Halloween is near, and Atlanta’s best seasonal events are here.
Enjoy a spooky night of storytelling, dance the night away at a costumed concert, or bring the family for an afternoon of fall fun. These are all things you can do this month to celebrate Halloween in Atlanta.
Get in Touch with the Supernatural at The Fox
Theatre staff and contractors have many tales of supernatural encounters at The Fox Theatre over the years. The official “Fox Theatre Ghost Tours” recount these stories and take you to some of the most-rumored haunted locations in the theatre. You’ll travel to the boiler room to hear about the ghost named Roosevelt, visit the hospital room, and get a peek at the stage freight elevator. Tours are available Oct. 17 through 30.
Stroll the City’s Historic Cemetery
Each October, Oakland Cemetery leads memorable nighttime tours of the grounds. The cemetery is home to many famous “permanent” residents, including Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson, but you can also see the beautiful mausoleums and well-kept grounds. Tickets to the “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours” are already sold out, but you can go on a self-guided tour of the cemetery any day.
Hear Creepy, Quirky Stories from Around the World
Adults may enjoy the Center for Puppetry Arts’ performance of “The Ghastly Dreadfuls” Oct. 11 through 28. It features macabre tales from around the world, frightful songs and devilish dances. The show is an annual favorite at the Center, and it includes tales from years past as well as new ones.
Dance the Night Away to ‘Thriller’
Get your Halloween costume ready, and head over to ATL Collective’s live performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Oct. 27 and 28. The band dresses in full Halloween costume and leads the audience through Jackson’s iconic hits, including “Thriller.”
Hear the Ghost Stories of Lawrenceville
Aurora Theatre is taking guests through the historic streets of Lawrenceville for a story-filled night of tales. On “Lawrenceville Ghost Tours” you’ll hear about real places, real encounters and real people. Tours start at Aurora Theatre and run through Oct. 31.
Roam The Fields of Serenbe with the Headless Horseman
“The Sleepy Hollow Experience” at Serenbe Playhouse is rated one of the ‘Top Five Halloween Plays in the Country’ by American Theatre Magazine. In this show, you’ll travel with the cast out in the fields of Serenbe to experience a nighttime show unlike any other. But, if you don’t want to get too spooked, or have young children, there are a few daytime shows on the schedule. The show plays through Nov. 5.
Get Spooked at ‘Fright Night’
Fernbank Museum warns those with coulrophobia–or, a fear of clowns–to think twice about this event. “Fright Night” on Oct. 27 is turning the museum into a creepy carnival with a costume contest, DJ and after-hours access to exhibits.
Take the Kids Trick-or-Treating at Zoo Atanta
“Boo at the Zoo” takes over Zoo Atlanta Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. There will be costumed characters throughout the grounds, a live DJ, costume contests, seasonal train rides, and Stormtroopers! Plus the animals will be getting in on the Halloween fun with special events and activities.
Past Events to Keep an Eye on for Next Year:
Put A Victorian Twist On Your Halloween
Atlanta History Center hosts a new Halloween-inspired event this year. “Haunted Halloween: Twisted Tales” is a one-night-only event on Oct. 20 where you’ll hear fairy tales, Victorian literature, fables and more with a Halloween twist. There’s something for all ages at this event with a family-friendly Mad Hatter Tea Party and startle-provoking walks in the woods.
Bring Your Little Goblin to the Garden
Show off the kids’ Halloween costumes at “Goblins in the Garden” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown and Gainesville on Oct. 22. Both locations are hosting an afternoon where families can participate in fall-themed crafts, listen to storytellers and more. Plus, both gardens will have their annual “Scarecrows in the Garden” exhibit up for viewing.