unspecifiedAutumn is here and that means fall festivals and Halloween events galore all October long.

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

Fall Festival on Ponce
The annual Fall Festival on Ponce is Oct. 15-16 at Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills. There will be more than 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” There will also be a children’s area, food trucks and acoustic musical performances. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit festivalonponce.com for more information.

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, including “Vault 13: Meltdown” replete with aliens, robots and a nuclear destruction. Find out more at fearworld.com.

Skyline Park Halloween Party and Trick or Treat at PCM
Head to Ponce City Market’s rooftop – Skyline Park –  for a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be live DJs, acrobatic performers, a Thriller zombie flash mob and boardwalk-themed games. There will also be trick-or-treating, themed cocktails and concessions This event will be open to guests ages 21 and up and Halloween costumes are highly encouraged. Cost: $35 per person. Visit skylineparkatlanta.com for more information. Trick-Or-Treat at Ponce City Market will take place Monday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. Bring the kids for a night of trick-or-treating throughout Ponce City Market, where restaurants and shops will offer sweet treats for ghosts and goblins alike. Free and open to the public.

Plaza Theatre
The circa-1939 cinema on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Poncey-Highland is hosting a Halloween series including “Monkey Shines,” “The Hollow” “I Drink Your Blood,” “The Love Witch” and many more throughout October. And of course “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is playing on Friday nights. Be sure to visit PlazaAtlanta.com for times and details.

Fox Theatre Ghost Tours
Beginning Oct. 9, guests will walk the haunted halls of one of the city’s most treasured landmarks to learn about ghastly sightings or unexplained bumps in the night. The specialty tours are approximately 60 minutes long, but aren’t recommended for children under 10. Tickets are $30 at FoxTheatre.org.

Room Escape Atlanta
If the idea of being locked in a room with strangers scares the hell out of you, then Room Escape Atlanta in the Old Fourth Ward has got something extra special for you. The Halloween-themed “Nightmare on Auburn Avenue” will put visitors into scary scenes from classic horror movies (“Night of the Living Dead,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Paranormal Activity”) and give them only minutes to escape. This special haunted escape experience runs Oct. 1 to Nov. 6 Tickets are $25 – $28 and can be purchased at atlantaroomescape.com.

Oakland Cemetery
What better place to celebrate Halloween than in a graveyard? Historic Oakland Cemetery will host “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours nightly from Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 27-30. This is the only time of year that the cemetery’s gates are open to the public after dark. Costumed guides take visitors on an hour-long tour to the final resting place of a few Oakland residents, who are “brought back to life” through historical reenactments. Tickets will sell out fast. Also coming up at Oakland are the Sunday in the Park fall festival on Oct. 2 and the Run Like Hell 5K/Run Like Heck 1K on Oct. 15. For tickets and more information, visit oaklandcemetery.com.

Halloween Kid’s Night Out at Zone of Light Studio
Zone of Light Studio will offer Halloween-themed arts and crafts, activities, games and a choice of two movies: Scooby Doo Halloween and Book of Life. Any child who wants to participate in other activities during the screenings may work and play in the Art Room. The evening runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. 1202 Zonolite Road. For more information, visit zoneoflightstudio.com.

Uptown Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Uptown Rhodes Race 5K is moving to Halloween weekend and being renamed the Uptown Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle. Traditionally held the first Saturday of November, the dog- and stroller-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. Participants are welcome to wear costumes. Registration is available at active.com. Registration is $35 until Oct. 10, $40 thereafter. Race day registration is also available. All proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain
A night of family fun for both kids and adults featuring trick-or-treating, a family costume contest, music from the Callanwolde Concert Band and building fun with the  LEGOLand Discovery Center. Tickets are only $5 at the door, but you can save by purchasing online now. For more information, visit callanwolde.org.

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.