Atlanta loves to celebrate, and Halloween is a favorite holiday for parties and events. This year is particularly special since the big day falls on a Saturday, meaning kids are out of school and many people have time off work to go out and get a little wild.
Despite the pandemic, Atlanta has a ton of options for a fun and safe celebration in the weeks leading up to Halloween, the day of and even some continuing after October 31. It’s clear that the city is in the mood for spooky fun, and we’ve narrowed down some great Halloween events in Atlanta for 2020.
Fun for all ages
L5P Halloween Photo Walk (now through November 2)
Brought to the neighborhood by the Little 5 Points Alliance, this is a display of the 20 winning photos from their photo contest. Visitors can take a self-guided tour using QR codes displayed on the photos, or you can visit the Little 5 Points Alliance website for a guide here. All attendees are asked to wear a mask for safety.
Decatur Ghost Tours (October 22-25, 27-31)
Join one of these walking tours to learn more about Decatur’s ghosts and paranormal history. Tours last about 2.5 hours, so wear comfortable shoes. They are guided by a city host, and include a psychic medium and a paranormal investigator.
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours at Aurora Theatre (now through October 31)
On this 90-minute tour, explore Lawrenceville Square and some of Lawrenceville’s most interesting places to learn the tales behind the town’s spooky history and paranormal activity dating back to turn of the century renovations of this oldest town in the Metro Atlanta area.
Ghosts of Marietta (now through December 27)
Hear stories based on firsthand accounts and documented sightings of the ghosts of Marietta, with a side of history mixed in. These tours last Fri-Sun all the way through December, so don’t worry if you don’t make it by Halloween.
Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park (now through November 1)
At Stone Mountain Park families can enjoy park amusements, live shows, a Glow by Night experience, pie-eating contests and more Fri-Sun. Tickets are in the $20-range, with children 2 and under for free.
HALLOWFEST at Six Flags (now through November 1)
Weekends through November 1, Six Flags is hosting their Halloween-themed celebration with family-friendly activities during the day and ghouls, goblins and haunted attractions at night. Prebuy tickets to save on admission to the park.
For the Kids
Boo at the Zoo (October 24-25 and 31)
Costumes are encouraged for this holiday celebration at Zoo Atlanta. Visit all of the zoo’s typical attractions with more than 1,000 animals from around the world, plus the seasonal Zoo Boo Town.
Trick or Treat Drive-Thru Experience at Walmart (October 15-31)
Metro Atlanta Walmart locations are hosting a drive-thru interactive trick-or-treat experience for kids this year – a perfect place to stop by for treats and more.
Fall Festival of Fun at Al Bishop Softball Complex (October 31)
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Al Bishop Softball Complex, kids should wear their costumes and bring goody bags for a drive-thru event featuring fun characters and a Candy Fairy at each station throughout the park.
Rooftop Halloween at Skyline Park in Ponce City Market (October 31)
For a great view of the city and fun activities for the whole family, visit the Ponce City Market Roof on Halloween from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 for kids and $15 for adults, and there will be complimentary popcorn and cotton candy for all. There’s trick-or-treating at Skyline Park, and costumes are encouraged.
Supernatural Science Fest at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (October 24 and 31)
This celebration features a few different events, including the new Woodland Spirits exhibit which is open all day, and some unique one-time events like Ghostly Gatherings on October 24 and Creepy Crawlies on October 31.
Costume Contest at Best End Brewing Co. (October 31)
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Halloween, Best End Brewing will host a Halloween party with live music, food and brews. There will be prizes for best costumes, and pups are allowed on the patio. You’ll even get a $3 pilsner just for showing up in a costume if you need incentive!
Park Tavern’s Maskarade Party (October 31)
With live music, a live DJ and themed drinks, Park Tavern is back with their annual Halloween Party and making the most of the current mask-wearing requirement. The fun kicks off at 9 p.m., and the entry fee is $20.
Halloween on The Roof at Ponce City Market (October 31)
On top of Ponce City Market, The Roof is transformed into a Halloween party platform from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Halloween night. This is a 21+ party, but there’s still complimentary popcorn and cotton candy included with your $20 admission at the door.
Netherworld Haunted House (now through November 14)
It’s a true Atlanta Halloween classic, and Netherworld is back again Wed-Sun for socially-distanced scares. It’s a walk-through attraction full of terrifying live actors, incredible special effects and insane monsters. Buy tickets ahead of time, because this attraction tends to sell out daily.
With all of these Halloween events in Atlanta, it will be hard to pick just one or two to visit this year. Make the most of your Halloween and plan ahead to enjoy some of the frightening fun that the city has in store. It’s sure to be a delightfully devilish holiday with something exciting in store for all.
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