Finally! Halloween weekend is upon us and you’ve cobwebbed everything that’ll stand still, carved as many gourds as you can get your hands on, and snuck as much pre-Halloween candy from the stash as you think you can get away with. The big event is here and you’re ready to scare up some fun. Read on for our scoop on the best places around town to make this Halloween weekend epic.
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Mummies and Milkshakes at the Carlos Museum
Head to Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum in your halloween costumes for a special family event featuring animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries. The best part? Jake’s Ice Cream will be on hand for you to purchase your favorite flavor for a milkshake, and then watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and the hilarious Three Stooges short, We Want Our Mummy, followed by Abbot and Costello’s Meet the Mummy. Register by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. $5/ person (milkshakes sold separately). Fri. from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Halloween Night at Callanwolde
Scare up some fun at a night of family fun for both kids and adults. Special guest Matthew Kaminski,organist for the Atlanta Braves, will lead a musical program featuring selections from Night on Bald Mountain, Phantom of the Opera, and Pirates of the Caribbean. There will be trick or treating and a family-friendly costume contest with big prizes—plus LEGO building tables, carved pumpkin contest and spooky storytelling. Held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE. $4 per person online, $5 per person at the door. Sat. from 6-9 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.
Atlanta History Center Celebrates Day of the Dead
Head to the Atlanta History Center for a family friendly celebration of Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead, complete with storytelling, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. Held at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. Free. Sun. from 12 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Get Fresh at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Check out Georgia’s largest producer-only farmers market in the state (Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers). With chef demos, samples, live music, you and the kids will certainly want to make it a weekend tradition. Held at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 12 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. 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.
Spin in an Artful Top
Head to The High to be a part of the Los Trompos installation, an interactive setting located in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center campus on the Sifly Piazza. Play, create and be a part of the art, where you can watch amazing performances every first and third Friday, have a picnic or just spin in a top. Held at Siffly Plaza, The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. All ages. Event details.
Halloween Hijinks at Symphony Hall
The Atlanta Symphony’s annual Halloween Spooktacular features thrilling and chilling music for all ages! This concert is sure to tickle your funny bone with mesmerizing favorites, including Harry Potter,The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Night on Bald Mountain, and a few surprises. Held at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. $20-40. Sat. at 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Get Silly at The High
We all secretly want to give the pigeon a hot dog. Now’s your chance. The High Museum of Art presents Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, featuring over 100 works by the artist. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. Free with admission ($19.50/ Adult, $12/ Children ages 6-17). 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri., and 12 to 5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Event details.
Boo at the Zoo
t’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. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. Free with Zoo Admission. Sat. All ages. Event details.
Take a 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 Road. $9/person (children 2 and under are free). Fri. and Sat. from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Train or Treat at the Southeastern Railway Museum
Don’t miss this train-centric take on Halloween at the SRM, complete with a costume contest at noon and 3 p.m., fall crafts, trick or treating at decorated stations, wagon rides, fall refreshments, and hand car rides! Held at Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy. $10/ adult, $7/ ages 2-12, Free under 2. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
Learn about primitive skills such as flint-knapping, bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. Crawl inside a tipi and other traditional native dwellings. Parents and children participate in interactive experiences such as an encampment showing the lifestyle of local and regional historic Native American cultures. Held in Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. $10 per car. Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
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. See this weekend’s park line-up in event details. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Peachtree City
The Great Georgia Air Show
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Great Georgia Airshow! Come see the high flying acts of the area’s best aviation and arial acrobatics teams. Kids will love the up-close-and-personal feel of this show where they can mingle with performers, take a monster truck ride, cruise on the zipline, and rock the kid’s zone. Held at Falcon Field at Atlanta Regional Airport, 7 Falcon Dr. $25 general admission, $15 for ages 6-11, children under 5 are free (family packages and advance discounts available). Sat. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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: Cleveland
North Georgia Zoo’s Scarecrow Trail and Pumpkin Fest
The zoo is transformed with decorations and moody lighting, with rows of scarecrows set up throughout wooded paths. Beyond the scarecrows, there are pumpkin patches and hay bale mazes to explore, as well as a full petting zoo for the kids. Held in North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Rd. Adults, $8; ages 2-11, $6; Infants, free. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 12-6 p.m. from Sept. 26-Oct. 31. 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.
Where will you scare up some fun this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!