The ultimate guide to Halloween events in metro Atlanta

Atlanta knows how to party for Halloween

Things to do on Halloween in Atlanta
Atlanta is the place to be this Halloween.

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Halloween season is here and there is plenty of fun to be had all over the metro area. Here’s a run down of haunted houses, parties, kid-friendly fun, and more.

Haunted Houses

When: Through November 9
Where: 2076 West Park Place Boulevard, Stone Mountain
Cost: $20–$60
This year’s two attractions, Night of the Gorgon and Cold Blooded, are both themed around terrifying monsters. Be warned if you have a particular phobia of alien reptiles.

Gates of Misery
When: Through November 2
Where: 174 Chatillon Road, Rome
Cost: $20
12,000 square feet of terror, this year featuring monsters from “the void.”

13 Stories Haunted House
When: Through November 2
Where: 320 Temple Avenue West, Newnan
Cost: $25–$45
What’s scarier than a “Clown Haus”? A new “backstage” area of the 13 Stories haunt that includes dingy versions of a break room kitchen and locker room.

Nightmare’s Gate Haunted House
When: Through November 2
Where: 3931 Longview Drive, Douglasville
Cost: $25
A disease has infiltrated this haunted hospital—can you get out alive?

Fear the Woods
When: Through October 31
Where: 3565 North Highway 155, Stockbridge
Pick your terror—you can try to survive a haunted house and trip through demon-infested woods, or you can play the Pandemic survival game. (The truly daring can do both.)

When: Through November 2
Where: 1320 Blairs Bridge Road, Lithia Springs
This unique haunted house is made up of several shipping containers, which you can walk through to be scared out of your skin. This year’s theme is “The Shadows.”

Ghost tours

Things to do in Atlanta Halloween
Lawrenceville Ghost Tour’s Madame Macabe

Photograph by Casey Gardner

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours
Sunday–Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Aurora Theatre
Adults: $15, kids: $12
If you’ve gone to this popular 90-minute ghost tour in the past, know that this is the last year that founder Madame Macabre will lead the journey through paranormal Lawrenceville. There are also cemetery tours for those seeking a bigger scare and Spanish-language tours (Encuentro Fantasmal de Lawrenceville) held throughout the month.

Fox Theatre Ghost Tours
When: October 15 and 17
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $40
This super-limited engagement lets patrons look behind-the-scenes at the hospital room, sub-basement, freight elevator, and more, learning about the unexplained things that have happened at the theater during the past 90 years.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours
When: October 17–27
Where: Oakland Cemetery
Cost: Adults: $31, kids: $19
While it’s not really a “ghost” tour, this is a great opportunity to explore the historic cemetery at night and learn about those buried there. There’s also a VIP option that comes with dinner at Fire Pit Tavern.


Boo at the Zoo
When: October 19–20 and 26–27
Zoo Atlanta
Adults $24.99 in advance, $27.99 at gate; kids $18.99 in advance, $19.99 at gate
Trick-or-treat among the zoo animals while enjoying carnival games, Halloween crafts, live character appearances, and more.

The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow
When: October 22–November 3
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Maine bring this goofy take on the Headless Horseman tale to the Center for Puppetry Arts, and kids can also make their own horse rod puppet.

Halloween Magic Show
When: Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Where: Aurora Theatre
Cost: $7
Prepare to be mesmerized by Arthur Atsma’s spooky sleight-of-hand comedy.

Halloween Drag Queen Story Hour
When: October 20, 3–4 p.m.
Where: Postman Books at Ponce City Market
Cost: Free
Bring the kiddos to storytime with drag queen Brent Star, with stories that promise to be only a little scary.

Goblins in the Garden
When: October 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Cost: Adults: $21.95, kids: $18.95
Kids can walk the Goblin Costume Runway, take pony rides ($4), do arts and crafts, and listen to stories from Battina the Friendly Witch.

Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat
When: October 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Cost: Adults: $27, kids: $23
Take the kids to trick-or-treat among the dinosaurs, with build-and-take Legos, dino-themed photo ops, animal encounters, and more.

Trick-or-Treat at the Museum
When: October 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Cost: $20
Kids are welcomed to trick-or-treat and make fun crafts at the Children’s Museum during this special event. Tickets must be bought in advance. The museum will also host fun special Halloween-themed fun during regular hours from October 26–29 and 31.

Trick-or-Treat at Ponce City Market
When: October 31, 4–8 p.m.
Where: Ponce City Market
Cost: Free
The food hall/shopping mall promises to give out more than 1,000 pounds of candy, so be prepared for an epic sugar high.


Things to do in Atlanta Halloween
The Roof at Ponce City Market’s annual Halloween Party

Photograph courtesy of Ponce City Market

Neon Nightmare at Ponce City Market
When: October 26, 7 p.m.–12 a.m.
The Roof at Ponce City market
Price: $45–$60
This party at PCM’s rooftop boasts an ’80s vibe (the event’s logo is very Stranger Things) and promises live music and “creepy cocktails.” Go for the $60 all-access pass to get unlimited access to the carnival games.

