How To Celebrate Halloween in Atlanta

Celebrate Halloween in Atlanta all month long.
  • It doesn't get any scarier than Netherworld. (photo: Netherworld)
    It doesn't get any scarier than Netherworld. (photo: Netherworld)
  • Boos and Brews is just one of the many parties celebrating Halloween in Atlanta.
    Boos and Brews is just one of the many parties celebrating Halloween in Atlanta.

Atlantans love Halloween, and visitors and residents alike enjoy a variety of parades, neighborhood fright fests, special exhibits at museums and one of the country’s best – if not the best – fright houses in the country, Netherworld.

A few places have events going on throughout the month  while others celebrate for one day or one night — but that’ll be spooky enough. So put on your best scary face and celebrate Halloween in Atlanta.

  • Of course, the big daddy of fright is Netherworld, a walk-through attraction filled with terrifying characters played by live actors, amazing special effects and, oh yes, monsters. Netherworld has two scare houses. The first is “Monsters,” featuring horrors released from the unknown, and only the return of ancient monsters can defeat them. These ancients including the Flying Angel, the Lair of the Sea Witch and The Boogeyman's Return. The second, Vault13 Meltdown, introduces a crazed artificial intelligence Proteus who demands that the Mangler create a bride for him or he will destroy the world.

  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Lake Oconee hosts a Great Pumpkin Festival every Saturday in October with family-friendly painting classes, pumpkin carving and a custom candy apple station. In the evening take a Happy Haunted Hayride, followed by ghost stories and s’mores.

Here are more options for Halloween haunts and hoots:

  • Atlanta Ghost Tours, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
    Leaving From the Republic Social House, this tour combines lots of spirits — the ghostly kind and those that you drink. The two-and-a-half-hour tour takes guests to some of Atlanta’s haunted areas. The walking tour is a bit short of a mile with stops at four pubs. 

  • Historic Halloween, Oct. 10 
    Atlanta History Center sponsors a children’s Halloween party with costumes, a parade, crafts, and trick and treat for toddlers and preschoolers. In addition to the Halloween party, admission includes a visit to the museum, historic houses or Goizueta Gardens. 

  • The Ghastly Dreadfuls, Oct. 12-29
    The ghostly jamboree returns for Halloween fun at the Center for Puppetry Arts as The Ghastly Dreadfuls rise from the dead once more for another supernatural season. The Atlanta cult classic haunts the stage with fan favorites as well as a brand new frightful French theater piece,"The Horrific Experiment: A Grand Guignol." The spooky stories, spine-chilling songs and devilish dances take audiences to a world beyond this mortal plane and isn’t for those who take life (or death) too seriously.

  • Trick or Treat at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Oct. 22
    Calling all ghosts, goblins and boo’tiful princesses. One of Atlanta’s most popular family-friendly trick or treating events is back with Halloween-themed arts and crafts, science experiments, playtime, prizes and surprises. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

  • A Night on Broadway, Oct. 22
    Jerusalem House, which provides housing and supportive services for the homeless, low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, presents its annual fund-raiser, A Night on Broadway. Billed as Atlanta’s top open bar Halloween party, there are costume contests and music.

  • Halloween at Callanwolde, Oct. 28
    Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain includes trick or treating, a family-friendly costume contest and a spooky music concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band, with special guest Matthew Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves.

  • Martinis & IMAX Fright Night, Oct. 28
    Join the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for a NSFW (Not Suitable For Wimps) Halloween party during Martinis & IMAX. Enjoy bone-rattling tunes from Lethal Rhythms’ DJ Joel Rabe, a devilishly delicious drink menu, a hideously hilarious costume contest and enough fun to wake the dead. Two “killer“ IMAX films, "A Beautiful Planet" and "Dinosaurs Alive" will be shown. 

  • Haunted Heights, Oct. 29
    Have a ghoulishly good time at Skyline Park and Nine Mile Station, located on The Roof at Ponce City Market. The rooftop amusement park and soon-to-open modern beer garden will host its inaugural Halloween-themed extravaganza, Haunted Heights. Enjoy moonlight views of Atlanta’s skyline, access to old-time boardwalk-style games, a live DJ, acrobatic performers, "Thriller" zombie flash mob, spooky-themed cocktails and concessions.  

  • Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 29
    For one day every year, Fernbank Museum of Natural History becomes Fernbank BOO-sueum. Follow the screams (of delight) to a day of frightening-ly fun Halloween-themed activities including treats for kids in costume, games, music and more. 

  • Nightmare on Peachtree Street Halloween Bash, Oct. 29
    Enjoy costume parties, DJs, dancing and a VIP open bar. 

  • Boos and Brews, Oct. 29
    Enjoy live music, three DJs and a costume contest in a Halloween fest put on by Atlanta Beer Festivals. 

  • A Social Mess, Oct. 29
    One of the largest Halloween parties in the city, A Social Mess features crazy costumes, dancing and fun. 

  • Halloween Pub Crawl, Oct. 30-31
    Joe’s on Juniper is the registration venue for this event, featuring some of the best bars and drink specials. 

  • Halloween at Krog Street Market, Oct. 31
    Halloween is happening at Krog Street Market. Join in for trick or treating from 4 to 6 p.m. and a costume party from 7 to 11 p.m. while enjoying live music and drink specials throughout the night.

And that's not all of the tricky treats going on this Halloween in Atlanta. For a full list of Halloween things to do, see our Halloween page.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications. 

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