the Dark Crystal Film. The Center for Puppetry Arts is hosting an adults only evening that will culminate in a screening of the original The Dark Crystal film. Prior to the film, there will be fan films screened and a talk back with Cheryl Henson.

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 Halloween shows and it’s a great way to do something a little different with your adult friends this season.

Mummies and Mixers. Spend the evening of Oct. 26, 2017 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.

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.

Fright Night. On Oct. 27, 2017 Fernbank Museum will host their adults only Halloween event. Come dressed to impress for the costume contest and dance the night away.

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.

Sips Under the Sea. The Georgia Aquarium’s adult only cocktail party takes a wicked turn in October with a Something Wicked This Way Comes theme.

Crawl-o-ween. Dress up and get ready to visit the hot spots in Virginia Highlands. This pub crawl on Oct. 27, 2017. Register at Neighbors Pub for extra specials. There’s even a $500 costume photo contest.

Day of the Dead on the Roof. On Saturday, October 28th, Skyline Park and the Rooftop Terrace at Ponce City Market are hosting a spooky Halloween bash. Guests will be transported up the building’s historic freight elevator to the Roof where they will be greeted by festive Day of the Dead décor, food and drink, live music and more.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Halloween Events This event at the Nantahala Outdoor Center looks like so much fun. Pick up the pumpkins on your raft trip down the river for prizes! Photo 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.

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.

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.

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. 28, 2017.

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

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Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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