Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Oct. 25-27

Don’t let the date fool you—Halloween is happening all weekend long here in Atlanta. From a neighborhood lantern parade to a not-so-scary Halloween hike that the whole family will love, you’ve got loads of fun fall festivities to choose among. Keep reading for ways to light up your weekend.

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Grant Park

Lantern Parade
The Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade is ready to welcome Halloween once again. All are invited to take part in this Halloween season tradition at Grant Park where you can make a lantern and walk the parade! Lantern kits are available at Adams Realtors and Dakota Blue for $20 (cash only). On October 21, the lantern kits will also be available at the Grant Park Farmers Market. Become a supporter of the Grant Park Conservancy and get a free lantern kit. Fri. Event details.


Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND
Take your little monsters to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta and get into the Halloween spirit with at the Brick-or-Treat event, where they’ll help master builders create a LEGO vampire, meet their favorite LEGO character, and explore haunted miniland! Discover the spooky ‘hidden side’ of LEGO sets with an all new AR feature. Fri. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Pumpkin Festival
Play by day as you enjoy family-friendly park attractions and special fall entertainment featuring some classic storybook characters, then, watch the pumpkins begin to glow at dusk for the brilliantly decorated and seasonally sensational Pumpkin Festival. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Howl on the Green
Howl On The Green is a free family-friendly event. Bring your kids, friends and furry pets for a night filled of fun, sweet treats, great food and out of this world entertainment on Duluth Town Green. The event turns into fright at dark. Fire dancers make their way through the crowds as mystical creatures emerge, while aerialist hang from the Festival Center Stage and break dancing werewolves light up the night! There is surprising entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Fri. Event details.


Fall Family Fun at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy Scarecrows in the Garden and activities for the whole family in the Children’s Garden. Sensory and art activities focus on the fabulous fall season and provide children with the opportunity to learn about pumpkins, gourds and more! This activity is free with Garden admission. Sat. Event details.


Trick-or-Treat at the Children’s Museum
ave some spooky fun with your little ghosts and goblins and at Trick-or-Treat at the Museum! For one night only, Children’s Museum of Atlanta transforms into a spooky funhouse. Come dressed in your Halloween best for crafts, prizes, performances, and, of course, trick-or-treating! Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Woodland Spirits at Fernbank
Woodland Spirits features a variety of ghostly figures imagined by Fernbank and transformed by Laura Lewis, an Atlanta artist who specializes in sculpture, painting and outdoor installations, and evokes mystery, adventure and uncertainty during the Halloween season. As you explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, be prepared to encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows, up in the trees, deep in the vistas, and waiting in plain sight. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Halloween Hike at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Halloween hikes at CNC are the perfect non–scary alternative to your traditional Halloween events. Go on a trail hike through the woods to meet costumed nature characters, learning all about their wild lives. An Atlanta tradition for 34 years, these hikes are a fundraiser for CNC and include Halloween family fun, a trail hike through the forest, crafts, face painting and fall games. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


CoCo on the Quad
In the Disney Pixar animated film Coco, Miguel journeys to the Land of the Dead accompanied by the street dog Dante, a type of Mexican hairless dog known as a Xoloitzcuintle. Visit the Art of the Americas galleries before the film to see ancient West Mexican ceramic versions of these dogs that were placed in tombs to guide dead souls to the underworld. Compare them to living Xolos visiting from Amoroso Xolos, a local breeder. As you get cozy on Quad to watch Coco, enjoy fresh handmade empanadas, cold Jarrito drinks, and Mexican hot chocolate from Mami’s Empanadas, sold separately. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe
As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, Serenbe’s bringing back our favorite fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. This nighttime immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling. But, if you (or the kiddos) afraid of the dark, plan on going to The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience. Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight, on select days. Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey



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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.