Top 20 Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta | 2019

It’s officially the season for spooking and bewitching! We couldn’t be more excited to get into the Halloween spirit with our list of the Top 20 Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta for 2019.

With October finally here, there are plenty of ways to get festive all month long. From family-friendly activities to premier cocktail parties, we have you covered with all the highlights – and they’re not your typical bar crawl! 

Check out our list below to ensure you get more treats than tricks all throughout the month:

    1. Scarecrows in the Garden
      October 2nd – November 3rd
      It’s time for Fall Fun at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Back for another season of family fun, Scarecrows in the Garden showcases over 100 creative scarecrows throughout the gardens. Handcrafted by individuals, schools, organizations, and even Garden Members, these scarecrows are spooky, fun, and everything in between! These whimsical and wild scarecrows now compete for prizes in two divisions: professional and nonprofessional. Be sure to discover your own personal favorite at one of the Botanical Garden’s seasonal events!
    2. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Fest-of-Ale
      Thursdays through October
      With live music and a selection of seasonal beers, you can experience the Atlanta Botanical Gardens after-hours unlike ever before! Each Thursday will feature a unique way to participate and enjoy the evening as you explore your way through the outdoor exhibits, sip on a seasonal pumpkin ale to perfectly match the displays and festivities at the gardens. On Thursday, October 24th, at 7:00 p.m. enjoy the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest during Fest-of-Ale!
    3. Magic Monday: Historic Halloween
      Monday | October 7th
      At Atlanta History Center, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to show off their favorite costumes in a Halloween parade, participate in costume contests, and go trick-or-treating throughout the museum! Bring your crafty little creature to create Halloween-themed art projects while listening to age-appropriate, spooky tales.
    4. Ghostly Gatherings at Fernbank Museum
      Sundays | October 13th, 20th, 27th
      The special event series will have festivities for all ages with the opportunity to experience the museum after dark. Highlights include musical entertainment, hands-on activities for all ages, and Fernbank’s newest special exhibit, Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits! All indoor exhibits will be open in addition to the outdoor Woodland Spirits experience. Adult beverages and a variety of drinks snacks will also be available for purchase.
    5. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours
      October 17th – 27th
      Capturing the Spirit brings to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s noted residents and is one of the only times visitors can explore and experience Oakland Cemetery after dark. Meet some of Oakland’s residents in the Halloween tours that enlighten, not frighten! A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian Gardens. The evening also includes musical performances, and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood.
    6. Atlanta History Center’s Haunted Halloween
      Friday | October 18th
      The Haunted Happenings each have a scare rating to help the spookiest – and the easily more frightened – decide where to go throughout the evening. Stroll through the foggy gardens and haunted historic gardens for fun kid-friendly activities and ghostly encounters! Activities are each ranked by Spook Factor, so you’ll know exactly what to expect for goblins of all ages.
    7. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival
      Saturday | October 19th
      The all-day event returns with live music, food, vendors, costumes, and more! Known as one of the South’s best Halloween festivals, the day kicks off with its infamous parade of costumes, live performers, decorated vehicles, candy, and other spooktacular fun.
    8. Calloween! Spooky Celebration at Callanwolde
      Friday | October 26th
      A night of family fun for both kids and adults will celebrate Halloween with a live music program featuring selections of spooky music. Festivities will also include trick-or-treating, fun activities, and costume contests!
    9. Fright Night at Fernbank Museum
      Friday | October 25th

      Ready for a frighteningly-fun night? Join Fernbank Museum for a screaming good time at Fright Night, the museum’s annual adults-only Halloween party! Guests will enjoy a costume contest, dancing, twilight tours of the new outdoor experience Woodland Spirits, access to the special exhibit Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits, and more! Craft beer, cocktails and small plates will also be available for purchase.
    10. Sips Under the Sea: Whodunnit?!
      Friday | October 25th
      Don your favorite costume and prepare for a wicked good time as you  participate in a live interactive murder mystery at the city’s most unique venue. The special event is serving up the boos with specialty cocktails, a live DJ, and ghoulish treats from Wolfgang Puck chefs. Guests will also have access to the entire Aquarium and all six galleries.
    11. Neon Nightmare
      Saturday | October 26th
      The Roof at Ponce city Market is being transformed into a dreamscape featuring spine-chilling slashers and a glowing graveyard inspired by scream queens and creepers of the 80’s! In addition to the sinister scenery, expect a full lineup of libations for the loathed, and bites for unholy appetites! On the playful side, the boardwalk games will be stocked with spooky prizes AND a costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes!
    12. Haints and Saints Halloween Parade
      Sunday | October 27th
      What started out in 2011 as a small walking parade around the Square has grown into a city-wide Halloween tradition in downtown Decatur. Musical guest Mercury Okestar will be performing throughout the day. You won’t want to miss all the highlights including: Floats, Hearses, Classic Cars, Community Groups, Families, Marching Bands, Classic Car and Hearse Cruise In, After Party, Local Art, And More!
    13. Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat at Fernbank Museum
      Saturday | October 26th
      Your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy a frighteningly-fun good time this Halloween with  games, hands-on activities, special treats for kids, and more at Fernbank Museum’s Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat! We have you covered with the day’s highlights and full schedule.
    14. Saints and Sinners Ball
      Saturday | October 26th
      One of Atlanta’s annual favorite Halloween parties, the Saints & Sinners Ball features themed drink specials and plenty of surprises throughout the night! Live performances by: The Glorious Sons, BADFLOWER, and Weathers. Rain or shine, it’s party time this Halloween!
    15. Goblins in the Garden
      Sunday | October 28th
      Atlanta Botanical Gardens presents an afternoon filled with enthralling stories, pony rides, fall-themed crafts, stories, a Ride-on-Train, pumpkin decorating, and more! Admission also grants guests access to the annual Fall installation: Scarecrows in the Garden.
    16. Woodland Spirits at Fernbank Museum
      October 5th – November 17th
      Evoke mystery and adventure this Halloween season as you encounter Fernbank’s new outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits. Ghostly visitors will be found throughout the shadows and trees in Fernbank Forest and WildWoods – some waiting in plain sight! The exhibit draws inspiration from literature’s dark forests, inviting Fernbank visitors to dive into the spirit of the season.
    17. Boo at the Zoo
      Saturdays and Sundays
      October 19th & 20th | October 26th & 27th

      Zoo Atlanta is bringing back one of Atlanta’s favorite Halloween traditions! The whimsical Zoo Boo Town will be filled with special Halloween crafts and games, favorite characters, a costume contest, and music from a live DJ! And as always, Zoo Atlanta will have over 1,000 live animals from all around the world. Boo at the Zoo is free with General Admission, Zoo Members, and children under 3.
    18. Aquarium Trick or Treat
      October 31st
      What’s the only thing better than receiving a full-sized candy bar on Halloween? Trick or treating with beluga whales and manta rays, of course! Georgia Aquarium provides a safe and friendly trick or treating environment for the whole family. Enjoy trick or treating in each gallery, Halloween-themed crafts, a photo station, and a special “Graveyard Smash” performed by Georgia Aquarium’s very own entertainment team! It’s bound to be bone-chillingly fun!
    19. Monster Mash Villain Hero Bash
      Friday | October 25th
      Join in for a rockin’ costume party benefiting the Marcus Autism Center at Wild Heaven Brewery. Wear your best villain or hero costume for a chance to win prizes. There will also be killer auction items, a makeup artist, a photo booth, silent auction, DJ and food and drinks.
    20. The Ghastly Dreadfuls
      October 9th – 26th
      Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. This  ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living AND the dead.