The EAST COBBER has collected a few local magical events and haunted happenings for you to enjoy this Halloween season.
Roswell Ghost Tours
Owned and operated by East Cobbers, the Roswell Ghost Tour is a community staple of Halloween excitement. Unlike some tours and haunted houses, these Ghost Tours tell stories of real hauntings without costumes to enhance imagination. Tours are available nightly in October. Demand is high. Private group tours offered as well. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under. Walking
tour is 2 ½ hours. To reserve: roswellghosttour.com/reservations. 770-649-9922 for more info. 610 Atlanta St, Roswell.
Paranoia Haunted House
October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-31
A haunted house packed with murdering maniacs, ghostly ghouls, and unexpected horror around every turn. Thursdays and Sundays: 7:30-11pm. Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30pm-midnight. October 26-31: 7:30pm-midnight. $22/ticket, $27 combo or $40/pass. 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. More info: www.paranoiahauntedhouse.com.
Fridays and Saturdays starting October 5 through November 3
Step aboard the trolley for a spirited 90-minute fully narrated ride through Marietta. The ghost tours are all 90 minutes of thrills and chills based on history and documented accounts of ghostly encounters. There is a walk of about 2 blocks. From October 5-20, tours start at 8 and 10 p.m. October 26 and 27 tours start at 7, 9 and 11 pm. November 2 and 3 tours begin at 8 pm. $27(plus tax)/Adults. $24.00 (plus tax)/Seniors. $14.00 (plus tax)/Children (12 and under). Limited space. Advance reservations required. More info: The Historic Marietta Trolley Co., 770-425-1006 or www.ghostsofmarietta.com.
Creepy Critters and Uncanny Plants
See live bats, snakes and owls. Trade costumes with others. 11 am-3 pm, all ages. Included with general admission. Free for Nature Center members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
The Haunted Museum-A Night at the Asylum
Walk through a night of real nightmares. To observe Halloween this year, part of the museum has been converted into a haunted house. Admission is $5 for all, ages 13 and up recommended. There will be a strobe light in use. Friday: 6-10pm. Saturday: 5-10pm. The Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-427-2117.
October 19, 20, 26 & 27
Get ready to take a walk on the wild side and meet some wonderful costumed woodland creatures at night! Experience the mystery of a short half mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Join us for an evening full of music and fun activities with wholesome refreshments available for purchase. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and have their photo made with our roaming
characters. Enjoy hot chocolate or sip apple cider and relax by the campfire. Live animal presentations will accent the experience of nature at night. Tickets are $8 for all ages, children two and under are free. Hikes start at 7 pm and end at 10. The trails are not suitable for strollers and children must be accompanied by adults at all times. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
36th Annual Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival /Halloween Happenings/Scarecrows on the Square
This year’s festival will combine all three events into a day of family fun. Local and area artists and craftspeople will showcase their painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs. Games, activities and prizes for everyone. Scarecrow contest, children’s costume contest, and pet costume contest. 9 am-6 pm. Farmers market from 9 am-noon. Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.
Come in your best Halloween costume and dance the night away with a DJ. Carnival, games and crafts. Best costume wins a prize. 6-8pm. $5/members, $8/non-members. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991.
Strandemonium: A Halloween Rock & Roll Review
October 26-28, 31
Strandemonium is a Broadway-like production with “enough eye candy to fill the biggest trick-or-treat bag.” The show starts at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and has a Sunday matinee at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, and a military discount is available for $15. On Halloween night, Strandemonium begins at 7 pm and will be followed by the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo at 9 pm. Movie tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More
info: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.
Haunted Theater : The Curse of the Pharoahs
October 28, 29 & 30
Haunted Egyptian house. Starts at 7 pm, ends at 10. Admission is $5. Celebrate Halloween in a less contemporary manner but still just as frightening. Canned goods and non-perishable items will be accepted at the door as part of Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat and MUST Ministries. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta. More info: Kimberley Walters, 770-865-8187 or www.popetheater.org.
Fall Festival of Fun
Sponsored by Cobb County Recreation Department, Cobb Safe Kids and Cobb County 4-H. Enjoy carnival games, crafts, trick or treating, costume contest, the Mad Hatter contest, hayrides and all sorts of ghoulish fun. Be sure to bring a bag for candy. 4-7 pm. Cobb Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-852-3270.
(Reprinted from the October 2012 issue of EAST COBBER.)