Atlanta loves Halloween. Whether it’s neighborhood parades or world-famous haunted houses, Atlanta offers a perfect weekend of thrills, scares and good old-fashioned fun. Come for the weekend and stay in these hotels.
Stone Mountain certainly is in the Halloween spirit. Stone Mountain Park celebrates Pumpkin Festival Play by Day Glow by Night, which takes place on Friday and Saturdays until Nov. 3. Enjoy all the attractions during the day and then at night, the park turns into a Halloween party. There will be thousands of jack-o-lanterns, costumed characters, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and 10 new fairytale themed areas featuring 40 newly imaged scenes with glowing lights, bubbles and fog.
Not far from Stone Mountain Park is Netherworld Haunted House, which is a self-guided, dark attraction known for its scary characters — human and not-so-human — special effects and frights galore. Netherworld will be scaring folks at various dates and times until Nov. 9.
When getting your fright on, stay at these nearby hotels:
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta — Northlake is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and entertainment — and of course Stone Mountain Park and Netherworld. The hotel offers spacious guest rooms or suites featuring signature bedding and a 32-inch LCD HDTV with premium cable. An extra bonus is an onsite Marlow’s Tavern for classic American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hampton Inn Atlanta/Stone Mountain: The newly renovated Hampton Inn Atlanta/Stone Mountain is located within minutes from Stone Mountain as well as Netherworld. Located on Highway 78, the hotel features 112 guest rooms and suites, a free hot breakfast buffet and a gym/fitness center.
Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake Mall is a 15 minutes drive to Stone Mountain Park and Netherworld. The 121 guest rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves and a pillow top bed with premium bedding. After a fun day at Stone Mountain Park, relax with a 37-inch LCD television with satellite programming.
Tru by Hilton at Northlake is one of Hilton’s newest brands and sports a cool, fun, modern vibe. Tru by Hilton at Northlake Mall features 96 rooms as well as a lobby that aims to “wow” guests. Play pool, grab a board game or work in a semi-private alcove. Before you head out to Stone Mountain Park, don’t miss the fun breakfast with a “Top It” bar with more than 35 sweet and savory options to spring, sprinkle and shake on hot and cold items such as eggs, waffles and yogurt.
Six Flags Over Georgia brings the scares and fun as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Fight Fest offers a variety of experiences including haunted houses and scare zones. And, you never know who is lurking around the corner.
Only three miles from Six Flags Over Georgia, the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta/West in Lithia Springs, is perfect for a family looking for Halloween scares! The inviting guest rooms feature one or two beds and have home-like features such as a 37-inch flat screed HDTV and a daily cooked-to-order breakfast in the Great American Grilll and dinner with cocktails in the Pavilion Lounge.
Hampton Inn & Suites ATL-Six Flags is located within minutes of Six Flags over Georgia. The hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary breakfast and beverage area as well as cribs and high chairs.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta West Lithia Springs is a perfect hotel for families. There are 92 smoke-free apartments with a kitchenette, cookware, microwave, refrigerator and a sofa bed. On top of that, it’s pet friendly! No need to board your pup when you’re at Six Flags having the time of your life.
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a couple of Halloween-themed events including its Great Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct. 24.
Here are Midtown hotels near the Atlanta Botanical Garden:
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown is located to everything in bustling Midtown Atlanta and is close to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Stock the mini-fridge with snacks from the 24-Pavilion Pantry to heat up i the microwave and then relax.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown is adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown and the two hotels share the rooftop pool. The all-suites hotel, located on 10th Street, offers a full hot complimentary breakfast and an evening social. Prefer to cook your own meals but don’t want to go grocery shopping? Don’t worry! The hotel offers a complimentary grocery shopping service so all the ingredients you need will be waiting for you. Bon petite!
You’ll get an extra fun experience staying at the Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown where your Just-Right Rooms bring a bit of Georgia to your stay. The bed’s signature canopy headboard is inspired by “Gone with the Wind,” and restaurant features Southern dishes such as mac and cheese. Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary Canopy Bikes and get some fresh air when you bike over to the Botanical Gardens.
You can dress up like your favorite animal or you can party with them at Boo at the Zoo, Zoo Atlanta’s annual Halloween celebration. On October 19, 20, 26 and 27, one of the city’s best family celebration returns with sights, characters and Zoo Boo Town. Party with more than 1,000 animals from around the world and then get Halloween surprises as you walk throughout the zoo. Don’t miss the Freaky Foam Zone, an inflatable area with a foam machine, Monster Mash Disco, Kids’ Craft, carnival games, inflatable corn maze, pumpkin carving artist and live music. Be careful! It seems there is a candy this on the loose so be sure to take the train ride and help the sheriffs apprehend the wily fox who wants the candy!
While visiting the zoo, a terrific hotel that is close-by is Hilton Atlanta, which is located in the heart of downtown and a few exits off I-20 from Zoo Atlanta. The hole has 1,240 updated guest room and 32 suites that offer spectacular skyline views, which are perfect for families. While we are sure a day at Zoo Atlanta will zap some of your children’s energy, but if not, how about a family tennis or basketball game. The Atlanta Hilton has its own courts — plus an outdoor jogging track!
Another great hotel option is The American Hotel — A DoubleTree by Hilton, which is a fun, comfortable hotel — and yes, it has the delicious hot DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies! The American, which has a proud history of integration, features 315 guest rooms and suites that all have a warm boutique feel. You’ll love the 1960’s replica mini-fridge and the 49-inch LCD TV. It’s close to Zoo Atlanta as well as downtown’s other activities.