Looking to scare up some spooks this Halloween? For older kids who crave a thrill and a chill, these haunted houses will bring the holiday to life. Leave the timid toddlers at home—these ghost encounters and zombie hunts are only for the brave at heart.

Buford Corn Maze Haunted Forest

Haunted Forest at the Buford Corn Maze
The Buford Corn Maze is an Atlanta Halloween tradition. Between the hayride, the bounce house, the pony rides and the corn box (not to mention the five-acre corn maze), there’s plenty here to entertain without the spook factor. But if your older kids are ready for a scary Halloween, come on Friday or Saturday night, when the haunted forest is open from 8 till midnight. Kids of all ages are allowed, but use your best judgement, and you’ll need to accompany the under-8 set.

Address: 4470 Bennet Road, Buford, GA 30519
Dates: September 20 – November 2

Fear the Woods

Fear the Woods
On this haunted farm, mysterious things happen after dark. The haunted hayride takes families on a tour through the farm, where spooky creatures appear in the darkness. Kids 10 and under get a discount, and there’s also a reptile house and pumpkin cannon exhibit for more timid tots.

Address: 13 Reagan Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dates: Every weekend in October

Six Flags Fright Fest

Fright Fest at Six Flags
Timing your Six Flags visit is the key to serving up just the right amount of horror. During  daylight hours, there’s trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed shows and pumpkin painting for the little ones. Fright Fest begins after dark with terror-filled rides and wandering monsters and zombies. For families with various ages, keep the little ones in the scare-free kid zone  while the big kids go exploring after dark.

Address: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168
Dates: September 28 – October 27


Fearopolis at Funopolis Family Fun Center
If you’re not sure how well your kiddos will handle spooky after-dark activities, Fearopolis could be the perfect introduction to the haunted house experience. Kids will enjoy the competitive games like pumpkin launching and laser tag, and if they want to test their limits of fear, the haunted house gives some startles and scares without overwhelming first-timers.

Address: 40155 Hwy 441 S, Commerce, GA 30529
Dates: Weekends September 27 – November 2


Boo at the Zoo
It’s not exactly a haunted house, but if you want an immersive Halloween experience that’s 100% kid friendly, Boo at the Zoo is the event you’ve been waiting for. With a trick-or-treat trail, a costume contest, a big cast of costumed characters and plenty of fall activities, Boo at the Zoo will get your whole family in the Halloween spirit without keeping little ones up at night.

Address: 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Dates: October 19, 20, 26, 27

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–Lisa Baker

Photos courtesy of Buford Corn Maze via Facebook, Fear The Woods via Facebook, Six Flags via Facebook, Funopolis Family Fun Center and Zoo Atlanta via Facebook