Below is a list of some local events and haunted happenings for little goblins, ghouls, and witches to enjoy this Halloween season.
SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST
Weekends October 5-28 & 29-31
A spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. 12 noon-11pm. $74.99-$94.99. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. More info: sixflags.com.
FOLKLORE HAUNTED HOUSE
Through November 3
Everyone loves a haunted house, come explore the 3 houses: The Manor, Tremulous and Chromophobia. Check website for hours. $28-$45. Folklore Haunted House, 5389 North Main Street, Acworth. More info: www.folklorehauntedhouse.com.
PUMPKIN PATCH-EAST COBB SWIM AND TENNIS CLUB
Offering over 20 pumpkin varieties, unique shapes, sizes and colors to make your fall decorations the most festive. October 20: The Annual Chili Cook Off. East Cobb Swim & Tennis Club, 2111 Old Canton Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: eastcobbswimtennis.com.
ROSWELL GHOST TOURS
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. Private group tours offered. $15/adults; $10/children 12 and under. Walking tour is 2 ½ hours. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: roswellghosttour.com or [email protected].
SCARY-ETTA HAUNTED TROLLEY TOUR
Fridays and Saturdays • October 1-31 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. Tours start at 8pm. $27(plus tax)/ adults; $25(plus tax)/seniors; $14(plus tax)/children 6-12 years old. Limited Space. Advance reservations required. Ghost Tours of Marietta, 131 Church Street, Marietta. More info: ghostsofmarietta.com or 770-425-5755.
PUMPKIN PATCH – MT. ZION UMC
Buy a pumpkin, take a sticker, some candy and a great photo. Party in the Patch: October 13, 10am-2pm. Family Movie Night: October 27, 7:30pm. Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465 or mtzionumc.org.
PUMPKIN PATCH – ST. ANDREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (UMC)
Purchase pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and more! Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-8pm. Sundays: noon8pm. Closes at 6pm on Oct 31. All proceeds from the patch support the Youth Ministry and Missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. St. Andrew UMC, 3455 Canton Hwy, Marietta. More info: 770-926-3488 or thepumpkinchurch.org.
ACWORTH GHOST TOURS
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays • October 4-27
Acworth’s history and ghost stories are shared by a tour guide. Size of tour groups limited, purchase tickets in advance. 7:30 pm. $16. Walking tour is 1.2 miles meet in front of Acworth City Hall, 4415 Senator Russell Avenue, Acworth. Tickets: www.AcworthGhostTours.com. More Info: 770-653-0756.
CITY CEMETERY TOURS
October 6, 20 & 27
The Marietta City Cemetery has a host of tales to tell and these guided walking tours are the best way to experience them. The tours begin at the brick pavilion between the Confederate and City Cemeteries. Proceeds from the tours benefit the Marietta Museum of History. Tours: 10:30am and 2pm. $15. Tours are limited to 20 people. Marietta City Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. More info/tickets: www.touchstonestothepast.eventbrite.com.
FALL-O-WEEN FEST & OUTDOOR MOVIE
Carnival games, trick-or-treating, dance party, and costume contests. After sundown Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be shown. Bring a blanket or chairs. Concessions available. 5-9pm. Free. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old US Highway 41, Kennesaw. More info: www.kennesawparksandrec.com.
STRAND’S OLE OPRY’S MURDER BALLADS
A special Strand Ole Opry with the devilish side of bluegrass in this live performance of old southern murder ballads. Following in the footsteps of a great southern tradition, this concert will transport patrons to the old south with beautiful vocals and live band accompaniment, as well as traditional southern storytelling. 8pm. $18. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square Marietta. More info/ tickets: www.earlsmithstrand.org.
FALL FESTIVAL AT MARTIN’S GARDEN
Pumpkins, hot chocolate bar, S mores, food trucks, lawn games, bounce house, crafts, live music and more! All sales of the pumpkins will go to Atlanta Community Food Bank. 12:30-4:30pm. Free. Martin’s Garden, 410 Coleman Road, Roswell. More info: www.martinsgardenacf.com.
GHOSTS AND GOBLINS
Presented by Georgia Philharmonic. Featuring many works you know and love, from scary movie themes to orchestral skeletons. Come in costume to make the night extra special. 4pm. Tickets: $10-$30. Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/ tickets: georgiaphilharmonic.org.
