Halloween Happenings 2018

Local Halloween Fun

September 29-November 11
Corn Maze
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Explore “The Maize,” a secret world of twists, turns and dead ends — a place where laughter fills the air, and screams of excitement can be heard just out of sight. Open Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 1-7 p.m. $8-$11; children ages 2 and under are free. Concessions are available. steedsdairy.com

October 6-7
Walk with the Spirits
Magnolia and Cedar Grove cemeteries
Hear fascinating stories of heroic deeds, tragic downfalls and noble lives and deaths directly from the “ghosts” who lived them during a 45-minute guided history tour of each cemetery. Costumed guides share their stories during tours that begin every 20 minutes from 1:30-4:20 p.m. $10-$15. Not recommended for children under 5. Reservations requested. (706) 724-0436, historicaugusta.org.

October 20, 27
It’s Spooky to Be Hungry!
Columbia, Richmond & Aiken counties
Neighborhoods and businesses collect non-perishable food items and financial donations for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Drop-off sites are also available throughout the month. Collection day in Richmond and Aiken counties is Oct. 20; collection day in Columbia County is Oct. 27. Every dollar donated provides more than $9 worth of food for the hungry. itsspookytobehungry.org

October 26-27
Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee
North AugustOutdoor 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 Loverboy, Diamond Rio and Mark Chesnutt. Fri. 5:30-10 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. Join the fun at this spooky (but not too spooky), family friendly Halloween event that includes mini golf with witches and ghosts, Ring the Monsters game, hayride, scavenger hunt, haunted house and tours of the Elijah Clark house. Haunted house open 6-9 p.m. both nights. Sat. also features ghost and goblins archery at 10 a.m. $3-$5, plus $5 parking. (706) 359-3458, gastateparks.org

October 26
Halloween Celebration
Mistletoe State Park
Evening celebration features games, crafts, hayrides, music and more. Campers also are invited to compete for a prize to see who can best decorate their campsite in the spirit of Halloween. 6-8 p.m. $5 parking. (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org

October 28
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

October 30
Spookduckular Halloween
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 
Event for children ages 5 and under includes trick or treating, crafts, games and costume contest. 10-11:30 a.m. $5 per child. Register online. phinizycenter.org

October 31
Halloween Bash
Wilson Family Y
Come, if you dare, to the Y on Wheeler Road for an evening of safe and spooky fun. Activities include carnival games and crafts, face painting, bounce house, costume contest, Monster Mash dance party, haunted house, selfie photo station and trick or treating. 5-8 p.m. Admission is free. thefamilyy.org

Non-Spooky Halloween Night Hike
Mistletoe State Park
Get back to nature on Halloween with a guided hike at the lake. The 1.25-mile hike on the campground loop trail is easy, and there will be no scary decorations or haunted activities. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. $5 parking. Meet at the campground assembly shelter. (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org

Through November 3
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 Halloween Fun

September 14-October 28
Scarowinds Halloween Haunt
Fear rises when darkness falls as Carowinds is transformed from a theme park into a scream park with more than 60 acres of hair-raising thrills and fearsome fun. 7 p.m.-midnight, open weekends only. Tickets start at $31. carowinds.com

September 22-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. No masks or costumes are allowed. Select nights in October. (770) 739-3400, sixflags.com

October 5, 12, 19, 26
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 5-November 4
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

October 11-27
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 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 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. Carriage tours $22 per adult, $12 children ages 3-11. Walking tours $12 all ages. Cannon Park. capabeaufort.org

October 19-20
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, kids’ 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 19-30
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 20-21, 27-28
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) 624-9453, zooatlanta.org

October 24
Mummies and Mixers
Back with new frights and delights for adults, this event includes master storyteller Barry Stewart Mann, spooky tunes, mouthwatering bites from top Atlanta caterers and tantalizing cocktails at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. 7:30-9:30 p.m. carlos.emory.edu

October 26
Mardi Gras at the Mansion
Don your masks, beads and creative black tie costumes for a night of magic and mystique at the historic Telfair Academy. Event includes live music, libations, late-night treats and lots of surprises. 8 p.m.-midnight. $65-$125. Admission includes two drink tickets. Cash bar also available. Must be 21 or older. telfair.org

October 26-27
“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. 7 p.m. Koger Center. (803) 799-7605, columbiacityballet.com

Mummies, Milkshakes & Meows
Emory University
Explore cat and dog mummies in the exhibition “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt,” visit old friends like Lady Tanakhtnettahat and the Old Kingdom Mummy in the Egyptian galleries, then get cozy outside on the Emory Quadrangle with your blankets or lawn chairs as you watch The Three Stooges’ We Want Our Mummy and Abbot and Costello’s Meet the Mummy on the big screen outside the museum. 7-10 p.m. Free to Carlos Museum members; $5 for nonmembers. Children ages 5 and under are free. Milkshakes, hot chocolate and hot dogs sold separately. Space is limited and registration is required at carlos.emory.edu/mummiesandmilkshakes. (404) 727-4282, carlos.emory.edu

October 28
Halloween at Hogwarts
All aboard Hogwarts Express! Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a magical afternoon in Symphony Hall. Dress in your finest costume and enter the pre-concert costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for the cutest, scariest, funniest and most creative costumes of the bunch. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15-$20. atlantasymphony.org