Atlanta’s getting spooky, but we’re not superstitious. To prove it, we’ve rounded-up 13 was to have a rollicking good weekend. From haunted hikes to old-fashioned fall fun, everything you need to know about making the most of the next three days is below. Scroll down for the scoop.

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Halloween Hike at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Looking for something festive but not scary? Check out this unique Halloween adventure along a well-lit hike, beginning at 7 p.m., through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. Come in costume! Sat. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Atlanta Kosher BBQ Fest
The 6th Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ fest is back with a Kid’s Zone (expect crafts, face painting and fairy hair (donation required), games, inflatables and more), and enjoy savory and sweet treats from local Kosher vendors and competing BBQ teams. Wash it all down while enjoying live performances from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Sun. Event details


Little Hands, Big LOVEfest at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss this annual family festival on The Promenade at Piedmont Park where children ages 3 and up can assemble projects that benefit other kids in Atlanta during this big love-filled afternoon of giving back and  learning about service, compassion and diversity. Traditional festival activities will also be offered, including a jump house, face painting, food trucks and cotton candy, and talent show run entirely by kids! Sun. Event details.

Peter Pan at Center for Puppetry Arts
Head to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a playdate with the Darling kids, where they’ll encounter mermaids, mischievous antics with the Lost Boys, and a run-in with Captain Hook and the crocodile. Performed in black light, the family-favorite show features vibrant sets, flying puppets and original music to bring the magic of the beloved fantasy story to life on stage. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Little Raindrops Songs! at Woodruff Arts Center
This Theatre for the Very Young production includes puppets, a 2D set, catchy songs and plenty of giggles. Get your tickets now, because these performances go fast! Fri. Event details.


Fall Festival on Ponce
The Fall Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival held in the historic Olmsted Linear Park. With over 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art,” in addition to a children’s area, local gourmet food, beverages and live music, this in-town festival is as easy as it is fun. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Ghostly Gatherings in Fernbank Forest
As you explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, be prepared to encounter ghostly visitors (created by Atlanta artists Laura Lewis) in the shadows, up in the trees, deep in the vistas, and waiting in plain sight. Enjoy twilight tours of Woodland Spirits, musical entertainment and hands-on activities during this all-ages event. Sun. Event details.


International Archaeology Day at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Bring your Indiana-Joneses to the Children’s Museum to decipher a mummy’s riddle, write their own name in Egyptian hieroglyphs, reconstruct broken pottery, and learn about soil layers by filling a bottle with layers of colored sand—all in celebration of International Archaeology Day. Sat. Event details


Graveyard Smash at Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium becomes an A-Scary-Um with Dracula, Igor, Frankenstein and his bride and all their other chilling friends. Music brings the monsters alive as they sing and dance to hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This boogie-filled fright fest will be fun for families and ghouls alike. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Boo at the Zoo
Wear your costume and get treats throughout the Zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town. Daily costume contests, an inflatable corn maze, a live DJ party, and storybook characters will also entertain. Sat. Event details.


Harvest Square Festival
Marietta’s HarvestFest is an annual arts and crafts festival held each October. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival includes Halloween Happenings for children. Carnival games and lots of prizes will thrill the little ones. Sat. Event details

East Atlanta Village

Bring your costume-clad pups (and kids) for a pet parade, prizes, and pup-up vendors at this fur fest. Be sure to keep your pups on a leash (must not be retractable). Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Helen

Family-Friendly Oktoberfest
Celebrate German culture in the Georgia mountains at this annual festival that includes music, food, dancing, crafts, and—of course—beer. At the Festhalle, there is even a dance floor just for the kiddos. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey