All Hallows’ Eve is finally here, and we’ve got your weekend plan so never fear! Kick things off by taking the tots to the “Georgia A-Scary-Um” or Callanwolde for some trick-or-treating. Burn off all that candy at Rock Ranch’s Pumpkin Destruction Day. If you are feeling fest-ive, hit the Chastain park Arts Festival, Stone Mountain’s Indian Pow Wow or the Chomp and Stomp Chili Cookoff. Looking to scare up the sillies? Go see The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Happy Halloween!
Georgia A-Scary-Um provides a safe and friendly environment for the whole family to have fun in costume and trick-or-treat alongside longfin batfish and Japanese spider crabs. The Aquarium will be decked out with Halloween decorations and music. Enjoy Trick-or-Treat stations in each gallery and Halloween-themed crafts, photo stations and costume contests! There will be music, games, contests and SPOOK-tacular prizes for all! Fri., 2-7pm; Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Georgia Aquarium, Costumed kids 12 and under get general admission free during this event. All ages. Event Details.
Halloween Night at Callanwolde
Scare up some fun at a night of family fun for both kids and adults with the Callawolde Concert Band and LEGOLand Discovery Center. 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 throughout the estate and a family-friendly costume contest with big prizes—plus LEGO building tables, carved pumpkin contest and spooky storytelling. Fri., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, $4 per person online, $5 per person at the door. All ages. Event Details.
Pumpkin Destruction Day
Bring your leftover jack-o-lanterns or use a leftover pumpkin from The Rock Ranch pumpkin patch, and join us for Pumpkin Destruction Day. Enjoy unique country fun as you “recycle” pumpkins with activities that include pumpkin bombing airplanes, professional Monster Trucks, the lift crane pumpkin drop, the hammer smash, the pumpkin cannon and more. Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Rock Ranch, General admission, $15; kids 3 and under are free. All ages. Event Details.
Chomp and Stomp Chili Cookoff and Festival
Come hungry for the 12th annual Chomp & Stomp Festival—a little neighborhood fundraiser that brought in 100 individual chilis, 29 restaurants chilis, 75 artists, 20 food vendors, 19 celebrity judges, and between 22,000 and 24,000 attendees last year! Don’t miss Brussel Sprout Park where the stage is family friendly, and enjoy the free kids area where little ones can hear a Br’er Rabbit tale, talk with puppets about the musical merits of Wiggles vs. Yo Gabba Gabba, or get their faces painted with unicorns. Sat., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cabbagetown Park, Festival is free but some concessions and activities have cost. All ages. Event Details.
Chastain Park Arts Festival 2014
Named Best Self Magazine’s “Best Local Festival,” the Chastain Park Arts Festival will transform the park into an outdoor art gallery to the backdrop of vibrant fall hues. Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, a children’s area and local food and beverage concessions including the “gourmet” food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will enliven the atmosphere in addition to live art demonstrations. Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chastain Park, Free. All ages. Event Details.
Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
Bring your family to experience the energy and color of the largest Native American gathering in Georgia. Held at Stone Mountain Park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more. 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. Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stone Mountain Village, $10 fee per car for parking/park entry. All ages. Event Details.
The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow
An audience favorite, the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers bring their unique brand of hip humor to the famous Washington Irving short story. In this comedic version, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Fri., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 3 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, $9.25 for members, $16.50 for non-members. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event Details.
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