10 Spooky Halloween Events in Atlanta You Can’t Miss

We already know that otherworldly creatures roam Atlanta year-round, thanks to the city being a main filming site for productions such as “The Walking Dead,” “Zombieland,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Stranger Things.” However, when fall rolls in, we welcome many new sinister spectres and wandering souls. Here’s a taste of Atlanta’s can’t-miss Halloween events. For more, see the full guide to things to do in Atlanta this Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo

Bring the tots to Boo at the Zoo. (Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta)

Join the animals for Halloween activities throughout Zoo Atlanta where decorations and much more add to the spirit of the season. Boo at the Zoo occurs Oct. 21 and 22, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is spooky fun. (Photo courtesy of Oakland Cemetery)

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, popular nighttime tours of the historic cemetery, features costumed docents leading tours through the beautifully lit Victorian gardens of Oakland Cemetery, Oct. 19 through 31.


The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse presents “Dracula: The Failings of Men” in an action-horror re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s classic work, Oct. 7 through 31.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia brings the screams. (Photo courtesy of Six Flags Over Georgia)

During the day, find family-friendly frights but as the night creeps in, beware of much scarier sights. Heart-pumping rides, new haunts and themed treats are captured within the seasonal spectacle of Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia, through Oct. 29.

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

Come for two days of local flavor as Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhood shows off with more than 100 vendors showcasing their creepiest wares and the parade on Sunday — a true spectacle. The Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade take place on Oct. 21 and 22.

Netherworld Haunted House

Be afraid at Netherworld Haunted House. (Photo courtesy of Netherworld Haunted House)

Two new haunts, PRIMORDIAL and CRYPTID CHAOS will terrorize only the bravest souls with unforgettable pulse-pounding horror featuring Hollywood-quality special effects, cutting-edge theatrics, elaborate sets and nightmare-inducing monsters lurking in the shadows of Netherworld Haunted House through Nov. 11.

Pumpkin Festival: Play by Day, Glow by Night at Stone Mountain Park

Pumpkin Festival: Play by day, glow by night. (Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park)

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment during the day including a brand new magic show at Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival. Then, glow by night with not-so-spooky fun and a parade after the sun sets. Enjoy it through Oct. 29.

Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden is a showcase for artistry. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)

Come for Scarecrows in the Garden, where decorated scarecrows line the garden paths and the garden is decorated with autumnal scenes. Other special programming will be offered. Oct. 6 through 31.

The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Live in Concert 

Come for a screening of the Disney film with Tim Burton’s score performed live by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 27 and 28.

‘The Shining’

Stephen King’s tale of isolation, murder and the supernatural is adapted into a stunning opera thriller through Oct. 1 at Alliance Theatre.

Woodland Spirits at Fernbank Museum

Look out! There are spirits lurking everywhere at Fernbank. (Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

Woodland Spirits is an outdoor Halloween experience where you will encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows, up in the trees, deep in the vistas and waiting in plain sight while exploring  WildWoods and Fernbank Forest Sept. 30 through Nov. 5 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

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