Midtown Halloween Block Party
When: October 25, 7 p.m.–2:30 a.m.
Tiki Tango/Foxtrot Liquor Bar
Price: $30
One of two Atlanta Bar Tours parties, this one earns you free entry into more than 20 Midtown bars and some complimentary shots, with drink specials also available. 21+

Halloween in the Highlands
When: October 26, 6–11 p.m.
841 North Highland Avenue (Next to CVS)
Price: $30
If you’d rather party in VaHi, Atlanta Bar Tours is also hosting this crawl. A wristband earns you free entry into more than 10 bars and some complimentary shots, with drink specials also available. 21+

Saints and Sinners Ball
October 26, 7 p.m.
Park Tavern
Price: $20
Hosted by ALT 105.7, this 21+ party features live music from the Glorious Sons, Badflower and Weathers.

District 51 Extraterrestrial Halloween Party
When: October 26, 8 p.m.–3 a.m.
District Atlanta
Price: GA: $15.51; VIP: $75.51–95.51
If you planned an Area 51 themed costume this year, make sure you Naruto run over to the District for their alien-themed dance party, which will span three different rooms.

Fright Night
When: October 25, 7–11 p.m
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Sip on spooky cocktails and explore the museum’s Woodland Spirits haunted outdoor attraction during this adult party.

When: October 26, 9 p.m.–3 a.m.
787 Windsor
This costumed party is hosted by the Rum Punch Bunch, so come ready to indulge in punch, Bloody Marys, and margaritas.

Live! In Wonderland
When: October 26, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Live! At the Battery Atlanta
If you’re looking for a party in Cobb County, head to Sports and Social and PBR at the Battery for this festive, Wonderland-themed event.

Arts and music

Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta Ghastly Dreadfuls
The Ghastly Dreadfuls

Photograph by Clay Walker

The Ghastly Dreadfuls
Through October 26
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts’s annual Vaudevillian tradition is one not to be missed, combining different types of puppetry with live music, lead by a cast of loveable ghosts. You will have the Le Petit Vampyr song stuck in your head for days.

The Edgar A Poe Experience
Through November 3
The Wren’s Nest
$40; $35 for under 18, seniors, and military
After a sell-out last year, the Wren’s Nest is bringing back the Brian Clowdus-directed performances of classic Poe tales for another season.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience
When: Through November 3
Serenbe Playhouse
Another Brian Clowdus production, don’t miss this annual outdoor Halloween tradition, which also has a kid-friendly daytime performance.

Frankenstein’s Funeral
When: Through November 3
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Druid Hills
This immersive play from Found Stages transforms the entire St. John’s church into the stage. Head from room to room to watch the story unfold.

Dracula’s Nutcracker
When: October 19–26
The Venue at Southern Performing Arts Academy, Lawrenceville
Price: $15
Part haunted house, part dance performance, this interactive experience benefits the Southern Ballet Theatre.

Just plain fun

Fall festivals in Atlanta
Little Five Points Halloween Festival

Photograph courtesy of Little Five Points Halloween Festival

Little Five Points Halloween Festival Parade
October 19, parade starts at 4 p.m.
Little Five Points
One of Atlanta’s favorite Halloween traditions, the parade kicks off at Austin and Euclid Avenues and continues onto Moreland with plenty of costumed fun. Stick around for afterward for the free festival featuring art vendors and plenty of beer.

Haunted Halloween
When: October 18, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Atlanta History Center
Adults: $20, kids: $10
The History Center offers fun for adults and kids alike with trick-or-treating, a refrigerator box maze, a Harry Potter-themed “Wizarding World,” a haunted hospital, “Vampire Saloon” nightclub, and more.

PumpKING Patch & Harvest Bar
Through October 31
Ponce City Market
King of Pops hosts this pop-up pumpkin patch outside Ponce City Market. Expect pumpkin painting (from 2-5 p.m. on weekends), games, and KOP’s typical bar offerings.

Doggies on the BeltLine
When: October 27, 1–3 p.m.
The Shed at Ponce City Market/Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
$20–$45 (early bird pricing)
Does your canine companion have an epic costume? Show it off at this BeltLine parade, which starts at PCM and ends at Park Tavern. Expect cocktails, doggy doorprizes, and costume contest prizes. Benefits Meals on Wheels Atlanta’s Pet Pantry.

October 18–19
Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw
GA: $14 for adults, $6 for kids; VIP: $79 for adults, $49 for kids
Head to Kennesaw for this annual half-carnival stageshow, half-Halloween adventure with live music, aerial dancers, hot air balloons, and more.

Pumpkin Festival / Glow By Night
When: Through November 3
Stone Mountain Park
Adults: $34.95 ($31.95 online), kids: $29.95
Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly Halloween attraction is two in one—hang out among the pumpkins and meet storybook characters during the day and enjoy the glow parade and dance parties at night.

Haints and Saints Halloween Parade
October 27, 5 p.m.
Decatur Post Office (520 West Ponce De Leon Avenue)
Homegrown Decatur hosts this Halloween parade, which kicks off at the Post Office on Ponce and ends at the Decatur Square.

Boo! Bingo
When: October 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Hotel Clermont
$20 ($12-$15 in advance)
Grab your best costume and head to the Hotel Clermont to play bingo, benefiting the Dream Warriors Foundation.