Your 2021 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 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 2021 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. Halloween at Ponce City Market
    All October Long
    Something wicked this way comes to Ponce City Market this Halloween! From cocktails to costumes – and everything in between – PCM is pulling out all the stops this Halloween. We have compiled a list that will have you feeling the Halloween spirit all October long!

    Events include:
    Halloween on the Roof | Ponce Goes Upside Down | Trick-or-Treating on the Roof.

  2. Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts
    Saturday, October 30th
    It’s a puppetry smash! Bring your little monsters for a not-too-spooky celebration in their favorite costumes. Trick or treat for goodies throughout the Worlds of puppetry Museum, see a performance of The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow, make a Silly Cyclops hand puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and be sure to snap a photo in front of our Halloween photo walls! Chantelle Rytter’s Parade Puppets will also be on display all month long.
  3. Scarecrows in the Garden
    Through October 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Halloween in the Highlands
    Saturday, October 30th
    Saturday’s largest block party is one party you won’t want to miss! Tickets include complimentary shots, exclusive food and drink specials, DJs, live music, and a $500 Costume Contest!
  7. Fernbank After Dark: Potions and Poisons
    Friday, October 8th
    Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Join along for a spooky night filled with potions, poisons, and murderous practitioners. As a special add-on, guests can add a Fernbank Forest Night Walk to each event ticket for only $7.
  8. L5P Halloween Festival & Parade Presents MONSTER FEST
    Saturday & Sunday | October 16th -17th
    We will miss the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade this year, but we can’t wait to search Little 5 for monsters at this year’s Monster Fest! Throughout the weekend, enjoy special ghoul appearances around the neighborhood, participate in the costume contest, explore the Haunted Artist Market, and be sure to check out the Monster Ball. In the weeks leading up to the festival, keep an eye out for the L5P Cocktail Parade!
  9. Fright Night at Fernbank Museum
    Friday | October 29th

    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: Halloween
    Friday | October 29th
    The one-of-a-kind event invites you to wear your favorite costume and enjoy the Aquarium in a way that feels like you have it all to yourself! Guests will have access to the entire Aquarium and all six galleries while enjoying cocktails, dining options, and a live DJ.
  11. Haints and Saints Halloween Parade
    Sunday | October 24th
    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. Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat at Fernbank Museum
    Saturday | October 30th
    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! While enjoying this festive event, be sure to explore the outdoor Halloween experienceWoodland Spirits, for some more spooky-not-scary fun.
  13. A Maskarade Halloween
    Saturday | October 30th
    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 24th
    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 7th
    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 23rd & 24th | 30th & 31st

    Zoo Atlanta is bringing back one of Atlanta’s favorite Halloween traditions! Wear your favorite costume, and come enjoy the sights, characters, and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with over 1,000 animals from around the world! Sample treats throughout the Zoo, hop along the Boo Train to help catch the Candy Thief, meet some of your favorite storybook characters, and enjoy an array of Halloween surprises.
  17. The Ghastly Dreadfuls
    Wednesday, October 13th
    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!