9 Spooktacular Events for Kids in Atlanta

Atlanta is all about Halloween fun. Here are nine things to do with the kids for Halloween.
  • Kids love a fun hay ride around the Pumpkin Patch.
    Kids love a fun hay ride around the Pumpkin Patch.

It's going to be another spooktacular Halloween in Atlanta. If you're looking to trick-or-treat yourself or for a fangtastic time with the kiddos, check out one of these ghoulishly delightful family-friendly events. Still in need of a costume? Here are 21 Atlanta-inspired costume ideas.

  1. Boo at the Zoo
    Head to Zoo Atlanta Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 22 through 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Boo at the Zoo. Dress up the tots in their favorite costumes, and they can participate in a costume contest at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Make your way through the inflatable corn maze, get crafty with themed games and crafts, boogie down to Little Beat, a live party DJ.

  2. Brick or Treat
    Every weekend in October kids can visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta for Halloween fun. Go on a scavenger hunt and guess how many pumpkins there are in MINILAND. Test your building skills and see if you can build the spookiest and coolest pumpkin to add to the LEGO pumpkin patch. Costume contests at noon and 3 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30. Winners will receive prizes, with the top prize being annual passes. 

  3. Fall Fun
    Fall in Georgia is synonymous with apple picking and pumpkin patchin’. Travel through corn mazes and take a wagon ride with the entire family. Here are 3 of Atlanta's Nearby Orchards you'll want to be sure to visit. 

  4. Georgia A-Scary-Um
    Each weekend through Oct. 31 Georgia Aquarium guests can see Frankenstein and his ghoulish friends BOOgie down to hits from the '70s and '80s in an atrium entertainment show. On Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., and on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m, children can trick-or-treat at the aquarium. To sweeten the deal, up to two children age 12 and younger, in costume, will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket or with Georgia Aquarium membership. Guests will enjoy trick-or-treat stations in each gallery, Halloween crafts and photo stations.

  5. Goblins in the Garden
    Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this annual Halloween event. Kids can come decked out in their costumes and participate in a runway show, create fall-themed crafts and hear Battina the Friendly Witch tell stories. Psst — there’s even a cash bar for adult goblins. While you're there, enjoy the annual Scarecrows in the Garden event when you view the more than 100 handcrafted scarecrows. 

  6. Little 5 Points Parade
    L5P is Halloween costume central, so it's no surprise that this funky neighborhood is also home to the most acclaimed Halloween parade in the city. The parade starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. You might want to take MARTA as parking will be very limited. Here are a few more insider tips

  7. Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park
    Follow the life-sized telling of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you wend your way through Spookley’s A-MAZE-ING Adventure. Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin and lift his friends into the air for a Dance-A-Long Party Parade that dances through Crossroads, and then meet him at Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch Meet & Greet. The festival, which lasts until Oct. 30, promises to provide fun attractions, games and more, for all ages. Visit the website for ticket pricing and more information.

  8. Run Like Hell 5K and Fun Run
    On Oct. 15 the entire family can get their run (or walk) on for a good cause at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Proceeds from the 9th annual Run Like Hell 5K and Run Like Heck 1K benefit Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground. Walkers, leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. Here are 5 reasons to visit Oakland Cemetery if you haven't been before. 

  9. A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park
    Kick off the Halloween fun with this ghoulish family tradition weekends Oct. 14 through 30 at Stone Mountain Park. Tour lantern-lit paths of the Antebellum Plantation grounds and listen to ghost stories — both funny and scary but all appropriate for kids. Proceeds will benefit ART Station.

For more spirited events, visit our Halloween page

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their young son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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