What are Atlanta's top Halloween events? They begin with a terrifying haunted house. There's a big festival and parade in one of Atlanta's iconic neighborhoods and several events perfect for the kids. Here are 10 Halloween events to choose from in Atlanta:
Netherworld Haunted House is legendary in Atlanta. People scream. Live actors terrify unsuspecting guests. Special effects scare the socks off of folks. Monsters make for nightmares. And, against all odds, people can't get enough of Netherworld. It has been named, repeatedly, one of the top haunted houses in the nation by various websites and publications. The themes change annually, but the frights never disappoint. This year's themes are Night of the Gorgon and Cold Blooded. We double dog dare you to go.
2. Glowing Adventure
The annual Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park, a family affair, invites you to take an enchanted evening stroll through classic storybook tales that come to life with 40 newly imagined scenes featuring massive carved pumpkin displays, glowing lights, rolling fog, boundless bubbles and plenty not-so-spooky, glow-in-the-dark adventures after sunset.
3. Neighborhood Antics
The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade occur in one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. Laid back and bohemian, L5P is packed with vintage stores, great restaurants and a welcoming, funky atmosphere. It's the perfect place for a wild and wacky Halloween festival and parade. We promise that you'll have a ball.
4. Halloween Amid the Critters
Boo at the Zoo at, natch, Zoo Atlanta has adventures in store for the whole family. To name but a few of the activities, there's Freaky Foam Zone plus Monster Mash Disco, carnival games, an inflatable corn maze, the pumpkin carving contest, strolling characters and live music. And that doesn't even take into account all the amazing animals who will be looking on.
5. Ghosts on the Gridiron
Haunted Hall of Fame at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame turns haunted as Halloween approaches. Kids ages 3 to 12 gain free admittance if they wear a costume. Once inside, they can dodge ghosts in the Skillzone, go trick or treating and get their face painted, and that's just for starters.
6. Spooky History
Haunted Halloween at Atlanta History Center is a nighttime experience where a witch and her ghoul friends take over Smith Family Farm while wizards brew magic potions outside the Swan House. Look for the vampire saloon and the hospital haunted by tortured souls. Take your younger trick or treaters inside for milder Halloween fun.
7. More than a Scream Machine
Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest is Six Flags like you've never seen it with zombies and ghouls everywhere. There are haunted houses and scare zones throughout the park, which means, Yikes, there is no place to hide.This year, Fright Fest features more than half-dozen new blood-curdling attractions (as if we needed more).
8. So Many Treats
There's a bubbling cauldron of Halloween choices at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Woodland Spirits invites you to get into the spirit of the season with a variety of ghostly figures lurking throughout WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. If you are 21 or older, you might enjoy Fernbank After Dark: Weird Science. Ghostly Gatherings, an after-hours event for all ages, involves twilight tours with musical entertainment and hands-on activities. The Guided Evening Forest Walk is recommended for ages 8 and up. Visit Fright Night only if you are 21 or older. And bring the family for Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat.
9. Not Dead
A popular band of specters returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts to celebrate Halloween with creepy stories, frightful songs and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. The show, for those 18 and older, features new stories and old favorites. This ghostly jamboree is known as The Ghastly Dreadfuls.
Sips Under the Sea: Whodunnit? is Georgia Aquarium's Halloween blow out for adults 21 and older. During the evening you may explore the main galleries while enjoying signature cocktails, a live DJ, and plenty of boos. Guests will have the option to participate in a live interactive murder mystery. Costumes are encouraged. An interactive murder mystery will be performed by The Murder Mystery Co.
The Carter Presidential Museum celebrates all the spine-chilling shows filmed in Georgia since Gov. Jimmy Carter created the Georgia Film Commission. There will be carnival games in the lobby, movie trivia with prizes, a photo booth and face painting. You may attend panel discussions, including one by “The Walking Dead” executive producer Joe Incaprera and a special effects make-up demonstration.
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Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.