Is it just us or are things getting a little creepy around Atlanta? Goblins and scarecrows are popping up in the Garden this weekend, ghosts are at the Atlanta History Museum, the Aquarium has monsters partying all day long, Fernbank is crawling with all sorts of creepy critters during their annual Halloween event, and Decatur has haints and saints taking to the streets. Read on to find out our spookiest (and sweetest) picks for Halloween fun this weekend!


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Haunted Halloween at Atlanta History Center
Save the gore and go for a cleaner, calmer, cash-bar(ier) haunted house at the Atlanta History Center. Families can explore the AHC after dark and enjoy kid-friendly activities and ghostly encounters while noshing on food (available for purchase) and adult beverages. Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers; $8 for children. Fri. from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Brick or Treat at Legoland
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is getting spooky for Halloween! Come decked out in your awesome Halloween costume every weekend throughout the month for trick-or-treating and games. Held at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, 3500 Lenox Rd. Suite G-1. Price varies by date; see website for details. Through Nov. 1. All ages. Event details.


See Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Scarecrows in the Garden returns for its 13th annual season of fall family fun. Throughout 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. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Adults: $18.95, Children ages 3 to 12: $12.95, Children under 3 & members: free. Fri. to Sun. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Goblins in the Garden
Are your littles especially proud of their costumes this year? Head to the Garden to let them strut their stuff on a Goblin Runway! While you’re there, catch a spooky story told by Battina the Friendly Witch, ride a pony, cruise around on the Halloween train, and participate in fall-themed crafts. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Adults: $18.95, Children ages 3 to 12: $12.95, Children under 3 & members: free. Train rides $3, pony rides $4. Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See Peter Pan at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Peter Pan, complete with original music and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can make their own Crocodile Rod Puppet to take home! Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Free Lunch with organicgirl at Piedmont Park
In addition to enjoying a free lunch that will get kids to love their greens, attendees will have the chance to win salad for a year and prizes throughout the day. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Family Fright Fest at the Aquarium
Head to the seas of the Aquarium for a Graveyard Smash: A Monstrous Spook-tacular, weekends starting October 10 through October 31. Dracula, Igor, Frankenstein and his bride, and all their other chilling friends will make appearances for a 70s and 80s dance party. Held at The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW. Free with admission ($35.95/ adult, $29.95/ child 3-12, free under 3). Characters appear twice daily on Sat. & Sun. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

Boo at the Zoo
It’s that time of year when Atlanta goes wild for some Halloween fun with their animal friends! Sample the treats, sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume! Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., SE. Free for Zoo Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Sat. and Sun. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Fernbank BOO-Seum Trick or Treat
Dust off those costumes and practice your monster-mash. Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates are invited to Fernbank BOO-seum for a safe, not scary, trick-or-treating event for the whole family, featuring treats for kids in costume, games, music and more. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.


Haints and Saints Halloween Parade
Ready for floats, hearses, classic cars, live music, and marching bands coming together for one big parade and party? Put on your costume and don’t miss this hauntingly fun parade sure to scare up some smiles! Held at Decatur Post Office to Decatur Square, 520 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. (for start of parade). Free. Sun. Walkers will line up at 3:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Halloween Hike 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. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $9/person (children 2 and under are free). Fri. and Sat. from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Halloween Spooktacular
Sponsored by Dynamo Swim Club, 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! Held in Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Head to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch, access to the rides, treetop SkyHike®, and see beautiful fall views from the train or top of Stone Mountain. Held in Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. $24.95/ adult, $19.95/ ages 3-11. Through Oct. 25; admission times vary by date. All ages. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Have a Ball with the Play Mobile
Don’t miss this recreation center on wheels at a park near you! Appearing every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a local park, the Play Mobile is a courtesy of Atlanta Parks and Rec Department and encourages kids to get out and play. Free activities from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and 1-4 p.m. on weekends include the ring toss, hula-hoops, board games, scooters, arts and craft activities, and more. Held at Ellsworth Park –Sat. and Piedmont Park –Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Gainesville

Nature Connects: LEGO® in the Garden
Worth the drive to Gainesville, the newly-opened Gainesville extension of the Atlanta Botanical Garden features 14 larger-than-life installations built from nearly 400,000 LEGO bricks including a giant praying mantis, butterfly, hummingbird, flowers and more. Don’t miss the grand opening this weekend with LEGO activities and games. Held in Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Dr. Free with admission (Adult $18.95, Child $12.95, Under 3 free). Sep 19 – Jan 3. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cordele

Thomas the Tank Engine
Hold on to your (Sir Topham) hats, because Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into Cordele. This fun day trip from Atlanta is well worth the drive with a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, interactions with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets, and storytelling, video viewing and live music. Held at GA. Veterans State Park, 2459 Hwy 280 West at Cannon Rd. Trains depart between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at multiple times- purchase your tickets in advance and reserve your departure time. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Alto

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, football-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. Held at Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy. $14 for an all-access pass ages 3 & up. Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What are you planning to haunt this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey