October events at Oakland Cemetery
October events at Oakland Cemetery

If you’re looking to scare up a little entertainment in October, there’s plenty happening around Intown to keep you busy. Here are some highlights:

October at Oakland Cemetery
The historic Atlanta graveyard (oaklandcemetery.com) will host some fun and spooky events in October, starting with the 35th annual Sunday in the Park on Oct. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be an artists market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers, live music and entertainment on three stages, carriage and walking tours, a children’s area, plant sale and food trucks. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, after dark Halloween tours, will be held Oct. 17-19 and 23-25 with a chance to see inside the gorgeous mausoleums.

Krog Masquerade (Photo by Lisa Windle)
Krog Masquerade (Photo by Lisa Windle)

Krog Masquerade
The iconic Krog Street tunnel that connects the Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown will be taken over by the inaugural Krog Masquerade on Oct. 25 featuring live entertainment, street performers, food and tunes from DJ Salah. Described as an “avant-garde European style masquerade ball,” this show is definitely for adults with body art, burlesque and peep show performance. Masks will be required for entry into the tunnel. Presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and Sean O’Keefe Events, the festivities begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will end at 1 a.m. Both general admission and VIP ticket options are available. The ball will be held rain or shine and is open to ages 21 and up. $50 General Admission tickets grant admission into the ball to enjoy live entertainment, music, people watching and more. $100 VIP tickets include five complimentary drink tickets and bites courtesy of 97 Estoria, exclusive interactive live entertainment, access to the VIP tent and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit krogmasquerade.com.

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
Cirque is back in time for Halloween with a new story about a mysterious mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. In the wake of a storm, a group of young men washes ashore on the island and Queen Prospera discovers her daughter has fallen in love with one of the sailors. The show runs Oct. 3 through Nov. 30. More information at atlanticstation.com.

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The 14th annual tradition (l5phalloween.com) will see thousands congregate in L5P on Oct. 18 to enjoy 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!

Fall Festival on Ponce
More than 125 arts and crafts vendors will be on hand Oct. 18-19 for the annual festival at Olmsted Linear Park (festivalonponce.com). There will also be live entertainment, children’s activities and food from the local food trucks. A great chance to get some early holiday shopping out of the way.

Pace Academy Fall Fair
The 51st edition of the Fall Fair (paceacademy.org) will be held Oct. 25. Attractions will include 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.

Scarecrows in the Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabotanicalgarden.org) goes all in for Halloween with its annual display of scarecrows. This year, the scarecrows share the grounds with the giant living sculptures from the Imaginary World exhibition. The 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. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Halloween at Callanwolde
Halloween at Callanwolde

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (callanwolde.org) will host its first annual fright night on Oct. 31 filling the 12-acre estate with a live Halloween concert, door to door 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. Kids can trick or treat door to door through 18 different locations on the Callanwolde estate. Prizes will be given for the best family-friendly costumes and for the most creative Bring Your Own Carved Pumpkins Contest. Take a break from trick or treating and listen to storytellers spin spooky stories amid the historic gardens on the estate. 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.

Vampire Ball: Zombie Apocalypse
The Vampire Ball returns with frightening new twists and incredible costumes all in the name of raising funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Georgia. The evening will feature an “undead costume contest,” fortune tellers, an open bar, food, a silent and live auction and live music. The ball is Oct. 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Georgia Freight Depot near Underground Atlanta. Tickets are $150 per person. For more, visit cff.org.

Phantom of the Opera at The Fox.
Phantom of the Opera at The Fox.

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow
The Center for Puppetry Arts (puppet.org) in Midtown offers up this comedic and kid-friendly story, which features Ichabod Crane as a schoolteacher who helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. The show opens Oct. 28, just in time for Halloween.

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 by BuzzFeed, it’s worth the trip outside the perimeter to have the pants scared off you. This year’s theme is “Season of the Witch,” so demon’s only know what terror awaits visitors. Find out more at fearworld.com.

Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s war horse returns to the Fox Theatre Oct. 22 – Nov. 2 to scare up some romantic sounds and visions of love. If you’re more into “The Music of the Night” than trick-or-treating and haunted houses, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Tickets at foxtheatre.org.

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.