Whether you’re in it for the costumes, the parties or the candy, there’s something for everyone to look forward to on Halloween. We compiled a list of some of our favorite events in our communities to share with you and yours this season. Have a spooky good time!
Haunted Halloween at the Atlanta History Center
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Get ready to be scared at Atlanta History Center’s newest after dark program. The center’s historic houses are transformed into fictional haunted experiences. Festivities include classic Halloween movie screenings, costumed character photo ops, Monster Mash and Thriller dance lessons, and lots of history mixed in with the haunted home displays. Snacks, beer, wine and specialty cocktails available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and $8 for children. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. To buy tickets and learn more, go to atlantahistorycenter.com/family or call 404-814-4000.
Chattahoochee Nature Center Halloween Hikes
Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 30, 7 – 10 p.m. If you have been searching for a non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween festivities, check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s evening Halloween Hikes. This well-lit tour of the trails includes entertainment and education relating to the woodland creatures that live at the center. Groups of 20-25 will walk the trails that last roughly 45 minutes. Campfires, s’mores, world music and crafts also available during the event. Admission is $9; free for kids 2 and under. Ticket sales are available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. CNC members can purchase their tickets in advance at the Visitor Services Desk in the Discovery Center. Please leave pets at home for this event. Bring cash for snacks. 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, 30075. Visist chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055 for more information.
Haunted Farm Tour & Festival
Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 – 9 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 477 hosts its annual Haunted Farm Tour and Festival at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm House. This family-friendly event features a haunted tour, games, live music, s’mores and snacks. Recommended for kids elementary school age and younger. Free parking at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody at Peeler) with regular shuttle bus service to the property. Additional parking can be found at the Vermack Swim Tennis Center. This fundraiser helps send boys to summer camp who might otherwise not be able to afford the experience. 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-451-5180.
Chamblee Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get a head start on Halloween with this outdoor event at Keswick Park. Visitors will enjoy a spooky fun house, hay rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a free costume contest at 1 p.m., food, music, face painting, bounce houses and a cupcake walk. Costumes are encouraged. Event suitable for all ages. Free and open to the public. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee, 30341. To learn more or to get involved, contact Chris Madden at email@example.com or call 770-986-5016.
Monday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. School-age kids are invited to the Brookhaven Library for a Halloween scavenger hunt. Equipped with a scavenger hunt sheet from the circulation desk, kids will solve puzzles and search for clues throughout the library, and winners will receive a prize. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years. Free and open to the public. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140 for additional details.
Haunted Sandy Springs
Friday, Oct. 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. and 8 – 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Take a walk through historic Sandy Springs with a spooky twist. The tour begins at the Williams-Payne House, where you can enjoy hot apple cider, light snacks and scary stories. Tour guides then lead participants to the original spring site and over to the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tours last approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are $15 each and tours are limited to 20 people per group. Must be 15 years or older to participate. Go online to heritagesandysprings.org to purchase tickets. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Have questions? Call 404-851-9111, extension 2.
GA Peach Trick or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 – 4 p.m. Join the GA Peach Authors for a literary costume event at the Buckhead Library. Authors Marissa Monteilh, Norlita Brown, Jade Jones and Marlon McCaulsky will be featured, and visitors can participate in a costume contest, enjoy trick-or-treat goodies and enjoy readings during the afternoon. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Find out more at afpls.org or by calling 404-814-3500.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 3 – 4 p.m. Ms. Leah presents a fun seasonal story time with related activities for the whole family. Registration is required and space is limited, so stop by the library during normal hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-303-6130 to sign up. Recommended for kids aged 3-7; free and open to all. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328.
Halloween at Briers North
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 – 9 p.m. Looking for a fun spot to bring your kids and go trick-or-treating? Look no further than Briers North, a quiet Dunwoody neighborhood that goes all out on Halloween. decorations. Rain or shine. Free and open to the community. Suitable for all ages. Pets not allowed. Candy will be distributed from 6-9 p.m.; no admission to the subdivision after 8:30 p.m. No parking inside the subdivision, so participants are encouraged to find suitable street parking nearby. Brier North Road (off Tilly Mill Road), Dunwoody, 30338. Go online to briersnorth.org for more information and to see pictures from previous years.
A Social Mess Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Costumes, drinking and partying – oh my! The popular Social Mess Halloween Party returns for its sixth year to the Buckhead Theatre. This event draws thousands of partiers and promises an evening of top-rated DJs and adult beverages. 21+ only; no refunds. General admission tickets are $23 each.Group tickets can be purchased for $20 each, minimum 10 guests. 3110 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Go online to asocialmess.com to buy tickets and learn more.
Monster Bash 2015
Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Join the celebration at a Latin and international Halloween party at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody. Returning for its 17th year, this party offers Latin and international music, a costume contest with $2,000 in cash prizes, drink specials and other giveaways. Ladies must be 18+ for this event; guys must be 21+ to attend. Costumes required. Admission is free until 10 p.m. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30346. Find out more by visiting monsterbashatl.com.