Your 2020 Guide to Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta

Now with even more festivities, we’ve updated our guide to help you get the most out of your socially-distanced spooky season.

It’s officially the season for spooking and bewitching! We couldn’t be more excited to get into the Halloween spirit with Your 2020 Guide to Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta.

This year may look a little different, but there are plenty of ways to get festive all month long. From family-friendly activities to virtual events and everything in between, we have you covered with all the highlights!

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

    1. Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts
      Saturday, October 31st
      It’s a puppetry smash! Bring your little monsters for a not-too-spooky Tale Time with the Good Witch at this special event. Kids of all ages will enjoy snapping photos in Big Bird’s Halloween Nest, a Pumpkin Create-A-Puppet-Workshop, an exciting scavenger hunt, goodie bags full of surprises, and more! Be sure to also check ou The Ghastly Dreadfuls exhibit on display.
    2. Halloween at Eventide
      Saturday, October 31st
      What better way to celebrate Halloween on a Saturday than with a day of family fun?! Kicking off at 5:00 p.m., bring the kids for pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a kids’ costume contest! Even your four-legged friends can join the fun with a costume contest for the adults and dogs at 8:00 p.m. So grab your costumes and grab a beer with the chance to win fun prizes throughout the evening!
    3. Halloween Festivities at Buckhead Village
      Saturday, October 31st
      Come enjoy family-friendly activities and treats all day long! Festivities include: pumpkin painting, live music on the Veranda, and a dog costume contest. And don’t forget the treats! Grab some Halloween cocktails or coffee while listening to the musical performances, snag some candy at the pre-packaged candy stations, and enjoy complimentary Halloween cupcakes! 
    4. Scarecrows in the Garden
      Through November 1st
      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!
    5. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Fest-of-Ale
      Tuesdays – Sundays Through October
      With live music and a selection of seasonal beers, you can experience the Atlanta Botanical Gardens after-hours unlike ever before. 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. 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.
    6. Ghostly Gatherings at Fernbank Museum
      Sundays | October 7th & 24th
      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.
    7. PCM Goes Inside Out
      Saturday, October 31st
      With a special theme for Halloween, guests are invited to relax and safely enjoy food, drinks, football, a live DJ, yard games, and more as Ponce City Market brings it all outside!
    8. Little 5 Points Halloween Virtual Parade & Fundraiser
      Virtual Parade: October 17th
      Help save the festival for 2021 and go virtual for a great cause! This year, Little Five Points Business Association hosts 31 days of fundraisers, including a virtual parade you can watch on Facebook. 
    9. Fright Night at Fernbank Museum
      Friday | October 30th

      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 outdoor experience Woodland Spirits, and more! The special event is part of Fernbank’s Supernatural Science Fest. Craft beer, cocktails and small plates will also be available for purchase.
    10. Sips Under the Sea Lite: Mask-A-Rade
      Friday | October 30th
      Bring your face masks and enjoy a quieter, more intimate experience with limited capacity to enable social distancing. Adorn your favorite costume with your face coverings and enjoy the Aquarium in a way that feels like you have it all to yourself!
    11. 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!
    12. Creepy Crawlies at Fernbank Museum
      Saturday | October 31st
      Your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy a frighteningly-fun good time this Halloween with festive activities, special treats for kids in costume, and more at Fernbank! Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot.
    13. A Maskarade Halloween
      Saturday | October 31st
      Wearing a mask, but make it fun! Get ready to mask up and party at Park Tavern. Enjoy a night of Howl-o-ween fun with a costume contest, drink specials, live music, and DJ.
    14. Goblins in the Garden
      Sunday | October 25th
      Atlanta Botanical Gardens presents an afternoon filled with socially-distanced Fall crafts, dance performances, pumpkin decorating, and more. Admission also grants guests access to the annual Fall installation: Scarecrows in the Garden.
    15. Woodland Spirits at Fernbank Museum
      Through November 4th
      Evoke mystery and adventure this Halloween season as you encounter Fernbank’s spookiest 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.
    16. Boo at the Zoo
      Saturdays and Sundays
      October 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st
      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. 
    17. The Ghastly Dreadfuls
      Some shows just can’t stay dead – and this year it all comes alive virtually! 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.
    18. MODA Presents: Spooky Studios for Kids
      Throughout October
      Get in on the spooky fun with your kids – Virtually! Individual classes include online pumpkin carving contests, cross-stitching lessons, LEGO Challenges, ghoulish gardening, virtual designing, and more!