By Collin Kelley
Editor

What is Halloween in Atlanta without the annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade? What began 10 years ago as a community festival, has become a nationally recognized event. The festival opens Friday, Oct. 15, 5 to 10 p .m. with live music, street entertainment, outdoor beverage vendors and restaurant/retail promotions.

On Saturday, Oct.16, the festival begins at noon with three stages set up for music and entertainment: L5P Music Center on Colquitt, Findley Plaza and the Star Bar Stage. There’s also the Freaky 5K road race, an artist market on Colquitt Avenue, a Halloween costume contest, outdoor beverage vendors, and the festival highlight – the Halloween Parade starting at 4 p.m. parade, starting at 4 p.m.

The parade will include giant skeleton puppets, the Tiki Terror float and Cirque du Soleil inspired performers in the parade. The Grand Marshal is Unknown Hinson who will ride in the parade and later perform at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday evening.

“We are excited about plans for our 10th Anniversary celebration this year and encourage everyone to stop by and join in the festivities,” said Brian Baj, Vice President Little Five Points Business Association. “The festival is produced with the community in mind so there is something for everyone. If you have not experienced at least the parade you are missing out on a true Halloween celebration.”

For more information visit www.L5Phalloween.com. For information on the Freaky 5K visit www.cprunnningclub.com.

More Halloween Events

Dali-ween: Bring the kids to the High Museum of Art on Halloween from 1 to 4 p.m. for activities, including storytelling and crafting a Salvador Dali-inspired mask. Children who come in costume get in free. www.high.org.

The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Celebrate the spooky season at The Center for Puppetry Arts with macabre music, ghost stories and more. This show is recommended for ages 16 and up, no one under 14 admitted. Oct. 13-31. www.puppet.org

Cool Costumes Contest: The Atlanta History Center will host this children’s event as part of its monthly Magic Mondays on Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.. The event is open to toddlers through age 5. Admission is $5 for kids, $6.50 for adults. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

Howl-O-Ween at Atlantic Station: Parents, dress your kids and pups in their favorite costumes and head down to the Station’s Central Park for the second annual Atlantic Station Howl-O-Ween Fall Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 30. Pumpkin decorating, costume contests for kids and dogs and entertainment. www.atlanticstation.com

Goblins in the Garden: Get the kids to don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities at this annual Halloween-themed event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $15. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Scarecrows in the Garden on display for Halloween. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Mummies and Milkshakes: The sixth annual event will be outside the Carlos Museum on the quad at Emory University. Enjoy a milkshake as you watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and films. Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.. $5. www.carlos.emory.edu

Pumpkin Festival: Stone Mountain is holding the ninth annual event all month long with entertainment and activities kids of all ages. Costume contests, scavenger hunts, trick or treating, storytelling and the Laser Show are all part of the fun. www.stonemountainpark.com

Halloween Ball: Put on the Ritz and your masquerade mask for the Atlanta Halloween Ball at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. There will be music, dancing, comedy, magic and unlimited cocktails. Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. www.atlantahalloweenball.com

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Frightful Fun: Halloween Events & Activities abound”

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  2. Join Animal Action Rescue for Halloween Cosmic Bowling and Costume Contest! It will be a night to remember.

    We will have Karaoke with Sully from Dave FM, a huge raffle with lots of great items, door prizes, and many more surprises!!!

    Tickets for this premier event are only $25 or you can reserve a lane for your group for $150! This price includes shoes and unlimited bowling!

    We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance, as we are sure this event will sell out!

    To purchase your ticket visit http://www.AnimalActionRescue.org and click on the Cosmic Bowling link.

  3. Hope to see you all at the Best Bones Forever! Weekend Jam, a weekend-long event for girls and their BFFs! The event will kick off with a dance competition featuring finalists from the Best Bones Forever! Atlanta Dance Contest, performances by Atlanta-based hip hop group Swagger Crew, and appearances from members of the Atlanta Dream Shooting Star’s cheer team and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. The fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday with Wii Just Dance 2 dance offs, HOPSports demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, makeovers, best-for-bones snacks, and more!

    Friday, October 29th from 7 pm – 9 pm
    Saturday, October 30th from 10 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, October 31st from 12 pm – 6 pm

    Macy’s Court in Lenox Square Mall
    3393 Peachtree Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    http://www.bestbonesforever.gov/weekendjam

  4. Hope to see you all at the Best Bones Forever! Weekend Jam, a weekend-long event for girls and their BFFs! The event will kick off with a dance competition featuring finalists from the Best Bones Forever! Atlanta Dance Contest, performances by Atlanta-based hip hop group Swagger Crew, and appearances from members of the Atlanta Dream Shooting Star’s cheer team and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. The fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday with Wii Just Dance 2 dance offs, HOPSports demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, makeovers, best-for-bones snacks, and more!

    Friday, October 29th from 7 pm – 9 pm
    Saturday, October 30th from 10 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, October 31st from 12 pm – 6 pm

    Macy’s Court in Lenox Square Mall
    3393 Peachtree Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    http://www.bestbonesforever.gov/weekendjam

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