OWL O’ WEEN October
This spooktacular hot air balloon festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring amazing balloon glows, trickor-treating, tethered balloon rides, harvest beer tents, vendor marketplace, sports bar, artist market, amazing food trucks, roving entertainment, kid’s area, a concert stage, and more! Friday: 6-11pm; Saturday: 4-11pm. Advance pricing: Adults: $14; Kids (3-12): $6; Under 3: free. Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW, Kennesaw. More info: owl-o-ween.com.
WIZARDING ACADEMY WEEKEND
Attend classes lead by witches and wizards, craft your own wand, enjoy enchanting drinks and pastries, take pictures with your favorite characters. Encourage all who attend to dress in their most magical attire. Times vary by age. $25-$40. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: www.tapmarietta.com.
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. Crafts, face painting, music and campfire. Tickets: $12 (save $2 off the first weekend); children two and under: free. Hikes start at 7pm and end at 9:45pm. 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 ext. 238 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
History comes alive at Bulloch Hall. Tour the house by candlelight and meet President “Teddy” Roosevelt and other family members. Tours of the house are every 20 minutes, pumpkin rolling races, ring toss and miniature golf in the Goofy Graveyard. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, a drink, and roasted marshmallows by the fireplace. 6:309pm. $12/adults; $6/children. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. More info: www.bullochhall.org.
HARVESTFEST, HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS & SCARECROWS IN THE SQUARE
Annual arts and crafts festival held each October. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival includes Halloween Happenings for children. Carnival games and costume contest lots of prizes to thrill the little ones. Arts and Crafts Festival: 9am-5pm. Halloween Happenings: 1-5pm. Costume Contest: 2pm. Glover Park, historic Marietta Square. More info: mariettaga.gov/212/HarvestFest.
Get excited for Sprayberry’s annual Trunk-or-Treat! Bring friends and family to participate in the fun. Candy, food trucks, raffles, games and more. Kids are welcome to come in costume. 4:30-7:30pm. $3 per child or 2 for $5. Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: cobbk12.org/Sprayberry.
POPE DRAMA CLUB HAUNTED THEATER: THE CIRCUS
October 25, 27-28
Who doesn’t love the circus? The popcorn, the clowns, the tigers, the horrors- sorry, the behind-the-scenes action. Your journey begins when you meet the ringmaster, your guide to the circus and all of the scares. In the circus you will meet many different fiendish- er, friendly clowns and performers – come meet the bearded lady, the contortionist, the two-headed human, and other amazing performers! 6pm. $5. Pope High School Theater, 3001 Hembree Rd NE, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: popetheater.org or [email protected].
ACWORTH HALLOWEEN JAMBOOREE
Free hayrides and costume contests for different age groups. For a minimal charge, each child can participate in many different carnival type games and activities where they can win candy and prizes. 3-7pm. Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee Street, Acworth. More info: acworthtourism.org/event/halloween-jambooree.
HAUNTED SANDY SPRINGS
A night of eerie entertainment and education begins at the Williams-Payne House Garden Room (lower level of the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum). Live music, psychic readings, fire pit & s’mores bar, and a special screening of Hocus Pocus. Free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Earn a free beverage by coming in full costume! Brave souls can also walk with ghosts through historic Sandy Springs by participating in a tour of the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery – the oldest in the city! Tours last approximately 60 minutes, covering half a mile of haunted history. Tour tickets: $15. Tours will begin every 30 minutes and are limited to 15 people per group; they WILL sell out! Some mature content; ages 16+ recommended. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 7-10:30pm. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. More info: 404-851-9111 x2.
KINGDOM OF HALLOWEEN
Journey through the Kingdom of Halloween encountering storyteller and visions from fairy tales and legends. Crafts, games, hay rides, artisan market and a fairytale walk. 5-8:30pm. $10. The Garden School, 4010 Canton Road, Marietta. More info: thegardenmarietta.org/kingdom-of-halloween.
Wear your costume and come enjoy trunk or treating. 3-5pm. Free. St. Andrew United Methodist Church. St. Andrew UMC, 3455 Canton Hwy, Marietta. More info: 770-926-3488 or thepumpkinchurch.org.