Boo! Your guide to a weekend full of freaky, family fun is here and there is so much to do it is downright scary. Join the costumed craziness at Boo at the Zoo or the Little Five Points Halloween Parade. Get in the spirit with a spooktacular tour of Oakland Cemetery. Bring a furry friend out for Dogtoberfest. If you feel more like clowning around town, check out Waiting for Balloon at the Alliance Theater. Enjoy some fresh air at either the Fall Festival on Ponce, Play Day at Piedmont Park or the Morningside Mile Block Party.

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Boo at the Zoo
Don’t forget your costume when you head out to Atlanta’s favorite family Halloween festival! Sample the treats, sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Support gorilla conservation by recycling your old cell phones, and the gorillas will thank you with an extra treat! Drop phones off at the designated treat booth near the Willie B. Gorilla Conservation Center. Click here to learn more about how our cell phone recycling program helps gorillas. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 am to 3 pm, Zoo Atlanta, Free with general admission and for Zoo members or children under 3, All ages. Event details.

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade
Proud to be one of Atlanta’s quirkiest neighborhoods, L5P takes Halloween seriously—celebrating the weird and wonderful all in a parade. Because of the size of the parade and the number of spectators, plan on arriving early and enjoying the spectacle (and the live music). Kids will love the elaborate costumes and watching the adults who’ve come out to play, but beware, as some costumes might creep out kiddos. Attendees are strongly encouraged to take MARTA to the Inman Park/ Reynoldstown stop. Sat., 4 to 6 pm, Little Five Points, $20 for adults, Free. All ages. Event details.

Oakland Cemetery Halloween Tour
Historic Oakland Cemetery receives many visitors each day, but only at Halloween do the gates stay open after dark. Witness the magnificent final resting place of Atlanta’s sons and daughters during the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland 2013 Halloween Tours. Hear first-hand accounts about our city’s past, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents.” You’ll also see gorgeous candlelit mausoleums in this one-of-a-kind annual tradition. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. To ensure all ticket holders are accommodated, tour tickets are sold in timed increments, and a limited number of tickets are available. Sat., 5:30 pm, Oakland Cemetery, $20 for adults, $10 for children 4-12, children under 3 are free. This event is appropriate for children 8 and above. Event details.

 

Fall Festival on Ponce
Join an estimated 20,000 visitors to check out over 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. Sat., 10am to 6 pm; Sun., 11am to 6 pm, Olmsted Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Play Day at Piedmont Park
Play day will have activities, food, and drink up and down the atlanta beltline, east side trail. Enjoy activities like flag foot­ball, golf, hockey, skate­board­ing, rollerblading, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate, soccer, gaelic, soccer, kick­ball, freestyle frisbee, soft­ball, dodge­ball, capoeira, yoga, martial arts, volley­ball, unicycles, running. Food from vendors like Bell Street Burrito, the Irwin Street Market, Parish, Kale Me Crazy plus interactive art and music. Sat., 10am to 5 pm, Piedmont Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dogtoberfest in EAV
For the love of dogs enjoy this EAV fun-raiser with your favorite, furry friends. Don’t miss dog costume contests, food trucks, pet-friendly vendors, and training tips at this family-friendly event that benefits Lifeline Animal Project and Southern Animal Rescue. For more info, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @dogtoberfestEAV. Sat., 10am to 6 pm; Sun., noon to 4 pm, East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, $5. All ages (human or canine). Event details.

Morningside Mile & Block Party
Doc Chey’s presents the fourth annual Morningside Mile 1-mile race and block party benefitting Atlanta’s oldest fire station. Participants and non-runners alike are invited to enjoy block party activities that include the annual Doc Chey’s noodle eating contests for adults and kids, music, food from local restaurants, cookie decorating with Alon’s bakery, a bounce house, face painter, fire safety tips from Atlanta firefighters and games for kids and adults alike. Sat., noon to 2 pm, Morningside Village, $25 per person to register for the race. All ages. Event details.

Waiting for Balloon
The Alliance Theatre for the Very Young will stage Waiting for Balloon written by folk artist TMarq and loosely based on the classic play Waiting for Godot. Two childlike hobo-clown characters are waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two clowns piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!” Sat., 9:30 & 11 am, The Alliance Theater, $10. All ages. Event details.

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–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta via Facebook