Halloween Tours of Oakland Cemetery.
Halloween Tours of Oakland Cemetery.

If you’re looking to scare up some good fun for Halloween or just celebrate the arrival of autumn, there’s plenty happening all October around Intown.

The classic haunted house is open all month long at 6624 Dawson Boulevard in Norcross. Named one of the scariest haunted houses in the world year after year, it’s worth the trip outside the perimeter to have the pants scared off you. The attraction is divided into themed zones: “The Rotting” and “Vault13:Unearthed.” You’ve been warned. Find out more at fearworld.com.

Chambers of Horror
With The Masquerade leaving North Avenue to make way for a mixed-use development, this will be the last year to have the bejeezus scared out of you inside the historic mill. This adult only haunted house runs Oct. 1 to Nov. 2 and the storyline visitors will enter is all about weaponized zombies, secrete government plots and lots of blood. Tickets are available at the door or online ranging in price from $22 for general admission to $60 for VIP. For more, visit chambersofhorroratl.com.

Candler Park Fall Fest
The annual festival returns Oct. 3-4 from noon to 9 p.m. each day. A 5K race, live music, more than 100 artists booths, kid zone and tour of homes are all part of the weekend. For more visit fallfest.candlerpark.org.

LakeFest in Pine Lake
DeKalb County’s smallest city will host two days of art, music, food and family fun on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake on Oct. 3-4. Now in its 15th year, the festival showcases handmade art and crafts by 45 local and regional artist vendors, live music (including Michelle Malone and The Georgia Flood), a kids’ carnival, chalk art and sand sculpture contests, a poetry reading and pet show. A wild water parade, “Floatzilla!” will be led by the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.  A full listing of events is available at pinelakefest.com.

Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery.

Oakland Cemetery
On Oct. 4 the 36th annual Sunday in the Park Victorian street festival brings Oakland Cemetery’s past to the present. From noon to 6 p.m., explore the cemetery’s splendor with living history demonstrations, guided walking tours, a Victorian costume contest, live music and dance performances, children’s area, food trucks, beer tents and much more. Attendees are also invited to participate in the Victorian costume contest and photography contest, or explore inside some of Oakland’s grand mausoleums, which are only opened once a year during Sunday in the Park. Tickets to this daylong celebration are $7 and children under 3 years old are free. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours will span two weekends on Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31. Experience the cemetery after dark on guided walking tours, which bring a few residents “to life” through re-enactments. Tickets range from $13 to $25 (plus tax and fees), and are available in advance only at TicketAlternative.com. Visit oaklandcemetery.com for more details.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden goes all in for Halloween with its annual display of 100 scarecrows from Oct. 8-31. Kids are invited to dress up in their best costumes for Goblins in the Garden on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will feature crafts, storytelling, pony rides and train rides. Fest-of-Ale happens every Thursday in October from 5 to 10 p.m. with seasonal brews and live music. Local chefs will square off on Oct. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. For details on all the Halloween and fall events, visit atlantabg.org.

Pace Academy Fall Fair
The 52nd edition of the Fall Fair (this year’s theme is A Sweet Day & Knight) will be held Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attractions will include dozens inflatables, rides, a haunted house, food and a street fair featuring artists and vendors offering items ranging from unique jewelry, toys and children’s accessories to gourmet specialty foods. For more information, visit paceacademy.org.

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade
The 15th annual tradition will see thousands congregate in L5P on Oct. 17 to enjoy the artists market, food, drinks, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades the South has to offer. The parade begins at 4 p.m. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, visit l5phalloween.com.

Fall Festival on Ponce
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will host the fifth annual Fall Festival on Ponce Oct. 17-18 at Olmsted Linear Park. There will be more than 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” There will also be a children’s area, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit festivalonponce.com for more information.

Krog Masquerade

Krog Masquerade
The controversial street party returns to the iconic Krog Street tunnel that connects the Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown on Oct. 17. There will be live entertainment, street performers, food and more during this “avant-garde European style masquerade ball.” Masks will be required for entry into the tunnel and attendees must be 21 or over. The festivities begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will end at 1 a.m. Tickets are $40-50 for general admission or $100 for VIP. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit krogmasquerade.com.

Atlanta Arts Festival
The 9th annual event returns to Piedmont Park on Oct. 24-25. There will be an artist’s market, art demonstrations, classes, food, live music and more. Admission is free. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit atlantaartsfestival.com.

Hocus Pocus
Jerusalem House will hold its 16th annual Halloween party, “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to midnight at W Atlanta – Midtown. Each year, the event attracts hundreds of costumed guests and is the largest fundraiser for Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent supportive housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS. Partygoers will enjoy gourmet menu of lite bites and cocktails while dancing the night away to beats by DJ Sean Mac. Live entertainment will surely cast a spell on you and, keeping with tradition, the bash will feature the live costume parade/contest with the chance for guests to strut their stuff for a panel of celebrity judges. Three lucky winners will share over $3,000 in cash and prizes in the Best Individual, Best Group and Best Halloween Krewe categories. General admission tickets are $75. For more information and tickets, visit jersusalemhouse.org/tickets.

A Social Mess

A Social Mess Halloween Party
The infamous boozy brouhaha is coming back to Buckhead Theatre on Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Guests can expect plenty of tricks and treats with multiple DJs and bands, insane costumes, and adult beverages courtesy of Bud Light. There are only 2,000 tickets starting at $15 and last year’s sold out fast. Get yours at asocialmess.com.

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host its second annual fright night on Oct. 30 filling the 12-acre estate with a live Halloween concert, trick or treating, and LEGOLAND Halloween building activities. The Callanwolde Concert Band along with Atlanta Braves Organist, Matthew Kaminski, will be performing selections from Night on Bald Mountain, Phantom of the Opera, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Prizes will be given for the best family-friendly costumes. Food trucks will be on hand as well as a cash bar to provide refreshment. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $4 online and $5 at the door. Parking is free and located onsite. Visit callanwolde.org for more details.


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.