13 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Atlanta This Year
A terrifying time or a terrifyingly good time.
At long last, Halloween is just a handful of days away, and just in case you don’t yet have your ghoulish details completely ironed out yet, we’ve got you covered. All you have to worry about is making sure that you have a costume (or two) on hand and ready to go.
Before we get into it, please remember that the pandemic is not yet over, and in light of Halloween, there is bound to be a surge of people out in the city celebrating. To be as safe as possible, you should consider wearing a face mask and social distancing whenever possible. With that friendly reminder out of the way, here are 13 cool ways for you to celebrate Halloween in Atlanta this year.
Krog Street Tunnel
There are plenty of annual Halloween events returning to the city this year, but Tunnel Vision is one of the fresh new entries that every Atlantan should know about. Presented by WERC and Captains of Revelry (aka the former owners of the iconic Music Room on Edgewood Avenue), Tunnel Vision is a costume party and full-on Halloween bash, held inside the iconic Krog Street Tunnel. The 21+ event will offer themed cocktails (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), and attendees are encouraged to patron local restaurants and bars for food.
While the kids across the city prepare to go trick-or-treating on Sunday, Atliens 21 years old and up can go on a boos-y bar crawl on Saturday night. The 10 hour-long traveling party kicks off at noon at Fado Irish Pub Midtown Atlanta, and from there, crawlers will be treated with delicious food specials at each participating venue and perhaps even tricked into embarrassing themselves in a karaoke contest. And of course, don’t forget your costume.
Old Fourth Ward
On the eve of Hallow’s Eve, The Roof at Ponce City Market is turning into a spooky and spine-tingling 21+ celebration from 8 pm to midnight, complete with specialty Halloween cocktails—like Bloody Frozen Lemonade and Belvedere ice luge shots—and boardwalk games and rides. There will also be a costume contest from 8 pm to 10:30 pm as well as a dance party hosted by DJ Opdiggy throughout the entire event.
If the thought of late-night costume parties sounds great to you but the idea of getting some extra rest this Halloween weekend sounds just as good, kill two birds with one stone by treating yourself to a much-needed staycation at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead. During the day, you can hang out in your hotel room and experience the Kimpton’s subtle luxury, and after dark, you can go to one of the Kympton’s Halloween festivities. On Friday at 7 pm, there will be a scary movie screening at the Willow Bar’s garden, and at the event—which is free and open to the public—attendees can enjoy spooky cocktails and food from the Willow Bar. On Saturday, the Willow Bar will get a bit more lively with a silent DJ party, a costume contest, and a photo booth, and like the movie night on Friday, no tickets or reservations are required to participate.
Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, so if you’re looking for an event that won’t creep into the start of next week, check out Fright Night at the Fernbank Museum. The annual 21+ Halloween party takes place on Friday, October 29 from 7 pm to 11 pm, and there will be live music, festive cocktails, and access to Fernbank’s spooky outdoor Woodland Spirits exhibit. Online ticket reservations are required, so be sure to purchase your ticket before pulling up to the museum.
Last Halloween, the Iberian Pig’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner was held over Zoom, but now, attendees will be able to witness the theatrics up, close, and personal becuase this year’s event will once again be an in-person affair. The fifth annual Murder Mystery Dinner returns this Halloween with two shows—one at 2 pm and one at 6 pm on Sunday—and the theme for this year’s show is “Death of a Gangster.” Come in a traditional wedding-inspired costume and prepare yourself for charcuterie, cheese, tapas, spooky paella, whole roasted pig, dessert, and one hell of a show.
You probably will not be able to summon the ghost with the most at Hampton + Hudson’s Halloween party on Saturday night, but Tim Burton’s '80s classic Beetlejuice will be playing on all of the Inman Park restaurant’s tv screens. The Beetlejuice imagery won’t stop there either—H+H’s staff will be donning their best Beetlejuice-inspired looks while they let you know about all of the beer and cocktail specials. The late-night party stretches from 8 pm to 1 am, so make sure that your costume is a comfortable one.
Last year, Park Tavern came up with the creative COVID-conscious Maskarade Halloween Party, and surprisingly, here we are in 2021, still enduring a pandemic. So the Maskarade Party returns for its second year in a row, and the 21+ event will run from 9 pm to 2 am on Saturday, October 30. Attendees can expect a costume contest, drink specials, and live sounds courtesy of the DJ. All you need is a ticket and a mask, and you’ll be set to party all night-long.
If you have been indulging in candy and Halloween-inspired cocktails all-month-long and are in desperate need of some festive physical activity, the Halloween Half-Marathon should be on your itinerary this Sunday. Don’t worry—although the event explicitly has “half-marathon” in its name, there is a shorter and less intense 5K option as well. So start your Halloween off with a bit of exercise and prove to yourself and all of your friends that if you were in a slasher movie like Halloween or Friday the 13th, you would be able to run to safety.
If you’re looking for a fright, the trained Halloween professionals at Netherworld Haunted House can most certainly get a scream out of you. This year, there will be two haunts on tap for visitors—the monstrous Rise of the Netherspawn and the extradimensional Return To Planet X in 3D. Those visiting this weekend are in luck, too. Netherworld is currently celebrating its 25th straight season in action, so you can definitely expect its terrifying staff to be on top of their game all Halloween weekend-long.
You don’t have to be a witch to brew up masterful craft cocktails because this Halloween, Cooks & Soldiers’ bar team is hosting a specialty cocktail class from 5 pm to 7 pm. During the two-hour class, you’ll be guided through hands-on tutorials on how to make three Halloween-themed cocktails—the Bleeding Heart, the Stingy Jack, and the Fairy Princess. Costumes are more than welcomed, and the full C&S menu will be available for purchase as well.
13 Stories Haunted House is another one of the most terrifying Halloween attractions in Metro Atlanta, and there will be haunts and laser tag games happening at the original Newnan location from now until Halloween night. In a surprise turn of events, the 13 Stories crew has teamed up with the team at the Georgia Renaissance Festival to build a brand new, one-of-a-kind outdoor haunt. Their brainchild is called “The Village,” and the haunted trail—which is recommended only to ages 13 and up and described as “extremely” scary—is based on a quiet, cursed community that has suddenly come back to life with evil spirits. If you think you have what it takes to brave The Village, head over to the Georgia Renaissance Festival Grounds on Halloween night.