Halloween Happenings 2021

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Local Halloween Fun

September 18-November 6
Plantation Blood
Augusta
Ranked #3 in the Southeast. 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. plantationblood.com

October 1-31
It’s Spooky to Be Hungry!
Virtual across the CSRA
Virtual food drive through hundreds of businesses, neighborhoods, schools, community groups and churches raises funds for the food pantry. Every dollar donated provides three meals to those in need in our area. Donate online at itsspookytobehungry.org

October 2-November 28
Corn Maze
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Have old-fashioned family fun and explore “The Maize,” a secret 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. Free Military Appreciation Weekend is Nov. 13-14 for all active and retired military members with an ID. Concessions are available. steedsdairy.com

October 17
Artrageous! Family Sunday: Trick or Treats
Morris Museum of Art
Come on ghouls and gals! Decorate a free spooky canvas candy bag, play games, listen to scary stories and watch a live monster-make-up demo. Costumes are welcome, but not required. 2-4 p.m. themorris.org

October 21
Trick-or-Treat
Gateway Park
Join Columbia County Parks, Recreation and Events at Gateway Park in Grovetown for a fun and safe trick-or-treat experience for children of all ages. 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. columbiacountyga.gov

October 23
Fall Family Fun Day
Shooting Star Acres
Wear costumes, see farm animals, play yard games and learn about life in the country on this farmstead and farm animal rescue in Dearing. Bring questions and take home a fall craft. Family friendly event, but no pets, please. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 donation per person. shootingstaracresfarmstead.com

October 23-24
Walk with the Spirits
Magnolia Cemetery
Hear fascinating stories and learn about Augusta’s past and some of its notable citizens. Patrons will be guided through the tour by “spirits” dressed in period costumes who come to life as they tell their stories during a 45-minute guided history tour of the cemetery. Tours begin every 20 minutes from 2-5 p.m. Adults $20, children 5-18 are $10. Not recommended for children under 5. Call (706) 724-0436 for reservations. historicaugusta.org.

October 24
Halloween at the Symphony
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Celebrate Halloween with frightfully fun music by the Augusta Symphony. Dress in costumes and bring the family to enjoy spooky classical favorites and thematic film music, including John Williams’ Harry Potter score. 4-5 p.m. augustasymphony.com

October 26-27
Spookduckular Halloween
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 
Bring costumed little ones through age 5 for trick-or-treating, a costume contest, stories, crafts and hands-on fun in nature. The event will be held over two days this year for smaller gatherings each day. 10-11:30 a.m. $12 per child. Pre-registration is required, and tickets are limited. (706) 396-1418, phinizycenter.org

October 28
Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat
Evans Towne Center Park
Wear costumes and trick-or-treat at the park. 6-9 p.m. Admission is one canned food item per person. Food will be donated to Columbia County families in need. columbiacountyga.gov

WestoBOO! Bash: Haunted Mansion
Old Medical College
Join Westobou’s inaugural Halloween bash… if you dare. Enjoy a haunted evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and spooky surprises at the Old Medical College. Limited tickets will be available for a spirited meal experience before the party. 8-11 p.m. westobou.org

October 29
Trunk or Treat
Liberty Park
The City of Grovetown presents old-fashioned Halloween fun for families with hayrides, candy, inflatables, farm animals, music with a DJ, vendors and Trunk or Treating. 6-10 p.m. (706) 860-7691

Halloween Bash
Wilson Family Y
Come, if you dare, to the Y on Wheeler Road for an evening of safe and spooky fun. Bring the whole family to explore spooky hallways, create fall crafts, participate in a costume contest, play games, trick-or-treat and more. 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter. thefamilyy.org

“Hocus Pocus” Dugout Theater Movie
SRP Park
Watch the family-friendly Halloween movie (PG) in the outfield or lower level seating bowl. Blankets and pillows are encouraged on the field, but chairs will not be permitted. Concessions are available, and kids are invited to dress up to trick-or-treat on the concourse before the movie. Movie begins at 7 p.m. $5; children 3 and under are free. Family 4-Pack is $40 and includes tickets, popcorn and beverages for 4. milb.com/augusta

October 30
Happy Halloween Horse Camp
Foolin’ Around Farm
Kids are invited to dress up and go horseback riding, have fall treats and make crafts that include costumes for the horses, too. Noon-5 p.m. $60 per child. See the riding center’s Facebook age for more details.

