Top 20 Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta | 2018

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 2018.

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 – 31st
      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. s you explore your way through the outdoor exhibits, sip on a seasonal pumpkin ale to perfectly match the displays and festivities at the gardens. While strolling through the gardens, guests will enjoy crisp Autumn evenings among walkways lined with romantically decorated trees adorned with white lights. Cornucopia displays of glass pumpkins will dazzle as attendees meander through trees dotted with glass apples.
    3. A Ghastly Gathering
      Saturday | October 6th
      Kick of the Halloween season a little early with A Ghastly Gathering at Center for Puppetry Arts! Mingle with the Ghastlies as they re-emerge from the grave, snack on free hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy a selection of beer and wine for purchase. In celebration on this one special night, entertainment includes live music from the Ghastlies, a spooky self-guided tour of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, fortune telling, and other goulishly good fun!
    4. Magic Monday: Historic Halloween
      Monday | October 9th
      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.
    5. Ghostly Gatherings at Fernbank Museum
      Sunday | October 14th
      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.
    6. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours
      October 14th – 28th
      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.
    7. Atlanta History Center’s Haunted Halloween
      Friday | October 19th
      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.
    8. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival
      Saturday | October 20th
      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.
    9. Calloween: Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain
      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!
    10. Fright Night at Fernbank Museum
      Friday | October 26th
      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.
    11. Sips Under the Sea: Nightmare on Baker Street
      Friday | October 26th
      It’s time for a relaxing night of fun at Atlanta’s most unique cocktail party, Sips Under the Sea: Nightmare on Baker Street! Eat, drink, and be scary at the spooktacular chance to experience the Georgia Aquarium in a whole new way! Guests will mingle, enjoy live music, sip on signature cocktails, and sample delicious tapas. Sips Under the Sea is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium after-hours – all without the kids!
    12. Haunted Heights at Skyline Park
      Saturday | October 27th
      Filled with evil queens, wicked witches, and malevolent puppetmasters, Skyline Park will have both a spooky and playful side all evening long. The beloved attraction is transforming into a sinister dreamscape with a Halloween celebration you’ll never forget! Heege Tower and Skyline Slide rides will be free all night, the boardwalk games will all be stocked with spooky prizes, and a live DJ will keep you moving all night long! Blood bags will be pumped out to quench your appetite, and libations will be available for purchase to get your Halloween spirits up.
    13. Haints and Saints Halloween Parade
      Saturday | 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!
    14. Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat at Fernbank Museum
      Saturday | October 27th
      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.
    15. Saints and Sinners Ball
      Saturday | October 27th
      One of Atlanta’s annual favorite Halloween parties, the Saints & Sinners Ball features themed drink specials and plenty of surprises throughout the night! This event takes place under the Park Tavern Garden Tent, which is climate controlled. Rain or shine, it’s party time this Halloween! 
    16. 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.
    17. Georgia A-Scary-Um
      Through October 31st
      The Georgia Aquarium will transform into your family’s one-stop shop for festive fun with Halloween decorations and music at every turn. Come enjoy dance hits of the ’70s and ’80s, Trick-or-Treat stations, Halloween-themed crafts, spooky story-telling, photo stations, and costumes!
    18. Woodland Spirits at Fernbank Museum
      Through November 11th
      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. 
    19. Boo at the Zoo
      Saturdays and Sundays | October 20th & 21st | October 27th & 28th
      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.
    20. Brick-or-Treat
      Weekends in October
      LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is getting spooky for Halloween! Come out in costume and guess how many pumpkins are in MINILAND, collect delicious candy while trick-or-treating, and don’t forget about the Brick-or-Treat Costume Contest on Halloween weekend!