Get Spooky, Atlanta!
In a city of cities, there is no shortage of festivities during all major holidays, and Halloween is one where Atlanta really shows its stripes. Here are a few fun activities for all ages happening this month all around the metro area:
NETHERWOLRD, nightly throughout October and Nov. 6-7 – Co-creators Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina are back for their 19th season with two brand new haunts: THE ROTTING and VAULT 13: UNEARTHED. Recently named the #5 “Scariest Haunted House in America 2015” by Hauntworld.com, and one of the Top Halloween Attractions in the country by the Travel Channel, this year haunt-goers can expect to be thrilled with amazing new sets, intense special effects and weird creatures found nowhere else. Descend to a secret government base using the new elevator simulator and experience the Toxic Foam room in VAULT 13: Unearthed, then survive legions of the undead, ancient graveyards and primordial horrors in THE ROTTING! Be on your guard–you never know what could be lurking just around the corner…
GHOSTS OF MARIETTA, all year long – Join Ghosts of Marietta as they tour the historic streets of this gem of the South with a past that is deep in tradition, history and quality of life. As with any community harboring these traits, some residents chose to never leave. Whether it is the tale of the departed spirit of a civil war soldier or a mysterious resident of one of Marietta’s stately homes or businesses, you will hear the stories behind these mysteries and maybe, if you’re lucky, experience them as well. The tour guides tell stories based on a mix of documented sightings, firsthand experiences, and history. These tours operate all year long, not only at Halloween.
BRICK-OR-TREAT, LEGOLAND Atlanta, every weekend until Nov. 1 – Halloween will bring scary amounts of fun to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta! Families are invited to join the attraction throughout the day during any weekend in October for Brick-or-Treat. Children can enjoy trick-or-treating around the attraction, a “find the pumpkins” MINILAND scavenger hunt, a LEGO pumpkin patch and more! The attraction will also host a costume contest on October 31 and November 1 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Don’t miss out on all the spook-tacular, fall fun!
THE GHASTLY DREADFULS: RAISING SPIRITS, Oct. 14-31 – Welcome to Atlanta’s beloved Center for Puppetry Arts for their Halloween spooktacular: They’re back! Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. Featuring new stories and old favorites, this ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living AND the dead. Winner of the 2013 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical.
LITTLE 5 POINTS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AND PARADE, Oct. 17 – The L5P Halloween Festival and Parade is back and spookier than ever–start with a pre-party at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, the official beer sponsor of the festival, then head out for the parade at 4 p.m. The artist market and food vendors, not to mention beloved L5P staples and costumes galore, make this a highlight of Atlanta’s Halloween season.
SIMON KIDGITS CLUB FALL FESTIVAL, Oct. 17 – Mall of Georgia will host its annual Simon Kidgits Club Fall Festival from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Village! This spook-tastic event features pumpkin painting activities, entertaining dance performances, cotton candy machines, prize giveaways, bounce houses, Stilt Walkers and much more! It wouldn’t be Halloween without the wands, broomsticks and getups galore, so children of all ages are encouraged to dress up. There will even be a costume contest starting at 3:30 p.m. Groups for the competition include children ages 4 and under, 5-8 and 9-12.
OWL-O-WEEN HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL, Oct. 23-24 – Bring your friends and family for a fun weekend to Georgia’s two day hot air balloon festival at Fifth Third Bank Stadium! With four stages (Main, Oktoberfest, Busker Bus and Levitation), a Kid Zone and Balloon Glow, this family extravaganza is a great way to get the family out and about before Halloween night.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ACWORTH HALLOWEEN CLASSIC CAR CRUISE, Oct. 24 – The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth. The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises. The event is free to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. Bring the entire family to this Halloween-themed evening of fun!