We all love dressing our kids up in their Halloween costumes and want to provide them with fun memories in a safe environment. Nearly all of Atlanta's most popular venues offer trick-or-treating as part of their Halloween events for little and not-so-little ones. Here are our favorite locations for a spooktacular time for the entire family.
Dress up the little ones and head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for a morning of frightfully fun Halloween activities. Dance, play games, and trick or treat throughout the museum for sweet treats and tiny toys.
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: free with museum admission; members are free.
Trick or treat through the galleries at the Georgia Aquarium alongside longfin "bat" fish and Japanese "spider" crabs. Take selfies in the photo stations and participate in crafts.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Cost: free admission all day for your costumed child younger than 12; limit two children per paid adult admission.
Boo at the Zoo
Wear your costume and visit the animals as you sample treats throughout Zoo Atlanta. Enjoy the sights and adventures of Zoo Boo Town with characters and activities. Check website to see when your favorite animal friends will be receiving their Halloween treats.
When: Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: free with zoo admission; online ticket prices: child (3-11) $16.99 + tax; adult (12+) $22.99 + tax; senior (65+) $18.99 + tax.
Train or Treat
Train lovers will have fun at this Halloween event at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Costume contest, trick or treating, wagon rides, hand car rides ($2) and fall-themed refreshments available.
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: included with price of admission; children (2 through 12) $7; adults $10; seniors $8.
Families are invited to experience the Atlanta History Center's 33-acre campus after dark for ghostly activities for all ages. Visit the website for a complete schedule and offerings, including scare ratings. There is even Halloween fun to be had for your tweens and teens. Trick-or-treating is ongoing until 9:30 p.m. Parents -- beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase.
When: Friday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: children $10; adults $20; members $15.
Goblins in the Garden
At Atlanta Botanical Garden, let your littles strut their stuff down the Goblin Runway, participate in fall-themed crafts, hear a story and ride a pony and/or train. Did somebody say cash bar for adult goblins? Sign us up.
When: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: regular daily admission; members free. Train rides $3 per passenger, children only (Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Pony rides $4. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Trick or Treat at Children's Museum of Atlanta
Come see the Children's Museum of Atlanta be transformed into a spooky fun house. Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their Halloween best for crafts, performances, prizes and trick-or-treating.
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Members are $10; non-members $20. Reservations are required and tickets will not be sold at the door.
Haunted Hall of Fame
The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame presents a chance to trick-or-treat inside the hall during this spooky event. Participate in a scavenger hunt and face your fears on the "Field of Screams." Note that this is a spookier children's event, so if zombies are your thing, this event is for you.
When: Oct. 26 through 28
Cost: free admission for costumed-kids, ages 3 through 12.
Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 5-year-old 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.