Your little pumpkins are ready for the big night, but the weekend before Halloween is sure to delight! With trick or treating at the Aquarium and Fernbank too, you’ll hear more squeals of delight than screams or boo-boo! Read on for all the details for a delightfully happy weekend before Halloween, below!

scarecrowPhoto: Frank Boston via flickr

Druid Hills

BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat at Fernbank
Fernbank BOO-sueum is a frightfully delightful one day event of Halloween-themed activities including treats (while supplies last) for kids in costume, games, music and more. Sat. Event details.


The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow at Center for Puppetry Arts
Take your goblins to scare up some fun at Center for Puppetry Arts’ presentation of this comedic version of the famous Washington Irving short story. Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head—an even spookier image—in this version designed for families. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Scarecrows in the Garden
Scarecrows in the Garden returns for its 14th annual season of fall family fun. Through the end of October the Garden is stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Harvest their imagination and come see this festive fall spectacle. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Trick-or-Treating at Georgia A-Scary-Um
Be sure to stop by Georgia Aquarium as you make your Trick-Or-Treating rounds on the 30th and 31st—between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday, children in costume receive free admission! Additionally, don’t miss Graveyard Smash: A Monstrous Spook-tacular with the rest of your family, where iconic Halloween characters sing and dance to hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s every weekend in October. Sun. Event details.

Grant Park

Boo at the Zoo
It’s that time of year when Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns! Sample treats throughout the Zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume for the costume contest, find your way through an inflatable corn maze, get crafty, boogie to the DJ, and check out the Zoo’s favorite characters! Sat. Event details.


Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND
Every Saturday and Sunday of October, children can enjoy a “find the pumpkins” MINILAND scavenger hunt and pumpkin build classes in the Master Builder Academy to place in the LEGO® pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to wear your costume and compete in a contest on October 29-30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Halloween Spooktacular
Chamblee’s Annual Halloween Spooktacular activities include a costume contest for all ages, a spooky haunted house, hay rides, pony rides, games, a cupcake walk, and more! Cupcakes for the walk will be provided by Lenox Cupcakes but don’t worry if you don’t win; they’ll be selling more on site along with several other concession options! Sat. Event details.


Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Looking for an alternative to a haunted house? Head to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for Haunted Hikes, where kids can go on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. There are also s’mores, hot chocolate, popcorn (all available for purchase- bring cash!), as well as arts and crafts. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Jaemor Farms
If you’re looking for a corn maze near Atlanta, Jaemor Farms (roughly an hour North) aims to please. After working your way through the giant, themed corn maze, try your hand at the mini maze for the kids, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train ride, a giant inflatable slide, duck races, apple cannons, and hayrides. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

How will you scare up some fun this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey