Halloween Happenings 2016

Local Spooky Events

October 1-30
Haunted Corn Maize
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Get ready for spooky Halloween fun as you brave the haunted corn maze after dark. Half of the maze is haunted and, for the faint of heart, half is non-haunted. Party on Halloween night. Opens at dark until 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. nights in October. Regular admission $11, haunted maze additional $5. Ages 2 and under are free. (706) 564-0220, steedsdairy.com

October 15-16
Walk with the Spirits
Hear fascinating stories of heroic deeds, tragic downfalls and noble lives and deaths directly from the “ghosts” who lived them during this 45-minute haunted history tour of one of Augusta’s historic cemeteries. Costumed guides share their stories during tours that begin every 20 minutes from 3-6 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children ages 5-18. Not recommended for children under 5. Group rates also available. Reservations requested. (706) 724-0436, historicaugusta.org.

October 21
Spirits of Hallowed Eve Dinner
Living History Park, North Augusta
Enjoy a Colonial evening of spirits, songs, stories from afar and fire in the night. Begins in the tavern with wine, ale and heavy nibbles and then moves to the barn where the bill of fare includes aerie crock corn, rare beast of the night, twisted crow roasted, planked cold-blooded vertebrate, roots of the earth and gourds from the field. 6:30 p.m. Limited seating. $50. (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us

October 22
Boo in the Park
Wildwood Park
Kids ages 2-14 can enjoy an outdoor afternoon of Halloween fun at the lake. This new Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation event includes games, pumpkin decorating contest, children’s costume contest, Trunk or Treat, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and lunch. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Register in advance online or at the park from 10-11 a.m. the day of the event. Food and games are free; park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. (706) 799-3240, chfishforlife.org 

All Hallowed Eve Ghost Walk & Illusion Show
Living History Park, North Augusta
Walk among the ghosts of yesteryear in a Colonial setting and hear ghost tales and folklore during a guided walking tour. 6-9 p.m. Tours and illusion shows are followed by entertainment in the tavern and a grand finale presentation by Faire Wynds at 8:30 p.m. $7 per family; large groups $1 per person. Reservations required. (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us 

Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt
North Augusta
Don a costume and run or walk a 5K along the North Augusta Greeneway. Childcare is provided, and artisan-made medals are awarded to all age group winners. Prizes also will be awarded for the best individual costume and team of two or more. 8:30 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of event. $10 ages 6-13 with a parent or guardian. Participants are guaranteed a T-shirts if registered by Oct. 17. (803) 441-4380, strictlyrunning.com 

October 22, 29
It’s Spooky to Be Hungry!
Columbia, Richmond & Aiken Counties
Neighborhoods and businesses collect non-perishable food items and financial donations for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. Drop-off sites are also available throughout the month. Collection day in Richmond and Aiken counties is Oct. 22; collection day in Columbia County is Oct. 29. Every dollar donated provides more than $9 worth of food for the hungry. itsspookytobehungry.org

October 27
Trick Or Treat So Other Can Eat
Evans Towne Center Park
Here’s another canny way for kids to have a good time and do a good deed. Costumed trick-or-treaters follow a painted path in the park and receive treats during this Candy Land-themed event. Other activities include live music and hayrides. Admission is free with a canned good to donate to local food banks. 5:30-8:30 p.m. (706) 863-7523. columbiacountyga.gov

Time to Scare Halloween Carnival
Diamond Lakes Community Center
Pull out the costumes and load up the kids. Children ages 12 and under can visit a haunted house, enter a costume contest, try carnival games and win candy. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. (706) 821-1812, augustaga.gov

October 28-29
Haunted Park
Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton
Things turn ghostly in the park after dark. Families can have spooky (but not too spooky) fun at this bewitching, family friendly Halloween event. Activities kick off Fri. night with movie night from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday events include archery and mini golf with witches and ghosts, tours of the Elijah Clark house, Ring the Monsters game and costume contest. Haunted house open 6-9:30 p.m. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. (706) 359-3458, gastateparks.org

Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee
North Augusta
Outdoor fun draws record-breaking crowds at this family friendly festival on Georgia Avenue. Entertainment includes live performances on two stages, midway rides, arts and crafts, car show, corn hole tournament, children’s activities, food and beverage vendors and free concerts by the Gin Blossoms, Tonic and Moon Taxi. Fri. 6-10 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (803) 441-4311, jackolanternjubilee.com

October 29
“Haunted Hollywood”
Imperial Theatre
Be prepared to be tickled to death. Audience members will laugh out loud at this comedic, ghost-themed silent film production by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Funny-boned films include The Adventurer with Charlie Chaplin, The Haunted House with Buster Keaton and Haunted Spooks with Harold Lloyd. Costumes encouraged. 7:30 p.m. $16-$28. imperialtheatre.com

October 30
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Clarks Hill Park
Bubbling waters. Carving knives. Sinister grinning gourds. There’s something spooky going on under the lake when scuba divers slip below the surface and compete in this annual underwater pumpkin carving contest. Plan to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. Rentals for divers are half-price, and air fills are free. There also will be free food and drinks afterward while supplies last. Noon. (706) 737-7900, neptunediveandski.com 

Through Nov 12
Plantation Blood
Nightmares come to life as guests come face to face with fortunetellers and creepy carnies in a 30,000-square-foot house of horror. This haunted attractions is not for the faint of heart, however, and souls brave enough to enter should be ready to scream bloody murder. Concessions, live entertainment, games and prizes are available. 7:30 p.m.- until last victim. General pass $24, fast pass $35. Discounts on Thurs. and Sun. (706) 793-3100, plantationblood.com