October 30-31
Phinizy Family Camping & Halloween
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Bring a bag of pre-packaged candy to hand out and enjoy camping out under the stars. Activities include campfire with s’mores, Tent-or-Treating, costume contest, pumpkin tent decorating contest, family games and activities, crafts and morning nature hike. Bring your own pumpkin or order one for $15. Grills available; no food provided. 1 p.m. Sat. to noon Sun. $50 per group of up to 6 campers. $10 per additional camper. phinizycenter.org

October 31
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. neptunediveandski.com

Out-of-Town Halloween Fun

Through October 31
Scarowinds Halloween Haunt
Charlotte
Hordes of hungry zombies and blood-thirsty vampires eagerly await you. Fear rises when darkness falls and Carowinds transforms 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 $39. carowinds.com

Six Flags Fright Fest
Atlanta
Family fun by day, fright by night! During the day, family friendly Halloween activities include costume contests, spooky stories, 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. Select nights. sixflags.com

Through November 7
Netherworld Haunted House
Atlanta
Netherworld celebrates its 25th anniversary and is scaring up some new ways to make you scream with fright. Named “One of the Top 10 Haunts in the nation” by Hauntworld Magazine, the walk-through-dark attraction is filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects, monster museum, escape rooms and a new mind-melting adventure in 3D. Open select nights and times. Tickets start at $25. fearworld.com

Through November 30
Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours
Savannah
Tours are for both the novice and the aficionado seeking historical narrative and hair-raising paranormal intrigue. Guides take you up-close with first-hand encounters of disembodied spirits, Ouija board sessions gone awry, poltergeists in plethora, shadow people, warnings from the beyond and the insider’s scoop on “Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil.” Two tours available nightly: 7 p.m. (for all ages) and 9:30 p.m. (for ages 16 and older only). $23-$25. Reservations required. 6thsenseworld.com

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Brunswick
Take 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 Lowcountry as you stroll beneath centuries-old live oak trees, explore the plantation’s outbuildings and take an illuminating lantern tour of the main house. Pre-registration is required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellant. 7 p.m. $20. (912) 264-7333, gastateparks.org

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Where’s Noble Bones? A Bone-Chilling Scavenger Hunt
Savannah
Noble Jones lost all his Noble bones. Join the fun as Wormsloe State Historic Site holds a family friendly, spooky scavenger hunt among the live oaks, Spanish moss and tabby ruins every Saturday in October. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2.50-$10. Leashed pets are allowed on trails but not in buildings. (912) 353-3023, gastateparks.org/Wormsloe

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. $12-$14; children 2 and under are free. riverbanks.org

October 23
Masquerade in the Museum
Savannah
Don your masks and creative black-tie costumes for a night of magic and mystique at the Jepson Center. Event includes live music, dancing, food, libations and more. 8-10 p.m. $50-$65. Must be 21 or older. telfair.org

October 23-24, 30-31
Boo at the Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta
The gates of Zoo Boo Town swing open for four nights only, when visitors in friendly costumes can travel the paths, sample treats throughout the zoo and enjoy the different sights and sounds of the zoo. Activities include Halloween-themed carnival games and crafts, a Boo Train, Monster Mash Disco with a D.J. and photo opportunities with strolling characters. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. zooatlanta.org

October 29-30
“Dracula – Ballet with a Bite”
Columbia
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. Koger Center. columbiacityballet.com

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Atlanta
Wear costumes and enjoy the Disney holiday classic as Atlanta Symphony performs the musical score live to the film. The PG film features the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over Christmas by enlisting three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. atlantasymphony.org