Halloween in Atlanta is a big deal. The celebration on our street is one of the reasons we bought our house. After a parade and cookout, the kids trick-or-treat door-to-door. I know lots of neighborhoods don’t encourage this kind of old fashion trick-or-treating, so here are lots of places to celebrate Halloween in Atlanta during the month of October. For those that do celebrate Halloween in Atlanta like our family, these are some good warm up events. Know more? Tell us about it.
What: Trick or Treat at the Museum
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. |404-659-5437
When: Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Free with general admission $12.75 (2 and up)
Reservations are required for this event which sells out quickly, so don’t delay if you think you’d like to go. There will be crafts, prizes, games and some surprises too!
What: Boo at the Zoo
Where: Zoo Atlanta | 800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast Atlanta | 404-624-9453
When: Sat. and Sundays Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28, 2012 (10 am – 3 pm)
Cost: Free for Members, Free with General Admission ($20.99 adults, $15.99 Children 3 – 11)
Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats (while supplies last), meet the whimsical characters of Zoo Boo Town, and much more.
What: Goblins in the Garden
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden | 1345 Piedmont Avenue Northeast Atlanta | 404-876-5859
When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free with Admission (train rides $2, pony rides $4)
Bring young goblins dressed in their Halloween best for a costume parade, the ride-on-train, games, pony rides, tricks, treats and more! Bettina the Friendly Witch tells stories at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Day Hall. Show off your costume on the runway at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Keep an eye out for the living scarecrow from Serenbe Playhouse. Plus, explore Scarecrows in the Garden! The Garden is stuffed with more than 100 wacky creations.
What: Day of the Dead Festival
When: Oct. 28, 2012 Noon – 5 p.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW Atlanta
Cost: Event is Free w/admission. Admission is ½ price on this day
Admission is $16.50 adults, $13 Seniors (65+), $11 (4-12)
Ok, so this isn’t a trick or treating event, but it sounds like a great family program and a fun way to learn about different cultures. Held in collaboration with the Instituto de Mexico and the Mexican Consulate for 11 years, this annual festival is an outdoor event complete with storytelling, crafts, and authentic Mexican food, drinks, and entertainment. A display of elaborately decorated altars honoring lost loved ones highlights the event.
As an additional treat for guests, the Atlanta History Center offers a special half off admission to the museum during Day of the Dead inviting guests to discover the museum while viewing the award-winning exhibitions, gardens and trails, and historic houses.
What: Boo-Seum Trick or Treat
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History | 767 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta
When: Oct. 27 & 28, 2012 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: Free with museum admission $17.50 Adults, $16.50 (62+), $15.50 (3-12)
Enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes. Treats are available while supplies last.
What: Georgia A-Scary-Um
Where: Georgia Aquarium | 225 Baker Street Northwest Atlanta | 404-581-4000
When: Oct. 31, 20102
Cost: Kids 12 and under in costume are FREE accompanied by an adult (2 children per adult)
Not only will the Aquarium be decked out with Halloween-themed decorations, but there will be music, candy stations throughout the Aquarium, Halloween craft tables and costume contests throughout the day. Wear your costumes and get ready to have a screaming good time with bat fish, spider crabs, ghost jellies and more!
For even more fun, join the Halloween sleepover on Oct. 30. Spend the night in the monstrous Ocean Voyager exhibit. Hear tales combining modern scientific knowledge with ancient folklore, and learn how legends of sea monsters and mermaids originated and how they apply in today’s world. Finally, guests discover aquatic shape shifters and other species that roam the oceans today that may sound like myth. Sleepover is $95.95 per person and $86.95 for members plus tax.
What: Boo Bash
Where: Town Center at Cobb | 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw | 770-424-9486
When: Oct. 27, 2012 6 – 8 p.m.
Simon Kidgits Club “Boo Bash” is outside the Food Court Main Entrance (weather permitting) with interactive booths, bounce house, face painting and more, and a costume parade and other fun activities hosted by Radio Disney in Center Court. Mall-wide trick-or-treating will also take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on October 27. Participating stores will have orange signs in their windows.
What: Ghostly Halloween Party
Where: Northlake Mall | 4800 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta | 770-938-3564
When: Oct. 31, 2012 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us as Radio Disney hosts an evening of frightening fun including a costume parade, games and trick-or-treating at participating stores! Kidgits Club members can enjoy special games and offers. Kids ages 12 and under are permitted to wear masks. Log on to www.simonkidgitsclub.com or visit Northlake Mall (www.northlakemall.com) for more details.
What: Mall-wide Trick-or-Treat
Where: Mall of Georgia | 3333 Buford Dr., Buford | 678-482-8788
When: Oct. 31, 2012 6 – 8 p.m.
Participating merchants offer goodies and sweets to costume-clad children 12 years of age and under. Please remember that masks are not allowed.