Your weekend guide is here and it is frightfully full of freaky fun! Get things moving with the Trick, Treat or Trot 5k or the Monster Dash Family 5k & Little Goblins Run. Join the costumed craziness at the Southern Railway Museum’s Train-or-Treat or the Fernbank’s BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat. Set the night aglow with Owl O’ween’s balloon glow Saturday night. And don’t miss Sunday’s Day of the Dead at the Atlanta History Center or tune into the ASO’s hauntingly beautiful Halloween concert.


Trick, Treat or Trot 5k
Run, walk, bike or trike to support the Easter Seals at this family friendly event. Easter Seals North Georgia provides comprehensive education and childcare to more than 3,000 children ages birth to 5 with disabilities and special needs each day. They provide programs to low-income children to ensure that they have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Sat., 9 am, Chastain Park Blue Lot, $25 in advance, $35 in person. All ages. Event details.

Monster Dash Family 5k & Little Goblins Run
The 5th annual Monster Dash Family 5K & Little Goblins Run includes a 5K, a 1 mile fun run for runners of all ages, and a Little Goblins Run for children five and under. Participants are encouraged to bring the whole family, come in costume, and start their weekend with a heart-pumping run/walk through beautiful Grant Park. All proceeds benefit The Grant Park Cooperative Preschool. Sat., 7:30 am to 10:30 am, Grant Park, $20-25, Little Goblins race is free. All ages. Event details.

Come dressed in your favorite costume and Trick-or-Treat through 14 decorated train cars. Kids can enjoy decorating their own trick-or-treat bag, drinking apple cider in a caboose, enjoying scary smoothies in the dining car, and tractor hay rides. There is also a costume contest at noon and train rides aboard a real caboose for an additional charge—just watch out for the train robbers! Sat., 10 am to 4 pm, Southeastern Railway Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick or Treat
Dust off those costumes, practice your monster-mash and prepare your teeth for sugar overload. 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. Sat., 10 am to 2 pm, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

Owl O’ween
This hot air balloon festival is a hoot featuring balloon rides, a balloon glow, trick-or-treating, costume contest, food, beer tents, vendors, and live entertainers at Kennesaw State University. Sat., 4 pm to midnight, Kennesaw State Sports & Recreation Park, Adults $15, children 4-12 $8, children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.

Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos
Enjoy this free admission day of cultural exploration and enjoy learning about this ancient festival rooted in Mexican heritage that serves as a way for families to remember their deceased loved ones while celebrating their children and the continuity of life. Smiling faces, swirling brilliant colors, storytelling, elaborately decorated altars designed to honor lost family and friends, authentic Mexican food, music, and variety of performances are highlights of this celebration. Sun., noon to 5 pm, The Atlanta History Center, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

The Phantoms of the Orchestra
The Phantoms of the Orchestra return to haunt the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when the ghoulish “orchestra of the undead” performs a concert with help from the Magic Circle Mime Company. The maestro and his terrified assistant must use the power of the baton to control this ghoulish orchestra of the undead and lead them in concert. Sun., 1:30 & 3:30 pm, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $15-20. All ages. Event details.

How will your family get their freak on this weekend? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

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