Halloween Happenings 2019

Local Halloween Fun

Through November 2
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. (706) 793-3100, plantationblood.com

September 28-November 10
Corn Maze
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Explore “The Maize,” a 5-acre world of twists, turns and dead ends. Admission includes pony cart rides, hayride, petting zoo, cow-milking demonstration, pumpkin patch, jumping pillow, giant tube slide, corn kernel pit, rubber duckie race, kiddie play area and kid’s zip line. 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 26
A Roman Hallow(e’en)
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Augusta Choral Society members tip their hats to Halloween with bewitching selections from Puccini, Leoncavallo, Verdi and Pottle. $35 adults, $30 seniors and $15 students and military. augustacs.org

October 26-27
Walk with the Spirits
Westover Cemetery
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 the cemetery. Costumed guides share their stories during tours that begin every 20 minutes from 1:30-4:20 p.m. Adults $20, children 5-18 are $10. Not recommended for children under 5. Reservations requested. (706) 724-0436, historicaugusta.org.

October 19, 26
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 North Augusta and Aiken is Oct. 19; collection day in Columbia and Richmond counties is Oct. 26. Every dollar donated provides three meals to those in need in our area. itsspookytobehungry.org

October 20
Halloween at the Symphony
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Dress the whole family in costumes and listen to spooky classical favorites such as “Night on Bald Mountain,” “Danse Macabre” and “Phantom of the Opera” with Augusta Symphony. 4-5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $10 for students and children. augustasymphony.com

October 23
Halloween Trivia in Augusta
Savannah River Brewing Company
Lovers of the eerie unite. Wear a costume and test your knowledge of the supernatural, chilling and creepy. 6 p.m. Trivia is free; winner gets a prize.

October 25-26
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 Mark Chesnutt, Smash Mouth and the Spin Doctors. Free admission. Fri. 6-10 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (803) 441-4311, jackolanternjubilee.com

Halloween Festival
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 games, candy, face painting, s’mores, trunk or treat, cake walk, haunted hayride and more. 6-9:30 p.m. $5 per person, plus $5 parking. (706) 359-3458, gastateparks.org

October 27
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 29
Spookduckular Halloween
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 
Bring your little ones through age 5 for a costume contest, stories, crafts and hands-on fun in nature. 10-11:30 a.m. $8 per child. Register online. (706) 396-1418, phinizycenter.org

October 30
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 games, crafts stations, face painting, bounce house, costume contest, Monster Mash Zumba class and trick or treating. 4-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter. thefamilyy.org 

Parent/Child Halloween Unicorn Cake Class
Decorate a 5-inch Halloween unicorn cake, complete with a fondant witch hat, with your child. The class will cover the buttercream and fondant techniques, and each child will receive a special grab bag of goodies to take home. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. The Sweet Suite Bakeshop. $45 per parent/child pair; additional children from same family $25 each. Space is limited; reservations required. placefull.com/parent-child-unicorn-witch-cake.

October 31
Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat
Evans Towne Center Park
Wear costumes and trick or treat at the park. Includes carnival rides, a petting zoo, train rides, hayrides and more. 5-8 p.m. Admission is one canned food item per person. All rides are free. evanstownecenterpark.com 

Spook-tacular Skate Fest
Red Wing Rollerway
Wear a costume and come skate and hang out with Teen Dreams at a Halloween costume skate party. Your ticket includes food, a bag of candy and skates. There will be a prize for the best costume. 8-10 p.m. $20. (706) 860-1548.

Out-of-Town Halloween Fun

Through October 27
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 $27. carowinds.com

Through November 1
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Travel on an eerie journey back in time on Friday nights 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

Through November 2
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

Through November 9
Netherworld Haunted House
Hauntworld Magazine called this “One of the Top 10 Haunts in the nation,” and the Atlanta Journal-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. New attractions include a laser tag arena and a fourth escape room. Open Sun.-Thu. 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets start at $20. (404) 608-2484, fearworld.com

October 11-30
Carriage & Walking Ghost Tours
Take a 45-minute carriage tour or one-hour walking tour on weekends and Halloween eve 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 17-27
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. $8-$12. (770) 469-1105, artstation.org

October 18
Masquerade 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. $85-$125. Admission includes two drink tickets. Cash bar also available. Must be 21 or older. telfair.org

October 18-19
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. $14 adults, $6 ages 3-12, children under 3 free. VIP tickets also available. owl-o-ween.com

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. $11-$15; children 2 and under are free. (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org

October 19-20, 26-27
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. Free with general admission. (404) 624-9453, zooatlanta.org

October 25-26
“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. $22 – $54. (803) 799-7605, columbiacityballet.com

October 25-27
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
Relive the magic of Harry Potter soaring across the big screen while the symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ score. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Atlanta Symphony Hall. $59.50 – $119.50. atlantasymphony.org