Halloween Events Near Me: 39+ Frighteningly Awesome Events in Atlanta for Kids and Adults (2023)

Asking yourself, “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!

Here’s everything you need to know about pumpkin patches, 5K races, mummy mixers, and trick-or-treating hot spots.

Halloween Events Near Me: 39+ Frighteningly Awesome Events in Atlanta for Kids and Adults (2023)

HALLOWEEN EVENTS NEAR ME FOR ALL AGES

  • Haunted Houses. They range from gruesome to wholesome, so there’s sure to be one perfect for your crew.
  • Ghost Tours. If you prefer to hear ghostly stories vs. have a zombie run you down, click through to our list of Ghost Tours.
  • Creepy Escape the Room. Try one of the 11+ escape rooms in Atlanta. Each one has a creepy room perfect for Halloween fun.

FAIRIES IN THE GARDEN (DECATUR)

Discover tiny fairy houses tucked throughout the Woodlands Garden at the annual Fairies in the Garden event. Artists create enchanting houses using moss, bark, twigs, branches, seed heads, leaves and other natural materials. With a map and hints provided by Woodlands, visitors can find fairy houses of all kinds, including ones belonging to trolls!

Visitors are encouraged to wear fairy costumes, park off-site, and return often during the 2-week exhibit.  The event is free.

HOCUS POCUS ON THE GREEN (ATLANTIC STATION)

Screen on the Green returns just in time for the spooky season with Hocus Pocus on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, and Hocus Pocus 2 on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.

Bring your blankets or chairs and choose your own place to sit on the lawn for a bewitching experience you won’t forget. Both movies will be held on the Atlantic Green at Atlantic Station at 7pm. Visit here to learn more.  

THE GREAT PUMPKIN CARVING FESTIVAL (ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN)

Celebrate all things autumn at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Great Pumpkin-Carving Festival on October 26, 2023 from 5-9pm! Enjoy exciting entertainment, live music, clever crafts, festive ales, fall-flavored food – and, of course, teams of talented amateur pumpkin carvers competing for great prizes. Costumes welcome! Tickets are on sale now.

HOWL-O-WEEN AT GREAT WOLF LODGE (LAGRANGE)

Visit the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, GA, about 60 miles west of 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!

Read More: Great Wolf Lodge GA: We Answer Your Top 30 Most-Asked Questions (Video)

PUMPKINS AT CALLAWAY (PINE MOUNTAIN)

Callaway Resort & Gardens is GLOWING with the newest signature event this fall: Pumpkins at Callaway. This family-friendly and non-spooky event will sure to become a beloved fall tradition for years to come!

The event will be filled with seasonally-themed experiences, entertaining glow elements, interactive games, dance parties, live entertainment, food & much more.

Walk through the sights before being transported by trolley to the brand-new corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Read More: Great Wolf Lodge GA: We Answer Your Top 30 Most-Asked Questions (Video)

PUMPKIN CLASS AT DECATUR GLASS BLOWING (DECATUR)

Get in the fall spirit by taking a Pumpkin Class at Decatur Glass Blowing.

Make your very own blown glass pumpkin or make a solid pumpkin decoration — minus the blowing part. Their professional glassblowers will demonstrate making an item before working with you one-on-one to create your own piece.

CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF OAKLAND (ATLANTA)

Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark.

A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian Gardens where you’ll meet some of Oakland’s fascinating residents and hear their tales. The evening also includes musical performances, craft beer and cocktails, and an Oakland gift shop. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood.

Read More: 6+ Sensational Reasons To Visit Oakland Cemetery Before You Die

HAUNTED HALL OF FAME AT COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME (ATLANTA)

Experience the spooky sights and sounds of Halloween during the Haunted Hall of Fame Built by the Home Depot at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

Children can trick-or-treat throughout the Hall and fill their bags with candy all day. Trick or treat bags and candy will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, until inventory is depleted. This year’s event will be held on October 28 and 29, 2023. Kids 12 and under receive free admission when they arrive in costume. (Adult ticket purchase required.)

Read More: College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta: 11+ Awesome Things You Need To Know

HALLOWEEN HALF MARATHON AT PIEDMONT PARK (ATLANTA)

Costumes are encouraged at the Halloween Half Marathon at Piedmont Park.

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. 

Read More: Piedmont Park: 17 Free Ways You Can Have Fun

HALLOWEEN HIKES AT CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER (ROSWELL)

Embrace the spirit of the season as Halloween Hikes returns for its 38th year at Chattahoochee Nature Center. This cherished, non-scary event offers an educational nighttime adventure for families.

During your Halloween Hike, you’ll find plenty of costumed characters. Kids will also enjoy games, crafts, music, and food. The firepit area will have concessions, and a food truck will be nearby. A cocktail bar for adults will also be on hand.

