By Sydia Bell

It’s that time again, all you little ghouls and goblins. October means a frightening number of scary festivals, parades and, of course, haunted houses.


Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade
On Saturday, Oct. 20 partake in this yearly tradition thousands flock to Little 5 to enjoy great food, drink, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades the South has to offer. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Costumes are encouraged!

Chamber of Horrors
Leave the kids at home – this haunted house is so scary that it’s for adults only. The R-rated event is held at the Masquerade on North Avenue throughout the month of October Prepare to be frightened out of your wits! Admission prices range from $17-$45.

LegoLand Brick-or-Treat
Taking place each weekend in October LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza has an array of actives for even the smallest ghouls and goblins. As a part of the event guests will have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat around the center, test their building skills while they create their own LEGO ghosts and participate in a costume contest for a chance to win a free annual pass. For more information visit

The Headless Horsemen of (Silly) Hollow
Back for an encore production, The Center of Puppetry Arts and the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers bring their unique brand of humor to a classic. From Oct. 24 to Nov. 5 audience members will be entertained as schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and spookier image. Tickets cost $16.50.

Goblins in the Garden
Bring young goblins dressed in their best the weekend of Halloween, Oct. 28. Children of all ages will enjoy musical performances, pumpkin decoration, a ride-on-train, games, pony rides, trick, treats and so much more. While there, check out Scarecrows in the Garden with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Free with Garden admission.

Georgia A- Scary-Um
Join the Georgia Aquarium this year when they become the Georgia A-Scary-Um! From Oct. 29-30 the entire family will can have fun in costume and trick-or-treat with all the creepy crawlers that live their. Candy stations in each gallery will keep everyone occupied while Halloween music and themed arts and craft contests take place throughout the day. Kids 12 and under in costume receive free general admission.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland
Only at Halloween do the gates of the Oakland Cemetery stay open after dark. From Oct. 25-28 you can witness the magnificent final resting place of Atlanta’s sons and daughters. Guided tours start at 5:30 p.m. and take you on an unparalleled walk through candlelit mausoleums. Remember to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. Admission ranges from $10-20.

Netherworld Haunted House
One of the most famous Halloween attractions in the country, Netherworld ups the ante again with more monsters, creatures and things that go bump in the night. The haunted house is at 6624 Dawson Blvd. in Norcross and admission ranges from $22 to $50.

Buried Alive Film Festival
If you need more scares after Halloween, head over to historic Plaza Theatre Nov. 9-11 for the Buried Alive Film Festival. Expect zombies, end of the world tales, monsters in the woods and much more. Admission is $7. See the full schedule at

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.