Atlanta has plenty of options for visitors of all ages to enjoy the Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for a creepy atmosphere, a night of revelry, or an all-out scare, read on for the best things to do this October!
Oakland Cemetery, founded in 1850, has seen the city of Atlanta rise, fall, and rise again. Its 48 acres of graves contain the final resting places of many Atlantians from all walks of life. It’s a spooky and historically interesting place to wander around any day, but it really comes alive at Halloween. The “Capture the Spirit of Oakland” tours are super popular, but you have to reserve them by July, as they sell out very quickly. Ticket prices are $31 for adults and $19 for children.
If you missed the deadlines, you can still go and explore the cemetery yourself, just be aware that the tour guides close the cemetery gates early on certain nights.
248 Oakland Ave, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Doll’s Head Trail
Situated near Constitution Lakes in southeast Atlanta, Doll’s Head Trail is one of the more unique offerings the city has to offer. While certain elements are very creepy (such as the eponymous doll heads), there are also more humorous elements scattered along the 1.6-mile loop. The heavily wooded landscap is perfect for those looking for an atmospheric Halloween stroll. You are even able to add your own “exhibits,” as long as you only incorporate that which you found within the park.
3445 Almand Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Metro Atlanta’s premier haunted house, Netherworld has been scaring the hell out of people since they opened in 1997. 2019’s featured haunts are Night of the Gorgon and Cold-Blooded. In addition, they also run four different escape rooms: “Sasquatch,” “Nosferatu,” “Terror on Tiki Island,” and “The Haunted.” You can even play laser tag in an on-site outdoor battle arena!
2076 West Park Place Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
The VOID, located near Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall, has been described as a virtual reality theme park. Be sure to check out the “Nicodemus” experience, which has you exploring the haunted remains of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago after a science experiment goes horribly wrong.
800 Battery Ave, #120, Atlanta, GA 30339
Midtown Halloween Block Party
The Midtown Halloween Block Party is Atlanta’s largest Halloween party, and rages until 2:30 in the morning! Over 2,000 people attend each year, and the winner of the famous costume contest takes home $1,000 in prize money. 2019’s festivities are centered on the Foxtrot Liquor Bar.
45 13th St, Atlanta, GA 30309
Grant Park Lantern Parade
The Grant Park Lantern Parade is a family-friendly parade that winds through the east side neighborhood, and is a great activity for those with kids. The parade route covers about one mile, and picnic dinners are encouraged.
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA
Any Atlanta locals have a favorite Halloween experience I missed? Please let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, I wish everyone a very happy Halloween!