Scarecrows, fall festivals, and some spooky tours and monstrous happenings—Atlanta is starting to take Halloween, the fall, and family fun seriously. Whether you head to the North Georgia Mountains for a taste of small-town fun, or dive into Little 5 Points for the annual Halloween spookiness, you’re going to be someone’s hero this weekend. Keep reading for the details on these events, and more, below.

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Enjoy Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega
Dahlonega’s Town Square is taken over each October by Gold Rush Days festival-goers ready to enjoy a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, live musical entertainment, wrist wrestling, and delicious food. Free to attend. Here‘s the scoop.

Watch Everybody Loves Pirates at Center for Puppetry Arts
Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! Everybody Loves Pirates features 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8 foot paper-mache pirate ship. Here are the details.

Check Out the Scarecrow Harvest in Alpharetta
This year Alpharetta is host to a RECORD BREAKING number of community scarecrows! The downtown area is overflowing with more than 150 scarecrows from local schools & classrooms, non-profits, neighborhoods and families, local businesses and more! Cast your VOTE for the best by posting a selfie with your favorite scarecrow and tag it on Instagram with #alpharettascarecrowselfie. Here‘s the scoop.

Catch the Season at Spirit of Oakland
Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian Gardens where you’ll meet some of Oakland’s most notable residents. The evening also includes musical performances, and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood. Check out the details here.

Shoot a Corn Cannon & Stay for a Bonfire
Uncle Shuck’s serves up a bumper crop of fall fun in addition to its pumpkin patch, including hayrides, a corn cannon, goat walk, evening bonfires, and a corn maze. This year’s corn maze theme is Peter Pan! Check Facebook for up-to-date hours, special events, and pumpkin availability. Here‘s the scoop.

Attend a Mother-Son Halloween Dance in Roswell
Enjoy an evening with your favorite young man! Music, dancing, prizes, refreshments, pictures, and lots of fun at this event! Costumes are encouraged but not required! All boys and female dates are welcome! Each person must register prior to the event. Must register by October 9, 2021. Here‘s the scoop.

Go Trunk-or-Treating & Watch Ghostbusters, Outdoors
Children can get up-close and personal with dozens of larger-than-life trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles. Participants can meet vehicle owners and operators while touching, climbing on and interacting with this exhibition of transportation. The event will include a candy trail, costume contests, scavenger hunt, field games and music. The event will end with a showing of the original Ghostbusters (PG) after sundown. Here is the scoop.

Look for Monsters in Little 5 Points
Get ready for Monster Fest on Oct. 16—this year’s alternative to the traditional L5P Parade & Festival. On Saturday only, search Little 5 Points for monsters designed by local artists. Grab a map at the L5P Business Association tent. Collect selfies and complete the hunt. Then, watch special ghoul appearances pop-up throughout the neighborhood, attend the Monster Ball, and check out the Haunted Artist Market. For more information, check this out.

See Woodland Spirits at Fernbank
Take a walk on the supernatural side with Fernbank’s annual Halloween exhibit, Woodland Spirits. From ghostly figures peeking from the shadows to monstrously kooky sculptures, Halloween fans of all ages will find something to scream (in delight) about. Encounter a variety of “spirits,” a haunted outpost, monster garden and more throughout 10 acres of trees, trails and shadows in Fernbank’s WildWoods. Here‘s what you need to know before you go.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

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—Shelley Massey


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