Halloween Happenings 2017

Local Spooky Events

October 6-November 5
Haunted Corn Maze
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Get ready for a secret world of twists, turns and dead ends, where laughter fills the air and screams of excitement can be heard just out of sight. Half of the maze is haunted and, for the faint of heart, half is non-haunted. Open dark until 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and dark until 10 p.m. Sun. Regular admission $8-$11; haunted maze additional $6. Concessions available. steedsdairy.com

October 21, 28
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. 21; collection day in Columbia County is Oct. 28. Every dollar donated provides more than $9 worth of food for the hungry. itsspookytobehungry.org

October 27
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 27-28
Walk with the Spirits
Saint Paul’s Church Cemetery
Hear fascinating stories of heroic deeds, tragic downfalls and noble lives and deaths directly from the “ghosts” who lived them during this 45-minute history tour of one of Augusta’s historic cemeteries. Costumed guides share their stories during tours that begin every 20 minutes from 1-5 p.m. $10-$15. Not recommended for children under 5. Reservations requested. (706) 724-0436, historicaugusta.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 Charlie Daniels Band, Cody Webb, Robert Randolph and Family Band and the Future Birds. Fri. 6-10 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (803) 441-4311, jackolanternjubilee.com

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. Saturday events include ghost and goblins archery at 10 a.m., mini golf with witches and ghosts, tours of the Elijah Clark house, Ring the Monsters game, hayride and haunted house. Haunted house open 6-9:30 p.m. $3-$5 plus $5 parking. (706) 359-3458, gastateparks.org

October 28
Halloween Party
Mistletoe State Park
Play bowling Halloween-style and eat Halloween-themed treats at the lake. There will also be haunted hayrides throughout the night. Campers also are invited to compete for a prize to see who can decorate their campsite the scariest. 6-9 p.m. $5 parking plus $2 for hayrides. All programs are child friendly with the exception of the haunted hayride. (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.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

October 29
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. Bring your own pumpkin, carving tools and creative ideas. 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 November 4
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 attraction 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 15-October 29
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 $29.99 when purchased online. carowinds.com 

September 22-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 23-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 6, 13, 20, 21, 27
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 13-14, 20-22, 27-30
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. Cannon Park. capabeaufort.org

October 13-29
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, artstation.org

October 20-30
Boo at the Zoo – Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo
This annual Halloween spooktacular is geared to families with children ages 3-12. Kids in costume can frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, move and groove at the Eeky Freaky DJ Dance Party, find their way through the Spooky Maze and trick-or-treat throughout the zoo on the Trick-or-Treat Trail sprinkled with candy stations. Advance ticket purchase suggested. 6-9 p.m. $9-$11; children 2 and under are free. (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org

October 21, 22, 28, 29
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, sample treats throughout the zoo and enjoy the different sights and sounds of the zoo. 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. (404) 624-WILD, zooatlanta.org

October 27
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-midnight. $65-$100. Admission includes two drink tickets. Cash bar also available. Must be 21 or older. telfair.org

October 27-28
“Dracula: Ballet with a Bite” Ballet
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. 7 p.m. Koger Center. (803) 799-7605, columbiacityballet.com

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Atlanta Symphony Hall is alive with music — and film — this Halloween. Join the fun as you watch Tim Burton’s animated musical dark fantasy while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the movie’s score live. 8 p.m. $39-$89. atlantasymphony.org

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
Join Atlanta’s largest hot air balloon festival and costume party at Kennesaw State’s Sports + Entertainment Park. The festival includes tethered balloon rides, a balloon glow, trick-or-treating, costume contest, artist alley, food court and food trucks, live music on multiple stages, kid zone, roving performers, beer garden and more. Adults $14, ages 3-12 $6, children under 3 free. VIP tickets also available. owl-o-ween.com

October 28
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 p.m. Free for museum members, $5 non-members; milkshakes sold separately. Reservations required. Ackerman Hall. (404) 727-4282, carlos.emory.edu