Whether you’re a cute bunny or a monster, there is a fantastic Halloween party, parade or activity just for you.
Here are our top 10 Halloween Must-dos:
1. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens celebrates Halloween with a Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest, complete with live entertainment, carnival games, an outdoor movie, festival seasonal treats and a spooky scavenger hunt. The event, which takes place Oct. 24 from 5 p. to 9 .m. The highlight takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the great-pumpkin carving contest where talented carvers will turn ordinary pumpkins into amazing works of art. The event is free with garden admission. The Gardens also gets into the holiday spirit on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Goblins in the Garden where children can show off their Halloween costume on the Goblin’s Runway, participate in fall-themed art, listen to a storyteller and enjoy pony and train rides.
2. Watch out as zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags over Georgia at Fright Fest. Presented by SNICKERS®, there are several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. Don’t miss haunted attractions, such as “Piggy’s Blood Shed” and “Camp Slasher”, scare zones such as “Dismantled and The Bunker”, and several live performances such as “The Uprising: Nightly Call of the Dead” and “Bad Bob The Bone Butcher.” Six Flags’ famed roller coasts ramp up the fear during Fright Fest, which runs from Sept. 21 to Nov. 2. Various prices.
3. Netherworld Haunted House is not only Atlanta’s scariest haunted houses but it is one of the top haunted houses in the country. Located at Stone Mountain, it is a walk-through dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters. There are two attractions: “Night of the Gorgon”, an Apocalyptic cult that uses its evil power on the world, and “Cold Blooded”, which features weaponized cloned prehistoric lifeforms spliced with the DNA of reptilian alien subjects. If being scared is your thing, Netherworld is for you! Netherworld is open at various times from Sept. 27 through Nov. 8.
4. On Oct. 18 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the Atlanta History Center provides thrills and chills with Haunted Halloween as you walk through its foggy gardens, spooky trails and haunted historic houses. There are kid-friendly activities, Halloween movies, as well as tweens and adults. $10 children: $15 members; $20 non-members.
5. Stone Mountain Park is a great place to spend the day and then enjoy the Pumpkin Festival Glow By Night, which takes place Friday through Sunday from Sept. 21 through Nov. 3. Stroll through the park as 40 newly imagined scenes featuring massive carved pumpkin displays, glowing lights, rolling fog and plenty of not-so-spooky, glow-in-the-day adventures await. There will be Jack’s Giant Glowing Pumpkin, Lightning Bug Flashlight Tours through the Megabugs! exhibits, and don a costume and be the star of the party parade. Various prices.
6. Children wait all year to go to Boo at the Zoo where Halloween is celebrated with the more than 1,000 animals at Zoo Atlanta. Taking place on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, come to the zoo (in your costume, of course!) and collect treats at about a dozen treat stations, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of Zoo Boo Town.
7. Halloween Hikes at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, brings nature to Halloween. Enjoy a 45-minute guided night hike to learn about woodland animals and you might meet such costumed characters as the Box Turtle and Dragonfly. The hikes are conducted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. $12.
8. Little Five Points is a fun, counter-culture neighborhood with independently owned record stores, vintage clothing stores, tattoo parlors and a variety of restaurants. So, it’s not a surprise that its Halloween celebration is one of the best in Atlanta — and its parade being named one of the best in the country. The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade takes place Oct. 19 from noon until 10 p.m. and features musical acts on two stages including Seasons Ammons Band and RUMORS (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band), food (including Tex’s Tacos, Island Noodles and Kev’s BBQ), an artist’s market. However, the not-to-be-missed event is the Little 5 Point parade, which starts at 4 p.m., where every kind of costume imaginable (and some you wouldn’t even think of) will be on display.
9. The fifth annual Calloween: Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain spooky celebration takes place Oct. 25 at the history Callanwolde estate features balloon artists, face painters, trick-or-treating spots, fun movie screenings and a DJ Willy Wow-led all-ages dance party and costume contest. contest.
10. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History gets into the Halloween spirit with Dinosaur Trick-of-Treat on Oct. 26. Located in the Great Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event features games, hands-on activities, a kids’ DJ and treat-or-treating for toys and goodies. Other activities include a dinosaur dig, a LEGO® Halloween Build-and-Take and visit with some of the museum’s spookier creatures.