Read More: Chattahoochee Nature Center: 19+ Reasons Why You’re Going To Love It

LITTLE FIVE POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE

One of the best Halloween events in Atlanta is the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, which takes place in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta during the Little Five Points Halloween Festival. 

Read More: Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival: An Amazing Event You Can’t Miss (2023) 

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS

Throughout the month of October, the Scarecrows in the Garden 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. 

TREETOP QUEST (BUFORD)

Note: No word yet on if this is happening in 2023. The following info is from 2022.

Go to Treetop Quest in Gwinnett at Buford for their special Fright Climb during this year’s spooky season! 

Join Treetop Quest after hours for a nighttime ziplining excursion full of thrills.  You’ll be guided by your headlamp (and the moonlight) as you explore the spooky forest canopy for 2 hours. 

A minimum age of 15 is required for their Fright Climbs.

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WILD RUMPUS HALLOWEEN PARADE (ATHENS)

Known as Athens’ own Mardi Gras, the highly anticipated Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle is anything but ordinary. The Wild Rumpus is a large-scale crowd-participation Halloween holiday, music and arts celebration in downtown Athens. The Wild Rumpus is FREE to attend, and All Are Invited.

The public is invited to dress in Halloween costume and march through the streets of The Classic City. The dazzling display of hand-crafted, wildly imaginative costuming is out of this world, and a highly unique experience.

MONSTER MOUTH HOUSE (STONE MOUNTAIN)

Note: The following info is from 2022.

The owner of a home in Stone Mountain decorates his home so elaborately each Halloween, it’s become somewhat of an immersive experience itself. The homeowner, Kyle, was able to showcase his artistic talents to the people of Atlanta by creating out-of-this-world art installations for his trick-or-treaters every year.

Drive or walk by the home, known as Monster Mouth, and see the extravagant Halloween decorations. The decor here has all been handcrafted by the family. Candy will be passed out as well.

Monster Mouth is located at 1483 Baron Ct., Stone Mountain, GA 30087. The display will be up for the entire month of October.

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN WEEKEND (FAYETTEVILLE)

This fall, Town at Trilith in Fayetteville invites you to a bewitching Halloween celebration featuring movies under the stars and a super sweet Trick or Treat event. Get ready for a weekend of family-friendly fun and spooky surprises.

  • REEL Friday at Trilith Movie Series: Trick or Treat Scooby Doo! Kick off the Halloween festivities on Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. with “Trick or Treat Scooby Doo!” on the big 25-foot screen at Central Plaza. Bring your chair or blanket, dress for the weather, and enjoy this complimentary movie night. Before and after the screening, explore the Town at Trilith, dine at a variety of restaurants, and indulge in delicious desserts. Date: Friday, October 27
  • Trilith Trick or Treat Extravaganza. Join the Town at Trilith for a spooktacular Trilith Trick or Treat event on Saturday, October 28. Show up at 3:30 p.m. for the kickoff of the UGA/FL game and be early for Trick or Treating, which starts at 4 p.m. (Be sure to bring a bag or bucket for a candy-filled night of Halloween fun!). Trick or Treat at all the retailers in Trilith Town Centre. Date: Saturday, October 28
  • Fun Family Activities. Along the way, enjoy a balloon artist, food and treat trucks, and music by DJ Luc. Be sure to register in advance for some fun family activities. You’ll also find costume contests for both guests and pets, as well as a competitive pumpkin carving contest.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

SPOOKY SPRINGS (SANDY SPRINGS)

Each October, the City of Sandy Springs hosts Spooky Springs, a safe, family-friendly event for young trick-or-treaters!  This year’s event will be Saturday, October 21 at Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park.

Admission is FREE and features trick-or-treat candy stations, face painting stations, fog machines, a DJ, and food trucks.

TRICK OR TREAT ON THE ROOF (PONCE CITY MARKET)

No Tricks….just TREATS!

Join in the family fun Halloween on THE ROOF! Bring the kids and get spooky! Come in your best costumes, it’s going to be a fun-filled day. 11am-7pm on October 28, 2023. Find more info about their Halloween events here.

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ZOO ATLANTA (ATLANTA)

Zoo Atlanta’s Boo at the Zoo is Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival! During the last two weekends of October from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy trick or treating, plenty of photo opportunities, themed entertainment and activities, costumed characters, and so much more. Costumes are welcome.

In a slate of new highlights for 2023, special entertainment will add to the festivities during both weekends of the festival, including Tommy Johns Magic; Captain Crimmins & The Story Boat Band; Wish Tales Puppet Show; Storyteller Deborah Strahorn; Cat & Mouse Puppet Show; Mime Magic and More; and Butterfly Ballet Puppet Show.

Boo at the Zoo is free with general admission and for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under three. Get your Zoo Atlanta General Admission tickets here.

