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). Visit oaklandcemetery.com for more details.
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.
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.
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.