Out-of-Town Spooky Events

September 16-October 30
Scarowinds Halloween Haunt
As darkness falls, brave souls who dare to enter the grounds of Scarowinds will find the Carowinds theme park transformed into a scream park with more than 60 acres of hair-raising thrills and fearsome fun. 7 p.m.-midnight, open weekends only. For ages 13 and older. No costumes allowed. Tickets start at $28.99 when purchased online. carowinds.com 

September 23-November 5
Netherworld Haunted House
Hauntworld Magazine called this “One of the Top 10 Haunts in the nation” and the Atlanta Constitution says, “The creators of Netherworld have gone warthog-wild, crafting immense, quivering monsters you’ve never seen anywhere.” It’s a walk-through-dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters. Open Sun.-Thu. 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets start at $23. (404) 608-2484, fearworld.com 

September 24-October 31
Six Flags Fright Fest
Family by day, fright by night! During the day, family friendly Halloween activities at this Fright Fest include costume contests, spooky stories, Lickskillet Harvest Festival and pumpkin painting. When the sun goes down, test your fear factor as the amusement park is transformed into a fright-filled terror park for ghosts and goblins and all things spooky. Children ages 12 and under are allowed to wear costumes. No masks or scary/gory costumes. Select nights in October. (770) 739-3400, sixflags.com 

October 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 31
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Travel on an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. You’ll hear tales of ghostly encounters and folklore of the Lowcounty as you stroll beneath centuries-old live oak trees, boldly explore the plantation’s outbuildings and take an illuminating lantern tour of the main house. 6:30-8 p.m. $15. (912) 264-7333, gastateparks.org 

October 14-30
Carriage & Walking Ghost Tours
Take a 45-minute carriage tour or one-hour walking tour through the moss-lined streets of Beaufort’s historic district while listening to storytellers spin haunting tales of area ghosts. You may even witness a “vision” or two along the way. Available Fri. through Sun. Carriage tours $22 per adult, $12 children ages 3-11. Walking tours $12 all ages. New stroller and pet-friendly walking tour starts at 6:40. Cannon Park. capabeaufort.org

A Tour of Southern Ghosts
Stone Mountain
This eerie annual ghost tour at Antebellum Plantation features storytellers garbed in antebellum costumes who fill your imagination with stories from the past and share hilarious folk tales about rebellious ghosts of Civil War and Revolutionary War times. Join in as the spooky glow of candlelight sets the mood for eerie Southern tales of old. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $8. (770) 469-1105, atourofsouthernghosts.com

October 21-30
Boo at the Zoo – Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo
This annual Halloween spooktacular is geared to families with children ages 3-12. Kids in costume can wander the Trick-or-Treat Trail sprinkled with candy stations and take part in a nightly costume parade. This family friendly event includes a maze, dance party, marshmallow roast, foam zone and spooky safari. Advance ticket purchase suggested. 6-9 p.m. $9-$11, children 2 and under are free. (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org

October 22, 23, 29, 30
Boo at the Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta
The gates of Zoo Boo Town swing open for four nights only, when visitors can travel the paths, taste the treats and enjoy the different sights and sounds of the zoo at night. After-hour activities include an inflatable corn maze, Halloween games and crafts, party D.J. and photo opportunities with characters such as Wild Thing, Ladybug Girl, Splat the Cat, Zhu Zhu the giant panda and Cricket the frog. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Enter costume contests at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (404) 624-WILD, zooatlanta.org

October 27-29
“Dracula: Ballet with a Bite”
Slip some garlic in your pocket and wear a cross as Columbia City Ballet presents blood, fangs and death in this Halloween cult classic. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, Count Dracula continues his seductive reign of terror with his Brides of Darkness in Transylvania in this Halloween ballet production that includes otherworldly special effects and a rock/jazz musical score. Thur. and Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to wear a costume; costume contest will be held Saturday. Koger Center. (803) 799-7605, columbiacityballet.com

October 28
Masquerade at the Mansion
Don your masks for a night of revelry, enchantment and gothic allure at the beautiful (and possibly haunted) historic Telfair Academy. Event includes live music, libations, late-night treats and lots of surprises. 8-11:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Admission includes two drink tickets. Cash bar also available. Must be 21 or older to attend. telfair.org 

October 28-30
Misery Woods Haunted Forest
Join rangers at Skidaway Island State Park as they navigate you through a trail of terror filled with maniacs, monsters and mayhem. Misery Woods will shatter your senses and leave you screaming for your own sanity. 7-9:30 p.m. $5 plus $5 parking. (912) 598-2300, gastateparks.org

October 29
Mummies and Milkshakes
Emory University
Visit the mummies in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Egyptian Galleries, choose your favorite ice cream flavor for a milkshake and watch the hilarious classic films Meet the Mummy with Abbott and Costello and We Want Our Mummy with the Three Stooges. 6-9:30 p.m. Free for museum members, $5 non-members; milkshakes sold separately. Reservations required. Ackerman Hall. (404) 727-4282, carlos.emory.edu

October 30
The Phantoms of the Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Hall is haunted by spooky music and crazy costumes. Join the orchestra on a Halloween adventure with the Magic Circle Mime Company as they lead the ghoulish orchestra in a concert just for families, with music from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Dress in your Halloween best to be a part of the costume contest. 3-4 p.m. $25-$20. atlantasymphony.org

October 31
Halloween Costume Party Cruise
Come dressed for Halloween fun on a Savannah Riverboat cruise. Evening includes music with a DJ, dancing under the moon, Halloween drink specials and a chance to win the costume contest. Cash bar and snack shop available on board. Boarding 9 p.m., sailing 9:30-11 p.m. $21.95 adults, $12.25 children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are free. (800) 786-6404, savannahriverboat.com.