Read More: 9 Questions (+Answers) That Everyone Asks About the Amazing Zoo Atlanta

TRICK-OR-TREATING AT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER (ATLANTA)

Join the Atlanta History Center for their annual family fall trick-or-treat event in Goizueta Gardens. Come stroll through the gardens with your little ones to gather early Halloween candy and enjoy entertainment including decorations and festivities.  AHC members and their guests can enjoy snacks and a movie in Woodruff Auditorium starting at 1:30pm. 

Family friendly costumes are encouraged. No historical or religious costumes permitted.

Read More: Atlanta History Center: 27 Awesome Things You Have To Experience

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK (STONE MOUNTAIN)

In the fall, Stone Mountain Park transforms into all things pumpkin!  The Play by Day, Glow by Night Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park is a family-friendly weekend event.

During the day you’ll find park attractions and entertainment, and at night you’ll find a nighttime parade, a new Pumpkin Drone Show, World’s Largest Pumpkin Light Show, and plenty of other not-so-spooky glowing experiences!

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GOBLINS IN THE GARDEN AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS (ATLANTA)

At the Goblins in the Garden event, you can show off the kids’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin’s Runway, participate in fall family activities and enjoy pony and train rides all while exploring Scarecrows in the Garden!

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FRIGHT FEST AT SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA (AUSTELL)

Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest is back! 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. 

Although the evening activities may be a little much for little ones, the daytime is perfect! They’ll find costumed characters, candy, and a harvest festival just for them!

Read More: Fright Fest Is Back at Six Flags Over Georgia

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (ATLANTA)

No tricks, just treats at Monster Mash at Fernbank Museum of Natural History! Enjoy themed tables full of goodies, crafts and activities during this graveyard smash on October 28, 2023.  Costumes are highly encouraged.

Be sure to bring your own bags or buckets for candy collection.

Another fun event is the Woodland Spirits in WildWoods at Fernbank. Wander through the outdoor areas of Fernbank Museum and see the ghostly sculptures by local Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis. This exhibit will be open from September 30 to November 5.

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.

Read More: Why Fernbank Museum Is the Best Museum in Atlanta for Kids

HOWL ON THE GREEN AT DULUTH TOWN GREEN (DULUTH)

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! This year’s event takes place on Oct. 27, 2023 from 5-9 p.m.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR ADULTS

A PROM NIGHTMARE (THE ROOF AT PONCE CITY MARKET)

As the sun sets and the moon rises, look out for slashers and scream queens and dance the night away at The Roof’s scream queen Prom under the Terrace. Join the thrilling costume contest for a chance to steal the spotlight. The costume contest winner will receive a prize valued at $1000, making your night even more electrifying (no buckets of blood will be spilled during the crowing ceremony).

After the contest, let loose on the dance floor as their DJ spins the beats that resonate with the very soul of the night.

This is a 21+ event from 7pm to Midnight on October 28, 2023.

CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS (ATLANTA)

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

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.

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (ATLANTA)

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: Boos and Booze will feature live music and access to special exhibits (including the Woodland Spirits), full museum and WildWoods explorations, and special Halloween-themed drinks. Happening October 13, 2023.

GEORGIA AQUARIUM (ATLANTA)

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 Part 1(October 27, 2023) and Part 2 (October 31, 2023)!

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!

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.

Read More: Georgia Aquarium: Atlanta’s Beloved Attraction Lives Up to the Hype

ROCKTOBERFEST (ROCK CITY GARDENS)

The award-winning Rocktoberfest returns to Rock City on Saturdays and Sundays in October! The 17th annual German-themed harvest festival offers delicious new German food and a variety of themed entertainment.

Enjoy music, art, German food, and fun! Make time to see the Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey show.

Read More: See Rock City: Still Awesome After 90 Years

HALLOWEEN EVENTS AROUND GEORGIA

GEORGIA STATE PARKS

  • Haunted Village at Hard Labor Creek. Visit the Spooky Haunted Village at Hard Labor Creek State Park for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Walk through the village filled with scenes from your Halloween favorites. PG tours (6+) from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. PG-13 tours will continue from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Tours every 5 minutes. Date: October 21, 2023
  • Haunted Hayride at Victoria Bryant. Visit Victoria Bryant State Park for their annual hayride event. They’ll have a hayride through the park, a decoration contest in the campground, a fall movie, costume contest, games, and great food. Date: October 28, 2023
  • Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens. Join the park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening full of ghoulish events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, movie on the lawn, games, and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and equestrian campers. Date: Oct. 28, 2023
  • Tricks and Treats & Wagon Rides at Hard Labor Creek. Come camp with Hard Labor Creek on the spookiest of nights! Kids of overnight guests will collect candy from RV to RV or from cabin to cabin. Campers are encouraged to decorate their sites and compete for the prize of most festive set up. Tour around the park on our decorated Conestoga wagon. Date: October 28, 2023
  • 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!

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Halloween Events Near Me: 39+ Frighteningly Awesome Events in Atlanta for Kids and Adults (2023)