By October, fall in Atlanta is in full swing. With the crisp climate comes a bevy of special events and activities that celebrate each month’s main holiday. October is the time when frightful faces rise from the shadows in which they lurk. Embrace the month’s penchant for spooks and scares with our favorite goosebump-inducing activities that range from frightful to delightful.
Netherworld Haunted House
Hold on to your blanky, because this haunted house will make you scream like a baby. All jokes aside, this terrifying attraction is only for the bravest of heart—in fact, the production-quality sets, makeup, costumes and believably horrifying actors make this experience too real for our own editor, who has never gathered enough gumption to go. But don’t follow in her cowardly footsteps. The Travel Channel called this “the most over-the-top haunted house on earth,” so you know it’s a must-see. We recommend this activity for teens and adults, although ages 5 and up are permitted. Runs through Halloween and Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Check website for dates and hours of operation. Tickets: $23-$50.
"The Sleepy Hollow Experience"
Nothing quite compares to a Serenbe Playhouse performance. Only in its sixth year, this outdoor theater group racks up more (well-deserved) national acclaim with each stunning performance. Its annual production of "The Sleepy Hollow Experience" transforms the classic story of fickle Ichabod Crane and the harrowing Headless Horseman into an interactive and fluid spectacle. Formerly set in Serenbe’s horse stables, this year’s production will find itself among the pitch-black woods for the first time. Just the thought gives us goosebumps. Show runs Sept. 28 1-Nov. 5. Check website for ticket prices.
Zombie Movie Tour
Available all year, Atlanta Movie Tour’s Big Zombie Tours I and II are the company’s most popular. Since AMC’s “The Walking Dead” began filming in and around Atlanta in 2010, the crew has left a trail of set locations just waiting to be explored. Possibly the coolest part of this tour is your guide: Each guide has appeared (or currently appears) as a flesh-hungry zombie on the hit TV show. While these actors give first-person accounts, a comfortable and climate-controlled bus delivers you to former film locations (also a couple stops from the movie “Zombieland”) like the hospital where it all started, the Vatos camp and the Centers for Disease Control (which is thankfully still standing). Tickets: $65 for adults, $55 for children.
Oakland Cemetery Nighttime Tour
An hour-long tour of a cemetery doesn’t sound very exciting—until you learn it’s Oakland Cemetery’s Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour. What makes this seasonal tradition sell out each year? For starters, this is the only time visitors can explore the elaborately landscaped Victorian cemetery under the night sky. In addition, costumed docents tell the intriguing stories of some of the nearly 70,000 souls buried beneath you. Musical performances and a fortune teller round out the experience. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to further set the mood. Check website for available tours and pricing.
Walking Ghost Tour
October wouldn’t be as well spent without the inclusion of a ghost tour. About 20 miles northwest of Downtown Atlanta, Marietta is a small city with a long and storied past. Ghosts of Marietta’s year-round walking tours take the supernaturally curious on a lantern-lit exploration of some of the city’s most documented hotspots. The company also offers trolley tours and pub crawls, which give you the option of ghost hunting by foot, wheel or pint. Tickets: $12-$17.